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Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

May 4, 2016 - 10:18 am .- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.

South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

May 4, 2016 - 06:37 am .- The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems. 

Nigerian bishop warns against embracing violence after attack by herdsmen

May 3, 2016 - 04:06 pm .- While the Diocese of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria is still searching for answers following the massacre of dozens of Christians, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah has urged locals to embrace peace even in the face of such “persistent provocation.”

Why Iraq wasn't what I thought

May 1, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically down his large, round belly.

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.

Two years after Boko Haram's schoolgirl kidnappings, has anything changed?

Apr 14, 2016 - 04:05 pm .- Two years ago, radical Islamists with the militant group Boko Haram stormed a school in Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapping 276 teen girls. The event initially sparked global outrage, with high-profile personalities taking pictures on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls.

'Astounding' – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

Apr 13, 2016 - 03:01 am .- As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith and hope, despite violent persecution.

Bulldozed for a shopping mall? What might happen to these Church ruins

Apr 11, 2016 - 06:13 pm .- Newly uncovered ancient ruins of Byzantine-era church are threatened by the construction of a commercial shopping mall in Gaza, with Palestinian Christians and archaeologists making desperate appeals to save a piece of history.

'You are not forgotten,' Cardinal Dolan tells Iraq's Christians and Yazidis

Apr 10, 2016 - 03:52 pm .- On his second full day in Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan traveled three hours to Dohuk, the city where the majority of those who fled Mosul, including the members of the minority Yazidi population, escaped to when ISIS overran the city.

Cardinal Dolan to Iraqi seminarians: You will convert the world

Apr 9, 2016 - 03:18 pm .- After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in Iraq’s only remaining seminary for diocesan priests.

These Iraqi children have lost everything – except their faith

Apr 7, 2016 - 03:30 pm .- Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living conditions and the stability of a normal life.

Cardinal Dolan visiting Iraq to show support for displaced Christians

Apr 6, 2016 - 09:36 am .- This week Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, will travel to Iraqi Kurdistan in order to offer support to families displaced by extremist violence.

There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:24 am .- Reports claiming that a kidnapped priest in Yemen was crucified over the weekend are likely false and irresponsible, the local bishop told CNA Monday.

Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Mar 27, 2016 - 02:15 pm .- A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded.

Gunmen kill Congolese priest who reported on atrocities

Mar 23, 2016 - 05:01 pm .- A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday morning.

'Every person is precious' – Malawi’s bishops respond to pro-abortion push

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:06 am .- Malawi’s bishops on Sunday released a pastoral statement on the Year of Mercy, Catholic social teaching, and its relevance for their country, reaffirming respect for the sanctity of life amid a pro-abortion push.

In Egypt, Christians can suffer under strict laws – and a pattern of lawlessness

Mar 11, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Four Coptic Christian teenagers face up to five years in prison after an Egyptian court found them guilty of insulting Islam, continuing a trend of blasphemy accusations in a country whose Christian minority lacks many basic social and legal protections.

For South Africa's bishops, the Year of Mercy is a time to heal racial division

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Repentance, spiritual healing, and hard conversations are necessary to respond to racism and racial divisions, the bishops of South Africa said on Monday.

Priest still missing after Yemen attack that killed 4 nuns

Mar 9, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Despite a lack of news and the prospect of difficult negotiations ahead, the Salesians remain hopeful that their priest kidnapped in Yemen last week will be freed.

UPDATED: Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Mar 4, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.

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