Catholics in Holy Land pray for peace, reconciliation

Jerusalem, Israel, Jul 11, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace in the Holy Land. “So far, the migrants are safe and no casualties have been reported,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA July 11. “Migrants and tourists are apprehensive about the current situation, especially the newly arrived ones: for them … [Read more...]

Sudanese Christian woman released again

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 27, 2014 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Meriam Ibrahim – a Christian woman who had previously been sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith – has been released after another detention for accusations of forging travel documents. “The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese police station,” said Marie Harf, deputy department spokesperson for the … [Read more...]

Release of Christian woman in Sudan draws gratitude, praise

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 23, 2014 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family members and religious liberty advocates are applauding the news that a Sudanese woman's death sentence for refusing to denounce her Christian faith has been overturned by an appeals court after months of international outcry. “We are very very happy about this - and we're going to her now,” her lawyer, Elshareef Ali, told the BBC. “They have released her ... she's on her way to … [Read more...]

Christians, Shias face uncertain future in face of Iraqi violence

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of advances by Sunni insurgents, Iraq’s remaining Christian community  and the country’s majority- Shia population face threats to their future, and continued violence. In response to the developing situation, the United States is deploying 275 troops to protect its embassy in Baghdad and its citizens in the country, and is also removing a portion of its diplomatic presence. Members of the Islamic State … [Read more...]

Catholic archbishop aids Muslim refugees in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Jun 16, 2014 / 03:53 pm (CNA).- A Catholic archbishop in the violence-ridden Central African Republic recently reached out to a group of 600 Muslim refugees, saying that the love of Christ must drive the faithful to action. “The flight of Muslims from central Africa is a grave problem. If we do not want them to associate Christians with those who have caused them harm, they need to be helped by Christians,” Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of … [Read more...]

Sudan archdiocese speaks out for condemned Catholic woman

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 12, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum has urged Sudanese authorities to review the legal case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman who faces a death sentence for allegedly abandoning Islam. “The fact of the matter is that Meriam did not abandon the Islamic faith but rather she, in the first place, did not follow the Islamic religion since her childhood,” Father Mussa Timothy Kacho, episcopal vicar for the archdiocese’s … [Read more...]

Church in Iraqi Kurdistan challenged by influx of migrants

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- Iraq's Kurdistan region is enjoying peace relative to the rest of the country, which has led thousands of Christian families to migrate there, straining the local Church. Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Arbil told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need June 6 that in recent years, more than 12,000 Christian families have settled in his eparchy, from Baghdad, Mosul, and other Iraqi … [Read more...]


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