Egyptian bishop hopes next president will protect Christians

Cairo, Egypt, May 30, 2012 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Egyptian elections are causing serious doubts among the country's Christians about whether the next president will protect their rights, with the Muslim Brotherhood's commitment being especially unclear, a senior Catholic bishop in Egypt has said."We have a situation with the elections and the constitution and the future of our country – whoever wants to be president needs to guarantee a good constitution, in which everyone will … [Read more...]

Pakistani bishop decries government land grab

Lahore, Pakistan, May 26, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Pakistani Bishop Sebastian F. Shaw is calling for the return of Church land that was seized after the provincial government bulldozed a school, chapel and homeless shelter on the site this past January.Months later, the Punjab provincial government has yet to restore the land to the Archdiocese of Lahore, despite recent promises to do so. “It looks like empty promises,” Bishop Shaw told Aid to the Church in Need on May 25. “Even after a … [Read more...]

New cloister for Benedictine monks dedicated in Holy Land

Nazareth, Israel, May 24, 2012 / 02:23 am (CNA).- High-ranking Catholic churchmen dedicated a new cloister on May 17 at a Benedictine monastery built at the site where Jesus miraculously multiplied loaves and fishes.At the dedication, the retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah said the monastery is "a new witness of the presence of God in the life of this land, a new spiritual actor in the life of this land, a new spiritual companion of all the inhabitants of this land, Jews, … [Read more...]