Bishop warns of Church plundering in Central African Republic

Bangassou, Apr 15, 2013 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- In the midst of a conflict between the government of the Central African Republic and the rebel Séléka coalition, the Church is suffering from fighting and theft by rebel forces, a local bishop said.“The plundering continues, day and night, at any time. The terrified people do not flee, but weep, and try to defend the little they still have,” Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz of the Diocese of Bangassou told Aid … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Christians call for peace after attack on Orthodox cathedral

Cairo, Egypt, Apr 9, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Christian leaders in Egypt appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday during the funeral of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes. At least two Christians died and over 80 were injured in the Sunday attacks, which marked the third day of sectarian violence, according to the Christian Post. Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church said the Egypt must … [Read more...]

Pope calls for end to Central African Republic violence

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2013 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate halt to violence and looting” in the Central African Republic after a coup toppled the country’s government over the weekend. “I call for an immediate halt to the violence and looting, and a political solution to the crisis to be found as soon as possible that would restore peace and harmony to that dear country for too long marked by conflict and division,” he said … [Read more...]

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Rome, Italy, Mar 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum will help promote Christian unity and raise awareness of the growing turmoil in the Middle East. “This will raise more awareness because the situation in Syria is dangerous, especially for Christians,” said Wael Salibi, a Christian Syrian who moved to Italy in September to flee the … [Read more...]

After two years of Syrian violence, religious sisters continue aid

Damascus, Syria, Mar 15, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the world marks the second anniversary of demonstrations that began what is now the Syrian civil war, the Sisters of Charity of Besançon continue to help the poor of the country's capital. “Everybody is afraid. They don't know how long they have to live,” Sister Marie-Joseph Chanaa told Aid to the Church in Need March 13. When someone goes to work he doesn't know if he'll come home … [Read more...]

Patriarch urges protection for Iraq’s fleeing Christians

Baghdad, Iraq, Feb 26, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, says greater security is needed for Christians in Iraq who are leaving their homeland for fear of local disorder. “They are leaving the country because there is no stability. Another reason is the rise of fundamentalism,” the patriarch told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 25. “Security and freedom” are the most important issues for the Church's … [Read more...]

Jailed Iranian pastor reports ‘threatening’ abuse

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, has spoken out about his plight, which includes physical violence, psychological abuse and death threats.“This new letter from Pastor Saeed could not be more clear or direct – he continues to face life-threatening abuse simply because of his religious beliefs,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center … [Read more...]