Seminarian’s killing a ‘defining moment’ for Christians in Nigeria

Kaduna, Nigeria, Feb 11, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- At the funeral Mass for Michael Nnadi, the 18-year-old seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen last month, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto said he hoped the death would be a turning point for persecuted Christians in Nigeria.

“This is a solemn moment for the body of Christ,” Kukah said in his Feb. 11 homily at Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, where Nnadi had studied. The text of the homily was obtained through Aid to the Church in Need United States.

“This is for us the moment of decision. This is the moment that separates darkness from light, good from evil. Our nation is like a ship stranded on the high seas, rudderless and with broken navigational aids. Today, our years of hypocrisy, duplicity, fabricated integrity, false piety, empty morality, fraud and Pharisaism have caught up with us. Nigeria is on the crossroads and its future hangs precariously in a balance. This is a wakeup call for us,” he said.

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Klobuchar says pro-life Democrats ‘are a part of our party’

Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said on Tuesday that she would not shut pro-life Democrats out of the party.

Appearing on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday, Klobuchar was asked by co-host Meghan McCain if “there’s room for pro-life Democrats to vote for you,” citing recent comments by the senator indicating she was open to pro-life support.

“Well first, let me say this. I am strongly pro-choice, I have always been pro-choice,” Klobuchar responded. The senator supports taxpayer-funded abortion and the codification of Roe v. Wade into federal law, but told the New York Times she was “unsure” about allowing chemical abortions to be available over-the-counter.

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Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Proposed Changes to Federal Legislation for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, I write to voice our very serious concern regarding the proposed changes to the present legislation on what is referred to as “Medical Assistance in […]

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Church in Venezuela hit hard by ongoing economic, political crisis

Caracas, Venezuela, Feb 11, 2020 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer severe food and medication shortages due to hyperinflation, the Church is also affected, said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino last week.

“We’re suffering the same hardships, the same shortages the Venezuelan people are suffering,” Urosa, who is the Archbishop Emeritus of Caracas, Venezuela, said in a Feb. 6 interview with the Spanish edition of the Italian publication Bussola Quotidiana.

Under the socialist administration of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has been marred by violence and social upheaval, with severe shortages of food and medicine, high unemployment, power outages, and hyperinflation. Some 4.5 million Venezuelans have emigrated since 2015.

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