Maintain faith during persecutions, Iraqi bishop advises

Mosul, Iraq, Oct 29, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul wrote in an open letter to Christians in the West that in the face of religious persecution, Catholics must continue steadfast in the virtue of faith. Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Mosul arrived at his see in Jan., 2010, and the following day began a series of murders of Christians in the city. “The faithful left the city to seek refuge in the small … [Read more...]

Iranian Christians face lashings for communion wine

Tehran, Iran, Oct 28, 2013 / 02:17 pm (CNA).- Four Iranian Christians were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine during a communion service at a house church. The four men were charged in court with drinking alcohol and possessing a receiver and satellite antenna in Rasht, a city 200 miles northwest of Tehran, on Oct. 6. The verdict was delivered to the men Oct. 20, and they have been given ten days to appeal the sentence, the group Christian Solidarity Worldwide … [Read more...]

Charity director laments mounting violence in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Oct 24, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Widespread violence in the Central African Republic which began in December is in risk of diffusing to nearby countries, an official with Aid to the Church in Need has warned. “The situation is becoming steadily more dramatic. Torture, looting and the murder of civilians are continuing unabated, whole villages are being burnt down,” said Christine du Coudray, head of the charity's African section, in … [Read more...]

Three Red Cross workers remain kidnapped in Syria

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 14, 2013 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A day after their kidnapping in Syria, the whereabouts of three relief workers from the Red Cross remain unknown, though another three of their companions, as well as a Red Crescent volunteer, have been released.“Good news! We confirm that the Syrian Red Crescent volunteer and 3 out of 6 ICRC colleagues have been released safe & sound,” Robert Mardini, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross' Middle East … [Read more...]

Report: kidnapped Jesuit priest alive in Syria

Damascus, Syria, Oct 10, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist opposition group allied with Al-Qaida, one reporter has said.“Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers,” Khalaf Ali Khalaf, a reporter and activist opposed to the Syrian government, told Aki-Adnkronos International news agency.Khalaf said the Italian-born priest was seen on Saturday, … [Read more...]

Syrian Christians find lives ‘paralyzed’ by wartime chaos

Damascus, Syria, Oct 8, 2013 / 12:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Only peace can end the suffering of Syria’s Christian refugees, say local Christian leaders who emphasize the need to give refugees hope alongside material support.“It is chaos, it is violence, it is blood, it is death. Life has been paralyzed. We have lost everything,” Archbishop Theophile Georges Kassab of Homs told Aid to the Church in Need. “What can I tell you more? Only one thing, in the name of the … [Read more...]

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

Lilongwe, Malawi, Sep 28, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic African leaders met in Malawi earlier this week for an assembly dedicated to the Bible and to increasing the place of scripture in the lives of the continent’s faithful. “The Word of God serves as a guide for faith and human activities and gives believers a style of life guided by the Holy Spirit in order to live the mystery of Jesus Christ according to Christian vocation,” the assembly … [Read more...]