Africa’s bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Accra, Ghana, Nov 24, 2015 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the importance of the family in African society and the need for peace in regions suffering terrorism and violent conflict. “As representatives of the Church in Africa we warmly welcome the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he makes his first apostolic visit to our continent,” said the standing committee of … [Read more...]

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Even a missile strike couldn’t stop Sunday Mass at this Syrian church

Aleppo, Syria, Nov 7, 2015 / 04:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee. Instead, they continued Mass outside, confident in the Virgin Mary’s protection. “If the bomb had gone off on top of the dome, there could have been a tragedy,” said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, the Mass celebrant. “Even if it had made the chandelier fall, it could have killed about 10 people. As … [Read more...]

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Ghana’s bishops ask country to work for fair elections in 2016

Accra, Ghana, Oct 20, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Ghana have asked the country’s election commission to register all eligible voters and to work to ensure confidence in the accuracy of the voter registry. They also urged Ghana’s government to provide the necessary resources and logistics to the electoral commission to update the voter registry. They hoped and prayed that all stakeholders, especially political parties, will be honest and truthful in … [Read more...]

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‘It’s truly a miracle’ – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Homs, Syria, Oct 15, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape. “This is the miracle the Good Lord gave me: while I was a prisoner I was waiting for the day I would die, but with a great inner peace. I had no problem dying for the name of Our Lord; I wouldn't be the first or the last, just one of the thousands … [Read more...]

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Ugandans are eagerly preparing for papal visit with prayer, penance

Gulu, Uganda, Oct 8, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to their country, the head of the Ugandan bishops conference has called on Catholics to make themselves ready to welcome the Pope though prayer and charitable works. “The Pope's visit and presence during the celebrations requires us to prepare in a special way. The nature of this visit is primarily pastoral and spiritual,” Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu said in his … [Read more...]

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As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Sep 28, 2015 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism. The bishops said “we reaffirm the validity of the family as a divinely instituted community of persons made up of a man and a woman who are open to life in love, together with their children and relatives.” They commended the Pope for his recent … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays for new Assyrian Christian leader amid Middle East tragedy

Erbil, Iraq, Sep 21, 2015 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the sufferings of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis on Monday sent his prayers to the new head of the Assyrian Church of the East, Catholicos-elect Gewargis III.  (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, … [Read more...]

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