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Ugandans are eagerly preparing for papal visit with prayer, penance

Oct 8, 2015 - 06:02 am .- In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to their country, the head of the Ugandan bishops' conference has called on Catholics to make themselves ready to welcome the Pope though prayer and charitable works.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism.

Pope Francis prays for new Assyrian Christian leader amid Middle East tragedy

Sep 21, 2015 - 02:29 pm .- Amid the sufferings of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis on Monday sent his prayers to the new head of the Assyrian Church of the East, Catholicos-elect Gewargis III.

European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

Sep 15, 2015 - 06:08 am .- European bishops are gathering in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and to trace a path of hope for them, in an unprecented assembly.

Blessed Benedict Daswa: the South African martyred for rejecting witchcraft

Sep 14, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Benedict Daswa, a South African catechist whose Christian opposition to witchcraft led to his murder in 1990, was beatified on Sunday as Catholic leaders praised his heroic witness to the faith.

Knights of Columbus sending one month of food to Erbil refugees

Sep 9, 2015 - 12:44 am .- This month, the Knights of Columbus will provide food to some 13,500 families in Erbil who have been displaced by the ISIS takeover of Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq.

Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Sep 2, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society.

Bishop in Swaziland seeks prayer, reflection after country's deadly truck accident

Sep 2, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The bishop of the small, southern African kingdom of Swaziland has called for prayer and reflection in response to a road accident that killed as many as 65 young girls preparing for the country’s Reed Dance festival.

'Africa will save the family' – one cardinal's prediction on the Church's future

Sep 1, 2015 - 06:15 am .- The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe.

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:16 am .- Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.

Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Aug 21, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month.

Dozens of new grads join the ranks of Kenya’s Catholic nurses

Aug 20, 2015 - 12:04 am .- What began as a training facility for rural health care workers in the 1970s has now turned into a Catholic nursing school with hundreds of graduates.

Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that while the news is good, it could be a distraction ahead of another major assault.

In Burundi's crisis, the Church stands with the people

Aug 13, 2015 - 06:02 am .- A Burundian priest has spoken out about the worrying crisis in his country, particularly following the Aug. 2 murder of  General Adolph Nshimirimana, a close ally of president Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking a third term in office.

What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Aug 12, 2015 - 12:52 am .- More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life and rejecting efforts to promote abortion in the country and throughout the continent.

Priest urges prayer for victims, perpetrators of latest Islamic State abduction in Syria

Aug 10, 2015 - 05:10 pm .- A priest in Syria has called for prayer after militants of the Islamic State kidnapped dozens of both Christians and Muslims near Homs last week.

New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins

Aug 1, 2015 - 03:04 pm .- In a rare move, the Armenian Catholic Church has pulled their new patriarch from out of retirement to take on the role as their new head. Church leaders cited his energy and authority as necessary when dealing with current issues, particularly those in the Middle East.

African leaders counter Obama's 'ideological colonization' in Kenya

Jul 28, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- U.S. president Barack Obama has come under fire from African politicians and Church leaders after advocating for gay rights in Kenya this weekend – a practice Pope Francis has referred to as “ideological colonization.”

Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Jul 24, 2015 - 06:07 am .- With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to send a message of hope and support for the persecuted Christian minority who have chosen to stay.

Hope for Gaza? Despite a tough year, Catholic aid group says yes

Jul 23, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is helping conflict victims to find new homes.

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