Malawian bishops commit to spreading the Gospel with new media

Lilongwe, Malawi, Jan 28, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A national symposium of Catholic communicators set out to explore pathways in new media to build unity in Malawi and to connect people to the faith in the small southern African nation. Held under the patronage of the Malawian bishops’ communication department, the communications secretaries from the nation's eight dioceses met with Catholic journalists in a media symposium at Msamba Catholic Center in Lilongwe, … [Read more...]

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Should the West take on Nigeria’s terrorists? Bishops say yes

Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 26, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world. In the past week, Boko Haram has: captured nearly 80 people in Cameroon, freeing 24 of them; seized control of Monguno, a city of more than 100,000 located 85 miles northeast of Maiduguri; and twice attacked Maiduguri, the … [Read more...]

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Leading Iraqi Christian calls on Muslims to confront ‘culture of hatred’

Baghdad, Iraq, Jan 23, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has encouraged Iraqi Muslims to confront violent extremists, stressing the need to return to peaceful coexistence despite present threats in the country. “At this point, there is no other future for us than living together in peace, harmony and cooperation,” he said in a Jan. 17 talk delivered to the Iraqi Center for Diversity Management. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has witnessed the … [Read more...]

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Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Niamey, Niger, Jan 22, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country. Reports indicate that more than 40 churches were torched over the weekend to protest the new caricatures of Mohammed published by the Charlie Hebdo magazine in its latest edition. The publication of the images is a response to an attack on the … [Read more...]

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Suffering in Sierra Leone, hard-hit by Ebola, reminds bishop of civil war years

Kenema, Sierra Leone, Jan 22, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- From providing spiritual support to ensuring preventive care, the Diocese of Kenema in the eastern part of Sierra Leone is deeply involved in the country’s fight against the Ebola virus. This vital struggle continues, even as the epidemic has largely dropped from the headlines in the US. Bishop Patrick Koroma of Kenema told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about a full range of … [Read more...]

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Malawi’s Bishop Joseph Zuza dies in car accident

Mzuzu, Malawi, Jan 15, 2015 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Malawi are mourning the death of Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza of Mzuzu, who died in a car crash on Thursday at the age of 59. The communications secretary of the Malawi bishops conference, Fr. Andrew Kaufa, confirmed the death to CNA on Jan. 15. The bishop was driving himself along the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road, returning to Mzuzu, and his car rolled several times. He was rushed to the hospital in Mzuzu, where he … [Read more...]

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In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 14, 2015 / 04:07 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana. The nun is mother superior of a community of Sacred Heart Sisters. “ISIS blew up our convent in Mosul on Nov. 24. They first tried to blow up the four crosses on the … [Read more...]

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