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ASIA/INDIA - An alliance based on faith to combat violence against children

Ranchi - A "National action plan against violence on children" was born in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The organization is part of a network already present in several South Asian countries and will develop links with other South Asian associations committed to violence against women and children. The group ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/INDIA - An open letter to Christian leaders: "You cannot keep silent in the face of the spread of Hindu extremism"

New Delhi - "We, as Indian Christians, are concerned about the change that we see in our country that, from a pluralist democracy, is almost turning into a sort of reign dominated by a Hindu ideology. There is a systematic design to undermine the democratic Constitution. Institutions often seem to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Catholic leaders: you cannot rule the country with murders

Manila - "In the so-called crusade against drugs launched by President Duterte, extrajudicial killings continue at a pace of about a thousand per month. The poor are those most affected. To understand the seriousness of the phenomenon, one must bear in mind that under the dictatorship of Marcos, one of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Pope's message to Colombians: "Do not resist reconciliation"

Bogota - "Let us take the first step" was the motto of the apostolic visit carried out by Pope Francis in Colombia, just concluded, in support of the ongoing reconciliation process in a country marked by war for over 50 years and highlighted this issue several times. "Reconciliation is not ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AFRICA/ZAMBIA - The Bishops: "The spread of sex parties marks the moral decay of several teenagers"

Lusaka - "The Catholic Church is concerned about the moral decay that has engulfed some teenage girls and boys as it was reported of young ones who were involved in immoral activities of sex orgies and alcohol abuse in Lusaka and Livingstone", says Fr. Winfield Kunda, Director of Social Communications ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Caritas Venezuela's humanitarian program to counter hunger and denutrition

Caracas - "Solid Pots" is one of the initiatives launched by Caritas Venezuela to counteract the food shortage in the poorest regions of the Country, particularly among children, adults and sick people. The program was officially launched in February 2017, with the "Compartir" Campaign that the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference carries ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AFRICA/NIGERIA - The killers of Fr. Onunkwo, Nigerian priest kidnapped and killed on September 1 have been arrested

Abuja - Suspected killers of Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, Nigerian priest kidnapped and killed on September 1 in Orlu, the second city of the State of Imo, in south-east Nigeria , have been arrested.The police have arrested a gang of six persons, led by an ex-police corporal, Jude Madu. According to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Missionary Congress: corruption, lack of ethics, environmental devastation, call in a "Church that goes forth"

Recife - "The 4th National Missionary Congress was the meeting of brothers and sisters who shared their faith, their struggles, their anguish, their dreams, their hopes. During this time we felt the Holy Spirit, the protagonist of the mission, strengthening our conviction that being a missionary is a grace and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Churches in Pakistan: solidarity with Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and immediate truce

Lahore - Strong condemnation of the attacks suffered by the people of Rohingya in Myanmar, and full solidarity and closeness to the Muslim population: this is a declaration signed by the President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan, Archbishop Joseph Coutts, and by the President of the National Commission ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/INDIA - Protection of abused girls: the experience of the NGO Suraksha

Belagavi - Rescuing girls sold for the sex market, trafficking, prostitution, child marriage: it is with this spirit that the NGO Suraksha organization, is committed to the recovery, rehabilitation, development and the social reintegration of victims of sexual abuse in the Indian state of Karnataka. As Fides learns, the project ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/INDIA - Abducted Salesian priest released: "We thank God and Pope Francis' commitment"

New Dehli - "First of all, we express our deep gratitude to God for the happy conclusion of this incident. We must then thank the Indian government, which put into place every effort for the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian Salesian kidnapped over a year ago in Yemen. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/INDIA - A Jesuit: "India must be united in the defense of pluralism, against emerging violent forces"

Bangalore - "The premeditated murder of Gauri Lankesh is an unprecedented offense to the nation and causes rage, shock, and sadness. Gauri represented the best of a free and fearless India that respects the rights of its citizens, that celebrates pluralism and, above all, defends the highest values of democracy. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AMERICA/CHILE - "Let us share the journey of life with everyone": Rancagua and the commitment to migrants

Rancagua - In recent years it has been estimated that more than half a million migrants have arrived in Chile, mostly from the countries of America. Several thousand arrived in the O'Higgins region, at the center of the country, whose capital is Rancagua. In many cases, these are migrants forced ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AFRICA/KENYA - Religious Kenian confessions: "The Electoral Commission must assure a credible vote"

Nairobi - "The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission should focus on the coming elections by ensuring that they put their house in order first. Do not drive with the rear mirror on. You do not have to wait for the full Supreme Court judgment because you already know your weakness", said ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Bishops: "Stop intolerance at school; justice for Sharon Masih’s family"

Lahore - "The government of Pakistan seems more interested in school infrastructure and security of buildings than in the quality aspect of the education system. We live in a society where students spread hate, discrimination, bullying, intolerance against caste, belief, religion and social status": with these words, sent to Agenzia ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/SYRIA - Archbishop Marayati: "War is fought through forgiveness"

Munster - "War is not fought with war, but through dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the will to start a new life and follow new paths of peace": said Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Butros Marayati, at the international meeting "Paths of Peace" organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio in Munster, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AMERICA/PERU - Lake Titicaca: a route without any control for the trafficking of children

Puno - To raise awareness among citizens about the serious crime of trafficking and establish common working criteria between the Church, society and the State in order to reduce these cases that occur daily at a national level, especially in the southern part of the Country: these are the objectives ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

AFRICA/DR CONGO - "We are tired of the impunity of guerrillas": protest of civil society in northern Kivu who call for greater security

Kinshasa - Some "dead city days" in Beni and Butembo to protest the insecurity that persists in the area due to the presence of numerous armed groups. Civil society in Butembo demands the resignation of the mayor and Butembo's urban security committee, who are accused of not protecting the population."Armed ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/IRAQ - Christians divided on the Kurdish independence referendum. The Chaldean Patriarchate: there is a risk of armed conflict

Baghdad - While September 25th approaches, date of the referendum announced by the government of the autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan to sanction its independence from Baghdad, there are contrasting signs from the local Christian communities with reference to the referendum, which attracts the attention and also the concern of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - In Parliament the case of the Christian student killed in school

Islamabad - "The case of Sharon Masih is tragic and a shame for the country. It is necessary to act urgently. That is why I have asked all members of the National Assembly to reconsider the issue of the school curricula reform in Pakistan as a priority and I have ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/15/17

 

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