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Bishop: Boko Haram is spreading to Cameroon – while the world looks the other way

Apr 24, 2015 - 01:23 am .- A bishop in Cameroon has sent out an urgent message that the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is increasingly spreading into his country – but that media around the world are paying no attention.

For Malawi bishops, a new vision to promote excellence in Catholic schools

Apr 22, 2015 - 08:27 pm .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malawi has launched a new national education policy to promote the education of Catholics and to improve the quality of schools in the country.

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Apr 21, 2015 - 03:58 pm .- Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where the most Christian refugees have been taken after fleeing the Islamic State.

After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram

Apr 21, 2015 - 02:44 am .- A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Ankawa bomb attack strikes unease in refugees with nowhere else to go

Apr 18, 2015 - 02:05 pm .- A car bomb explosion in front of the American consulate in what is considered the safest city in Iraq has left many unnerved and anxious, praying that nothing else will penetrate the stronghold.

Kidnapped Nigerian girls deserve more than just a hashtag, activist says

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:16 pm .- The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country.

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:31 am .- “At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq.

Kenyan bishop laments terrorism, calls for unity

Apr 13, 2015 - 10:48 am .- In the wake of the recent massacre of 148 people – mainly Christians – at a university in the Kenyan city of Garissa, Cardinal John Njue, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the capital Nairobi, has called on all citizens for a spirit of unity.

Slovak 'Charity Battalion' aids displaced Christians in Iraq

Apr 9, 2015 - 02:03 am .- It seems to be just another house in the city of Ozar on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Erbil, but a small sign shows it is different from the rest: the Saint Elizabeth Clinic is where Zuzana Dudova has set up operations along with her small contingent of Slovakian Catholic volunteers who are serving Christian refugees displaced from their homes by the Islamic State.

Patriarch welcomes court's 'courageous' decision to block Israeli wall through West Bank

Apr 8, 2015 - 02:18 pm .- Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has praised an Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting the country's army from routing a security wall through Palestinian land in the West Bank, which would have separated 58 Christian families from their land.

Pope Francis sends rosaries, Easter cakes to Iraqi Christians

Apr 7, 2015 - 03:37 pm .- The Solemn Easter Vigil in Erbil, Iraq, concluded in a spirit of joyful celebration with the distribution of dove-shaped Easter cakes and rosaries sent by Pope Francis to thousands of Chaldean Christians displaced by ISIS.

Amid war in Syria, Catholic patriarch says Easter offers path of hope

Apr 7, 2015 - 12:48 pm .- Citing St. Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus, an Eastern Catholic patriarch’s Easter message repeated a call for peace and urged Christians to bear the Gospel of Life amid Syria’s ongoing civil war.

One Christian woman's quest to care for the forgotten Yazidis in Iraq

Apr 6, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Shelan Jibrael’s office is located in the Iraqi city of Erbil, where tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians displaced by the Islamic State have immigrated.

The 'surrender' of a Syrian girl gives face to the plight of refugee children

Apr 4, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- A photo that went viral last week depicting a young Syrian child “surrendering” in front of a camera she thought to be a gun is but a mere hint at the trauma which displaced and refugee children face across the Middle East, an aid worker says.

Christians returning to Homs, Syria, even though Islamic State looms

Apr 1, 2015 - 02:01 am .- In the wake of the Syrian regime’s taking full control of the ancient Christian city of Homs almost a year ago, a measure of normality has returned for local residents – including a remnant of the Christian population.

Three weeks as an Islamic State captive – one woman tells her story

Mar 31, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The woman was just 19 years old when she was captured by militants from the Islamic State. Caring for her young son and pregnant with her second child, she was separated from her husband and told she would be forced to marry an Islamic State fighter.

With #BringBackOurGirls no longer trending, Nigerians aghast at 'inaction' from donors

Mar 30, 2015 - 02:08 am .- Almost a year after the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls, humanitarian workers are fighting what they call global inaction in the face of the humanitarian crisis.

Pope's delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Mar 28, 2015 - 06:00 pm .- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country.  

Palestinian president may visit Vatican a second time for canonization Mass

Mar 26, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Nearly a year since taking part in a prayer for Middle East peace in the Vatican Gardens, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been invited to the Vatican a second time, for the canonization Mass of two Palestinians.

A 'spiritual oasis' – Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

Mar 23, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish.

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