Catholic hospital in Jordan struggles to help Syrian refugees

Rome, Italy, Jan 17, 2013 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jordanian Catholic hospital is appealing for more money to help with the growing influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their homeland."What we're asking for is just to help us help others," said Sister Alessandra Fumagalli, at a Catholic Near East Welfare Association gathering on Jan. 16 at the Vatican. "It's really an emergency," she added. Sr. Fumagalli made her remarks at the … [Read more...]

Catholic official says Mali relieved by French intervention

Bamako, Mali, Jan 17, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- French military invention in Mali has “greatly comforted” the country's people who feared jihadist rebels could expand far into the country’s south, a Catholic Church official has said.Father Edmond Dembele, secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Mali, told Fides news agency that Malians had “held their breath” for fear of the success of the rebels.Now those in rebel occupied territory “look with … [Read more...]

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

Damascus, Syria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East.   Journalist Nasir Habish told Vatican Radio that Syria’s Christians are among those most affected by the conflict between rebel and government forces.   “The Syrian situation, right now, is very difficult, and I think in the … [Read more...]

Iranian pastor’s Christmas arrest worries religious liberty advocates

Tehran, Iran, Jan 2, 2013 / 06:15 pm (CNA).- A Christian pastor who spent nearly three years in an Iranian prison for his religious conversion was reportedly arrested again on Christmas Day, contrary to a previous agreement.“Iran has historically cracked down on the Christian community over the Christmas season; this year was no exception,” said Tiffany Barrans, international legal director at the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been monitoring the case of Pastor … [Read more...]

Jerusalem patriarch’s Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 27, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith.“The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20.He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is … [Read more...]

Amid struggle, Palestinian Christians look ahead to Christmas

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 18, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Armed conflicts and a decline in tourists and pilgrims from overseas will cause difficulties for Palestinian Christians, but they will still celebrate Christmas. “There are good and bad feelings this Christmas but if we consider that Christmas is above all a spiritual feast, I believe it will be a very good celebration,” Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem told Aid to the Church in Need Dec. 17. “There … [Read more...]

Papal nuncio to Ivory Coast killed in car accident

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dec 11, 2012 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ambrose Madtha, the papal nuncio to the Ivory Coast, died on Saturday evening in a serious car accident on his way to an ordination in the West African country.President Alassane Ouattara read a statement on national television expressing his “deep regret” at the nuncio’s death. He offered his condolences to the Catholic Church and to the archbishop’s family, Agence France Presse reports.The … [Read more...]