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Coptic Catholics consecrate first church in Sinai, against backdrop of martyrdom

Feb 20, 2015 - 02:01 am .- “The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya.” Such was the reaction of Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by Islamic State affiliates.

Why this bishop is staying in Libya after the ISIS massacre

Feb 19, 2015 - 02:48 am .- “I should stay! How can I leave the Christians alone?”

Near Bethlehem, Israeli barrier threatens Christians' future

Feb 18, 2015 - 03:35 pm .- Palestinian Christians, a monastery, a convent and a Catholic school near Bethlehem are all at risk from the Israeli government’s planned security barrier in the West Bank’s Cremisan Valley, the U.S. bishops have told members of Congress.

Meet the Christians in Syria who want to stay, despite the war

Feb 17, 2015 - 02:01 am .- “Fortunately, the battles are over for now. There was fierce fighting in Al Nabek all through Advent. No one was able to flee. The people were trapped. Peace was then finally restored in the week before Christmas. But you never know.”

In run-up to presidential vote, Nigerian bishop slams government corruption

Feb 13, 2015 - 03:54 pm .- Bitterly condemning “the ugly tide of corruption” in Nigeria’s government, the Bishop of Sokoto has highlighted the challenges awaiting the next administration in the wake of an election postponed due to the violence of Boko Haram.

Franciscan Holy Land pilgrimage aims to revitalize priests' ministry

Feb 11, 2015 - 12:08 am .- An upcoming twenty-day Holy Land pilgrimage for priests and religious aims at being a renewal program to help them become more effective in ministry, according to one of the pilgrimage's coordinators.

After pilot's heinous execution, Jordan's Christians pray for religious harmony

Feb 4, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State's gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity.

Cape Verde, Africa is getting its first cardinal

Feb 3, 2015 - 07:27 pm .- At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced that among the 20 men he would make cardinal on Feb. 14 is Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde, whose episcopal motto is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.”

Vatican commission to oversee Catholic university in Jordan

Feb 2, 2015 - 04:55 pm .- The Vatican Secretariat of State has established an ad hoc commission to oversee the American University of Madaba, a Catholic university in Jordan, to examine its financial stability, its governance, and its academics.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Jan 30, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and other groups put these communities at risk of extinction, a Jordanian priest fears.

Missionary: Boko Haram behind attacks on churches, religious in Niger

Jan 30, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Boko Haram is determined to take its jihadist campaign beyond Nigeria. Its next targets include Niger, where, as reported in an email message from a woman religious working as a missionary in the country, the group has proclaimed that “Christians must die.”

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015 - 02:21 am .- A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage preparation, family counseling, and educational youth formation.

Iraqi priests work to save historic Christian writings from Islamic State

Jan 29, 2015 - 02:01 am .- Effectively exiled from his friary in Mosul by the Islamic State last year, Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, O.P. is working to preserve Christian manuscripts through digitization, recording a memory of Iraq's Christian past.

Jesuit laments car bomb attack in Syria, scorns media silence

Jan 28, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- “Most of them were students at the university, young people who had not left the city. So what sort of message does this attack send out now? I believe they were deliberately targeted.”

Malawian bishops commit to spreading the Gospel with new media

Jan 28, 2015 - 02:04 am .- A national symposium of Catholic communicators set out to explore pathways in new media to build unity in Malawi and to connect people to the faith in the small southern African nation.

Should the West take on Nigeria's terrorists? Bishops say yes

Jan 26, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world.

Leading Iraqi Christian calls on Muslims to confront 'culture of hatred'

Jan 23, 2015 - 02:04 am .- The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has encouraged Iraqi Muslims to confront violent extremists, stressing the need to return to peaceful coexistence despite present threats in the country.

Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Jan 22, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country.

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.

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