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November 06, 2020
Courtney Mares/CNA
Cardinal Christian Tumi, who was kidnapped by gunmen Thursday evening in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, has been freed. “Glory be to God. Cardinal Tumi has been freed by the Separatist fighters. He is fine and in good health,” Bishop George Nkuo of Kumbo diocese announced on the afternoon of Nov. 6. The 90-year-old archbishop emeritus of
November 05, 2020
Dale Gavlak
A Catholic priest expressed gratitude that parishioners are safe, but their iconic cathedral sustained damages from a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey’s western city of Izmir Oct. 30. The deadliest tremor to hit Turkey in nearly a decade killed at least 115 people, including two teenagers on the nearby Greek island of Samos. The magnitude
November 05, 2020
Staff Reporter
Eight nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in northern China due to government pressure. The whereabouts of the nuns has not yet been reported, but one of them told Bitter Winter that officials declared them “dangerous persons” and “repeatedly harassed” them. “They asked us to write down what we had done since
November 05, 2020
Catholic News Service
Asia’s cardinal-designate from Brunei said the church in his country is “the periphery within the periphery.” Cardinal-designate Cornelius Sim of Brunei told ucanews.com he found it “very significant” that Pope Francis is appointing people from remote areas. “I believe that the institutional church in many large countries, to be honest, is not giving a good
November 03, 2020
Staff Reporter
A court in Brazil has forbidden a pro-abortion group from using the word “Catholic” in its name because its aims are “incompatible” with Catholic values. Judge José Carlos Ferreira Alves of the São Paulo State court ruled that Catholics for the Right to Decide (CDD) must change their name because “[b]y advocating the right to
November 02, 2020
Doreen Abi Raad
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the massacre by Islamic militants at Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan reminded the faithful that “our martyrs are the torches of faith that illuminate our paths of life and ignite in us the fire of love toward everyone.” Two priests were
October 30, 2020
Staff Reporter
"We are moved, touched, and in a state of astonishment at this unspeakable act", said the statement from the Bishops' Conference of France.
October 16, 2020
Staff Reporter
A Colombian missionary sister who was kidnapped in Mali over three years ago is reportedly still alive, according to an eyewitness. Sr Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was taken from Karangasso village in the south of the country by jihadist militants on February 7, 2017. She previously appeared in hostage video footage, including a 2018 video in
October 15, 2020
Staff Reporter
Canada’s Catholic bishops have criticized the “potential overreach” of a proposed government ban on conversion therapy, arguing that the legislation’s “very disconcerting ambiguity” poses a threat to freedom of religion. On October 1, the Liberal Party government in Canada reintroduced a Bill, first put before the House of Commons on March 6, which would ban
October 14, 2020
Staff Reporter
The Catholic Church in Malawi has appealed for the government to step in after the latest in a series of violent attacks on churches. After St Patrick’s Church in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe and Kankao parish in the diocese of Mangochi had both been attacked by bandits in the last two months, another church desecration
October 09, 2020
Staff Reporter
A Catholic priest kidnapped two years ago in Niger by jihadists has been released along with three other hostages
October 08, 2020
Staff Reporter
Cardinal Zen has rejected claims that Benedict XVI approved a draft of the Vatican-China deal, and has accused Cardinal Parolin of “telling a series of lies”
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