August 29, 2014

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    VATICAN: Reports on Pope’s Target by the Islamic State Unfounded – Fr Lombardi

    VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 27, 2014, (CISA)- In response to rumours spread following an August 25 article published in Italian newspaper “Il Tempo,” that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is no reason for concern. “There is nothing serious to this. There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation,” the spokesman told CNA August, 26. According to the article, Islamic fundamentalists plan to “raise the level of confrontation” in Europe and alluded to Israeli sources who said that Pope Francis is “also in the crosshairs of ISIS” as…

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    Inter-religious ‘Match for Peace’ set for September

    VATICAN CITY, AUGUST, 26 2014 (CISA)  - The Inter-religious Match for Peace that was proposed by Pope Francis will be played on September 1 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, organisers have said. The match will feature current and past players representing different cultures and religions including; Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto, reported Vatican Radio. According to the organisers, the event aims to unite fans and players from all world regions and faiths, through “their shared love sport, in a moment of unity and solidarity in support of world peace.” The Scholas Occurrentes initiative and Italy’s Fundazione PUPI are organizers of the event in…

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    VATICAN: Advisor says Anti-Ebola Effort Needs International Backup

    VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 26, 2014(CISA)  - The Church and others are doing much to help Ebola victims however, “extraordinary measures” are needed to halt the epidemic, a Vatican advisor on health issues has said. “For example, in a health care center with a capacity of 70 patients, there is need for at least 250 health workers, and now there is a lack of them,” Monsignor Robert Vitillo told CNA August 25. “The countries and the NGOs in the region are now searching for international volunteers to strengthen the professional response to the outbreak in those countries,” he said. He further stressed that…

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    S SUDAN: Govt, Rebels Agree to a New Ceasefire

    JUBA, AUGUST, 26 2014 (CISA)  – Warring leaders in South Sudan on Monday August 25 signed a fresh ceasefire with a promise to end more than eight months of conflict. East Africa’s regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which brokered the deal called on the leaders to form a unity government within 45 days and warned of sanctions should the latest agreement fail once again. “As a region, we have to show any party which violates agreements that there are consequences to misbehaviour,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said at the summit of East African leaders, reported AFP. “We are sending a clear message to…

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    KENYA: Red Cross Suspends Operations in Rhamu, Cites Insecurity

    NAIROBI, AUGUST  26, 2014(CISA) - The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has temporarily suspended services in Rhamu area of Mandera North Sub-County, until the government takes urgent steps to stem insecurity. KRCS, Secretary General Abbas Gullet announced the action became necessary after two of their ambulances, were attacked on Sunday August 24 following renewed inter-clan fighting. According to Capital FM news, the humanitarian agency said it is not willing to resume its services until it got assurances on the full access of emergency teams to assist the affected by the national, county government and other agencies. “I cannot, I will not and I…

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VATICAN: Reports on Pope’s Target by the Islamic State Unfounded – Fr Lombardi

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 27, 2014, (CISA)- In response to rumours spread following an August 25 article published in Italian newspaper “Il Tempo,” that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is no reason for concern. “There is nothing serious to this. There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation,” the spokesman told CNA August, 26. According to the article, Islamic fundamentalists plan to “raise the level of confrontation” in Europe and alluded to Israeli sources who said that Pope Francis is “also in the crosshairs of ISIS” as…

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Inter-religious ‘Match for Peace’ set for September

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST, 26 2014 (CISA)  - The Inter-religious Match for Peace that was proposed by Pope Francis will be played on September 1 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, organisers have said. The match will feature current and past players representing different cultures and religions including; Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto, reported Vatican Radio. According to the organisers, the event aims to unite fans and players from all world regions and faiths, through “their shared love sport, in a moment of unity and solidarity in support of world peace.” The Scholas Occurrentes initiative and Italy’s Fundazione PUPI are organizers of the event in…

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VATICAN: Advisor says Anti-Ebola Effort Needs International Backup

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 26, 2014(CISA)  - The Church and others are doing much to help Ebola victims however, “extraordinary measures” are needed to halt the epidemic, a Vatican advisor on health issues has said. “For example, in a health care center with a capacity of 70 patients, there is need for at least 250 health workers, and now there is a lack of them,” Monsignor Robert Vitillo told CNA August 25. “The countries and the NGOs in the region are now searching for international volunteers to strengthen the professional response to the outbreak in those countries,” he said. He further stressed that…

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S SUDAN: Govt, Rebels Agree to a New Ceasefire

JUBA, AUGUST, 26 2014 (CISA)  – Warring leaders in South Sudan on Monday August 25 signed a fresh ceasefire with a promise to end more than eight months of conflict. East Africa’s regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which brokered the deal called on the leaders to form a unity government within 45 days and warned of sanctions should the latest agreement fail once again. “As a region, we have to show any party which violates agreements that there are consequences to misbehaviour,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said at the summit of East African leaders, reported AFP. “We are sending a clear message to…

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KENYA: Red Cross Suspends Operations in Rhamu, Cites Insecurity

