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ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - Uncertain situation after the elections: "Afghans ask for peace, security, work"
Kabul - "Whether it is Ghani or Abdullah, the next president will have to struggle a lot before gaining the ... ...



ASIA/MYANMAR - Il Cardinale Bo al governo: "Stop alla violenza, occorre prendersi cura dei poveri"

ASIA/MYANMAR - Cardinal Bo to the government: "Stop violence, taking care of the poor is what is needed"Yangon Myanmar - "I launch an appeal to the leaders of Myanmar to abandon arms and violence for dialogue with all communities, of every ethnicity and religion, to seek a peaceful solution to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Celebration of Missionary Childhood Week 2020: a choral competition and a missionary piggy bank has been launched

Abidjan - "Every year, the Pontifical Mission Societies celebrate World Missionary Childhood Day at Epiphany so that children within the Church feel part of the Church and missionaries. In order to prepare this day at a national level we wanted to organize a children's choir competition and a missionary piggy ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Appointment of the Bishop of Moshi

Vatican City - The Holy Father has appointed Hios Exc. Mgr. Ludovick Joseph Minde, ALCP/OSS, currently Bishop of Kahama, as Bishop of the Diocese of Moshi . Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - At least 14 dead in an attack on a Protestant church

Ouagadougou - At least 14 people were killed during Sunday service in a Protestant church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of Burkina Faso. According to local authorities, an armed group entered the church around noon yesterday, Sunday, December 1, and opened fire. The pastor and some children died in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

ASIA/TURKEY - New requests from the Armenian community to cancel the process for the election of the new Patriarch

Istanbul - The provision preventing potential candidates residing abroad from taking part in the election of the new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople continues to cause malaise and negative reactions within the local Armenian community. In recent days - reports the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos – a request for the annulment ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Local teams, advocacy, networking: the priorities of the Pastoral Care Service for Migrants

Luziânia - Organizing local teams, in particular involving young people; intensifying “advocacy” actions and presence in public policy councils to safeguard the rights of migrants and refugees; strengthening networking, according to the guidelines of the Church in Brazil and a spirituality embodied in the life of a migrant Jesus. These ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Typhoon Tisoy: Philippine churches open their doors to displaced people

Manila - Numerous parish churches in various Philippine dioceses have given shelter to the displaced after the arrival of the tropical typhoon "Tisoy" , which hit the Philippines. This was congfirmed to Agenzia Fides by Mgr. Joel Baylon, Bishop of Legazpi, highlighting that churches, Catholic schools, and pastoral rooms "will ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

ASIA/UZBEKISTAN - Collection of signatures for the construction of a new Catholic church

Tashkent - The Catholic community of Uzbekistan has launched a collection of signatures to ask the government to register, and therefore authorize, to open a new church. The Franciscan Friar Apostolic of Uzbekistan, Fr. Jerzy Maculewicz, informed that a large number of faithful, from an already authorized religious community is ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Bishops of Kivu suspend ecclesial activities for a day to protest civilian massacres

Kinshasa - A day of "mourning and prayer" and a strike of all ecclesial and social services, including Catholic schools and universities, was held yesterday, Monday, December 2, as a sign of "communion and solidarity" with the victims of violence in the territories of Beni and Lubero and in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

ASIA/VIETNAM - Appointment of the Bishop of Phan Thiêt

Vatican City - The Holy Father appointed His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Đỗ Mạnh Hùng, currently tit. of Liberalia and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh, Hôchiminh Ville, as Bishop of the Diocese of Phan Thiêt . Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

ASIA/ISRAEL - Initiatives to revitalize the Aramaic language and identity continue

Jerusalem - Initiatives and mobilizations supported by Israeli cultural entities that aim at revitalizing the Aramaic language and identity continue. On Sunday 1 December, representatives and scholars from Assyrian and Syriac Christian communities around the world gathered in Jerusalem to take part in a conference organized by the Committee for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AMERICA/HAITI - The Bishops: "it is unacceptable that some live in arrogant and scandalous opulence and the majority languish in shameful poverty"

Port au Prince - As preparation for the Christmas celebration, the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti have published a message asking the authorities and opposition leaders to be self-critical and to think about the good of the people, to reach solutions that have historical repercussions for the harsh ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/03/19

AFRICA/LIBYA - Father Zerai's appeal: "An international plan to save African immigrants from detention centers"

Tripoli - In Libyan detention centers the living conditions of hundreds of Africans are inhumane. Many lives are at risk if there is no plan or international intervention to save poor and unarmed prisoners. This was confirmed to Agenzia Fides by Abba Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean priest who has been ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/01/19

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Comboni Missionaries: "To accompany the population towards a path of peace and reconciliation"

Juba - "South Sudanese leaders have a moral obligation towards their citizens to promote real prospects for peace, development and democracy in the country". This is what Father Daniele Moschetti, a Comboni missionary, says in an interview with Agenzia Fides, commenting the difficult situation that South Sudan is currently facing. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/01/19

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Drugs and drug addiction in Latin America: models of ecclesial community intervention

Latin America is the land of cocaine and marihuana. Colombia, Peru and Bolivia are the world's largest producers of cocaine, while the major marihuana crops are in Mexico and Paraguay . From the "kitchen" of cocaine, one obtains the deadly "base paste", the "drug of the poor", also called crack ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/01/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Paul Bhatti: hope and commitment for Shahbaz Bhatti to be declared a "martyr"

Islamabad - "In the diocese of Islamabad, the canonical process of declaring the martyrdom of Shahbaz Bhatti is once again being taken into consideration. Already some years ago, with Bishop Rufin Anthony, the gathering of testimonies to open the Diocesan phase of the cause began. Then the Bishop's premature death ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/01/19

AFRICA - World AIDS Day: The DREAM program of the Community of Sant’Egidio for 11 African countries

Rome - Saving the future of Africa by fighting the main cause of death among the continent's adolescents: HIV virus. This is the challenge of the DREAM program of the Community of Sant’ Egidio which, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, which is celebrated on Sunday 1 December, aims ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/01/19

VATICAN - Conference at Urbaniana University: a Synodal Church on a mission on new world scenarios

Vatican City - The International Conference "From Maximum illud to Evangelii Gaudium", "on the urgency of the Church's missionary transformation" continue at a fast pace at the Pontifical Urbaniana University.This morning's session was opened by Prof. Mauro Ceruti, of IULM Milan University, who discussed “New Horizons. Shared Destiny and Planetary ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/29/19

ASIA/KYRGYZSTAN - A new church consecrated in "a year of gratitude"

Bishkek - "As a Catholic community in Kyrgyzstan, we are in the hands of the Lord who guides us, to continue planning our apostolic mission activity in the Country. We are experiencing a year of gratitude: 2019, in fact, marks the 50th anniversary of the official registration of our community ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/29/19

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - Father Scalese: "Yes to cease-fire, stop violence against civilians"

Kabul - "The priority is to reduce violence against civilians, and then to end the war with political dialogue". Barnabite priest Giovanni Scalese, at the head of the Missio sui iuris in Kabul, hopes that the Afghan war can be resolved through negotiations. "The ceasefire is what he asks and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/29/19



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