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...]

Starvation, disease threaten South Sudan

Malakal, South Sudan, Feb 19, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence in South Sudan has put people in parts of the Diocese of Malakal at risk of starvation, as well as illnesses from a lack of clean water, a local priest has warned. “The question of food is very urgent. People are on the edge of starvation and, if nothing happens, people will fall into that situation,” Monsignor Roko Taban Mousa told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 13. “This conflict has been devastating … [Read more...]

New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Lahore, Pakistan, Feb 17, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need for justice and respect between religions. “There is not much peace in Pakistan,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 10, ahead of his Feb. 14 installation. He voiced his commitment to have more meetings with other faith leaders and to increase training programs for … [Read more...]

Archbishop warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop has reported signs of genocide in the growing conflict there, urging an effective security response and warning against the “evil” desire to kill and destroy. “If there is no one to hold back the hand of the devil here, he will achieve his goal. Many people will be hunted down and killed,” Archbishop Dieudonnè Nzapalainga of Bangui told Aid to the Church in Need … [Read more...]

Tanzanian bishop sees hope, despite growth of extremism

Kondoa, Tanzania, Feb 8, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop of a north-central diocese in Tanzania has expressed concern over the growth of radical Islamist violence in the country from foreign sources, while maintaining religious dialogue and hope for the Church. “There is an extremist fringe, it is true, but the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful … the major problem is external influence, which brings with it new interpretations and even usages of Islam,” … [Read more...]

Bishops say South Sudan faces decisive moment after conflict

Juba, South Sudan, Feb 2, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Sudan and South Sudan have said South Sudan is at a turning point, urging repentance and reconciliation after an outbreak of violence killed hundreds of people. “We are convinced that we stand at a decisive moment in the history of South Sudan. Fundamental choices must be made about how we deal with our past and present history, about how we govern ourselves as a nation, about how state institutions … [Read more...]

Bishops urge end to confiscation of land in Palestine

Bethlehem, West Bank, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' international justice and peace representative has called on the state department to pressure the Israeli government to cease its efforts to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank. “I ask you once again to urge the Government of Israel to cease and desist in its efforts to unnecessarily confiscate Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines wrote Jan. 28 … [Read more...]