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Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Oct 30, 2014–Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese which has suffered the most from Boko Haram, has lamented his government’s failure to effectively counter the militants, saying human life is being devalued. “We use to think that salt is the cheapest commodity in the market, well, life is cheaper now especially [...]

TRUESTE, Italy, Oct 30, 2014–The Diocese of Trieste has announced “with a spirit full of sorrow and dismay” that one of its priests, who had recently admitted to sexual abuse of a minor female, committed suicide on Tuesday. Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi of Trieste learned Oct. 23 “of a grave matter many years ago that involved [...]

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KYIV, Ukraine, Oct 29, 2014–Travelling to Ukraine as the country prepared to go to the polls Oct. 26, Neville Kyrke-Smith of Aid to the Church in Need found a people traumatized by recent events and conflict, but determined to build a civil society with dignity in the borderland between East and West. Valentin lay in [...]

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ROME, Italy, Oct 28, 2014–A health adviser for a top global Catholic relief agency stressed the Church’s key efforts on the Ebola front in West Africa: helping people overcome panic and avert devastating social stigmas by providing accurate information. “Much of the work has been to educate people about the facts surrounding Ebola, because there’s [...]

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Pregnancy centers, not politics – the future of the pro-life movement

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Oct 25, 2014–Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child. Their mission is in an unassuming plot in a modest town well outside the sprawling Washington, D.C. suburbs. Not much [...]

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OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 25, 2014–The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement cancelling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act. “Even though our annual Charity Dinner is an event which supports and shows our solidarity with the most vulnerable [...]

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DALLAS, Oct 24, 2014–Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility when no one else would. The bishop’s acknowledgement Oct. 20 coincided with the lifting of the [...]

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Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer

WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 24, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News) — Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be [...]

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200,000 activists tell Europe: stand up for persecuted Christians

ROME, Italy, Oct 20, 2014–More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking European leaders to offer “real help” for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the world. Luca Volonté, a board member of CitizenGo and president of the international foundation Novae Terrae, told CNA that the petition seeks to address the “critical plight [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Oct 20, 2014–Monday’s consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization. Cardinals and patriarchs from the Middle East together with top officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State and [...]

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct 19, 2014–A Liberian bishop unable to attend the Synod of Bishops on the family has urged his fellow bishops to use their influence to help West African families in their enormous suffering caused by Ebola. “Whole families are being decimated,” Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of Gbarnga, Liberia, said in an [...]

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From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 18, 2014–The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. “There’s a huge gulf now” between China and the Catholic Church, Smith stated during an Oct. 9 conference call with reporters. [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, Oct 18, 2014–Tabiri Chukunta has been trying to get the word out to the West African community in New Jersey that their families and friends in Liberia need to put on hold, at least temporarily, cultural traditions of greeting people affectionately and washing bodies of the dead. For now, Chukunta, executive director of [...]

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 17, 2014–Bishops in the southern state of Guerrero asked federal and local officials to prioritize finding 43 missing teacher trainees, who authorities allege were detained by crooked cops and delivered to members of a drug cartel. In a letter issued Oct. 15, the bishops outlined an increasingly bleak security situation in Guerrero, [...]

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CARSON, Calif., Oct 17, 2014–Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, told a crowd of more than 6,000 junior high and high school students that if she can forgive the person who killed most of her family in the 1994 massacre, then “anybody can forgive. I have gone to the prison to meet the [...]

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Witness through fitness: America’s first pro-life half marathon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct 15, 2014–When three feet of snow canceled South Dakota’s Crazy Horse half and full marathons last October, thousands of runners were disappointed – among them, a group from the National LIFE Runners Team. But what could have easily devolved into a weekend of disappointment instead became part of the inspiration behind [...]

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