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Catholic news from Africa and the Middle East

Nigerian bishops call for fair elections, warn against selling votes

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Lagos, Nigeria, Jan 21, 2019 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Nigerian presidential election approaches, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in the country emphasized the importance of electoral honesty and cautioned citizens against political corruption. The Nigerian general election take place Feb. 16, with voters electing the country’s president and national assembly. President Muhammadu Buhari […]

Church in DRC urges pressure on electoral commission over disputed vote

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan 14, 2019 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a disputed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation’s bishops have asked the UN Security Council to push the election commission to publish data from the vote. Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of Kisangani, president of the […]

DRC bishops question presidential election results

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan 10, 2019 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are among several major observers casting doubt on the results of the nation’s Dec. 30 presidential elections. “[T]he results of the presidential election as published by the CENI [National Election Commission] do […]

The Lebanese saint who unites Christians and Muslims

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Annaya, Lebanon, Jan 10, 2019 / 03:16 am (CNA).- St. Charbel Makhlouf is known in Lebanon for the miraculous healings of those who visit his tomb to seek his intercession – both Christians and Muslims. “St. Charbel has no geographic or confessional limits. Nothing is impossible for [his intercession] and when people ask [for something], […]

Congo’s bishops call for release of election results

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan 4, 2019 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for the release of the result of the country’s presidential election. The Church sent thousands of election monitors to assist at polling stations across the central African country during the vote, which […]

Nigerian priest abducted on Christmas Eve: Prayer saved us

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Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 4, 2019 / 12:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Nigerian priest who was kidnapped on Christmas Eve recalled his experience after Mass this week, saying prayer is what saved him. Father Cajetan Apeh, a recently ordained priest assigned to St. Theresa’s Parish in Anam, was kidnapped along with the church’s pastor on Dec. […]

Amid tense election, DRC bishops concerned about voting irregularities

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan 2, 2019 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is drawing attention to voting problems that could call into question the outcome of a presidential election that has already been delayed two years. In a Dec. 31 statement, the […]

Iraqi Christians have important mission of ‘forgiveness and reconciliation’

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Mosul, Iraq, Dec 28, 2018 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged the Catholic population of northern Iraq to remain steadfast in their faith and be open to forgiveness despite the numerous challenges facing their community. Delivering the homily at a Mass at the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Altahera in Bakhdida […]

Mass grave of Christians killed by Islamic State found in Libya

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Misrata, Libya, Dec 28, 2018 / 01:48 pm (CNA).- A mass grave of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by the so-called Islamic State group in 2015 has reportedly been unearthed in Libya. The bodies have been exhumed and will be eventually repatriated to Ethiopia, the Libyan interior ministry says. Libyan government authorities found the mass grave […]

Midnight Mass in Beirut

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Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 25, 2018 / 08:00 am (CNA).- On the evening before Christmas, the city of Beirut was decked with lights and trees and nativity scenes. A festive glow covered everything as people made their way to the various Catholic and Christian churches for Midnight Mass. In downtown Beirut, the traffic around the cathedral […]