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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 ... ...



AMERICA/BRAZIL - Tourism operators, among the sectors most affected by the coronavirus

Brasilia - "Tourism operators are and will be one of the groups most affected by the pandemic. Now they are on the front line, taking care of those who move around the world and, subsequently, they will suffer the consequences that this moment will bring to the world economy". This ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

EUROPE/ITALY - On the feast of San Romero the memory of all the missionaries killed in the name of Christ

Rome - Stephen's witness, culminating in martyrdom, "is a source of inspiration for the renewal of our Christian communities. They are called to become increasingly missionary, all of them tending towards evangelization", said Pope Francis during the Angelus of the feast of St. Stephen, on December 26, 2019, inviting "to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AFRICA/MAURITIUS - Coronavirus; Cardinal Piat: "Let us follow authority guidelines and intensify prayer"

Port-Louis - "Although confinement is difficult, I ask for strict compliance with authority guidelines. In doing this, we will respect our brothers and sisters", says Cardinal Maurice Piat, Bishop of Port-Louis in his message, in which he invites the population to strictly follow the guidelines of the authorities to prevent ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - The Bishops: "historical responsibility" of journalists and media as educators and counselors of public opinion

Caracas - In a statement on Monday 23 March, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference recognizes the tireless work of the media, journalists and professionals in this field, who take a leading role in moments of difficulty, being the main informants, but above all the formators of society, as the text of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AFRICA/EGYPT - Theodoros, Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria: The world is entering an apocalyptic time

Alexandria of Egypt - «It is now a fact that the world is entering an apocalyptic era, where no one feels safe, and where the drums of war are synchronized with the cries of men's hearts `who die from fear and expectation of what will happen on earth’». With these ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AFRICA/GABON - A religious woman who dedicated her life to abandoned elders has been murdered in Libreville

Libreville - On the night between 19 and 20 March, Sister Lydie Oyanem Nzoughe who had dedicated her life to welcoming and caring for the elderly abandoned by their families, poor and homeless, was attacked and murdered in her room , in the Center d'accueil Fraternité Saint Jean in Libreville. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

VATICAN - Pope Francis invites to respond to the pandemic of the virus "with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness"

Vatican City - "To the pandemic caused by the virus, we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", invited Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus yesterday, Sunday 22 March, from the Library of the Apostolic Palace, as has been happening for some time ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

ASIA/TURKEY - Syriac priest’s missing mother found dead in SE Turkey after 70 days

Istanbul - The body of Şimoni Diril, the mother of Remzi Diril, a Catholic Chaldean priest in İstanbul, was discovered in a stream close to the village of Kovankaya, seventy days after the kidnapping perpetrated by strangers against the elderly woman and her husband Hormuz, who has still not been ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

EUROPE/ITALY - A Day to remember the missionary martyrs

Rome - March 24, the day in which Mgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador was assassinated in 1980, was chosen 28 years ago by the then Missionary Youth Movement of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Italy to celebrate annually the "Day of prayer and fasting in memory of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Bishops in the wake of Covid-19: "Let us look at the Cross of Christ"

Seoul - "God allows calamities and tribulations, but also gives us the strength to overcome them. In this Lenten period of penance and conversion, let us joyfully overcome these sacrifices and sufferings by looking at the Cross of Jesus and let us help each other by living in faith, in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Covid-19: fears of a catastrophe in prisons if no action is taken in time

Kinshasa - Do not take advantage of the emergency linked to the coronavirus to commit abuse against the population. This is the invitation of the Congolese NGO for the defense of human rights Nouvelle Dynamique de la Societé Civile en RD Congo .In a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - No Eucharistic celebration in the parishes of Yopougon because of Covid-19

Abidjan - "I ask parishioners not to give in to discouragement, not to be afraid, to keep hope on this Sunday of joy. I ask them to always remain vigilant and to remain in prayer", said Fr. Alain Lézou, parish priest of Notre Dame des Douleurs in Yopougon Niangon Lokoa, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AMERICA/HAITI - Mgr. Dumas: "Stay at home, make every home become a domestic Church"

