AFRICA/EGYPT - Al Sisi will also participate in the Christmas vigil presided over by Coptic Patriarch Tawadros

Cairo - Also this year Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will take part in the solemn Coptic liturgy of the Christmas vigil, scheduled in the new Cathedral dedicated to the Nativity of Jesus, built in what will be the new administrative capital of Egypt. It will be the fifth ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/BURUNDI - The Bishops' appeal: "May 2019 be the year of peace and reconciliation"

Bujumbura - "May 2019 be a year of peace and reconciliation", is what the Bishops of Burundi hope for in their message to the faithful for the Christmas holidays and for the new year. The country is going through a difficult moment that has compromised the hopes born in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - A new sister of the Missionaries of Charity in Kabul

Kabul - A new missionary sister has just arrived in Afghanistan and will work at the Children's Center of the "PBK - Pro Bambini of Kabul" Association. This is what Father Giovanni Scalese, a Barnabite missionary in charge of the Afghan Missio sui iuris, reports in a note sent to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/GHANA - The care of the Guanellian missionaries towards the disabled in Africa

Adidome - School and work: along these lines the Fathers of the Opera Don Guanella have been carrying out a project of evangelization and charity for young people with disabilities in Adidome for eight years, in the diocese of Keta-Akatsi, in eastern Ghana, on the border with Togo. Disability is ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/MALAYSIA - Promoting harmony in a multireligious society: the commitment of Christians

Kuala Lumpur - The baptized in Malaysia are committed to promoting interreligious harmony in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. As Agenzia Fides learns, various activities were organized at Christmas to promote and strengthen religious harmony and this work will continue in 2019.The representatives of the "Perkasa" human rights group, together ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/LIBYA - A mass grave of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by Islamic State militants has been discovered in Libya

Sirte - The government authorities of the Libyan national agreement have announced the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 34 Ethiopian Christians killed in 2015 by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State . The mass grave, reported in recent days by the Department of Criminal Investigation of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

VATICAN - The Secretary General of Holy Childhood: "Thanks to the encounter with Jesus one becomes a missionary: this is what the children live"

Vatican City - "When Missionary Childhood Day was established on 4 December 1950 by Pope Pius XII, all countries were asked to identify a date to be dedicated to Holy Childhood, but freedom was left. Many celebrate it on 6 January precisely because it is the Epiphany, the manifestation of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in America: the benefits of the proclamation of the Gospel are still lived today

Puerto Plata - The Catholic Church concludes today, Saturday, January 5, 2019, the celebrations of the 525th anniversary of the first Mass in the American continent, officiated in Isabela, Puerto Plata, on January 6, 1494. Today about 10 thousand people are expected to attend the Eucharistic celebration. The first Mass ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/INDIA - Resignation of the Bishop of Port Blair

Vatican City - On 6 January 2019 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Port Blair, India, presented by H.E. Msgr. Aleixo Das Neves Dias, S.F.X. Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Comboni Missionaries attacked and robbed in their community

Bangui - "On 5 January 2019, the Foyer Community of the Comboni Missionary Sisters in Bangui, in Central Africa, was attacked and robbed by a gang of about 8-9 people – said the Superior General of the Comboni Missionaries, Sister Luigia Coccia to Agenzia Fides -. There are three Sisters ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/EGYPT - The Imam of al Azhar at the "inauguration" of the Cathedral and Mosque in the new administrative capital

Cairo - A delegation of the Sunni University of al Azhar, led by the Grand Imam Ahmed al Tayyb, also took part together with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi at the "official inauguration" of the new Coptic Cathedral and Mosque in the urban area 45 km from Cairo, destined ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - After 525 years, faith must always be "announced with courage and lived with love"

Puerto Plata - The many sufferings of the Haitian people who continue to suffer are reason of concern. Haitians have been welcomed by the Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic "because they are brothers who need to feel they are part of a family": these are the sentiments expressed by ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/INDIA - Assembly of India’s Latin-rite Bishops on "The joy of the Gospel"

Chennai - "The joy of the Gospel" is the central theme of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India of the Latin-rite, held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from 8 to 14 January 2019. As reported to Agenzia Fides by Fr. Stephen Alathara, deputy general secretary of the CCBI, "the bishops ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/CAMBODIA - The family, a sign of love for society: towards the extraordinary missionary month

Phnom Penh - "What will we do to be able to see beautiful and new things during 2019' Let us enter the Year dedicated to the family and in June 2019 we will hold a large diocesan gathering of families. In October there will be a "special mission", in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Priest stabbed by thieves who entered the parish

Trinidad – Fr. Adam Bravo Mendoza, 78-year-old diocesan priest, of La Santa Cruz parish in the city of Trinidad, in the Apostolic Vicariate of Beni in Bolivia, was stabbed by some criminals who tried to steal the alms collected during the Sunday Masses, according to the information sent to Agenzia ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - A missionary says: "father, why did God allow me to be born in South Sudan'"

Juba - "I arrived in South Sudan in Juba in January 2015, where we have the only home of the Friars Minor of the country. At the beginning we were 5 friars, two from Italy, one from Slovakia, Australia and the United States. Together we manage a fairly large parish ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AFRICA/DR CONGO - The Bishops warn: "Do not irritate the population, proclaim the truth"

Kinshasa - "It is the irregularities that would irritate the population and the most serious thing that could lead the Congolese people to revolt would be to publish results which do not conform to the truth of the polls. If there is a revolt of the population, the responsibility will ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/IRAQ - Controversy on sales and demolition of churches. The response of the Chaldean Patriarchate

Baghdad - The news on the sale of two churches in Baghdad are fueling controversies involving the local Christian communities, also highlighting contrasts between ecclesial hierarchies and Christians involved in politics. After the protest demonstrations organized against an urban renewal project that would also imply the demolition of the Chaldean ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Islamabad Declaration: "a step to defeat extremism"

Faisalabad - "The Declaration of Islamabad is a step in the right direction. We need to develop it to improve the image of the country: this is the way forward: government and opposition must work together to legislate on good policies, while civil society, religious communities and all citizens must ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Nicaragua crisis returns to OAS on January 11

Managua - Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua and president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua , after Mass last Sunday, 6 January, said that it will be necessary to analyze and implement the necessary changes within the country, according to the observations that will come from the next meeting ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/08/19


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