Cardinal Ouedraogo, the advocate of Burkina Faso’s poor

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Feb 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Philippe Ouedraogo, the newly-created cardinal from west Africa’s Burkina Faso, is known for his backing for the inclusion of the poorest of the poor in the distribution of economic goods. Cardinal Ouedraogo was born in Konean in 1945, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kaya in 1973. He later obtained a doctorate in canon law, serving in parishes and as a seminary rector. He was consecrated Bishop of … [Read more...]

Indian chaplain in Holy Land lauds woman’s bravery

Jerusalem, Israel, Feb 20, 2014 / 10:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indian-born caregiver in Israel who rushed into a burning apartment building in a heroic attempt to save her sick employer is now at hospital battling for her own life. Mrs. Anadavally, who is about 53 and hails from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala, was rescued together with her employer Jan. 1 by firefighters and paramedics in Haifa. “It is a sad tragedy of a poor working woman,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head … [Read more...]

Nigeria archbishop laments failure to stop Boko Haram

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 20, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continuing attacks in Nigeria attributed to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one of the country's leading bishops has grieved the inability of government authorities to stop the violence. “Unfortunately, the authorities have so far failed to fulfill their task of ensuring peace and security to Nigerians in every area of the Country,” said Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian … [Read more...]

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject.   “Christianity began in the East, and Christians in the West seem to have forgotten that fact,” said Drew Bowling, a Washington, D.C.-based writer working on the documentary project. “It's tragic to see … [Read more...]

Starvation, disease threaten South Sudan

Malakal, South Sudan, Feb 19, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence in South Sudan has put people in parts of the Diocese of Malakal at risk of starvation, as well as illnesses from a lack of clean water, a local priest has warned. “The question of food is very urgent. People are on the edge of starvation and, if nothing happens, people will fall into that situation,” Monsignor Roko Taban Mousa told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 13. “This conflict has been devastating … [Read more...]

New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Lahore, Pakistan, Feb 17, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need for justice and respect between religions. “There is not much peace in Pakistan,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 10, ahead of his Feb. 14 installation. He voiced his commitment to have more meetings with other faith leaders and to increase training programs for … [Read more...]

Archbishop warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop has reported signs of genocide in the growing conflict there, urging an effective security response and warning against the “evil” desire to kill and destroy. “If there is no one to hold back the hand of the devil here, he will achieve his goal. Many people will be hunted down and killed,” Archbishop Dieudonnè Nzapalainga of Bangui told Aid to the Church in Need … [Read more...]