Year of Mercy was especially needed in South Sudan, bishop notes

Yambio, South Sudan, Dec 14, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jubilee Year of Mercy was observed throughout the world but one bishop in South Sudan, suffering from war and famine, said it was especially needed in his country.“That was so timely for us in South Sudan, that a people have to learn to forgive one another,” Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio told CNA of Pope Francis’ proclamation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which lasted Dec. 8, … [Read more...]

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ISIS may be gone, but Mosul still faces a long winter ahead

Mosul, Iraq, Dec 14, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians, Muslims and other victims of ISIS feel relief over the terrorist group being pushed back from the Nineveh Plain area of Northern Iraq, but challenges remain for the region as winter sets in.While he feels “great joy” that ISIS has been driven out, local Christians feel it's “unclear” who to turn to for safety, Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mochaz told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in … [Read more...]

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Attack on Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox cathedral kills 25

Cairo, Egypt, Dec 11, 2016 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At least 25 persons were killed Sunday when a bomb exploded at a chapel attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, and dozens more were injured.“Vicious terrorism is being waged against the country's Copts and Muslims. Egypt will emerge stronger and more united from this situation,” Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stated Dec. 11, as he declared a three-day period of national mourning.The … [Read more...]

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South Africa says assisted suicide will remain illegal

Pretoria, South Africa, Dec 9, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While countries around the world such as Canada, Germany and Japan have passed legislation to legalize physician assisted suicide, one has ruled to reject it: South Africa.The country's Supreme Court of Appeals overturned a high court ruling on Tuesday that would have allowed Robin Stransham-Ford, a 65-year-old retiree who had prostate cancer, to kill himself with the help of a doctor.“A court addressing these issues … [Read more...]

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How one young Ethiopian made 300 Christian converts

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Dec 7, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A distant part of Ethiopia last week celebrated the baptisms of 300 adult catechumens, youth, and infants.“Today when you receive this great Sacrament of Baptism you become sons and daughters of God, people of God and members of the Church; this brings great joy in heaven and great joy on earth for the entire Church,” Bishop Lesanu-Christos Matheos Semahun of the Bahir Dar-Dessie Ethiopian eparchy said in his Nov. 27 … [Read more...]

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How the Catholic Church could help the crisis in the DRC

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 6, 2016 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.But instead of greeting him in the same room where he usually meets other visiting leaders, a “glum looking Francis” waited for President Kabila in his library. Many interpreted the breach of protocol with Kabila as a subtle Vatican snub.During the brief exchange, translated … [Read more...]

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Nigerian Catholics reflect on mercy: God never fails to forgive

Benin City, Nigeria, Nov 29, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect on God’s mercy and prayed to be more merciful towards others in their lives.“All who are suffering and who feel that God is distant should have recourse to the mercy of God who forgives and who cannot abandon his children,” the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria said in a statement. “God does … [Read more...]

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