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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.

Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

Mar 5, 2014 - 04:50 am .- An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice.

Iraqi patriarch urges prayer, fasting that Christians remain

Feb 27, 2014 - 04:53 pm .- Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning of Lent, calling for “prayer and fasting that Christians not leave Iraq.”

Ivory Coast's new cardinal intends to advance peace in his country

Feb 26, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, the newly-elevated cardinal from Ivory Coast, has said he wants to combat politicians' “verbal violence,” and is confident that his new role can advance peace in the nation.

Cardinal Ouedraogo, the advocate of Burkina Faso’s poor

Feb 24, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Philippe Ouedraogo, the newly-created cardinal from west Africa’s Burkina Faso, is known for his backing for the inclusion of the poorest of the poor in the distribution of economic goods.

Indian chaplain in Holy Land lauds woman’s bravery

Feb 20, 2014 - 10:01 pm .- An Indian-born caregiver in Israel who rushed into a burning apartment building in a heroic attempt to save her sick employer is now at hospital battling for her own life.

Nigeria archbishop laments failure to stop Boko Haram

Feb 20, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Amid continuing attacks in Nigeria attributed to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one of the country's leading bishops has grieved the inability of government authorities to stop the violence.

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Feb 19, 2014 - 04:35 pm .- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject. 

Starvation, disease threaten South Sudan

Feb 19, 2014 - 02:07 am .- Violence in South Sudan has put people in parts of the Diocese of Malakal at risk of starvation, as well as illnesses from a lack of clean water, a local priest has warned.

New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Feb 17, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need for justice and respect between religions.

Archbishop warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Feb 14, 2014 - 04:02 am .- A Central African bishop has reported signs of genocide in the growing conflict there, urging an effective security response and warning against the “evil” desire to kill and destroy.

Tanzanian bishop sees hope, despite growth of extremism

Feb 8, 2014 - 03:31 pm .- A bishop of a north-central diocese in Tanzania has expressed concern over the growth of radical Islamist violence in the country from foreign sources, while maintaining religious dialogue and hope for the Church.

Bishops say South Sudan faces decisive moment after conflict

Feb 2, 2014 - 06:03 am .- The Catholic bishops of Sudan and South Sudan have said South Sudan is at a turning point, urging repentance and reconciliation after an outbreak of violence killed hundreds of people.

Bishops urge end to confiscation of land in Palestine

Jan 30, 2014 - 05:17 pm .- The U.S. bishops' international justice and peace representative has called on the state department to pressure the Israeli government to cease its efforts to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Dozens killed in attacks on Nigeria's Christian villages

Jan 30, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- At least 99 people were reportedly left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremist militants.

Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Jan 29, 2014 - 06:47 pm .- Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’ flight from the war-torn region.

International bishops call Gaza Christians a 'people of hope'

Jan 23, 2014 - 02:07 am .- A group of bishops from around the world who visited the Gaza Strip this month has praised the “courageous” Christian communities continuing to live and work in the “seemingly hopeless situation” there.

Syrian patriarch calls for prayer as peace talks begin

Jan 22, 2014 - 12:01 pm .- The Patriarch of Antioch has called for prayers “in every home in Syria” and around the world for a successful international peace conference in Switzerland beginning today, Jan. 22.

Holy Land Christians prepare for Church unity week

Jan 21, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Christians of varying Churches and ecclesial communities in Palestine and Israel will gather for ecumenical prayer services at the churches of various communities.

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