Christians in Aleppo offer food to poor Muslims during Ramadan

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the war raging around them, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Aleppo have decided to provide food to poor Muslim families throughout the Islamic month of Ramadan.According to Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo are offering breakfast and evening meals to “the poorest Muslim families” living in the predominantly Christian and … [Read more...]

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Pakistan murder shows Christians not immune from ‘honor killing’ custom

Lahore, Pakistan, Jun 16, 2016 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenage Christian girl in Pakistan was reportedly killed by her own brother this week in a so-called “honor killing” over her plans to marry.The young woman, Anum Ishaq Masih, was in her late teens. She had insisted that she would marry a Christian neighbor, but the family did not agree to the marriage.Saqib Ishaq Masih, 23, allegedly smashed his sister’s head with a log while she slept early Sunday morning, … [Read more...]

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Is the situation in Nigeria about to get much worse?

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria is a ticking time bomb, with violence and discrimination threatening to tear the country apart and spread its existing refugee crisis throughout the region, a new report claims.“Nigeria is a country on the verge of fracturing along religious fault lines,” stated a report “Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten” released by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative June 8.“What is unfolding in Northern … [Read more...]

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As Ramadan begins, Chaldean patriarch prays for Iraqi Muslims

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 9, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Muslims celebrating Ramadan will have the prayers of Chaldean Catholics, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon has said.The Chaldean patriarch said that “We as a Church … bind our wishes with yours, expressing our solidarity, sincere feelings, respect and prayers from the bottom of our hearts that God may watch over Iraq and protect Iraqis.”He said Chaldean Catholics will pray for Muslims so that “your … [Read more...]

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Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a ‘culture of contempt’

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 7, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke from Church authorities.“It is sad that people in prayer, for [the] most part, women working in Rehovot Jewish homes, were the victims of a hail of stones,” said Bishop William Hanna Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.The faithful were attending Mass May 28 in the … [Read more...]

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Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a ‘culture of contempt’

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 7, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke from Church authorities.“It is sad that people in prayer, for [the] most part, women working in Rehovot Jewish homes, were the victims of a hail of stones,” said Bishop William Hanna Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.The faithful were attending Mass May 28 in the … [Read more...]

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In Israel, public policy and unmet promises may put Christian schools at risk

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 1, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Israeli government's policies for Christian schools and unfair education budget cuts put them at risk of collapse, the Office of Christian Schools in Israel has charged.Fr. Abdel Masih Fahim, general secretary of the Catholic Church’s Office of Christian Schools in Israel, urged the Israeli government to recognize the importance of continued Christian education in Israel. These schools are a “vital component of the … [Read more...]

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