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Middle East - Africa News
May 17, 2019 - 01:05 pm .- Archbishop Bashar Warda, one of the leading voices on behalf of persecuted and displaced Christians in Iraq, released today an urgent statement regarding the retreat of U.S. personnel from key areas in the country.
May 16, 2019 - 12:00 am .- Just one day after six Catholics were murdered by gunmen in Burkina Faso, four more Catholics were shot and killed in the northwest African country.
May 14, 2019 - 04:25 am .- Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, who served as the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch from 1986 to 2011, died Sunday just days short of his 99th birthday.
May 14, 2019 - 12:07 am .- In the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s successful reelection bid last week, South Africa’s Catholic bishops are applauding the country’s efforts to hold a free and fair election, but have also issued stern expectations for the new government.
May 13, 2019 - 06:48 pm .- As part of his efforts to increase interreligious peace, Ghana’s chief imam attended Easter Mass ahead of his 100th birthday celebration.
May 12, 2019 - 10:36 am .- A group of gunmen burned down a Catholic Church during Sunday Mass and killed at least six people, including a priest, in the West African nation of Burkina Faso this morning. 
May 10, 2019 - 07:55 am .- EWTN Global Catholic Network announced Friday that it will launch a news service for the African continent.  
May 9, 2019 - 02:59 pm .- The Ebola outbreak that began last August in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now claimed more than 1,000 lives, the nation’s health ministry has confirmed.
May 6, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- Over the weekend, approximately 700 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. While the majority of the rocket fire was intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” system, at least one managed to reach Israel, where four people were killed.
May 4, 2019 - 05:00 am .- They were founded three decades ago in southern Sudan, and named the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But in a region dramatically affected by the South Sudanese civil war, they are usually known by the bright color of their habits. To most who know them, they are the “Blue Sisters.”
May 3, 2019 - 05:10 pm .- The president of the Sudanese Bishops’ Conference said he believes peace in South Sudan is possible, but the process will take patience and humility from both the leaders of the country the local communities.
May 2, 2019 - 05:29 pm .- Catholic Relief Services is appealing for additional aid after Cyclone Kenneth struck northern Mozambique last week, the second such storm to hit the country in recent months.
May 2, 2019 - 10:24 am .- The bishops' conference of Zimbabwe approved Wednesday the opening of the cause for canonization of John Bradburne, a lay missionary to the area in the 1970s, according to a report.
Apr 25, 2019 - 11:47 am .- The Catholic bishops of Rwanda have apologized for calling for the release of old and ill prisoners convicted for crimes committed during the country’s 1994 genocide.
Apr 16, 2019 - 02:58 pm .- The number of Christians in Aleppo, Syria, fell dramatically during the civil war, from 180,000 before the war to 32,000 today.
Apr 9, 2019 - 12:37 am .- The story of Cyprien and Daphrose Rugumba is a story of atheism and devout faith, of a strained marriage and a love that overcomes obstacles, of a powerful conversion that was able to change an entire life.
Apr 8, 2019 - 10:01 pm .- Archbishop Petros Mouche heads the Syriac-Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which was captured by ISIS in the summer of 2014.
Apr 8, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- During a visit to Homs last week, the superior general of the Society of Jesus said that he would be happy to open a cause of beatification for Fr. Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in the Syrian city five years ago.
Apr 8, 2019 - 02:30 pm .- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that he will declare Israeli sovereignty over existing settlements in the West Bank if he is reelected prime minister.
Apr 7, 2019 - 04:30 pm .- After a fire killed three young girls at a Catholic girls boarding school in South Sudan last month, the local Catholic diocese and state government have announced that they plan to repay the two families of the girls with 93 cows, a customary form of bereavement compensation in the country.