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ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Bishops on the elections: the next government must aim at the repatriation of Syrian refugees

Bkerke - The parliament and the government that will be elected on Sunday 6 May will have to oppose the attempt to permanently impose on Lebanon the weight of the reception of Syrian refugees. This is one of the priorities indicated by the Maronite Bishops in a widespread pronouncement in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AMERICA/PERU - Missionaries of the Sacred Heart: to promote the rights of indigenous communities and evangelize them in their own language

Ucayali - The assassination of the 80-year-old indigenous leader of the Shipibo-Konibo population, Olivia Arévalos, which took place on April 19 in the Peruvian Amazon and is still under investigation, "was a very strong event for us, missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus present here, for her family and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA - To win the challenge of peace in Africa: a possible dream with dialogue, not with weapons

Kara - "Who will save Central Africa, Congo Kinshasa, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Libya' Who will really save Africa from all the violence that is burying and impoverishing the African continent, ever more victim of the barbarism of its own children' Will Africa ever be free of this spiral of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Cardinal Nzapalainga after the massacre: "Is there a willingness to divide the Country' Is there a hidden agenda'"

Bangui - "I bow to the memory of our brothers and sisters who are no longer with us and offer condolences to their families. I am spiritually close to the injured", said Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, on his return to the Central African Republic. The Country is still ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/CONGO - Appointment of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Gelase Armel Kema

Vatican City - On March 14, 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed the rev. Fr. Gelase Armel Kema, of the diocesan clergy of Ouesso, as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Congo for five years .The new National Director was ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AMERICA/URUGUAY - Confirmation of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Leonardo Rodriguez

Vatican City - On 8 March 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, confirmed the rev. Fr. Leonardo Rodriguez, of the diocesan clergy of Canelones as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Uruguay for another five years . Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - The Pro Children Association of Kabul and the work of the nuns for the dignity of disabled children

Kabul - "The nuns on mission in Kabul live in an extreme situation. They are carrying out a truly heroic work. And, in their small way, they are slowly helping to requalify the figure of people with disabilities within Afghan families". This is what Father Matteo Sanavio says to Agenzia ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

ASIA/INDIA - "Anti-conversion law" approved in the state of Uttarakhand

Nainital - Uttarakhand has become the seventh state of the Indian Federation to have approved an "anti-conversion law" that penalizes freedom of conscience and religious freedom.As Fides learns, on 18 April Governor Krishna Kant Paul signed the bill "Freedom of Religion" , previously approved by a majority in the State ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - Already "legalized" 215 churches by the government built before the new law on places of worship

Cairo - There are already 215 churches with adjoining service buildings built before the new law on the construction of Christian worship buildings came into force, legalized and "regularized" by the Egyptian government that declared them compliant with the parameters defined by the new legal provisions. The regularization was sanctioned ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AMERICA/HONDURAS - Thousands of Hondurans hold their breath: today the US government must decide on the TPS

Tegucigalpa - Today is a crucial date for thousands of Hondurans who have been granted the State of Temporary Protection : Donald Trump's government must in fact communicate its decision during the day whether to prolong or cancel the program, which protects from expulsion and grants a temporary work permit ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - More than 200 child soldiers released: the government's commitment to peace and development

Yambio - More than two hundred child soldiers were released to the community on 28, April, in Yambio Gbudue State. As Fides learns, this is the second time child soldiers are released in Gbudue State, in fact about 300 children including 75 girls had already been released in Yambio in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - The Bishops: "It is urgent to review the political system of Nicaragua"

Managua - "We believe that the objective of National Dialogue must also be to review the political system of Nicaragua from its roots, in order to achieve an authentic democracy": with these words the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua wanted to point out the main reason why they ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE - Afonso Dhlakama, leader of RENAMO, the main opposition party dies

Maputo - "A bolt from the blue". This is how Chiara Turrini, at the head of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Mozambique, defines the death of Afonso Dhlakama, the 65-year-old leader of RENAMO , the main opposition party in Mozambique. Dhlakama died yesterday, May 3, following a heart attack in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/ZAMBIA - A strong contribution of the Polish Fidei Donum Priests for their 50 years of evangelization

Lusaka - "Inspired by the appeal of Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical Letter 'Fidei donum', twenty Dioceses in Poland, since 1968, have sent to Zambia about one hundred priests, who have contributed significantly towards the planting and growth of the local Church. The Polish Fidei Donum Priests have been ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Religious leaders: "The violence of May 1, fruit of a Machiavellian plan to divide the Country"

Bangui - The violence that has shocked Bangui in recent days "is the manifestation of a Machiavellian plan set up by some known Countries that call themselves friends, with the complicity of some patriots". This is what a platform of religious leaders for peace on the causes of the "ignoble ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/ZAMBIA - The commitment of a missionary who gave his life for Christ, the Church and the poor

Kabwe - The Missionaries of Scheut , Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offer assistance to the victims of HIV and AIDS in Zambia: many of them are orphans, homeless children who do not have access to health care. In 2007, Belgian missionary Fr. Pierre Ruquoy arrived in Zambia. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

ASIA/MALAYSIA - The Church: elect those who have the well-being of the country at heart

Kuala Lumpur - "Every five years we have the opportunity to democratically elect our leaders and the government, I invite all Catholics to exercise the vote according to a Christian vision and values, it is our moral duty and right, as citizens of our beloved Country, to vote wisely and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

ASIA/LEBANON - The elections confirm the fragmentation of the political framework. The Lebanese PMS Director: no one will be able to govern alone

Beirut - The official results of the 2018 Lebanese political elections, held yesterday, Sunday 6 May, have not yet been released. But all the anticipations and partial data released by the Lebanese media seem destined to confirm and prolong the fragmentation of the Lebanese political scenario. The rumors seem to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AMERICA/PERU - Thousands of Peruvians march for the promotion and protection of life

Lima - "Pope Francis knows the march for life very well, on two occasions he personally wrote to me, encouraging me and even advising me how to organize it, so if the maximum leader of the Church writes to a poor priest in South America, this gives me great peace ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - "Fr. Albert, a pastor esteemed for his action for reconciliation between Christians and Muslims"

Bangui - "Fr. Albert, seventy-one years old and among the oldest priests of the clergy of Bangui, was a pastor esteemed and known for his simplicity and sympathy, and above all for his discreet and tireless work in favor of reconciliation between Christians and Muslims", writes to Agenzia Fides Fr. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/18

 

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