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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.

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.

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