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Catholic news from Africa and the Middle East

Catholic institutions in CAR shelter displaced Muslims from threat of attack

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Bangassou, Central African Republic, Aug 16, 2018 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the Central African Republic’s Diocese of Bangassou, several Catholic institutions have taken in displaced Muslims who face violence at the hand of Christian militias. The CAR has suffered violence since December 2012, when several bands of mainly Muslim rebel groups formed an […]

Monks arrested over suspected murder of Coptic Orthodox bishop

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Cairo, Egypt, Aug 13, 2018 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Egyptian police have arrested two men, one a monk and one a former monk, over the death last month of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery. Bishop Epiphanius’ body was found July 29, with injuries to his head and back that suggest that […]

As Kabila steps down, Catholics in DR Congo continue push for democracy

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Aug 10, 2018 / 02:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced this week that he will step down after 17 years in power. The announcement follows years of protests, supported by Catholics bishops, against the delaying of elections. Kabila has been ruling […]

Coptic Orthodox bishop found dead in suspected murder

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Cairo, Egypt, Aug 2, 2018 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Coptic Orthodox bishop was was found dead as a result of a suspected murder in St. Macarius Monastery in Egypt on Sunday. Bishop Epiphanius, who died July 29, was abbot of the monastery, which is located in Egypt’s Beheira governorate, about 60 miles northwest […]

Controversial Israeli law excludes non-Jews, Latin Patriarchate says

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Jerusalem, Jul 31, 2018 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recently-adopted Israeli law that strongly affirmed the country’s link with the Jewish people and avoided mention of non-Jews wrongly excluded the non-Jewish population, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has said. “It is beyond conception that a law with constitutional effect ignores an entire segment of […]

Bishop: Marriage is for life, so choose wisely

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Abuja, Nigeria, Jul 30, 2018 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A thriving and holy marriage depends on choosing a suitable spouse, having realistic expectations for the difficulties of marriage, and understanding the role of God’s grace in Christian life, according to a Nigerian bishop. “You do not choose when and where you are born, you […]

South African bishops urge government to act after spate of taxi violence

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Pretoria, South Africa, Jul 25, 2018 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference decried Wednesday a recent series of taxi driver murders and encouraged the government to bring the criminals to justice. “It is clear that there is a serious problem in the Taxi Industry that needs an immediate response,” the […]

East African bishops lay out goals for integral human development

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jul 24, 2018 / 12:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Unity, peace building, and strong families were among the themes of a document released by the bishops of Eastern Africa after an 11-day meeting in Ethiopia this month. The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), met this month for its plenary […]

Africa’s Catholic leadership group turns 50—and calls for Christian renewal

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Kampala, Uganda, Jul 20, 2018 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The potential for Christian engagement and renewal will be a focus for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the leadership organization for Catholic bishops’ conferences in Africa. The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar’s Golden Jubilee celebration is intended “to celebrate in thanksgiving God’s […]