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A priest SHOT his assistant in Nigeria. Pray for this troubled diocese

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Rt. Rev. Solomon Amatu, has sacked Rev. Father Christian Amusuo for allegedly shooting his assistant, Rev Father Precious Osuji , who is the Parish priest of the Church, Eziama – Osuama, in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. Our correspondent learnt on Saturday that his assistant was not also spared, as the prelate










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Christian leaders in Zambia warn against government abuses

The leaders of three major Christian groups in Zambia have issued a strongly worded letter on the political state of the country, calling on Zambians to “examine our conscience, seek the truth, and work towards bringing back hope to our people." It also accuses the current administration of being a “dictatorship." The June 16 letter










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How the Church is helping Christians return to Aleppo

Christians who fled Aleppo because of the four year battle for the city are now returning, and in the face of such challenges as poverty, destruction, and a shortages of basic goods, they persevere with the help of the local Church. Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan priest in the city, told CNA that between January










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Pope Francis sends aid to a troubled South Sudan

After the Vatican stated last month the postponement of Pope Francis’ proposed trip to South Sudan, they announced Wednesday that the Pope will instead send aid to the people suffering from worsening conditions. The Vatican announced June 21 that Pope Francis will be aiding projects in the areas of education, healthcare, and agriculture, called the










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Southern DRC violence has left more than 3,000 dead

More than 3,300 people have been killed since October alone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, said a report on recent violence by Catholic officials this week. The death toll includes civilians caught in the crossfire of a brutal fight between the Congolese army and an opposing militia group. A report was










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Nigerian priest shares harrowing story of being kidnapped

It was supposed to be a quiet retreat weekend last April for Fr. Sam Okwuidegbe, a Nigerian Jesuit priest and director of a local spirituality center. Before he left, he chatted with his new provincial, Fr. Chuks Afiawari, who joked with Fr. Sam: “Make sure where you are going they don’t kidnap you.” “We laughed










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