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Suffering in Sierra Leone, hard-hit by Ebola, reminds bishop of civil war years

Jan 22, 2015 - 02:01 am .- From providing spiritual support to ensuring preventive care, the Diocese of Kenema in the eastern part of Sierra Leone is deeply involved in the country’s fight against the Ebola virus.

Malawi's Bishop Joseph Zuza dies in car accident

Jan 15, 2015 - 02:30 pm .- Catholics in Malawi are mourning the death of Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza of Mzuzu, who died in a car crash on Thursday at the age of 59.

In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Jan 14, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana.

Twenty-one Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya

Jan 14, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- A Libyan affiliate of the Islamic State claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians on Monday, releasing pictures of those they had captured.

Farsi Catechism translation offers hope of dialogue in Iran

Jan 13, 2015 - 12:27 pm .- The publication of the Farsi language edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may foster further interreligious dialogue in Iran, although this will depend on the commitment of local communities, a Vatican official said.

Nigerian bishop hopes for solidarity, as thousands already killed in the new year

Jan 12, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- Boko Haram having killed as many as 2,000 in an attack on the town of Baga last week, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos hopes that Nigeria will see demonstrations of solidarity and unity in the face of such violence.

Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, 'no one is angry at God'

Jan 11, 2015 - 06:01 am .- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives."

The faith that has been in Iraq 2,000 years 'cannot disappear so easily'

Jan 9, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- Archbishop Emil Nona is the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, the Iraqi city overrun by the Islamic State last summer. Since then, he has brought the voice of the Christians of Iraq to the West.

In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

Jan 8, 2015 - 02:01 am .- For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is in view as the country is also forced to accommodate a huge, and growing, influx of refugees fleeing ongoing war and violence in Syria.

Iraqi Christians say there's no going home after rise of Islamic State

Jan 7, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many Christian refugees they must forever leave their homeland.

In Zimbabwe, poverty is the Church's biggest enemy

Dec 30, 2014 - 06:02 am .- Father Felix Tachiona Mukaro is disappointed in his country’s politicians, as many Zimbabweans are, saying they are more concerned with power than the peoples' poverty.

In refugee limbo, Iraqi Christians keep the faith

Dec 29, 2014 - 06:01 am .- Threatened by forced conversion or death at the hands of the Islamic State, many Iraqi Christians have had to flee their homes – but one refugee family sheltered at a Jordanian church has declared their continued faith.

Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

Dec 26, 2014 - 06:02 am .- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

How the Church has helped fight AIDS in Uganda, Malawi

Dec 23, 2014 - 09:35 am .- Catholic leaders in Uganda and Malawi have issued largely positive informal progress reports on local Church efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the African nations.  

A Christmas message from Aleppo's bishop: hope for joy, peace

Dec 22, 2014 - 06:01 am .- As Christmas approaches, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese looking forward to the feast of hope, urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate, much like in diocese around the world.

Boko Haram suspected in reported kidnapping of 200

Dec 19, 2014 - 11:52 am .- Nigerian gunmen suspected to be with the militant Islamist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 35 people and kidnapped about 200 young men, women and children in northeast Nigeria on Sunday.

Catholic Radio bringing voice to voiceless in Uganda

Dec 19, 2014 - 08:35 am .- A small community radio station in rural Uganda, running almost entirely on solar power, is spreading the Gospel and giving “voice to the voiceless” in regions of conflict and suffering.  

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Dec 18, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims.

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial costs, medical stresses, and prejudices that can accompany living in a foreign land.

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas.

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