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

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 [...]

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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BILOXI, Mass., Oct 14, 2014–The harsh realities of racial segregation were spelled out for Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze at an early age. Bishop Howze, 91, a native of Daphne, Alabama, was appointed the first bishop of Biloxi in 1977. He was the first black Catholic bishop in the 20th century to head a diocese, and [...]

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SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct 14, 2014–The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican. The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Oct 14, 2014–The Polish bishops’ conference voiced concerns Monday over the interim report released by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The relatio post disceptationem, or “report after debate,” caused controversy and confusion yesterday after its release. Particularly under scrutiny have been passages about cohabitation before marriage and persons with same-sex [...]

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PNG, Solomon Islands bishops reveal joint pastoral plan

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Oct 11, 2014–At a recent Mass, the bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands revealed a roadmap for pastoral planning to guide the transformation of their societies. “The new evangelization is at the core of the pastoral plan, along with the pastoral care of the family, the poor, the youth, [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Oct 11, 2014–The Catholic Church in Nigeria has been at the forefront in fighting discrimination towards persons with same-sex attraction, says Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, who adds that media coverage of the Church has been imbalanced. In one of the strongest statements made about homosexuality during the first week of the Synod [...]

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As violence ravages homeland, Nigerian bishop hopes in synod

VATICAN CITY, Oct 8, 2014–Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has high hopes for the outcome of the current bishops’ synod, noting the contributions of the African Church despite extreme violence and other local struggles. “There is great hope, the mood is good and I think there is a lot to be achieved,” Archbishop Kaigama [...]

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ST. LOUIS, Oct 8, 2014–When Joe Sehnert moved to Liberia in 2011, he knew the risks of going to a Third World country. Ebola wasn’t among them; the deadly virus historically has been limited to countries in East and Central Africa. But as part of a recent outbreak, the disease has ravaged Liberia and other [...]

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LAGOS, Nigeria, Oct 8, 2014–Nearly 200 churches in the Maiduguri Diocese in northeastern Nigeria have been destroyed or razed by Boko Haram insurgents since August, a diocesan official said. Father Gideo Obasogie, director of social communications in the diocese, said in a statement released Oct. 6 that violence has affected 186 churches in 14 parishes [...]

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