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Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

When Pope Francis visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, this November, his visit will come at one of the most contentious periods of the country’s history.

Over the past month, state-supported violence against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim community – an ethnic and religious minority– has reached staggering levels, causing the United Nations to declare the situation “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

“The scope of the humanitarian crisis is enormous and it’s ongoing,” said Daniel Mark, Chairman…

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

When Pope Francis visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, this November, his visit will come at one of the most contentious periods of the country’s history.

Over the past month, state-supported violence against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim community – an ethnic and religious minority– has reached staggering levels, causing the United Nations to declare the situation “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

“The scope of the humanitarian crisis is enormous and it’s ongoing,” said Daniel Mark, Chairman…

Pope Francis prays for Mexico during this ‘moment of sorrow’

Pope Francis prays for Mexico during this ‘moment of sorrow’

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake Sept. 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones.

“Yesterday a terrible earthquake has devastated Mexico. I saw that there are many Mexicans here today among you. It caused numerous victims and material damages,” the Pope said in Spanish after the General Audience Sept. 20.

“In…

Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been released, is headed to India

Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been released, is headed to India

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

After more than 18 months of questions and uncertainty regarding the fate of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil following his abduction by militants in Yemen, the priest has finally been set free and is on his way home to India.

The news was officially announced by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in a Sept. 12 tweet that read: “I am happy to inform that Fr Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued.”

I am happy to inform that Father Tom…

Catholic priest in Nigeria kidnapped, murdered

Catholic priest in Nigeria kidnapped, murdered

By CNA

A Catholic priest was kidnapped and found murdered in Nigeria, local sources have confirmed.

According to local news source Vanguard, Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo was kidnapped from his car by gunmen on Sept. 1 in the village of Orlu in the state of Imo in southern Nigeria. Police report that earlier that day, another priest - Fr. Jude Udokwu - was also attacked by kidnappers in the same village, but managed to escape.

Within 24 hours, the body of…

EWTN launches studio at Walsingham shrine in England

EWTN launches studio at Walsingham shrine in England

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Tuesday EWTN opened its first studio and office in the U.K. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, emphasizing its role in supporting the Church's evangelization in the region.

In an Aug. 29 statement on the studio launch, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw called the opening of the facility “a particularly important” step for the network's continued development in the U.K.

The new studio, he said, “will allow us to greatly expand…

England mourns death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

England mourns death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who served as Archbishop of Westminster for nine years, from 2000-2009, died Friday at the age of 85 after a brief hospitalization. He was well known for his efforts to promote unity between Catholics and Anglicans.

“I am writing to let you know the sad news that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by his family and friends,” Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster wrote to his archdiocese Sept. 1.

“Please…

Brazilian priest found stabbed to death in his home

Brazilian priest found stabbed to death in his home

By CNA/EWTN News

A priest in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraiba was found dead in his rectory Thursday morning, with signs of having been stabbed, according to police.

The body of Fr. Pedro Gomes Bezerra, who was to have turned 50 at the end of this month, was discovered Aug. 24 in Borborema, about 20 miles northwest of Guarabira. His body was found wrapped in sheets in his residence, which was in shambles. According to the local press the…

The history of the Assumption – and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

The history of the Assumption – and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.

“As her earthly life comes to an end, the Assumption helps us to understand more fully not just her life,…

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