Kidnapped Franciscan priest in Syria released by militants

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 9, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Custody of the Holy Land announced Thursday that the Franciscan priest who was abducted in Syria by rebels over the weekend has been released, and is under house arrest at the convent in his town. “Fr. Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning,” the Custody of the Holy Land said in an Oct. 9 statement, adding that “he is under House Arrest” at the convent of Qunaya. Fr. Jallouf, O.F.M., is 62 and a … [Read more...]

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Iraq has done ‘absolutely nothing’ for displaced Christians

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 8, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance. “The reality is that Christians have received no support from the central government. They have done nothing for them, absolutely nothing,” Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil told Christian … [Read more...]

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Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night. The priest has been identified as 62-year-old Father Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M. “Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war,” the Custody of the Holy Land said on its website. The Custody of the Holy Land, which oversees Franciscan activity in … [Read more...]

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Armed guards escort Cameroon missionaries amid terror attacks

Yaounde, Cameroon, Oct 7, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram terrorist activity spreading into Cameroon from northeastern Nigeria has caused local Catholic missionaries to increase security, but one bishop has stressed that relations with local Muslims are good. “The Boko Haram fighters supply themselves with food in the border area and attempt to make money by kidnapping. That's why the priests and nuns are now accompanied by the military when they visit the parishes … [Read more...]

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Escalating Hong Kong tensions prod Catholic call for peace

Hong Kong, China, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Hong Kong has urged a peaceful solution to current pro-democracy protests happening there, encouraging both sides to refrain from violence in getting their point across. “With reference to the regrettable events at Central, Admiralty and Wanchai over the past few days, may I sincerely call upon the Hong Kong SAR Government to put the personal safety of fellow citizens as her prime concern,” Cardinal John … [Read more...]

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Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast

Jaffa, Israel, Sep 24, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of prayer, devotion and unity.   On the Sept. 13 feast of the Nativity of Mary – called “Monti Fest” – more than 2500 Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. Mary is the protector and patroness of the … [Read more...]

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Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram murdered 2,500 in his diocese

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 18, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri has denounced the militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the murders of more than 2,500 faithful in his Nigerian diocese. Bishop Doeme is currently taking refuge in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, together with thousands of faithful, Fides news agency reports. The bishop denounced Boko Haram in an interview with the newspaper ThisDay. He said most of the refugees in his area escaped being … [Read more...]

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