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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Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2016 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children.The Syrian families were those brought by Pope Francis after his day-trip to Lesbos, Greece in April. Pope Francis brought the first group back to Rome with him on his flight April 16, and the second group arrived to Rome in mid-June.During the meal, … [Read more...]

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In Syria, Aleppo’s Catholics pray and fast for peace

Aleppo, Syria, Aug 11, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As rebel factions continue to fight Syria's Assad government for control of Aleppo, Syria's largest city, Christians in the metropolis are praying and fasting for peace to come to their homes.“We don't know what's going to happen. We announced to all the priests , since yesterday, and we've also told the people, that we want to fast and pray the next 72 hours so that the will for peace always prevails and so … [Read more...]

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Why this bishop thinks moral leadership will bridge the racial divide

Belleville, Ill., Aug 11, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the second anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., this week, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has noted the downfalls of racial division and spoke about the importance of moral leadership as the best way to combat the growing division among citizens in the United States.“In a time of the breakdown of a sense of togetherness among people, there is an acute need for a new authenticity,” Bishop Braxton, whose diocese … [Read more...]

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Pro-life leaders reject call for abortions in face of U.S. Zika cases

Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A small patch of the city of Miami is being called “ground zero” for the Zika virus in the United States, adding fuel to the abortion debate surrounding the disease, which can cause birth defects in unborn children."I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, … [Read more...]

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Will Texas execute two innocent men?

Austin, Texas, Aug 10, 2016 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Texas, two scheduled executions could kill innocent men, Catholic and other Christian leaders have warned.“In both cases, there are strong indicators that the defendants may be innocent. A gross misuse of justice does not serve the victims, our society or those who have been sentenced to death,” the Texas Catholic bishops said Aug 3.They urged Texans to write to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardon and … [Read more...]

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The deadly danger of global blasphemy laws

Washington D.C., Aug 10, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the biggest threats to religious freedom worldwide are blasphemy laws, the State Department said in its annual religious freedom report, released Wednesday.“I want to highlight this year the chilling, sometimes deadly effect of blasphemy and apostasy laws in many places of the world, as well as laws that purport to protect religious sentiments from defamation,” the Ambassador at-Large for International Religious … [Read more...]

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