Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 23, 2016 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city.“The Virgin Mary was with them,” Fr. Roni Momika told CNA Oct. 23.The priest, who ministers in refugee camps of Ankawa, Erbil in northern Iraq, was in cell phone contact with two of the girls while they … [Read more...]

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Holy See and Benin sign agreement on Church’s legal status

Cotonou, Benin, Oct 22, 2016 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic Church in the country, guaranteeing the Church’s ability to carry out her mission in service of the common good.Representatives from both the Holy See and the Republic of Benin gathered at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Cotonou, the African country’s largest city, … [Read more...]

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The Memorial of Moses reopens, where he viewed the Promised Land

Amman, Jordan, Oct 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After 10 years of renovations the Memorial Sanctuary of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened, highlighting the importance of sacred art and holy spaces in the preservation of the faith.Mount Nebo is where, according to tradition, Moses beheld the Promised Land before his death. The 2,680 foot high ridge is located about 20 miles southwest of Amman, the Jordanian capital, and affords views of the West Bank and Jerusalem.“Through … [Read more...]

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After deadly protests, religious leaders in Ethiopia call for peace

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Oct 18, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders in Ethiopia have joined together to plead for peace amid ongoing protests that have sometimes resulted in deadly violence.“We the religious leaders of Ethiopia firmly believe that peace is a priceless grace from God. It is possible to worship with a calm spirit only when there is sustainable peace,” the leaders of the Inter-religious Council of Ethiopia said. “We Ethiopians have lived together … [Read more...]

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Syrian priest who escaped ISIS: ‘our world needs a revolution against violence’

Homs, Syria, Oct 18, 2016 / 12:02 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian monastery, a pilgrimage centre near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast of Homs, until he was abducted by Islamic State militants in May 2015. He managed to escape after nearly five months of captivity, yet that August the Islamic State had captured Al Quaryatayn and destroyed the monastery. The city was later liberated by Syrian forces, in April 2016.Now based in Europe, … [Read more...]

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Syrian priest who escaped ISIS: ‘our world needs a revolution against violence’

Homs, Syria, Oct 18, 2016 / 12:02 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian monastery, a pilgrimage centre near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast of Homs, until he was abducted by Islamic State militants in May 2015. He managed to escape after nearly five months of captivity, yet that August the Islamic State had captured Al Quaryatayn and destroyed the monastery. The city was later liberated by Syrian forces, in April 2016.Now based in Europe, … [Read more...]

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Iraqis hopeful in battle for Mosul, yet cautious of what lies ahead

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 17, 2016 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced a ground offensive to retake Mosul from the clutches of Islamic State, a priest working in the thick of the country’s refugee crisis said people are happy with the advances, but unsure what the future will hold.“We are so happy because yesterday the war began between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga with ISIS,” Father Roni Momika told CNA Oct. 17.He relayed how … [Read more...]

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