- Jan 14, 2021
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester, Virginia, rose from the ashes of the Civil War in a rural market town that saw six battles and changed hands more than 70 times during the war years of 1861-1865.
Normally religious communities mark Juneteenth with worship services, fellowship, service projects, parades and picnics. This year social distancing because of COVID-19 and unrest ignited by Floyd’s death beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer are changing where and how they will observe the day.
Nigerian Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyaken has joined African religious leaders to demand quick implementation of the latest peace agreement on South Sudan, which the government and rebel groups signed last year.
Bishops in the Ivory Coast have warned of a new civil war in the run-up to 2020 elections, unless urgent action is taken to ease communal tensions and withdraw weapons in the West African state.
Catholic leaders in Cameroon say both the government and Human Rights Watch are underestimating civilian casualties amid linguistic and ethnic violence.
A Philippine bishop appealed to Filipinos in Libya to return home as fears of renewed civil war intensify.