In Pakistan, dozens face murder charges for lynching of Christian couple

Lahore, Pakistan, May 29, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Pakistan’s Punjab province, 106 people have been charged with the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple, who were attacked by a lynch mob and burned alive after being accused of blasphemy. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court charged that three Muslim clerics were involved in persistent provocative speech against the couple, while local media reported the clerics stirred up over 400 people against Shahzad Masih and his … [Read more...]

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As conflict rages on, Ukrainian troops make a pilgrimage for peace

Lourdes, France, May 29, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Ukrainian army recently traveled to Lourdes, France for an international military pilgrimage aimed at promoting peace – something the whole country is said to be praying for. To come to the shrine with soldiers actively fighting in conflict zones “is very important to us because like this we feel very supported by the whole world,” Father Ivan Yavorskyy told CNA May 16. “We also want to show … [Read more...]

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For Boko Haram victims – and their babies – Catholics pledge full support

Abuja, Nigeria, May 28, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many escapees of the terrorist group Boko Haram include women and girls who are pregnant as a result of rape, and Nigeria's Catholics have been swift to show solidarity and support for the victims. “To the women who are victims of the criminal actions by the Boko Haramists, we extend special concern and empathy,” the country's bishops said in a May 25 letter. “We appeal to them to keep faith in God Almighty … [Read more...]

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Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president

Pittsburgh, Pa., May 28, 2015 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Second-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced his campaign for the U.S. presidency on Wednesday, standing behind his goals to shrink the government, heal the middle class, and focus on social issues, while honing in on his image as a "blue collar conservative." "I am proud to stand here among you and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to announce that I am running for president of … [Read more...]

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Obama’s immigration order stalls. For 5 million immigrants, now what?

Washington D.C., May 28, 2015 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Obama administration’s massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are helping undocumented immigrants any way they can. “Obviously, we're extremely disappointed,” Jeanne Atkinson of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network told CNA in response. CLINIC was founded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and serves dioceses throughout the … [Read more...]

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Vatican rolls out first-ever guidebook for Arab pilgrims

Vatican City, May 28, 2015 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move intended to reach out to Arab pilgrims who make their way to the Eternal City, the Vatican has for the first time published a guidebook entirely in the Arabic language. At the May 20 presentation of the book, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri said that “We cannot forget the sufferings and the challenges which Christians and more generally the populations of the Middle East are facing.” He expressed his confidence that the … [Read more...]

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Another Christian youth is accused over blasphemy law in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Tension and fear have gripped the Christian community in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, after a Muslim mob attacked the community on Sunday when a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy. The city's archbishop, Sebastian Shaw, has credited local authorities with containing the mob and diverting the worst of the possible violence. On May 24, Humayun Faisal Masih was burning newspapers in Sanda, a Christian … [Read more...]

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