ASIA/SRI LANKA - Dimissioni del Vescovo di Mannar e nomina dell’Amministratore Apostolico

Città del Vaticano – Il Santo Padre Francesco, in data 14 gennaio 2016, ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale della diocesi di Mannar , presentata da Sua Ecc. Mons. Rayappu Joseph, in conformità al can. 401 § 1 del Codice di Diritto Canonico e ha nominato Amministratore Apostolico della ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/INDIA - Incontrare i bambini di strada è incontrare Cristo

Nagpur – Incontrare, visitare, assistere i bambini di strada significa incontrare Cristo: è stata questa l'esperienza gruppo di giovani cattolici che a Nagpur, città nell'India centrale, sono andati alla ricerca dei bambini di strada. Pushpa Singh, una delle giovani coinvolte, ha raccontato a Fides: "All'Epifania i Re Magi fanno visita ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Il cattolico Paul Bhatti auspica la revoca della legge sulla blasfemia

Islamabad – La campagna per l’abolizione delle legge sulla blasfemia in Pakistan ha tra i suoi attori il cattolico Paul Bhatti, fratello di Shahbaz Bhatti, Ministro per le minoranze ucciso il 2 marzo 2011 da mano terrorista, ed ex Ministro del Pakistan per l'Armonia e le minoranze.Paul Bhatti, parlando a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AFRICA/GABON - Appointment of the Bishop of Port-Gentil

Vatican City - On 12 January 2016 the Holy Father appointed Rev. Euzébius Chinekezy Ogbonna Managwu, Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of Libreville as Bishop of the Diocese of Port-Gentil .The newly-elected Bishop was born on December 13, 1959 in N'Djamena, in Chad. As a child he emigrated with his ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AMERICA/CUBA - Mgr. Serpa and the prisoners in Cuba: Being imprisoned, “shut in”, is not the same thing as being “shut out”

Havana - The Bishop of the Cuban diocese of Pinar del Río, His Exc. Mgr. Jorge Serpa said that in Cuba there are political prisoners, and these are people with long convictions for whom he has asked a review of their cases. The magazine "Palabra Nueva", of the Archdiocese of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/INDIA - The Bishops of Kerala give their support to farmers

Kottayam - The Council of Bishops of Kerala - which brings together the Bishops of various rites present in the state, support farmers in their needs and calls on the government not to neglect their problems: is what the Bishops say in a Letter released in all the parishes, in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Appointment of the Rector of the "St. Albert the Great" Seminary in Abeokuta

Vatican City - On 16 October 2015 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Rev. Anselm Izuade Ekhelar of the diocesan clergy of Auchi as Rector of the "St. Albert the Great" Seminary in Abeokuta.The newly-elected Rector was born on February 15, 1965 in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Bishops call for an end to the expulsion of illegal immigrants

Washington - The Episcopal Conference of the United States has asked the government in recent weeks to end deportation raids of Central American families without valid documents.According to information sent to Fides, in a letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Committee for Migration of the Conference of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/INDIA - Dialogue between Vishnus and Christians

Tirupati - In India there is need to bear witness to the power of prayer combined with action to build a community of peace and harmony: this is the result of the recent session of dialogue between Christians and Vishnus, which was attended by the Office for Interreligious Dialogue and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Alert for the spread of the zika virus among pregnant women

San Salvador - Following the declaration of the local Ministry of Health of the state of alert in 47 municipalities of 11 departments in the Country due to the presence of the vector that transmits the zika virus, the same as dengue and chikungunya, 63 pregnant women have been infected. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AFRICA/SUDAN - Health care for nomads and the poor in East Darfur

Ed Daein - The Zakat Chamber in eastern Darfur has announced the launch of programs and health care assistance for nomads by the end of January, with the goal of providing the best services to the poorest. As reported by Radio Dabanga, therapeutic activities will be ensured in a camp ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AFRICA/KENYA - The Bishops: "We are shocked and surprised by the proposed regulation of worship" said

Nairobi - With "shock and surprise" the Bishops of Kenya say they have received the news that the government has formulated new rules that, "if implemented, will have direct and negative impact on our evangelization mission". This is what is reported in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides after proposals ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Mgr. Peña Rodríguez’s appeal for the elections: "Do not choose people without morals"

Santo Domingo - The President of the Dominican Episcopal Conference, His Exc. Mgr. Gregorio Nicanor Peña Rodríguez, Bishop of the Diocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey, called on the Dominican people to think twice when voting in the upcoming elections, and not to choose people without morals. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Less trade, more spirituality in the Church

Lingayen - The Church has to deal with spiritual and pastoral matters, and not give the idea of being a commercial enterprise: with this in mind the Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, north of Manila, has decided to close several religious shops run by parishes, limiting them to a minimum. Archbishop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/SYRIA - Tensions between Kurds and Christians in the province of Hassake

Qamishli - Tensions between Kurds and Christians increase in the Syrian region of northeastern Jiazira, where we find the cities of Qamishli and Hassaké and where large areas of land are in the hands of the jihadist of the Islamic State . In particular we are talking about the attacks ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/JORDAN - Archbishop Lahham: in the Middle East torn by sectarianism, the mission of Christian schools is even more valuable

Amman - In the historical life of the Churches in the Middle East, there has always been a valuable role carried out by Christian schools especially in the present scenario ravaged by sectarian conflict.This was strongly advocated by Archbishop Maroun Lahham, Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AMERICA/CHILE - Indigenous people, poor people, young people and migrants: "the new faces of the excluded"

Santiago - The "Justice and Peace" Commission of the Social Pastoral Caritas in Chile, a body of the Episcopal Conference, presented the document "Equity and development in Chile: the new faces of the excluded", which aims to promote dialogue on integral development with maggior equity. The Chilean Catholic Church explains ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/LEBANON - Patriarch Youhanna X: Orthodox Churches must safeguard unity, avoiding divisions

Balamand - Orthodox Churches must safeguard unity, avoiding divisions and rifts. Only in this way the great pan-Orthodox Synod scheduled in 2016 will be a good opportunity to provide a united witness to the modern world and live up to the urgencies of the time. This is how Greek-Orthodox Patriarch ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

ASIA/INDIA - Meeting street children is like meeting Christ

Nagpur - Meeting, visiting, assisting street children means encountering Christ: this is what a group of young Catholics in Nagpur, a city in central India experienced when they went in search of street children.Pushpa Singh, one of the young people involved, told Fides: "At Epiphany the Wise Men make their ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16

AMERICA/MEXICO - Mgr. Arizmendi in the face of popular protests: "We cannot be indifferent to the suffering of families"

San Cristóbal de las Casas - The Bishop of the diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, His Exc. Mgr. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, has agreed to mediate in the conflict in the Mexican town of Altos de Chiapas, which in recent days was the scene of violence before which the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/15/16


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