Boko Haram still a serious threat to Nigeria, advocates warn

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The militant Islamist group Boko Haram continues to pose a grave threat to Nigerian society five months after the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, a law expert from the country warned. “Boko Haram continues to attack their communities and about a dozen parents of missing girls have already died in the five months since their abduction,” Emmanuel Ogebe, managing partner of the U.S.-Nigeria Law Group, told CNA … [Read more...]

Vanity is like an onion, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2014 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a colorful Thursday homily, Pope Francis highlighted the sin of vanity, saying that Christians must reject it by peeling away one layer at a time. He cited the Desert Fathers, the saints of early Christian Egypt, who saw that “vanity is a temptation against which we must battle our whole life, because it always comes back to take the truth away from us.” Drawing from their comparison, Pope Francis explained that vanity … [Read more...]

Pope removes Paraguayan bishop from governance of diocese

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Sep 25, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday removed Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano from governance of the Diocese of of Cuidad del Este, in eastern Paraguay, following an apostolic visitation of the diocese which took place in July. “This was a difficult decision on the part of the Holy See, taken for serious pastoral reasons and for the greater good of the unity of the Church in Ciudad del Este and the episcopal communion in … [Read more...]

Military chaplains: God in the trenches of Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 25, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since April, Ukraine’s eastern provinces have experienced continual military confrontation between its government, and pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, and more than 3,200 have been killed in the conflict. Accompanying the soldiers at the front are priests – both Catholic and Orthodox – as well as Protestant chaplains. Vasyl Derkach, 23, recently returned to Lviv, in Ukraine's west, to recover after … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for … [Read more...]

‘Peace is possible,’ say US bishops returning from Palestine, Israel

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing the importance of prayer, a delegation of U.S. bishops returning from a peace-focused pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel said peace in the region is possible “because God is our hope.” “We are compelled by the Gospel of Peace to share the fruits of our prayers and encounters with Israelis and Palestinians,” the delegation said in a Sept. 22 communique. “Two peoples and three faiths have … [Read more...]

Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast

Jaffa, Israel, Sep 24, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of prayer, devotion and unity.   On the Sept. 13 feast of the Nativity of Mary – called “Monti Fest” – more than 2500 Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. Mary is the protector and patroness of the … [Read more...]