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Central African bishop recounts Holy Week kidnapping

May 13, 2014 - 04:18 pm .- A Central African bishop who was abducted on Holy Wednesday by Seleka rebels, and was on his way to be executed, has called the incident “a great misfortune.”

Nigerian cardinal urges action to free kidnapped girls

May 7, 2014 - 10:45 am .- Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, saying his country is “ashamed” by the failure to find them.

Rhode Island military chaplain introduces Boston Marathon to Afghanistan

May 3, 2014 - 09:08 am .- A year ago, Father Lukasz Willenberg could never have imagined that this year, despite racing under a most unique set of conditions in one of the most inhospitable areas of the world, he would manage to top his finishing time in last year’s Boston Marathon.

Argentine nun heads to Syria after Pope's call to peripheries

Apr 30, 2014 - 04:19 am .- A religious sister from Argentina, who has been serving for four years in the Gaza Strip, is preparing to go to the Syrian city of Aleppo, in response to Pope Francis’ call to aid those who are “forgotten.”

Health workers in West Africa respond to Ebola outbreak

Apr 10, 2014 - 05:39 pm .- Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

Migrants in Holy Land look forward to papal visit

Apr 10, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Migrant workers in the Holy Land are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' pilgrimage to Palestine, Israel and Jordan next month, and are praying for its success.

Priest murdered in Syria witnessed to Christ's love

Apr 7, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- A priest of the Society of Jesus who refused to leave his flock in the Syrian city of Homs was murdered by an unknown gunman Monday morning.

Twenty years after genocide, Church helps Rwanda heal

Apr 7, 2014 - 11:45 am .- Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise.

Holy Land bishops urge Christian-Muslim unity against extremism

Apr 5, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk.

UN registers Lebanon's millionth Syrian refugee

Apr 4, 2014 - 04:02 am .- The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon registered with the United Nations has now passed 1 million, as the organization’s refugee agency stresses the urgent need to fund humanitarian aid.

Jerusalem Patriarch condemns monastery vandalism

Apr 3, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has lamented the recent anti-Christian vandalism of a Catholic monastery and shrine near Jerusalem as “madness.”

Nigerian Catholics risk violence, lives to attend Mass

Mar 23, 2014 - 06:01 am .- Catholics in a northern Nigerian city are risking their lives to attend Sunday Mass, as their community has fallen prey to violence from radical extremists.

Central African bishop seeks hope, forgiveness amid carnage

Mar 22, 2014 - 04:10 pm .- Central African Republic can recover from the carnage of violent conflict through a return to Christ, who empowers Christians to forgive their enemies, the archbishop of the nation’s capital says.

South Sudanese diocese evacuated due to violence, looting

Mar 18, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The South Sudanese Malakal diocese has been evacuated as many areas there have been “completely destroyed” following violence committed by rebel forces, the diocesan administrator says.

Boko Haram violence continues in attacks on barracks, school

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Hundreds of militants believed to be members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked an army barracks in Nigeria March 14, the latest event in the country’s years of violence from the group.

Bishop hopes to create new home for Catholics in Arabia

Mar 17, 2014 - 04:55 pm .- Catholics in the Arabian peninsula look forward to building a new cathedral in Bahrain, creating a permanent home for the Church and a place to help support Catholics coming to the region.

Three years in, Catholics note brutality of Syrian conflict

Mar 15, 2014 - 06:03 am .- As today marks the third anniversary of uprisings which led to civil war in Syria, Catholic leaders there and in neighboring Lebanon have reflected on its devastating effect on both countries.

Abducted Orthodox nuns released by Syrian rebel group

Mar 10, 2014 - 03:40 pm .- A group of Greek Orthodox nuns in Syria, as well as women from their convent’s orphanage, were returned safely Sunday, following their kidnapping by the rebel al-Nusra Front.

Missionaries reflect on anniversary of expulsion from South Sudan

Mar 9, 2014 - 08:05 am .- Fifty years after their expulsion from South Sudan, missionaries reflected on the challenges and unexpected blessings borne out of the dismissal, as well as upon the future of the country.

Churches critical to development of South Sudan, author says

Mar 6, 2014 - 04:43 pm .- With unique knowledge and solidarity with the people, churches play an essential role in helping cultural development in South Sudan, said an author familiar with the region.

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