Syrian bishop hopes new patriarch’s experience will save lives

Rome, Italy, Feb 4, 2013 / 08:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian bishop is happy with the election of Archbishop Louis R. Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church as he believes his experience at building dialogue in Iraq could save the lives of many Christians. Archbishop Sako of Kirkuk was selected Feb. 1 by his fellow Chaldean Catholic bishops as the new Patriarch of Babylon, replacing Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, 85. "He is young and involved in conversations with Muslims … [Read more...]

Church of the Nativity gets large Vatican donation

Jerusalem, Israel, Jan 31, 2013 / 07:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has promised to donate $135,490 U.S. dollars (100,000 Euros) to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during a recent visit by Church officials to the Holy Land.   The Vatican delegation, which included Undersecretary for Relations with States Bishop Ettore Balestrero, made the pledge to repair the world's oldest church after meeting with the Palestinian Authority's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, … [Read more...]

Catholic Relief Services helps refugees in Mali conflict

Bamako, Mali, Jan 25, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services is working to assist tens of thousands of refugees in Mali as the clash between government and rebel forces continues.“Peace is their main need,” Sean Gallagher, Catholic Relief Services' Country Representative in Mali, said of the refugees.Refugees with host families in rural areas still have access to food from “a relatively good harvest.”Those in urban areas, however, will need money to … [Read more...]

New Coptic Catholic leader receives Pope’s approval

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2013 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI approved Bishop Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak as the new Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts in Egypt, granting him "ecclesiastical communion.''The former Bishop of Minya was elected during a Synod of Bishops of the Coptic Catholic Church in Cairo, which lasted from Jan. 12 to16. As part of the election, his rank was raised to archbishop.The 57-year-old will replace Cardinal Antonio Naguib, aged 77, who resigned … [Read more...]

Catholic hospital in Jordan struggles to help Syrian refugees

Rome, Italy, Jan 17, 2013 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jordanian Catholic hospital is appealing for more money to help with the growing influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their homeland."What we're asking for is just to help us help others," said Sister Alessandra Fumagalli, at a Catholic Near East Welfare Association gathering on Jan. 16 at the Vatican. "It's really an emergency," she added. Sr. Fumagalli made her remarks at the … [Read more...]

Catholic official says Mali relieved by French intervention

Bamako, Mali, Jan 17, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- French military invention in Mali has “greatly comforted” the country's people who feared jihadist rebels could expand far into the country’s south, a Catholic Church official has said.Father Edmond Dembele, secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Mali, told Fides news agency that Malians had “held their breath” for fear of the success of the rebels.Now those in rebel occupied territory “look with … [Read more...]

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

Damascus, Syria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East.   Journalist Nasir Habish told Vatican Radio that Syria’s Christians are among those most affected by the conflict between rebel and government forces.   “The Syrian situation, right now, is very difficult, and I think in the … [Read more...]