Catholic archbishop aids Muslim refugees in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Jun 16, 2014 / 03:53 pm (CNA).- A Catholic archbishop in the violence-ridden Central African Republic recently reached out to a group of 600 Muslim refugees, saying that the love of Christ must drive the faithful to action. “The flight of Muslims from central Africa is a grave problem. If we do not want them to associate Christians with those who have caused them harm, they need to be helped by Christians,” Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of … [Read more...]

Sudan archdiocese speaks out for condemned Catholic woman

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 12, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum has urged Sudanese authorities to review the legal case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman who faces a death sentence for allegedly abandoning Islam. “The fact of the matter is that Meriam did not abandon the Islamic faith but rather she, in the first place, did not follow the Islamic religion since her childhood,” Father Mussa Timothy Kacho, episcopal vicar for the archdiocese’s … [Read more...]

Church in Iraqi Kurdistan challenged by influx of migrants

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- Iraq's Kurdistan region is enjoying peace relative to the rest of the country, which has led thousands of Christian families to migrate there, straining the local Church. Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Arbil told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need June 6 that in recent years, more than 12,000 Christian families have settled in his eparchy, from Baghdad, Mosul, and other Iraqi … [Read more...]

Central African Republic still seeking peace amid violent attacks

Bangui, Central African Republic, Jun 8, 2014 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following continued attacks on churches in the Central African Republic, the country still looks forward to a return to a peaceful and stable society, a priest stationed in the country told Catholic aid workers. “We hope that the refugees will soon be able to return home, but no end is in sight,” said Father Federico Trinchero in a June 3 interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, adding … [Read more...]

Suspects arrested over abduction of Jesuit in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Jun 5, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar. “The police in Herat are doing their best to ensure the safe release of this person,” Sediq Sediqqi, Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman, stated June 5, the Associated Press reported. Fr. Kumar, 47, is from the Indian state of Tamil … [Read more...]

Suspects arrested over abduction of Jesuit in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Jun 5, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar. “The police in Herat are doing their best to ensure the safe release of this person,” Sediq Sediqqi, Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman, stated June 5, the Associated Press reported. Fr. Kumar, 47, is from the Indian state of Tamil … [Read more...]

Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century synagogue where Jesus Christ may have preached. “I hope that, for the thousands of pilgrims who visit this place, it will be an opportunity to experience God made man who walked in these lands,” Patriarch Twal said May 28 at the … [Read more...]


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