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Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

September 26, 2014 | 4:51 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed. Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and […]

Ukrainian bishops tell West not to be accomplices in ‘sin of murder’

September 12, 2014 | 12:44 pm | International

By Catholic News Service LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Ukraine’s Catholic bishops have warned their country is now “flowing in blood,” and urged Western governments not to become “accomplices in the sin of murder” by failing to support it. “This peaceful sovereign nation has been subjected to a direct military intervention by a northern neighbor — […]

Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

August 21, 2014 | 3:52 pm | International

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the […]

In Jerusalem hospital, staff and family help Gaza trauma patients

July 31, 2014 | 4:02 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Since the death of his wife in an Israeli missile attack on their house in the Gaza Strip in late July, George Ayyad, 75, has been keeping vigil over his son Jeries, 31. Jeries Ayyad lay in the intensive care unit of St. Joseph Hospital. Second- […]

Sudanese woman rearrested with family at airport

June 24, 2014 | 3:11 pm | International

By Catholic News Service KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNS) — Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman originally sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, was released from prison June 23, but apprehended again the next day at the Khartoum airport with her husband, who is a U.S. citizen, and their two children, her lawyer said. Antonella Napoli, head […]

Ukrainian Catholic bishop: Election was ‘fruit of the revolution’

May 27, 2014 | 4:51 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — The Ukrainian Catholic Church has welcomed the victory of a billionaire candy tycoon in presidential election and praised the previous interim government for holding the country together in “dramatic circumstances.” “These elections reveal the maturity of Ukrainian society and show it’s willing and able to […]

Arab Christians can serve as a bridge between East, West, observers say

May 15, 2014 | 4:14 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN, Jordan (CNS) — The significance of where Jesus was believed to be baptized on the banks of the Jordan River beginning his public ministry is not lost on Arab Christians, deeply aware of their rich religious and cultural heritage. Indeed, their Middle Eastern ancestors are […]

In Holy Land, it’s ‘I am Christian'; denominations aren’t so important

April 25, 2014 | 10:38 am | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JIFNA, West Bank (CNS) — Suheir Saliba was running late as she prepared to go to the Easter Divine Liturgy with her husband, Aimad Kamal, and his family. Saliba, a Catholic, had a late night. She, along with other Catholic and Greek Orthodox residents of the village, had attended […]

On 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide, pope urges reconciliation

April 3, 2014 | 12:52 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just days before Rwanda was to begin a weeklong period of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of its genocide, Pope Francis urged the country’s bishops to be resolute in continuing the work of healing and reconciliation. “Twenty years after those tragic events,” when […]

Priest: Ukrainian Catholics flee Crimea to escape threats of arrest

March 28, 2014 | 11:47 am | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region’s annexation. “The situation remains very serious, and we don’t know what will happen — […]