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Nigerian bishops echo Pope's prayers for peace

Sep 18, 2013 - 12:05 am .- The bishops of Nigeria have praised Pope Francis’ “inspiring leadership,” saying his Sept. 7 vigil for peace in Syria highlighted “the constant need of prayer for peace” in their country as well.

Jerusalem Patriarchate to participate in prayer vigil for Syria

Sep 6, 2013 - 03:10 am .- Joining in Pope Francis' call to make Sept. 7 a day of fasting and prayer for the people of Syria, the Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem will hold a Holy Hour at the Basilica of Gethsemane.

Lebanese faith leaders seek global aid for kidnapped bishops

Sep 5, 2013 - 02:12 am .- The Greek Orthodox and Maronite Catholic patriarchs of Lebanon have urged the international community to help resolve the abductions of two Orthodox archbishops in Syria.

Military involvement in Syria could spark world war, bishop warns

Aug 27, 2013 - 01:33 pm .- The bishop of Aleppo, Syria, has cautioned that foreign military action in the country could spark a global war, making the “tragic situation” much worse.

Egyptian bishop: Christians live in fear as attacks continue

Aug 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm .- Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, Egypt, said that Christians in his country are running out of food, but are “afraid to come out of their homes” for fear of attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Twenty-thousand Syrian Kurds forced to take refuge in Iraq

Aug 21, 2013 - 02:08 am .- Following recent clashes in Syria between al-Qaeda linked opposition groups and Kurdish forces, 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan – an autonomous region of northern Iraq – in the last six days.

Egyptian bishop says terrorists tried to kill him in his home

Aug 21, 2013 - 12:10 am .- In the midst of recent violence in Egypt, the Coptic Bishop of Luxor says he was terrorized Aug. 16 by Islamists who tried to break into his house and kill him.

Egyptian patriarch calls recent violence a 'war' on terrorism

Aug 19, 2013 - 05:08 pm .- The head of the Coptic Catholic Church has expressed solidarity with other Egyptians over the wave of violence that has struck the country, bluntly calling the events a struggle against terrorist forces. 

Indian migrants in Holy Land prepare for Marian feast

Aug 2, 2013 - 04:10 am .- Preparations for the Feast of the Nativity of Mary this September are already underway in the Holy Land, particularly among Indian migrant workers.

Catholics begin to build new church in the Emirates

Jul 29, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- Catholics in the town of Mussafah in the United Arab Emirates have begun construction on a new church dedicated to St. Paul.

Bishops urge end of 'indifference' to Central African Republic

Jul 19, 2013 - 01:52 pm .- The bishops' conference of Africa released a message of solidarity with the people of the Central African Republic, where a rebellion and coup have lately led to serious human rights violations.

African bishops promote end to violence in DR Congo

Jul 17, 2013 - 05:03 pm .- At a meeting of African bishops, those of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have urged an end to the armed conflicts in their country, calling on all parties to “work actively for peace.”

Child's smile enough to keep volunteers in Syria

Jul 15, 2013 - 05:07 pm .- A Syrian woman who works in a center for children opened during the country's civil war said that the smile of just one of these children is enough to keep motivating her and her colleagues.

Zambian bishops encourage 'people-driven' constitution

Jun 13, 2013 - 02:01 am .- The Catholic bishops of Zambia have urged locals to be vigilant in calling for a new, “people-driven” constitution to help advance development in the country.

Bishops denounce attacks in Central African Republic

May 31, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- A bishop in the Central African Republic is denouncing the plundering and profanations of Church missions in the country, as well as the sexual assaults carried out by Islamists in the rebel militia Seleka.

Iranian government arrests Christian pastor, closes church

May 28, 2013 - 05:46 pm .- The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.

Mideast Christians unite in prayer for abducted bishops

May 23, 2013 - 02:55 pm .- Orthodox and Catholic Christians in the Middle East gathered this week to pray for and appeal for the realease of two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in Syria one month ago.

New academic post aims to renew Africa's political culture

May 23, 2013 - 08:31 am .- Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of Benin and officials from the Pontifical Lateran University presented a new chair whose goal will be to study African politics and form new generations of leaders in the Church’s social doctrine.

Nigerian bishops lament disunity among local Catholics

May 23, 2013 - 04:06 am .- As the Catholics of the Diocese of Ahiara protested the appointment of a bishop from a nearby diocese as their shepherd, local bishops expressed sadness at the disunity in the Church of Nigeria.

US bishops oppose re-routing of Israel-Palestine separation wall

May 8, 2013 - 05:25 pm .- The U.S. bishops have criticized an Israeli plan to re-route a separation wall through the Cremisan Valley in the West Bank, claiming such a move would harm both Christian families and religious orders.

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