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Catholic input ‘ignored’ in Uganda’s new sex-ed program, bishops say

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Kampala, Uganda, Jun 17, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new sex-education program created by the government of Uganda will be rejected by Christian schools unless considerable revisions are made, the Catholic bishops of the country have said. While a team of Catholic experts was consulted while the program was being created, their suggestions […]

As Zimbabwe election approaches, Christian leaders stress peace, civility

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Harare, Zimbabwe, Jun 13, 2018 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for civility and a peaceful transition as the country prepares for a major presidential election next month. Leaders from different Christian groups met on May 28-30 in the capital city of Harare for a conference themed “Religious […]

Boko Haram burns Catholic building previously destroyed by Boko Haram

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Madagali, Nigeria, Jun 12, 2018 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic catechetical building was damaged by Boko Haram militants during an attack Monday on a village in northwestern Nigeria. Terrorists connected with the Islamist militant group burned 22 buildings during the raid, including part of the Catechetical Training Centre in Kaya, according to the […]

Millions travel to basilica shrine for Uganda Martyrs’ Day

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Kampala, Uganda, Jun 8, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- They came by plane, by bus, and even on foot: pilgrims traveled thousands of miles to Uganda’s Catholic shrine for the feast of the Uganda Martyrs, celebrated each year June 3. Police estimated that this year’s crowd, which gathered at the Basilica of the Uganda […]

German, African bishops affirm continued need to evangelize

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Antananarivo, Madagascar, Jun 5, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a meeting last month between representatives of the bishops of Africa and Germany discussing integral human development, both groups affirmed their need to continue the work of evangelization. “As Church, both in Africa and in Germany, the Holy Spirit is opening our eyes to […]

UN contraception campaign ‘undermines’ Rohingya refugees

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Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jun 5, 2018 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A United Nations-led campaign to provide contraception to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps fails to show respect for the views of the already vulnerable community, said one human rights group. “I am deeply concerned, but not surprised, that UNFPA views the deeply held values of […]

Syrian priest: International community is key to lasting peace

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Aleppo, Syria, Jun 1, 2018 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The key to ending Syria’s ongoing conflict lies not with the local people, but with the leaders of the international community, said a Syrian-born Franciscan priest this week. “We know that the solution today is not in our hands as Syrians. We know that the […]

Calls for beatification of English missionary to Zimbabwe

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Harare, Zimbabwe, May 30, 2018 / 10:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group devoted to John Bradburne, a lay missionary to what is now Zimbabwe in the 1970s, is raising money to fund an investigation into his life and virtues, in view of opening his cause for beatification. The group, led by Bradburne’s neice, Celia Brigstocke, […]

Catholic priest in DRC quarantined as Ebola outbreak continues

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Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 25, 2018 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic priest has contracted the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid a continuing outbreak that began in the nation earlier this month. The priest, whose name was not released, serves in the eastern diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro, which […]

Nationwide protests in Nigeria ask government to improve church security

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Abuja, Nigeria, May 24, 2018 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics from across Nigeria participated in peaceful protests on Tuesday, calling for greater government protection following a recent attack at a Catholic Church that left 19 dead. Thousands of people in 54 cities across Nigeria participated in protests May 22, corresponding with the burial of […]