Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Al-Hasakah, Syria, Aug 14, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that while the news is good, it could be a distraction ahead of another major assault. “Perhaps we can do an analysis on why (the Islamic State) returned them, because one month ago they attacked Hassake to take it, (and) they couldn’t,” Jacques Hindo, Syriac Archbishop of Hassake-Nisibi, told CNA Aug. 12. … [Read more...]

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In Burundi’s crisis, the Church stands with the people

Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug 13, 2015 / 06:02 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A Burundian priest has spoken out about the worrying crisis in his country, particularly following the Aug. 2 murder of  General Adolph Nshimirimana, a close ally of president Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking a third term in office. “We have no idea how this grave crime will affect the already difficult situation in our country. But undoubtedly this killing will have serious consequences,” said Father … [Read more...]

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What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Accra, Ghana, Aug 12, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life and rejecting efforts to promote abortion in the country and throughout the continent. “Every life is created in the image of God, protect it!” said one marcher’s sign. “Abortion is evil, stop it!” said another. Another marcher’s sign stressed the eternal values of life and faith. Some … [Read more...]

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Priest urges prayer for victims, perpetrators of latest Islamic State abduction in Syria

Homs, Syria, Aug 10, 2015 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in Syria has called for prayer after militants of the Islamic State kidnapped dozens of both Christians and Muslims near Homs last week. “Does ISIS intend to negotiate and let the people go free, or does it intend to kill them? We don’t know,” said Father Jihad Youssef, a member of the Syriac Catholic religious community of Mar Musa. The priest told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the … [Read more...]

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New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins

Beirut, Lebanon, Aug 1, 2015 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare move, the Armenian Catholic Church has pulled their new patriarch from out of retirement to take on the role as their new head. Church leaders cited his energy and authority as necessary when dealing with current issues, particularly those in the Middle East. Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan was elected Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians July 24. He succeeds former patriarch Nerses Pierre XIX Tarmouni, who died June 25. The … [Read more...]

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African leaders counter Obama’s ‘ideological colonization’ in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, Jul 28, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. president Barack Obama has come under fire from African politicians and Church leaders after advocating for gay rights in Kenya this weekend – a practice Pope Francis has referred to as “ideological colonization.” “Even if people don’t like us for it, our Church has always said homosexuality is unnatural and marriage is between a man and a woman,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told the News … [Read more...]

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Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Aleppo, Syria, Jul 24, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to send a message of hope and support for the persecuted Christian minority who have chosen to stay. “At the time of this writing, Aleppo is undergoing a massive assault by jihadists, and bombs have been falling for hours. It is as if everything is being done to scare people and push them to leave,” Melkite … [Read more...]

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