September 1, 2014

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    VATICAN: Former Minister Describes Pope as a ‘Figure for Persecuted Christians’

    VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - Dr Paul Bhatti, former Pakistani Minister for National Harmony and Minorities, in Pakistan whose brother, Shabhaz, was assassinated by Islamic extremists, termed Pope Francis “a father figure for persecuted Christians.” Dr Bhatti was speaking after he and his mother – both Catholics – met and spoke briefly with The Holy Father at the conclusion of Wednesday’s  26 General Audience, reported Vatican Radio. The former minister described his meeting with the Pope as “a special moment” and together with his mother invited the pontiff to visit Pakistan’s small Christian community. Dr Bhatti further criticized the international community’s lack of speaking…

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    SYRIA: Bishop Appeals for International Peace Force to Hold Back IS

    ALEPPO, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, Antoine Audo has appealed for an international peace force to hold back the onslaught of the Islamic State militants advancing in Syria and Iraq. “We are a bit confused; no one knows exactly what is happening. As Christians, as Syrians, we hope to have a solution of reconciliation, of peace, with the help of the United Nations. An international peace force is needed,” Bishop Audo told Vatican Radio.  On whether people are concerned about the possible arrival of Islamic State militants, Bishop Audo said:  “In the city, in the center of Aleppo where most…

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    ISRAEL: No One Wins by Destroying Each Other, Says Bishop

    JERUSALEM, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on Wednesday August 27 cautioned that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for the new ceasefire in Gaza to last. Each has “finally understood that no one can destroy the other” and that “there is a need for a compromise” as well as “a comprehensive solution to the problem,” Bishop Shomali told CNA. “This time we are much more hopeful for one important reason,” he said. “No one is victorious after two months. Two are losers I believe, no one is…

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    LIBERIA: Ebola Outbreak Continues to Accelerate, says WHO

    MONROVIA, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The World Health Organization WHO on Thursday August 28 warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “continues to accelerate” and could eventually exceed 20,000 cases but said it aimed to reverse the spread of the virus within three months. In a new anti-Ebola plan to stop “all residual transmission within 6-9 months” by the UN health agency, it is assumed that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported. “The cases are increasing. I wish I did not have to say this, but it is going…

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    S SUDAN: Govt, Opposition Accuse Each Other of Violating Ceasefire Agreement

    JUBA, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The South Sudan government and the opposition have traded accusations over the recently signed ceasefire in a move that would jeopardize delivery of humanitarian aid. On one hand the government has blamed SPLM/A in opposition for withdrawing signature from the matrix for cessation of hostilities agreement signed a few days ago. Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth on Thursday August 28, told reporters in Juba that the opposition decision renders ceasefire agreement ineffective, Sudan Tribune reported. Opposition’s Spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, on the other hand dismissed the government’s claim, describing it as “misleading” and further accused the government of not…

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VATICAN: Former Minister Describes Pope as a ‘Figure for Persecuted Christians’

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - Dr Paul Bhatti, former Pakistani Minister for National Harmony and Minorities, in Pakistan whose brother, Shabhaz, was assassinated by Islamic extremists, termed Pope Francis “a father figure for persecuted Christians.” Dr Bhatti was speaking after he and his mother – both Catholics – met and spoke briefly with The Holy Father at the conclusion of Wednesday’s  26 General Audience, reported Vatican Radio. The former minister described his meeting with the Pope as “a special moment” and together with his mother invited the pontiff to visit Pakistan’s small Christian community. Dr Bhatti further criticized the international community’s lack of speaking…

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SYRIA: Bishop Appeals for International Peace Force to Hold Back IS

ALEPPO, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, Antoine Audo has appealed for an international peace force to hold back the onslaught of the Islamic State militants advancing in Syria and Iraq. “We are a bit confused; no one knows exactly what is happening. As Christians, as Syrians, we hope to have a solution of reconciliation, of peace, with the help of the United Nations. An international peace force is needed,” Bishop Audo told Vatican Radio.  On whether people are concerned about the possible arrival of Islamic State militants, Bishop Audo said:  “In the city, in the center of Aleppo where most…

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ISRAEL: No One Wins by Destroying Each Other, Says Bishop

JERUSALEM, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on Wednesday August 27 cautioned that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for the new ceasefire in Gaza to last. Each has “finally understood that no one can destroy the other” and that “there is a need for a compromise” as well as “a comprehensive solution to the problem,” Bishop Shomali told CNA. “This time we are much more hopeful for one important reason,” he said. “No one is victorious after two months. Two are losers I believe, no one is…

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LIBERIA: Ebola Outbreak Continues to Accelerate, says WHO

MONROVIA, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The World Health Organization WHO on Thursday August 28 warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “continues to accelerate” and could eventually exceed 20,000 cases but said it aimed to reverse the spread of the virus within three months. In a new anti-Ebola plan to stop “all residual transmission within 6-9 months” by the UN health agency, it is assumed that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported. “The cases are increasing. I wish I did not have to say this, but it is going…

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S SUDAN: Govt, Opposition Accuse Each Other of Violating Ceasefire Agreement

JUBA, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The South Sudan government and the opposition have traded accusations over the recently signed ceasefire in a move that would jeopardize delivery of humanitarian aid. On one hand the government has blamed SPLM/A in opposition for withdrawing signature from the matrix for cessation of hostilities agreement signed a few days ago. Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth on Thursday August 28, told reporters in Juba that the opposition decision renders ceasefire agreement ineffective, Sudan Tribune reported. Opposition’s Spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, on the other hand dismissed the government’s claim, describing it as “misleading” and further accused the government of not…

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KENYA: Bishops Call for an End to the ‘Culture of Death’

KWALE, AUGUST 29, 2014(CISA) - The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) on Thursday August 28 urged warring groups in Mandera County to end the recurring inter-clan conflicts, following the recent killings in the region. “These continued insecurity and heinous acts are totally unacceptable. How many more lives must be lost for us Kenyans to say enough is enough? Every life is precious we urge all sides to stop this culture of death,” said the bishops in a press conference convened “to address Kenyans on the current issues facing the countries. They said they were “highly concerned” with the…

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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: 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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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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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,…