Guam priest admits guilt amid ongoing abuse scandal

Hagatna, Guam, Aug 12, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in Guam has admitted to abusing around 20 children, a revelation that comes amid an ongoing investigation into abuse accusations surrounding the local archbishop.Accusations against Fr. Louis Brouillard, 95, were made during a public hearing last week to lift Guam’s statute of limitations on child abuse. The accusations were raised by a man who lives in Hawaii and said he was sent to a Catholic school in Guam, where he was … [Read more...]

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In war-torn Syria, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral needs help

Homs, Syria, Aug 11, 2016 / 10:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.When the area was occupied by the Syrian civil war’s opposition forces, they turned the cathedral into a military headquarters.The occupation took its toll. Icons of the cathedral were stolen, severely damaged or defaced. The marble columns were almost completely ruined. The ambo has been targeted by gunfire, while many furnishings were burned.In the crypt, the … [Read more...]

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Islamic aggression takes different form in Nigeria, bishop explains

Jalingo, Nigeria, Aug 11, 2016 / 07:08 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Charles Hammawa heads the Diocese of Jalingo, located in the eastern part of the Nigeria's so-called “Middle Belt.” The population of 2.3 million is about equally divided between Muslims and Christians, 450,000 of whom are Catholic, with 10 percent of the people belonging to traditional religions.The bishop expressed to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need Aug. 9 his concern … [Read more...]

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Islamic aggression takes different form in Nigeria, bishop explains

Jalingo, Nigeria, Aug 11, 2016 / 07:08 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Charles Hammawa heads the Diocese of Jalingo, located in the eastern part of the Nigeria's so-called “Middle Belt.” The population of 2.3 million is about equally divided between Muslims and Christians, 450,000 of whom are Catholic, with 10 percent of the people belonging to traditional religions.The bishop expressed to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need Aug. 9 his concern … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes.

Assisi, Italy, Aug 11, 2016 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If a prominent imam is right, Pope Francis will visit Assisi Sept. 19 for a major international interreligious meeting.Mohamed Abdel Qader, the Imam of Perugia and Umbria – the Italian region that is home to Assisi – raised the possibility last week in an interview with the Italian Bishops Conference’s television TV2000.Imam Qader was in Assisi when Pope Francis visited to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the … [Read more...]

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Okla. Christians counter Satanic mockery of Virgin Mary with prayer

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 11, 2016 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Another planned black mass and an additional satanic ritual in Oklahoma City is timed to mock a Marian feast and desecrate an image of the Virgin Mary. In reaction, the local Catholic archbishop and Christians from all backgrounds will join in prayer.Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City explained the need for prayer and called on Catholics to join the Unity Prayer Service and Walk.“In response to this blasphemous … [Read more...]

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Bishop calls for international collaboration to end conflict in South Sudan

Yei, South Sudan, Aug 11, 2016 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of an intense humanitarian crisis gripping his country, a South Sudanese bishop has called for collaboration between local political leadership and the international community in obtaining peace.South Sudan saw a civil war break out in 2013 as a power struggle between its president, Salva Kiir, and vice-president, Riek Machar, who are of rival ethnic groups. A peace deal was reached last year, but fighting has continued … [Read more...]

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