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Catholic news from Africa and the Middle East

Kidnapped priest in Nigeria released, doing well

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Benin City, Nigeria, Oct 18, 2017 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Maurizio Pallù, an Italian missionary who was kidnapped in southern Nigeria last week, was freed Tuesday. He was freed late in the evening of Oct. 17, according to authorities, and is doing well. “The devil is cowardly, he wants to make us afraid […]

South Africa needs a better anti-corruption system, bishops say

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Cape Town, South Africa, Oct 16, 2017 / 09:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- South Africa’s Conference of Catholic Bishops has pushed for the development of an anti-corruption court, citing the damage to the country’s morale after a long standing corruption case against President Jacob Zuma. “We urge constitutional experts and the Law Reform Commission to guide […]

Despair would worsen the situation, bishop says in wake of Somalia attack

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Djibouti, Djibouti, Oct 16, 2017 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Somalia suffered its deadliest terrorist attack on Saturday, the Bishop of Djibouti reflected on the need for hope and unity among Somalis lest it become “a double attack.” A truck packed with explosives exploded in front of a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu […]

Italian Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria

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Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 16, 2017 / 01:44 pm (ACI Prensa).- An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in Benin City, Nigeria, according to media reports. Fr. Maurizio Pallu had been a missionary in Nigeria for three years. According to the Italian bishops’ publication, […]

Iraqi women visit historic monastery after its recapture from Islamic State

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Mosul, Iraq, Oct 10, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week 300 women visited a historic monastery near Mosul after its liberation from the Islamic State – a decision their priest said was made in order to show they aren’t afraid, and that Christians in Iraq are there to stay. “We decided to go […]

Want Ghana to be transformed? Proclaim your faith, says local bishop

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Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, Oct 5, 2017 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Ghana should openly profess their faith in God if they want to improve their country, said Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu of Ho last week, encouraging the faithful not to be ashamed of their Catholicism but rather boldly to proclaim it everywhere. “Our world […]

Iraqi Church leaders pray for peace after Kurdish referendum

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Erbil, Iraq, Oct 1, 2017 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders have expressed anxiety over a Kurdish vote for independence in a recent referendum, saying Kurdistan’s decision to split from Iraq could prompt more conflict and uncertainty in a region that has already faced immeasurable suffering in recent years. Despite signs of hope in […]

UN resolution to investigate ISIS crimes praised as step toward recognizing genocide

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New York City, N.Y., Sep 24, 2017 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday to help investigate ISIS crimes in Iraq, one human rights group hailed the development as a step towards U.N. recognition of genocide. “It is incredibly encouraging to see the Security Council take such […]

Togo’s bishops call for peace while reform goes to public vote

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Lome, Togo, Sep 19, 2017 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Togo’s largest protests in over a decade, the bishops of the small African country urged political leaders toward a constitutional reform aimed at lasting peace. The time is “right to organize prayers in each diocese for peace, or more specifically, for institutional and constitutional […]

Christian refugees reportedly forced to say Muslim prayers for food in Sudan

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Khartoum, Sudan, Sep 19, 2017 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian children in Sudanese refugee camps are reportedly being given food only after they recite Muslim prayers, a papal aid group says. According to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a papal charity that provides aid to persecuted Christians around the world, there are […]