NAIROBI, AUGUST  26, 2014(CISA) - The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has temporarily suspended services in Rhamu area of Mandera North Sub-County, until the government takes urgent steps to stem insecurity. KRCS, Secretary General Abbas Gullet announced the action became necessary after two of their ambulances, were attacked on Sunday August 24 following renewed inter-clan fighting. According to Capital FM news, the humanitarian agency said it is not willing to resume its services until it got assurances on the full access of emergency teams to assist the affected by the national, county government and other agencies. “I cannot, I will not and I…

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S SUDAN: Archdiocese to open 25 New Parishes

JUBA, AUGUST, 26 2014(CISA) – Auxiliary Bishop Santo Loku Pio of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has announced plans to open 25 new parishes, in addition to the existing 14. Bishop Loku Pio revealed this Information while opening a new parish dedicated to Mary Queen of the Apostles at Gurei along Juba-Yambio road last weekend, reported, Vatican Radio. At the same gathering, Bishop Loku Pio called on the faithful to work hard to help the diocesan administration realise the said plan. He said the Archdiocese needs the laity to be involved in the process of opening new parishes. Bishop Loku Pio asked…

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LIBERIA: Doctor on Ebola Experimental Treatment Dies

MONROVIA, AUGUST, 26 2014(CISA)- A Liberian doctor who contracted the Ebola virus and received a promising experimental treatment has died. Dr Abrahim Borbor died on Sunday, August, 24, while receiving treatment at Elwa Ebola Facility in Monrovia, Liberian Information minister Lewis Brown told AFP. “He was showing signs of progress but he finally died. The government regrets this loss and extends its condolences to the bereaved family,” said Mr Brown. Dr Borbor was reportedly given ZMapp, the same drug that was given to two Americans who had Ebola and were later declared cured. Liberia received the drug on August 13…

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VATICAN: Pope Announces Theme of Next World Day of Peace

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST, 22, 2014(CISA) - Pope Francis has announced the theme for the 48th World Day of Peace. The theme of the January 01, 2015 event will be “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters,” the second of the papacy of Pope Francis. According to Zenit, the Pope said many people think that slavery is a thing of the past yet it is a social plague that remains all too real in today’s world. Last year’s message, “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace” was dedicated to brotherhood, which was interpreted to mean being children of God gives all human beings equal dignity as…

VATICAN Pope Phones Parents of Murdered American Journalist

VATICAN: Pope Phones Parents of Murdered American Journalist

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST, 22, 2014(CISA)- Pope Francis on Thursday August 21 called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist who was killed by the Islamic State (IS). According to Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, the Holy Father telephoned John and Diane Foley on Thursday evening, reported Zenit. IS posted a video showing the beheading of Mr Foley by a militant and this left the world horrified. According to the video, the murder was in retaliation to recent military action taken against the group by US. Another Journalist, Steven Sotloff is still held hostage by IS who have threatened to murder…

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ZAMBIA:Religious Women Urged to celebrate their ‘Heroic work’

LUSAKA, AUGUST 22, 2014(CISA)- Catholic Relief services (CRS) country representative Mr Dane Fredenburg on Wednesday August 20 called upon the religious women in Eastern and Central Africa to celebrate their heroic works in the region. Speaking at Andrews’ motel during the ongoing Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) conference, Mr Fredenburg commended the religious women for their commitment and hard work adding that “there was power in meeting together to discuss developmental issues.” “The work that the sisters do is tremendous,” he said. “The opportunity in meeting together these few weeks is to celebrate the work that…

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NIGERIA: Residents Flee as Boko Haram Capture Town

YOBE, AUGUST, 22, 2014(CISA) Islamist terror group Boko Haram has seized Buni Yadi in Yobe, another town in north-eastern Nigeria while many of the residents flee from the violence to the state capital Damaturu. Buni Yadi is the latest state to fall into the armed group’s hands in the crisis-hit region, witnesses and a local official have said. Residents who fled the assault said attacks began late last month and the insurgents have since taken over the main government building, an indication of the group’s increasing territorial ambitions, reported Aljazeera. The AFP news agency said the group had reportedly raised their flag above…

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KENYA: Counties must take Responsibility over Doctor’s Go-slow, Bishop Kariuki

NAIROBI AUGUST 22, 2014(CISA)- Bishop Paul  Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Catholic Health Commission of Kenya has called upon the county governments to take responsibility in handling the medical workers strike in the country by paying the medics their salaries. “The county government must take responsibility since health sector is now devolved. It is not good to listen to news that lives are lost in hospitals because of doctors’ strike,” said Bishop Njiru of the Catholic diocese of Embu. He added that the “call of doctors and nurses in the hospitals is greater than just their careers,…

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USA: Aid Workers Recover from Ebola

ATLANTA, AUGUST 22, 2014(CISA) - Two American aid workers who contracted Ebola while working for Christian organizations in Liberia have been released from hospital after recovering from the deadly virus. Dr Kent Brantly’s a 33-year-old medical missionary for the Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse said on Thursday August 21, that he was “thrilled to be alive” as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release, reported Reuters. “Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position.” he said….