With rise in extremist threat, Pope assures Nigerian bishops of his closeness

Jos, Nigeria, Mar 18, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a letter to the bishops of Nigeria telling them not to be discouraged by problems caused by an increase of extremist violence in the country, and said he prays for them every day. “I would like to assure you and all who suffer of my closeness,” the Pope told Nigeria's bishops in a letter dated March 2. Every day, he said, “I remember you in my prayers and I repeat here, for your … [Read more...]

Read the words of an Orthodox bishop kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago

Aleppo, Syria, Mar 15, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed. Today, 23 months later, the bishops remain missing – though for some time it has been rumored that only one of them is still alive. The bishops were abducted on their way back from the Turkish border, … [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis visit the fragile Central African Republic later this year?

Bangui, Central African Republic, Mar 13, 2015 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, said on Thursday that Pope Francis will visit his country in November. The Pope has expressed his desire to visit the nation, which has been engaged in a civil war for more than two years, but the Holy See says nothing is yet official. Armed conflict broke out in CAR in December 2012, and the country has since been gripped by violence between the … [Read more...]

March 15, 2015: A day of fasting, prayer for war-torn Syria

Damascus, Syria, Mar 12, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian civil war approaches, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has called for a world day of prayer and fasting for peace in his country. “Lent is a way of the cross, and we are in the fifth year of the way of the cross of our Arab countries, especially in Syria, Iraq and Palestine, but also in Lebanon, which is influenced in a dramatic way by the wars that have … [Read more...]

Malawian bishops visit flooded areas, showing solidarity and delivering aid

Blantyre, Malawi, Mar 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Malawi's bishops are making solidarity visits to areas in the country's southern and central regions to deliver aid items collected for those affected by devastating floods in January which displaced more than 230,000 from their homes. “We commend the oneness and unity in joy and tribulation which the Catholic Church in Malawi has shown, and we continue to ask well-wishers to keep contributing towards this noble … [Read more...]

After devastating floods, Malawi bishops urge disaster management policies

Dedza, Malawi, Mar 6, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of heavy flooding in the country earlier this year, Malawi's bishops have held a workshop for journalists to help them explore climate challenges and to mobilize public policy changes. “Journalists drawn from various media houses in Malawi were sensitized on climate resilience policies, which includes a right-to-food bill, National Disaster Risk Management Policy, and national climate change,” Prince Henderson, … [Read more...]

African bishops aim for observer status at African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb 27, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The African bishops took the first step on Monday toward having representation at the African Union, with the appointment of a liaison between the AU and the symposium of African bishops conferences. Bernhanu Tamene Woldeyohannes was on Feb. 23 appointed head of the office for relations between the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the African Union. Woldeyaohannes' Addis Ababa office … [Read more...]