Catholic religious in South Sudan plead for peace

Juba, South Sudan, May 20, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic religious congregations of South Sudan have urged their countrymen to reject violence, calling on the country’s leaders to honor the terms of a recent peace agreement. “We say ‘No!’ to all kind of violence or whatever action that degrades human life and its dignity,” the religious congregations’ leaders said in a May 15 message. “Too much blood has been shed in this land. Too … [Read more...]

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Appeal for solidarity marks Jordan’s role in Middle East dialogue

Amman, Jordan, May 17, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An appeal issued jointly Wednesday by Vatican and Jordanian officials marks the nations’ friendship and common commitment to foster peace and dialogue in the Middle East. Following a May 13-14 meeting in Amman on “Meeting Current Challenges through Education,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Jordan’s Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies issued an appeal for solidarity on the eve of Pope … [Read more...]

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Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

Khartoum, Sudan, May 16, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation. “Mrs. Ibrahim’s willingness to stand-up for her faith – even in the face of death – is a true mark of uncommon courage and bravery,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said May 15. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is recognized as Muslim under … [Read more...]

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Christians and Muslims united in Nigeria, says bishop

Jos, Nigeria, May 14, 2014 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls has brought Nigerians, as well as people across the world, into solidarity with each other across religious divides, one of the country’s bishops has said. The girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were kidnapped April 14 from their boarding school in Borno, Nigeria's northeastern-most state. Members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram have claimed … [Read more...]

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Central African bishop recounts Holy Week kidnapping

Bossangoa, Central African Republic, May 13, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop who was abducted on Holy Wednesday by Seleka rebels, and on his way to be executed, has called the incident “a great misfortune.” Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa was in a car with three priests of his diocese on their way to Immaculate Conception parish in Batangafo on April 16. “Around 5 p.m. we were intercepted by Seleka rebels under the … [Read more...]

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Nigerian cardinal urges action to free kidnapped girls

Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, saying his country is “ashamed” by the failure to find them. “Up until now we are hearing practically nothing concrete on the issue,” Cardinal Onaiyekan told Vatican Radio May 6. “I think almost every Nigerian is taken aback. We cannot explain what is … [Read more...]

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Rhode Island military chaplain introduces Boston Marathon to Afghanistan

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA).- A year ago, Father Lukasz Willenberg could never have imagined that this year, despite racing under a most unique set of conditions in one of the most inhospitable areas of the world, he would manage to top his finishing time in last year’s Boston Marathon.Instead of a bright, sunny morning with a light breeze blowing in off the ocean, Father Luke, and more than 500 runners representing all branches of the Armed Forces taking … [Read more...]

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