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Seeking hope, Central Africans pray novena for peace

Dec 19, 2013 - 04:37 am .- As severe violence continues to afflict the Central African Republic, Catholics are praying a novena for peace and encouraging forgiveness amid the “desolation.”

Release abducted nuns, Orthodox bishop urges Syrian rebels

Dec 17, 2013 - 04:08 am .- An Orthodox bishop in Syria has called for the release of 12 nuns kidnapped by Islamist rebels, saying they “have done no harm to anyone.”

Zimbabwean bishops concerned by polarization after elections

Dec 12, 2013 - 12:02 am .- The bishops of Zimbabwe have released a proposal for restoration and peace in the country following the national elections which were held in July and which have polarized the nation's people.

Central African Republic mired in violence amid threat of genocide

Dec 10, 2013 - 04:55 pm .- A year of violence threatening the stability of the Central African Republic has escalated in recent weeks, leaving more than one million people in need amidst calls for foreign aid and warnings of the potential for genocide.Central African Republic mired in violence amid genocide threat

Shipwrecked man survives underwater for three days praying psalms

Dec 5, 2013 - 01:02 pm .- After a shipwreck off the coast of Nigeria, a 29-year-old man survived three days at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean while constantly reciting a psalm his wife mentioned to him during their last conversation.

Bishops urge New Evangelization for Ghana

Nov 20, 2013 - 04:41 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Ghana called for “renewed zeal” to spread the Catholic faith, saying all Christians are called to participate in the New Evangelization.

South Sudanese bishops praise national progress, urge reform

Nov 19, 2013 - 05:09 pm .- The  bishops of South Sudan find “much to celebrate” in the newly independent country, praising peaceful advances, while also noting causes for concern.

African Catholic bishops urge forgiveness, end to exploitation

Nov 8, 2013 - 04:24 pm .- African Catholic leaders in justice and peace have released a message encouraging spiritual renewal and condemning the exploitation of “the poorest and weakest.”

Vatican nunciature to Syria hit by mortar; no casualties

Nov 5, 2013 - 04:06 pm .- The Vatican's nunciature in Damascus was hit by a mortar round at 6:30 am on Tuesday, damaging the building but neither killing nor injuring any persons.

Zambian bishops preparing to launch Catholic television station

Oct 30, 2013 - 02:04 am .- Catholic television is coming to the southern African country of Zambia following years of effort by the Zambian bishops conference.

Egypt suffers terrorism, not religious conflict, priest says

Oct 30, 2013 - 12:01 am .- A  priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria has rejected claims that attacks on Egyptian Christians are a religious conflict, noting that terrorists in the country are attacking many groups.

Maintain faith during persecutions, Iraqi bishop advises

Oct 29, 2013 - 12:08 am .- The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul wrote in an open letter to Christians in the West that in the face of religious persecution, Catholics must continue steadfast in the virtue of faith.

Iranian Christians face lashings for communion wine

Oct 28, 2013 - 02:17 pm .- Four Iranian Christians were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine during a communion service at a house church.

Charity director laments mounting violence in Central African Republic

Oct 24, 2013 - 02:05 am .- Widespread violence in the Central African Republic which began in December is in risk of diffusing to nearby countries, an official with Aid to the Church in Need has warned.

Three Red Cross workers remain kidnapped in Syria

Oct 14, 2013 - 03:48 pm .- A day after their kidnapping in Syria, the whereabouts of three relief workers from the Red Cross remain unknown, though another three of their companions, as well as a Red Crescent volunteer, have been released.

Report: kidnapped Jesuit priest alive in Syria

Oct 10, 2013 - 12:53 pm .- A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist opposition group allied with Al-Qaida, one reporter has said.  

Syrian Christians find lives 'paralyzed' by wartime chaos

Oct 8, 2013 - 12:55 am .- Only peace can end the suffering of Syria’s Christian refugees, say local Christian leaders who emphasize the need to give refugees hope alongside material support.

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

Sep 28, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- Catholic African leaders met in Malawi earlier this week for an assembly dedicated to the Bible and to increasing the place of scripture in the lives of the continent’s faithful.

Do not forget Syria's Christians, priest urges Westerners

Sep 27, 2013 - 04:58 pm .- A Syrian priest has urged the West to remember the Christians in his country, many of whom are fleeing due to fear of the violence and shortages brought about by the ongoing civil war.

Pope expresses good will to Muslims in letter to Sunni imam

Sep 23, 2013 - 01:03 pm .- Pope Francis has indicated respect “for Islam and Muslims” in a letter to the head of the main cultural institution of Sunni Islam, marking the end of Ramadan.

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