Last Updated: Dec 22, 2014

A Christmas message from Aleppo's bishop: hope for joy, peace

Aleppo, Syria, Dec 22, 2014 / 08:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- As Christmas approaches, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese looking forward to the feast of hope, urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate, much like in diocese around the world.

Typhoon can't budge faith of Catholics in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Dec 22, 2014 / 05:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Church in the Philippines has stepped up round the clock rehabilitation and relief measures for the  population affected by the country's most recent typhoon, Hagupit, which struck earlier this month.

Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis picked to head Vermont diocese

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 22, 2014 / 02:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22.

Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

Alotau, Papua New Guinea, Dec 21, 2014 / 03:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese.