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'Keep our faith alive,' Nigerian bishop urges in wake of bombings

Nov 11, 2014 - 12:44 pm .- The violent onslaught of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has forced the Diocese of Maiduguri, which has suffered most from the militants, to effectively shrink to half its size according to its bishop.

Archbishop decries Jerusalem car attacks: 'We are acting like savages'

Nov 6, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- A Melkite-Greek Catholic archbishop has lamented recent car attacks in Jerusalem, saying that such actions are inhuman and tear down society.  

Christian couple reportedly burned alive, Pakistan urged to respond

Nov 5, 2014 - 04:35 am .- The reported killing of a Christian couple in Pakistan by a mob on Tuesday has sparked calls for the nation's government to protect its people, and especially its minorities.

Despite persecution, Year of Consecrated Life celebrated in Syria

Nov 5, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Despite persecution and threats faced by the Catholic faithful in Syria, religious communities in the war-torn country have continued their initiatives to proclaim the message of the Gospel.

Tunisia: The Muslim nation where Christians enjoy relative freedom

Nov 1, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In Tunisia, public expressions of Christianity are against the law and the government frowns on conversions. But compared to the situation of the Church in other Muslim nations, circumstances in the North African country are tolerable.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Oct 30, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose soul is being destroyed, said a priest who visited Kurdish Iraq, where many have taken refuge.  

Dialogue must replace fighting, South Sudanese bishops say

Oct 29, 2014 - 08:02 pm .- The bishops in South Sudan are calling for an immediate end to violence in their country, saying  it should be replaced with “dialogue and compromise.”

Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

Oct 29, 2014 - 04:13 am .- Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese which has suffered the most from Boko Haram, has lamented his government's failure to effectively counter the militants, saying human life is being devalued.  

Martin Baani: the Iraqi seminarian who will not leave his people

Oct 28, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Bombs are falling and the sound of the explosion is sending shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night.

Syrian Christians, building cemeteries instead of schools

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:04 am .- As the civil war in Syria continues its fourth year, Christians who remain in the country’s capital are finding it harder just to get by – even with the help of the Maronite local Church.

Egyptian Christians feel safer, though Islamism still looms

Oct 23, 2014 - 08:26 pm .- While problems still exist, Christians in Egypt feel “much safer” under the presidency of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former military officer who played a key role in the coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013, a Catholic official said.  

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'

Oct 23, 2014 - 04:21 am .- Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.  

For DRC bishops, end to president's term limit would be 'a step backward'

Oct 23, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines has written to the US state department urging that it support efforts of the Congolese bishops to oppose the suggested end to presidential term limits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After surviving Ebola, Liberians have another challenge - marginalization

Oct 21, 2014 - 12:58 pm .- "How is it that we have again become the marginalized of the earth?" That is what people ask Bishop Anthony Borwah of Gbarnga, in Liberia, the country most affected by the outbreak of Ebola.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Oct 18, 2014 - 04:45 pm .- Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats.  

Will Boko Haram honor a ceasefire? Probably not.

Oct 17, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- A reputed ceasefire and agreement to return scores of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria merit skepticism given Boko Haram’s violent ideology and the previous failures of the Nigerian government, one observer says.

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Oct 14, 2014 - 06:18 pm .- Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of security and an ineffective justice system are enduring problems, a relief worker in the country has said.  

'Our Church is in danger': Catholics in Aleppo, Homs

Oct 9, 2014 - 03:26 pm .- Sister Maria of Nazareth has committed herself to an extraordinary mission. The Argentine nun from the Institute of the Incarnate Word has been living in Aleppo, Syria, for the past two months, ministering to a traumatized Christian community in the former million-strong metropolis in the north of the country, which has suffered some of the worst violence of the three year-old civil war.

For Liberia's faithful, only Christ offers hope amid Ebola panic

Oct 9, 2014 - 11:51 am .- With hundreds dead from the devastating Ebola virus and no signs of relief on the horizon, one archbishop in Liberia says the people’s faith is what helps them maintain hope.  

Kidnapped Franciscan priest in Syria released by militants

Oct 9, 2014 - 10:19 am .- The Custody of the Holy Land announced Thursday that the Franciscan priest who was abducted in Syria by rebels over the weekend has been released, and is under house arrest at the convent in his town.

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