Nun attacked in South Sudan dies from gunshot wounds

Juba, South Sudan, May 23, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from gunshot wounds she suffered in an attack in Yei, South Sudan last week.Sister Veronika Terézia Racková was shot and wounded by three soldiers on May 16, and died from her injuries on May 20, said Martin Kramara, spokesperson of the Slovak Bishops Conference (KBS), according to Slovak news sources.The sister had been driving a patient to a nearby hospital when she was … [Read more...]

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The suffering of Syria’s Christians taught him how to be a priest

Madrid, Spain, May 18, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.“They wake us up to the essential and important things in life,” he told the Spanish daily ABC. The witness of the persecuted Christians in Syria is “an antidote for the mediocre and decadent world of our societies.”Fr. Miranda is a member of the … [Read more...]

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‘I am a Kurd and a Jew’: an interview with Iraq’s Sherzad Mamsani

Erbil, Iraq, May 12, 2016 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.“This is my calling. How can I run away from it? This is my history. This is my faith. This is not something I do just for a living. It is my life,” Mamsani told CNA .Last year, Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government appointed Mamsani … [Read more...]

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Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

New Haven, Conn., May 7, 2016 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged, said a Melkite Catholic archbishop from Syria.Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo delivered these comments during a two-day visit to Connecticut that culminated with meetings at the international headquarters of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven.The visit began Sunday night with a talk … [Read more...]

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Christians in Nigeria are essentially ‘target practice’ – here’s one bishop’s response

Washington D.C., May 5, 2016 / 03:29 am (CNA).- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day.In the diocese of Sokoto, located in northern Nigeria, ministry includes not only the normal sacramental and pastoral concerns of any other diocese. It also includes regularly responding to violence and attacks against the small Christian minority living in the majority-Muslim area.Christians living in northern Nigeria today … [Read more...]

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Iraqi Christians grateful, yet uneasy following foiled Islamic State attack

Alqosh, Iraq, May 4, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Islamic State militants broke through Kurdish army forces Tuesday, killing one American and three Kurdish fighters, local Christians voiced gratitude that the attack failed, but remain shaken and on edge should there be another assault.  “The people of Alqosh and other cities nearby have been very afraid. But we thank God that this time the battle was won,” Fr. Ghazwan Baho told CNA.Fr. Baho is the parish priest in … [Read more...]

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Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

Aden, Yemen, May 4, 2016 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.“The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly about ten days ago. I was told that Father Tom is alive, and that his return to freedom could be imminent,” said Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.“But since … [Read more...]

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