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Catholic news from Africa and the Middle East

Nigerian priest liberated after four days in captivity

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Benin City, Nigeria, Apr 23, 2018 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Edwin Omoregbe, who had been kidnapped last week in Nigeria’s Edo state, was released on Sunday. “With great joy in our heart, we want to inform you all that our priest, Rev. Fr. Edwin Omorogbe has been released from the hands of kidnappers,” […]

Film shows Salesians’ work to rescue girls from prostitution in Sierra Leone

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Freetown, Sierra Leone, Apr 17, 2018 / 04:23 pm (ACI Prensa).- In Sierra Leone, Salesian missionaries are working to extract girls working as prostitutes from their lifestyle, providing them with shelter and helping them to be reunited with family members or placed in adoptive homes. In 2016, Salesian missionaries working in Freetown realized there was […]

How hospitals are targeted in the Syrian civil war

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Washington D.C., Apr 13, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hospitals have become military targets in Syria, making it difficult to provide aid to victims of the country’s civil war, according to leaders of NGO and human rights groups working in the region. More than 300 healthcare facilities in Syria have been attacked and at […]

To save Christian teen from Boko Haram, Nigerian president promises quiet action

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Abuja, Nigeria, Apr 12, 2018 / 09:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With 15-year-old Leah Sharibu still in captivity under the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram for not renouncing her Christian faith, Nigeria’s president has said efforts to save her are underway, but must be discreet. “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. […]

As US mulls Syria airstrikes, Francis calls for peace

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Washington D.C., Apr 12, 2018 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As President Trump considers airstrikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including women and children, Pope Francis has called for peace in the region. President Trump has said that he will consider initiating military action against Syria within […]

Algerian martyrs to be beatified in Oran this year

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Orange, Calif., Apr 11, 2018 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Algerian government has approved the holding of a beatification Mass in Oran for seven French Trappist monks who were martyred in the country in 1996, AFP reports. “The beatification will take place in a few months, in the coming weeks, in Oran,” Algeria’s Foreign […]

As Palestinian Christians flee Gaza, priest expresses grave concern

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Gaza City, Apr 10, 2018 / 12:02 am (ACI Prensa).- In the past six years the number of Christians in the Gaza Strip has plummeted from 4,500 to just 1,000, due to the harsh conditions under which they are living, according to the pastor of the territory’s sole Catholic church. Gazans “live like it’s an […]

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Apr 9, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Armed men burst into a church meeting room in the North Kivu region April 8 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and killed 38-year-old Fr. Étienne Sengiyumva, the parish pastor. Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in North Kivu Province […]

Africans stand for life in UN battles over reproductive health

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Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2018 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- African Catholics remained concerned about a push from Western leaders to promote abortion and contraception in Africa in the name of economic development, especially as the United Nations Commission on Population and Development began its annual meeting Monday. Pope Francis has repeatedly warned against Western […]