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AFRICA/NIGERIA - Cardinal Onaiyekan: Massacres in the southeast, "there are those who are fanning the flames of religious discord"

Abuja - "There is a terrible wind blowing around our country right now. There are so many people who are fanning the flames of discord and of hatred and it is becoming very difficult to preach unity and mutual natural love and there are those who are already envisaging a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/CAMBODIA - In the Year of Jubilee 111 baptisms and 80 catechumens

Phnom Penh - There are 111 new baptized that enrich the Cambodian Church in the Year of Mercy, and 80 catechumens were admitted, during Lent, to prepare themselves for the Sacrament of Baptism: refers to Agenzia Fides the apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh, led by Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusler. The 111 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AMERICA/ECUADOR - The Archbishop of Portoviejo: "Hospitality and Mercy" to overcome discouragement

Portoviejo - "The experience of the earthquake was really a great trauma for everyone, but especially for the many families who lost their relatives. I think about that father from Manta who lost his wife, his two sons, mother-in-law and a nephew or that family whose father was trying to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Rodrigo Duterte new President: "vigilant collaboration" from the Church

Manila - Rodrigo Duterte is the new President of the Philippines, former mayor of Davao, called Digong, who won the presidential elections on May 9 with about 39% of the vote. Duterte succeeds Benigno Aquino, moderate leader, son of former prime minister Corazon. Duterte was mayor of Davao, a city ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AMERICA/CHILE - The protests of fishermen after the environmental disaster of Ancud still unanswered

Ancud - The Bishop of the Chilean diocese of San Carlos de Ancud, His Exc. Mgr. Juan Maria Florindo Agurto Mu˝oz, O.S.M. managed to allow a few trucks with fuel and groceries to pass in order to supply the ChiloÚ area, blocked by the protests. Fishermen have been protesting for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AFRICA/EGYPT - The Coptic Orthodox Church and the Islamic University of Al-Azhar together against child abuse and premature marriages

Cairo - The Islamic University of Al Azhar - considered the most authoritative theological-academic institution of Sunni Islam - and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate signed a programmatic document which outlined their shared commitment to fight forms of violence and abuse against children. The joint statement, prepared under the auspices of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Main opposition candidate accused of recruiting foreign mercenaries

Kinshasa - The main opposition candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mo´se Katumbi, has been accused of recruiting foreign mercenaries to destabilize the Country. Katumbi was questioned yesterday, 9 May, for seven hours, by the judiciary in Lubumbashi, the capital of the former province ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Six million children in danger due to El Niño

Gode - The United Nations estimates that in Ethiopia, between Oromia and the Somali Region, 15 million people are in urgent need of food aid due to drought. 33% of this population is already suffering the effects of severe malnutrition due to agriculture failure and death of livestock. It is ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AMERICA/BRAZIL - "The crisis is first of all political": declaration of the Latin American Redemptorist Missionaries

AtyrÓ - "The major superiors and representatives of 26 provinces and missions of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer of all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in the General Assembly on 3 and 4 May 2016 in the city of Atyrß, Paraguay, and reflected on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Patriarch Rai: The international community has to recognize and proclaim the "neutrality" of Lebanon

Paris - The neutrality of Lebanon with regards to the conflicts and contrasts between regional and global forces that disrupt the Middle East region of the opposing sides, must be officially recognized and proclaimed by the international community. Only then the Country, already under pressure due to the institutional paralysis, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AFRICA/NIGERIA - President Buhari launches an appeal for the unity of the country 50 years after the Biafran war

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari launched an appeal for unity and national harmony, recalling the bloody war for the secession of the southern region of Biafra, which broke out 50 years ago, which resulted in two million victims.Faced with new tensions in the south of the Country, with assaults on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/INDIA - New church in a tribal area

Vasai - The tribal population in the Archdiocese of Vasai has a new Catholic church: Archbishop Felix Machado blessed and officially opened it for worship on April 30, inaugurating it in Talasari, in the district of Palghar, in the state of Maharashtra. Speaking to Fides, the Archbishop of Vasai, Mgr. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/PAKISTAN - A two-year-old Christian child killed by a Muslim man

Faisalabad - It is one of those cases where high social status and wealth turn into arrogance and arbitrariness towards the weakest and most vulnerable. A wealthy Muslim landowner owner, who has so many Christians at his service, killed a two-year-old Christian child. As Fides learns, Ayaan was killed on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AMERICA/CUBA - The Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre has been the patroness of the island for a hundred years

Santiago - Yesterday, 10 May, the entire Cuban people celebrated the centenary of the proclamation of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre as Patroness of Cuba. Fides received several testimonies from missionaries who work on the island. The main feast was celebrated in Santiago, where the Sanctuary of Nostra ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/LEBANON - The Patriarchs of the Syriac-Antiochene Churches want their communities to have a representative in Parliament

Beirut - A seat in the Lebanese Parliament for a politician belonging to the Syriac Orthodox Church, and another guaranteed by regulation to a representative of the Syriac Catholic community: is the concrete request expressed in the joint statement that the Primates of the two Syriac-Antiochene Churches - Syriac Orthodox ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - A missionary: the country wants a president who respects the dignity of all

Manila - "It is the failure of the government in serving the citizens to give consent and popularity to extremists and violent people. For example, to obtain a registration document of a vehicle at the headquarters of the Land Transportation Office will take three inexplicable months. To have a document ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AMERICA/CHILE - Mgr. Infanti: "The crisis in Chiloé is not only an economic problem, but social"

AysÚn - The demand for fishermen "not to fall into the temptation to sell their conscience for a few thousand pesos that will be only bread for today and misery for tomorrow" is what the Apostolic Vicar of Aysen, His Exc. Mgr. Luigi Infanti della Mora said during an interview ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

EUROPE/SPAIN - Violence and indifference towards street children

Melilla - Harraga is an association involved with the children of the autonomous city of Melilla road. It mainly deals with the medical care and protection of unaccompanied minors . These children are in search of a better future. They are classified as thieves, criminals and dependent on glue. The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

AFRICA/SUDAN - Revolt of pupils in a refugee camp against a medical team

Geneina – Some students were injured and a school was completely destroyed during a revolt involving children of the schools in the camp for the displaced in Murnei, West Darfur. According to local sources, a medical team arrived unexpectedly in the elementary school, attended by 450 pupils, in Solo. The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

ASIA/MIDDLE EAST - The Patriarch of Moscow: "the fight against terrorism is a holy war"

Moscow - "Today the fight against terrorism is a holy war". This the strong formula used by Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, to support the need for a joint mobilization of the international community against a phenomenon which he presented as a global evil. The expression, together with ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/12/16

 

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