Nigeria has become an anti-Christian ‘bloodbath,’ report claims

Santa Ana, Calif., Jun 6, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A report released Tuesday by the non-profit Open Doors International places Nigeria at the top of a list of ten countries which are the worst violent persecutors of Christians. “The alarming increase of violence against Christians in Nigeria over the past months highlights the lack of religious freedom they have and the daily dangers they face from the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other violent Islamic … [Read more...]

Suspects arrested over abduction of Jesuit in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Jun 5, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar. “The police in Herat are doing their best to ensure the safe release of this person,” Sediq Sediqqi, Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman, stated June 5, the Associated Press reported. Fr. Kumar, 47, is from the Indian state of Tamil … [Read more...]

Suspects arrested over abduction of Jesuit in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Jun 5, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar. “The police in Herat are doing their best to ensure the safe release of this person,” Sediq Sediqqi, Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman, stated June 5, the Associated Press reported. Fr. Kumar, 47, is from the Indian state of Tamil … [Read more...]

Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jun 5, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. “We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that our leaders recognize that Catholics, whether bishops or businessmen, cannot in good conscience provide insurance that covers drugs and procedures that undermine the … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia urges support of March for Marriage

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 5, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In defense of the dignity of marriage, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced its participation in the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., later this month. “By its very nature, marriage is ordered not only to companionship and mutual support, but also – and even more fundamentally – to the procreation and education of children,” stated Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. … [Read more...]

Bishop wows Georgia Catholics at baseball charity night

Savannah, Ga., Jun 5, 2014 / 12:19 pm (CNA).- It's the first time the Savannah Sand Gnats have seen a standing ovation after the first pitch. That's probably because Gregory J. Hartmayer, Franciscan bishop of Savannah, threw it in front of more than 1,500 Catholics in attendance for a charity night at Grayson Stadium for the Sand Gnats vs. the Asheville Tourists game. Barbara King, director of communications for the diocese, said the bishop had a combination of practice and … [Read more...]

Despite improvements, still ‘a long way to go’ for US homeless

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report on homelessness shows some improvements in the country's response to those who are without shelter, but also a need for continued work, said an advisor to the U.S. bishops. “There's a long way to go still, especially (for) those who are most vulnerable,” said Tom Mulloy, policy advisor on economy, labor, housing and welfare for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a June 3 interview with CNA, … [Read more...]


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