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...]

Oratorian appointed auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, England

Birmingham, England, Mar 17, 2014 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Fr. Robert Byrne as a new auxiliary bishop of the Birmingham archdiocese, leading the Oratorian priest to praise the examples of the Pope and of Bl. John Henry Newman. Fr. Byrne said he is “deeply honoured and humbled” by the appointment, adding that Pope Francis’ example “will continue to inspire and shape my ministry in Birmingham, especially to serve the poor, the marginalised and … [Read more...]

Concluding spiritual exercises, Pope calls for renewed focus on Christ

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Returning to the Vatican after a week of Lenten spiritual exercises, Pope Francis emphasized that we should not be discouraged by sin, but rather renew our commitment to following Christ. “We are all sinners but we want to follow Jesus,” the Holy Father said upon departing from the annual retreat for the Pope and members of the Curia. The retreat took place outside the Vatican for the first time this year; it was held in … [Read more...]

Christian responsibility means to listen, Pope tells Roman church

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2014 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit to the Roman parish of Our Lady of Oration on Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the necessity of listening to God, and encouraged attendees to make time every day to read the Bible. “What are the responsibilities of a Christian?” the Pope asked in his March 16 homily. “Maybe you tell me: go to Mass on Sundays, fast and abstain during Holy Week, do this...But the first responsibility of a Christian is … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to meet with families of mafia victims

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2014 / 04:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This coming Friday Pope Francis is slated to preside over a prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence and their families, which takes place the night before the national day commemorating the lives lost. “For the families of innocent victims, this meeting with the Pope is a gift,” Fr. Luigi Ciotti expressed in a March 15 article on Vatican Radio. “The availability of the Pope to accompany these family members in … [Read more...]


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