Nippes - In the face of the health emergency involving more and more all the countries of the world, Mgr. Pierre-André Dumas, Bishop of the diocese of Anse-à-Veau et Miragoâne, in Haiti, has sent the message addressed to the faithful of his diocese to Fides. The text begins by explaining ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/24/20

AFRICA/CONGO RD - Covid-19: si teme un’ecatombe nelle carceri se non si interviene in tempo

Kinshasa – Non si approfitti dell’emergenza legata al coronavirus per commettere arbitri e abusi nei confronti della popolazione. È quanto chiede l’Ong congolese per la difesa dei diritti umani Nouvelle Dynamique de la Societé Civile en RD Congo .In un comunicato giunto all’Agenzia Fides si invitano le autorità “a prendere ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20

ASIA/TURCHIA - Ritrovato il corpo senza vita della madre di un sacerdote caldeo, rapita a gennaio

Istanbul - Il corpo senza vita di Şimoni Diril, madre del sacerdote caldeo Remzi Diril, è stato ritrovato in un ruscello presso il villaggio turco di Kovankaya, settanta giorni dopo il rapimento perpetrato da sconosciuti ai danni dell’anziana donna e di suo marito Hormuz, ancora irreperibile. L’anziana coppia di coniugi ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20

EUROPA/ITALIA - Una giornata per ricordare i missionari martiri

Roma – Il 24 marzo, giorno in cui nel 1980 venne assassinato Mons. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Arcivescovo di San Salvador, venne scelto 28 anni fa dall’allora Movimento giovanile missionario delle Pontificie Opere Missionarie dell’Italia per celebrare annualmente la “Giornata di preghiera e digiuno in memoria dei missionari martiri”.L’Arcivescovo, assassinato mentre ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20

ASIA/COREA DEL SUD - I Vescovi di fronte al Covid-19: "Guardiamo alla croce di Cristo"

Seoul - “Dio permette calamità e tribolazioni, ma ci dà anche la forza di superarle. In questo periodo quaresimale di penitenza e conversione, superiamo gioiosamente questi sacrifici e sofferenze guardando la Croce di Gesù e aiutiamoci l’un l’altro vivendo nella fede, nella speranza”: è quanto affermano i Vescovi coreani in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20

AFRICA/COSTA D’AVORIO - Nessuna celebrazione eucaristica nelle parrocchie di Yopougon a causa del Covid-19

Abidjan – “Chiedo ai parrocchiani di non cedere allo scoramento, di non avere paura, di mantenere la speranza in questa domenica della gioia. Chiedo loro di rimanere sempre vigili e di rimanere in preghiera”, ha detto p. Alain Lézou, parroco di Notre Dame des Douleurs a Yopougon Niangon Lokoa, in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20

AMERICA/HAITI - Mons. Dumas: "Rimanete a casa, fate diventare ogni casa una Chiesa domestica"

Nippes – Dinanzi all'emergenza sanitaria che coinvolge sempre di più tutti i paesi del mondo, Mons. Pierre-André Dumas, Vescovo della diocesi di Anse-à-Veau et Miragoâne, ad Haiti, ha inviato a Fides il messaggio indirizzato ai fedeli della sua diocesi. Il testo inizia spiegando il senso della quaresima, "far diventare forte ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20

VATICANO - Alla pandemia del virus Papa Francesco chiede di rispondere “con l’universalità della preghiera, della compassione, della tenerezza”

Città del Vaticano - “Alla pandemia del virus vogliamo rispondere con la universalità della preghiera, della compassione, della tenerezza” ha chiesto Papa Francesco al termine dell’Angelus di ieri, domenica 22 marzo, recitato nella Biblioteca del Palazzo apostolico, come sta accadendo da qualche tempo per l’emergenza sanitaria in atto. “In questi ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/23/20



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