Blessed Benedict Daswa: the South African martyred for rejecting witchcraft

Tzaneen, South Africa, Sep 14, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict Daswa, a South African catechist whose Christian opposition to witchcraft led to his murder in 1990, was beatified on Sunday as Catholic leaders praised his heroic witness to the faith. Pope Francis in his beatification decree described him as “a zealous Catechist, all-round educator who gave heroic witness to the gospel, even to the shedding of blood.” When Daswa was declared blessed at the Sept. 13 … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus sending one month of food to Erbil refugees

Erbil, Iraq, Sep 9, 2015 / 12:44 am (CNA).- This month, the Knights of Columbus will provide food to some 13,500 families in Erbil who have been displaced by the ISIS takeover of Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq. A national television commercial featuring Fr. Douglas Bazi, a Catholic priest who was kidnapped and tortured and now runs a refugee camp, will also air in the United States, hopefully prompting viewers to send even more aid. “Christians in the Middle East face persecution and … [Read more...]

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Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, Sep 2, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society. This was the message given to women from nearly twenty countries across Africa who convened this week in Nairobi, Kenya for “The African Women Moving Towards the African Year of Reconciliation” conference. The three-day meeting was organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in collaboration with the Association of … [Read more...]

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Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, Sep 2, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society. This was the message given to women from nearly twenty countries across Africa who convened this week in Nairobi, Kenya for “The African Women Moving Towards the African Year of Reconciliation” conference. The three-day meeting was organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in collaboration with the Association of … [Read more...]

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Bishop in Swaziland seeks prayer, reflection after country’s deadly truck accident

Manzini, Swaziland, Sep 2, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of the small, southern African kingdom of Swaziland has called for prayer and reflection in response to a road accident that killed as many as 65 young girls preparing for the country’s Reed Dance festival. “We mourn the death of so many young girls,” Bishop Jose Ponce de Leon of Manzini said Aug. 29. “Each one of us had been entrusted by God with the safety and dignity of these young … [Read more...]

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‘Africa will save the family’ – one cardinal’s prediction on the Church’s future

Cotonou, Benin, Sep 1, 2015 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe. “I have absolute confidence in African culture,” Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Catholic weekly La Croix du Benin. “I have absolute confidence in the faith of the African people, and I am sure Africa … [Read more...]

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Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Bamako, Mali, Aug 26, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.   “Only last week, two CRS staff were stopped in Timbuktu while traveling by car, they were blindfolded and forced to kneel, and then all of their belongings were stolen,” Niek de Goeij, CRS country … [Read more...]

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