The Lebanese model: a multi-religious solution for Syria and Iraq?

Beirut, Lebanon, Nov 13, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The apostolic nuncio to Lebanon has said the country is a model of multi-religious coexistence that could help resolve violent sectarian conflicts in the Middle East. “There are no majorities or minorities here, but each one is part of the whole,” Archbishop Gabriele Caccia told several Catholic reporters in a recent meeting at the nunciature in Jounieh, Lebanon. “Even at this moment, if we look at a solution for … [Read more...]

Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Beirut, Lebanon, Nov 12, 2014 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give relief – and hope – to thousands who have fled the armed conflict in Syria. “I keep my hope in prayer,” Sister Micheline Lattouff, a Good Shepherd Sister, told CNA at a Nov. 1 meeting with journalists in Beirut. “I seek how to help the children, how to help the families,” … [Read more...]

‘Keep our faith alive,’ Nigerian bishop urges in wake of bombings

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Nov 11, 2014 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The violent onslaught of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has forced the Diocese of Maiduguri, which has suffered most from the militants, to effectively shrink to half its size according to its bishop. Since Boko Haram began its offensive nearly five years ago, half of the parishes in the Diocese of Maiduguri have been deserted, according to Bishop Oliver Doeme. Ongoing violence has also displaced nearly half the local … [Read more...]

Archbishop decries Jerusalem car attacks: ‘We are acting like savages’

Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 6, 2014 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Melkite-Greek Catholic archbishop has lamented recent car attacks in Jerusalem, saying that such actions are inhuman and tear down society. “It is terrible not only here, but in Iraq and Syria, it’s terrible to see all of this suffering. We have not been created to kill each other this way. We are acting like savages, even the animals are better than us,” Archbishop Joseph Jules Zerey told CNA Nov. 6. The … [Read more...]

Christian couple reportedly burned alive, Pakistan urged to respond

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 5, 2014 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The reported killing of a Christian couple in Pakistan by a mob on Tuesday has sparked calls for the nation's government to protect its people, and especially its minorities. “The burning alive of a Christian couple is a test case for our government. Our government must provide protection to all citizens and especially to the poor and downtrodden Christians,” Fr. James Channan, O.P., director of the Peace Center … [Read more...]

Despite persecution, Year of Consecrated Life celebrated in Syria

Damascus, Syria, Nov 5, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite persecution and threats faced by the Catholic faithful in Syria, religious communities in the war-torn country have continued their initiatives to proclaim the message of the Gospel. On Oct. 31, some 50 men and women religious from 16 different congregations of consecrated life met in Damascus with Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, Vicar Apostolic of Aleppo, and Archbishop Mario Zenari,  Apostolic Nuncio to Syria. “The … [Read more...]

Tunisia: The Muslim nation where Christians enjoy relative freedom

Tunis, Tunisia, Nov 1, 2014 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In Tunisia, public expressions of Christianity are against the law and the government frowns on conversions. But compared to the situation of the Church in other Muslim nations, circumstances in the North African country are tolerable. “The Catholic Church in Tunisia can do its work without political problems, thank God. The authorities know that we have nothing to hide and that our charitable institutions are here to … [Read more...]