Jerusalem Patriarch condemns monastery vandalism

Jerusalem, Israel, Apr 3, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has lamented the recent anti-Christian vandalism of a Catholic monastery and shrine near Jerusalem as “madness.” The patriarch, visiting the monastery April 1, said that other Christians, like the monastery's nuns, “will continue to pray for these sick minds, so that the Lord takes away their ignorance and their narrowness of mind.” “However, we must not be … [Read more...]

Nigerian Catholics risk violence, lives to attend Mass

Abuja, Nigeria, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in a northern Nigerian city are risking their lives to attend Sunday Mass, as their community has fallen prey to violence from radical extremists. “There were a lot of bomb explosions, but that did not seem to deter people from coming to church,” said Fr. John Bakeni, the celebrant of a March 14 Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Maiduguri. “It was a very humbling and edifying experience to see so … [Read more...]

Central African bishop seeks hope, forgiveness amid carnage

Bangui, Central African Republic, Mar 22, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Central African Republic can recover from the carnage of violent conflict through a return to Christ, who empowers Christians to forgive their enemies, the archbishop of the nation’s capital says. “How can a society touched by evil move forward? How can the people find reason to hope -- and discover light amidst the darkness,” Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui asked in a March 17 … [Read more...]

South Sudanese diocese evacuated due to violence, looting

Malakal, South Sudan, Mar 18, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The South Sudanese Malakal diocese has been evacuated as many areas there have been “completely destroyed” following violence committed by rebel forces, the diocesan administrator says. “We have lost everything – all our possessions. Many of our churches, homes and so on have been razed to the ground – and everything has been looted,” Msgr. Roko Taban, administrator of the Diocese of Malakal, … [Read more...]

Boko Haram violence continues in attacks on barracks, school

Abuja, Nigeria, Mar 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of militants believed to be members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked an army barracks in Nigeria March 14, the latest event in the country’s years of violence from the group. The army said it had repelled the attack on the barracks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, in Borno state. “They set many houses on fire and killed innocent people,” Jamila Yusuf, a local resident, told the Nigerian … [Read more...]

Bishop hopes to create new home for Catholics in Arabia

Awali, Bahrain, Mar 17, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Arabian peninsula look forward to building a new cathedral in Bahrain, creating a permanent home for the Church and a place to help support Catholics coming to the region. “Our mission is to form a better society, to witness with our love that God loves all,” said Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia, in a March 13 interview with CNA. The Northern Arabia vicariate apostolic serves … [Read more...]

Three years in, Catholics note brutality of Syrian conflict

Damascus, Syria, Mar 15, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As today marks the third anniversary of uprisings which led to civil war in Syria, Catholic leaders there and in neighboring Lebanon have reflected on its devastating effect on both countries. “It creates a huge impact on (the Lebanese) in all aspects, and in terms of security issues…it's had a huge impact,” Wadih Daher, assistant to Archbishop Issam John Darwish, told CNA in a March 13 interview. Daher spoke … [Read more...]