Pope’s delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Erbil, Iraq, Mar 28, 2015 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country. The delegation also offered an icon of Our Lady Undoer of Knots, blessed by Pope Francis, to the local bishops. “Our goal is to foster communion among Caritas and the other charitable agencies operating in Iraq to assist internally … [Read more...]

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Palestinian president may visit Vatican a second time for canonization Mass

Jerusalem, Israel, Mar 26, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly a year since taking part in a prayer for Middle East peace in the Vatican Gardens, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been invited to the Vatican a second time, for the canonization Mass of two Palestinians. Bl. Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas and Bl. Mariam Baouardy were both Palestinians born in the 19th century, and foundresses of religious orders. They are to be canonized at a Mass celebrated in the Vatican May 17. The … [Read more...]

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A ‘spiritual oasis’ – Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab … [Read more...]

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Congolese bishop condemns priest’s murder as an ‘infernal act’

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mar 19, 2015 / 02:04 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A bishop from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned last month’s murder of one of his priests in the strongest possible terms. Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in a letter to the country’s apostolic nuncio, a copy of which was obtained by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, condemned the Feb. 25 murder of Father Jean-Paul Kakule in the … [Read more...]

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Ebola cases are dropping, but it’s ‘still too early to rejoice’

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mar 18, 2015 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of Ebola cases continue to fall in West Africa, survivors of the nightmarish outbreak are expressing cautious optimism, saying they still need much support. “It's still too early to rejoice, even if the number of newly infected has fallen considerably,” Fr. Peter Konteh, Caritas director for the Archdiocese of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, told Aid to the Church in Need earlier this … [Read more...]

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With rise in extremist threat, Pope assures Nigerian bishops of his closeness

Jos, Nigeria, Mar 18, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a letter to the bishops of Nigeria telling them not to be discouraged by problems caused by an increase of extremist violence in the country, and said he prays for them every day. “I would like to assure you and all who suffer of my closeness,” the Pope told Nigeria's bishops in a letter dated March 2. Every day, he said, “I remember you in my prayers and I repeat here, for your … [Read more...]

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Read the words of an Orthodox bishop kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago

Aleppo, Syria, Mar 15, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed. Today, 23 months later, the bishops remain missing – though for some time it has been rumored that only one of them is still alive. The bishops were abducted on their way back from the Turkish border, … [Read more...]

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