Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice. Christians who reject conversion to Islam or the restrictive conditions “are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” said the online … [Read more...]

Iraqi patriarch urges prayer, fasting that Christians remain

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning of Lent, calling for “prayer and fasting that Christians not leave Iraq.” “Our Christian identity has had profound roots in the history and geography of Iraq for 2000 years,” Patriarch Sako said, according to the Fides news agency. “Our roots and our clear sources are found in our country, and … [Read more...]

Ivory Coast’s new cardinal intends to advance peace in his country

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Feb 26, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, the newly-elevated cardinal from Ivory Coast, has said he wants to combat politicians' “verbal violence,” and is confident that his new role can advance peace in the nation. The red biretta gives the Archbishop of Abidjan, the de facto capital of Ivory Coast, a greater weight in the country which has suffered two civil wars since 2002. Cardinal Kutwa was born in 1945, and was … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouedraogo, the advocate of Burkina Faso’s poor

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Feb 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Philippe Ouedraogo, the newly-created cardinal from west Africa’s Burkina Faso, is known for his backing for the inclusion of the poorest of the poor in the distribution of economic goods. Cardinal Ouedraogo was born in Konean in 1945, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kaya in 1973. He later obtained a doctorate in canon law, serving in parishes and as a seminary rector. He was consecrated Bishop of … [Read more...]

Indian chaplain in Holy Land lauds woman’s bravery

Jerusalem, Israel, Feb 20, 2014 / 10:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indian-born caregiver in Israel who rushed into a burning apartment building in a heroic attempt to save her sick employer is now at hospital battling for her own life. Mrs. Anadavally, who is about 53 and hails from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala, was rescued together with her employer Jan. 1 by firefighters and paramedics in Haifa. “It is a sad tragedy of a poor working woman,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head … [Read more...]

Nigeria archbishop laments failure to stop Boko Haram

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 20, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continuing attacks in Nigeria attributed to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one of the country's leading bishops has grieved the inability of government authorities to stop the violence. “Unfortunately, the authorities have so far failed to fulfill their task of ensuring peace and security to Nigerians in every area of the Country,” said Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian … [Read more...]

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject.   “Christianity began in the East, and Christians in the West seem to have forgotten that fact,” said Drew Bowling, a Washington, D.C.-based writer working on the documentary project. “It's tragic to see … [Read more...]