Moroccan navy prevents Dutch abortion ship from entering waters

Rabat, Morocco, Oct 8, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Moroccan officials ordered a Dutch ship that provides abortions to leave its territorial waters after the vessel attempted to approach the country's port of Smir. According to Dutch radio, the group Women on Waves had announced that the ship would dock in Smir on Oct.4, but Moroccan warships blocked its entrance.   The organization later said it had secretly sent a small yacht to Smir several days earlier in apparent anticipation of a … [Read more...]

Anti-Christian graffiti hits Franciscan convent in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel, Oct 2, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Vandals sprayed graffiti insulting to Jesus on the walls of a Franciscan convent on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, echoing a similar attack last month and drawing renewed condemnation from Catholic leaders.The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, a group of the region’s leading Catholic bishops, voiced “full fraternal support and prayer” for the Franciscans and the Christian community in the Holy Land, following the … [Read more...]

US bishops offer condolences, support after Nigeria church bombing

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered their support to the Church in Nigeria after a suicide car bomber attacked a cathedral in the northern region of the country. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones in this attack and with the scores of others who were wounded,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Richard … [Read more...]

Pope: Lebanon can be beacon of religious co-existence

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his departure from Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI said the religious co-existence the people of Lebanon showed during his three-day apostolic visit can become an inspiration and model for the rest of the Middle East.“In these troubled times, the Arab world and indeed the entire world will have seen Christians and Muslims united in celebrating peace,” said the Pope at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri Airport September … [Read more...]

In Lebanon, Pope calls for end to Syria conflict

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has placed the Middle East under the “maternal protection” of Our Lady and has asked her to help bring peace to war-torn Syria and the entire region.“May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence! May men understand that they are all brothers!” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address … [Read more...]

Pope asks Christians to be servants of peace

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told an open-air Mass in the Lebanese capital of Beirut that the Christians of the Middle East must be peacemakers in the often troubled region.“Dear brothers and sisters, I pray in particular that the Lord will grant to this region of the Middle East servants of peace and reconciliation, so that all people can live in peace and with dignity,” the Pope said to a congregation of over 350,000 gathered on … [Read more...]

Pope calls Lebanese youth to ‘revolution of love’

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 15, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has challenged young Christians and Muslims in the Middle East to reject the path of violence and hate and instead unleash a “revolution of love.”“It is vital that the Middle East in general, looking at you, should understand that Muslims and Christians, Islam and Christianity, can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and … [Read more...]