For Malawi bishops, a new vision to promote excellence in Catholic schools

Lilongwe, Malawi, Apr 22, 2015 / 08:27 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malawi has launched a new national education policy to promote the education of Catholics and to improve the quality of schools in the country. Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga, who chairs the Malawi bishops’ education commission, said the Church wants to “keep up with the standards” of changing times. The policy aims to “offer direction” to those who manage Catholic … [Read more...]

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Madrid, Spain, Apr 21, 2015 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where the most Christian refugees have been taken after fleeing the Islamic State. In an interview with CNA, Bishop Warda said that education will be key in helping to fight the mentality behind ISIS. The bishop was in Madrid for the April 17-19 “We are all Nazarenes” conference. He said that “the fanatical … [Read more...]

After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram

Rome, Italy, Apr 21, 2015 / 02:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears. “Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and … [Read more...]

Ankawa bomb attack strikes unease in refugees with nowhere else to go

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 18, 2015 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A car bomb explosion in front of the American consulate in what is considered the safest city in Iraq has left many unnerved and anxious, praying that nothing else will penetrate the stronghold. “Certainly, everyone will be very concerned about this situation. We hope nothing more comes. We hope this refuge remains solid and strong, safe. This is what we hope because we have nowhere else to go,” Fr. Behnam Benoka told CNA from Erbil April 17 … [Read more...]

Kidnapped Nigerian girls deserve more than just a hashtag, activist says

Jos, Nigeria, Apr 15, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country. “Every day of captivity for these girls is a dark day in their lives and their parents’ lives. It's harder to keep hope alive,” international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of the U.S.-Nigeria Law … [Read more...]

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Alqosh, Iraq, Apr 15, 2015 / 04:31 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq. “But luckily we are quite a bit away from the fighting,” he adds. In fact, as the crow flies, the town of Alqosh is only 10 miles away from the front line, where the heavily armed Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS fighters are facing off. When the weather is good, you can see the Christian towns on the Nineveh Plane that … [Read more...]

Kenyan bishop laments terrorism, calls for unity

Nairobi, Kenya, Apr 13, 2015 / 10:48 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of the recent massacre of 148 people – mainly Christians – at a university in the Kenyan city of Garissa, Cardinal John Njue, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the capital Nairobi, has called on all citizens for a spirit of unity. Cardinal Njue read a declaration April 8 at Nairobi’s Chiromo mortuary, where the bodies of the victims had been collected. In his statement – a copy of which … [Read more...]