Pakistani Catholics, Muslims cooperate to extinguish fire at friary

Karachi, Pakistan, Jul 25, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When a fire broke out last week at a Capuchin friary in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, both local Christians and Muslims rushed to put out the blaze. On July 16, a fire began at Karachi's “Capuchin House” around 11:00 a.m. People in the neighborhood heard a huge blast, and then saw a raging fire engulf the residences of the friary. “We thank God that no lives have been lost and the friars are … [Read more...]

Ceasefire signed in Central African Republic conflict

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Jul 25, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but it is unclear whether it will be effective. “We have signed this ceasefire agreement today in front of everyone. Our commitment is firm and irreversible," Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, who represented the Seleka faction, said July 23. Patrick Edouard Ngaissona, head of the anti-Balaka … [Read more...]

Federal judge strikes down Colo. marriage defense amendment

Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.   The ruling comes after another district court judge struck down the amendment on July 10, saying that preserving marriage “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” The state’s bishops rebuked … [Read more...]

EWTN to open new studio at Orange County cathedral

Orange, Calif., Jul 24, 2014 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange's Christ Cathedral. “As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world,” … [Read more...]

New auxiliary bishop for US Syro-Malabar eparchy named

Chicago, Ill., Jul 24, 2014 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday named a Chicago-area priest to become an auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago. Father Joy Alappat, 57, the vicar of Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral in Bellwood, Ill., will become a bishop for the diocese which serves the faithful of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in the U.S. He was born in Parappukara, in the Indian state of Kerala, in 1956. The bishop-designate … [Read more...]

Holy See calls for immediate ceasefire, lasting peace in Gaza

Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 24, 2014 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. “The Delegation of the Holy See reiterates its view that violence never pays. Violence will only lead to more suffering, devastation and death, and will prevent peace from becoming a reality,” said Archbishop Silvano … [Read more...]

Iraqi abbot calls for action to ensure local Christians’ future

Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 24, 2014 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the effective expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul by Islamists last week, a prominent local abbot has voiced the need for concrete action supporting Christians in Iraq. “The question and challenge is how to convince Christians they have (a) future in Iraq,” Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana wrote in a July 23 message to Aid to the Church in Need. “Nice words and sympathy statements are not enough. … [Read more...]


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