Syrian refugees pursue education for their children, in hope for the future

Amman, Jordan, Nov 30, 2014 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Refugees of the Syrian civil war say their new life has many burdens, but they hope that education for their children will ensure a brighter future. “When we remember the old days, we ask: how could we complain so much?” Nariman el Kourdi, a Syrian refugee living in the Jordanian city of Ramtha, told reporters through a translator Oct 27. El Kourdi now lives in the Bwoida village in Ramtha, a northwestern Jordanian city … [Read more...]

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Pope’s visit could draw attention to refugees in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- The head of a charitable agency in Turkey voiced hope that Pope Francis’ visit will shine a light on the dramatic plight of refugees there, who fled the Syrian civil war and other regional conflicts. “There are 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey; in Istanbul alone, there are 700,000. When you walk around downtown Istanbul, there are plenty of poor kids who beg,” said Rinaldo Marmara, president of Caritas Turkey. He … [Read more...]

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‘Things will change!’ – Turkish girls hopeful after Pope’s visit

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip. Baram, a nearly 30-year-old woman with a degree in French Literature, told CNA that “there is a group of people here in Turkey that does not understand Christianity, or simply they are not interested in … [Read more...]

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Islamic State destroys convent in Mosul

Mosul, Iraq, Nov 27, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local media are reporting that on Monday, Islamic State militants blew up a convent and St. George's parish in Mosul, an Iraqi city captured by the Islamists in June. A resident of Mosul said “that cries of Allahu Akbar ‘God is Great’ rose from many mosques in the city as Islamist militants blew up the church located in one of Mosul’s Arab neighborhoods,” Rudaw, a Kurdish media outlet based in Erbil, … [Read more...]

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Facing Boko Haram, Nigerians ‘storm the heavens with prayers’

Jos, Nigeria, Nov 23, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram's expansion has meant murders, forced conversion, and forcible expulsion from homes, causing Catholics in Nigeria to pray and to reach out to help and console the militant Islamist group’s victims. “Brothers and sisters, there is no better time to storm the heavens with prayers and petitions than now,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said during a national prayer pilgrimage Nov. 13-14. Thousands of … [Read more...]

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Christians, Muslims unite for justice over couple burned in kiln

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 20, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the two weeks since a Christian couple was killed by a Muslim mob in Pakistan, local leaders from both religions have come together repeatedly to call for justice in the matter, and an end to the misuse of blasphemy allegations. On Nov. 4, Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama were reportedly killed and their bodies burned by a mob after they were accused of desecrating the Quran. The couple lived in Kot Radha Kishan, a city located … [Read more...]

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Amid Syrian refugee relief, Christians and Muslims find fellowship

Amman, Jordan, Nov 20, 2014 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian Muslim refugee aided by the Catholic relief agency Caritas Jordan now volunteers to help other refugees, saying the agency staff makes him feel like “a brother.” “Being a volunteer in Caritas is an honor that I will take until death,” said Amer Fahd Al Naser, 38. “I’m really, really happy that I’m delivering the Caritas message, the Caritas Mission, as a Muslim.” He credits … [Read more...]

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