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Catholic news from Africa and the Middle East

Scholars decode one of the last fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Haifa, Israel, Jan 22, 2018 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are among the oldest extant biblical manuscripts, have been a topic of interest since they were discovered in the Qumran Caves in the West Bank beginning in 1946. More recently, Israeli scholars have pieced together some of the last fragments of […]

Nigerian bishops deplore dehumanizing trends of violence

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Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 18, 2018 / 09:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria’s bishops challenged government authorities Tuesday to resolve the country’s violent disputes, especially after recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen have resulted in over 100 deaths just this year. A Jan. 16 statement from the Nigerian bishops’ conference focused on clashes between herdsmen and farmers; a […]

On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, a ten-year-old girl dares to dream again

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Mosul, Iraq, Jan 18, 2018 / 02:24 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Ten-year old Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, a fifth-grader, is not at a loss for words. She is passionate about her life, her future, and that of her loved ones. Helda and her family—mom, dad and a younger brother—recently moved back to […]

Bishop: Congo ‘gained heroes’ when protesters shed blood

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan 17, 2018 / 12:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo held a memorial Mass Friday for protesters killed last month while demonstrating against the presidency of Joseph Kabila. Catholic leaders were outspoken during the Jan. 12 Mass, honoring the victims of an […]

Syrian bishop narrowly avoids death in bombing

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Damascus, Syria, Jan 15, 2018 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bomb fell in the bedroom of the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus last week. He was spared death, he says, only because of a providential trip to the lavatory. Archbishop Samir Nassar related that a shell fell on his bed the afternoon of Jan. 8, […]

In Cairo, a Christmas season tinged with sorrow

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Cairo, Egypt, Jan 13, 2018 / 04:02 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Marian Nabil Habib recently observed the first anniversary of what she refers to as “the martyrdom of my father.” Nabil Habib was 48; he was among the 29 people who died Dec. 11, 2016, in a suicide attack claimed by ISIS. […]

Nigerian bishop condemns “cries of shrill Islamization”

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Lagos, Nigeria, Jan 11, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- Bishop Matthew Kukah has decried “cries of shrill Islamization across the land,” enabled by government corruption, according to a Jan. 8 report from the Catholic News Service of Nigeria. “These cries arise when those in power use religious affiliation and blatant nepotism as means of access […]

Six kidnapped nuns liberated in Nigeria

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Uromi, Nigeria, Jan 11, 2018 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a two day police operation, six women religious who were captured in Nigeria’s Edo state two months ago were released unharmed on Saturday, generating much joy from the Christian community. The women were freed during a Jan. 6 police operation, but their captors were […]

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

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Mosul, Iraq, Jan 10, 2018 / 11:34 am (ACI Prensa).- When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives. For the children who fled, leaving their home behind also meant an interruption in their education – in some cases for months or years. While […]

Cholera outbreak in Zambia leads to school, church cancellations

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Lusaka, Zambia, Jan 9, 2018 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A cholera outbreak in the southern African country of Zambia, centered on the capital Lusaka, has led to an indefinite cancellation of some school openings and church services. “We have had an outbreak of cholera from October 6, 2017 and it has affected mainly Lusaka […]