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AFRICA/GAMBIA - Resignation of the Bishop of Banjul and appointment of successor

Vatican City - Today, the Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Banjul , presented by His Exc. Mgr. Robert Patrick Ellison, C.S.Sp. and appointed Fr. Gabriel Mendy, C.S.Sp., currently professor and Vice-rector of the “Spiritan International School of Theology” at Enugu in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - In the figure of the Pope, believers desire to "touch Jesus"

Dacca – Thanks to the visit and presence of Pope Francis in Bangladesh, a nation facing numerous difficulties as well as political and social challenges, “the little flock of Bangladeshi Catholics desires to draw near to Jesus Christ and have a direct and concrete experience of the Gospel ": Fides ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - By any means, just to pray with Pope Francis

Dhaka - "Pope Francis’ visit is a real blessing for us. Our faith will be strengthened. We look forward to seeing and listening to him. And above all to pray with him". Shuvro Purification is 18 years old, comes from Rajshahi, in the northwest of Bangladesh, a Muslim majority country. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - The Pope's presence will promote respect and appreciation towards the local Christians

Dhaka - "The Pope is at the center of national attention. Some events of the Pope's visit are broadcast live on state television. There is a very positive attitude towards the Pope in all mass media, and this is precious for the minority of local Christians: a beneficial effect affects ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/TURKEY - Erdogan and Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov will participate in the inauguration ceremony of the "Iron Church" on the Golden Horn

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bulgarian Prime Minister Bo´ko Borisov will both be present at the re-opening of St. Stephen's Church in Istanbul on January 7th. According to reports from the Turkish media, the two leaders agreed to participate together in the inauguration ceremony during a telephone ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Rohingya: the Pope's closeness, but the future is uncertain

Cox's Bazar - "The return of the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Rakhine state, in Myanmar seems very difficult, if not impossible. There are too many economic interests on that territory, both with India and with China. It seems that economy and money count more than human beings": says to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - The Pope to the Bishops of Bangladesh: Recognize and value the charisms of lay men and women

Dhaka - "I would ask you to show ever greater pastoral closeness to the lay faithful". This is the request that Pope Francis addressed to the Bishops of Bangladesh in his meeting with them in Dhaka, in the Home for Retired Priests, on the afternoon of December 1st. Pope Francis ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Elevation of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields to diocese, creation of the new diocese of Siuna and appointment of the first Bishops

Vatican City - On November 30, 2017, the Holy Father Francis elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields to a diocese, and appointed as Bishop of Bluefields H.E. Msgr. Pablo Schimitz Simon, O.F.M. Cap., currently apostolic vicar of the same see. At the same time, the Pope has approved the creation ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

AMERICA/BRAZIL - A theologian: "A Year of the Laity to open new paths and perspectives"

Rio de Janeiro - "To recognize the importance of the lay faithful as essential to guarantee the future of the Catholic Church; to understand that they are an integral part of the ecclesial community, effective members of the Church as a result of their ownbaptism: this is why they must ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - The Church insists on dialogue to resolve the Mapuche conflict and avoid violence

Bariloche - "No kind of violence is the solution: A dialogue table should have been opened before or during the conflict, to avoid this repression and violence. Dialogue must always be present": these are the words of the Bishop of Lomas de Zamora and President of the Episcopal Commission for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - "Democracy for development": 200 associations to African and European leaders

Abidjan - "Africa needs democracy". This is the message launched by associations of the African civil society gathered in the platform "Let us turn page for a democratic change in Africa", gathered in Abidjan on the sidelines of the Summit between the African Union and the European Union held in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - The Pope: the seed and the bud of every Christian life "is neither mine nor yours: God sows it and makes it grow

Chittagong - The seed and the bud of every Christian life "is neither mine nor yours: God sows it. And it is God who makes it grow". It can be safeguarded and nurtured not by virtue of ones own efforts, but in prayer, "asking the One who planted the seed ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Bangladesh: at the root of Islamist extremism

Shahab Enam Khan, professor of international relations at Jahangimagar University, Dhaka and member of the Enterprise Institute, has long studied radical Islamist movements. In a recent interview with Fides in his office in the Gulshan district of the Bangladeshi capital, he recalls that in order to understand the growth of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - The Pope to the young: ask for wisdom enlightened by faith, not the "wisdom of the world"

Dhaka - The one thing that directs and guides us on to the right path is wisdom, the wisdom born of faith. It is not "the false wisdom of this world". This is the guiding criterion that Pope Francis suggested to the 7 thousand young people who welcomed him with ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - The police: no seizure, Fr. Rozario is "mentally unstable"

Natore – There is mystery regarding the Catholic priest kidnapped and released in Bangladesh. As Agenzia Fides learns, Fr. William Walter Rozario is accused by the police of having somehow staged the kidnapping and having moved away from his diocese alone, because considered "mentally unstable". The paradoxical version of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Mgr. Gualberti: "The defense of democratic values loses moral force if it is not pursued with peaceful means"

Santa Cruz - "Even if the reasons for the protests and the defense of democratic values, institutions and the expressed will of the people are right, they lose their moral strength when they are not pursued with peaceful means", said Mgr. Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina, Archbishop of Santa Cruz de ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

VATICAN - Pope Francis: the proclamation of the Gospel is not "proselytism". Only the Holy Spirit "attracts" and converts hearts

Rome - The proclamation of the Gospel "is not making proselytism". The Church grows "for attraction". And to exercise the attraction that can change and convert hearts are not our "apologetic explanations" and our efforts to "convince" others with words and reasoning, but only the Holy Spirit that "works" in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Fr. Rozario, released after the seizure, he will remain for a period in the Bishop's residence

Rajshahi - Fr. William Walter Rozario, the Bangladeshi priest of the diocese of Rajshahi who disappeared on Monday and then found by the police in Syleth, in the north-east of the country, was released by the police and is now in the residence of the Bishop of Rajshahi, Mgr. Gervas ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

ASIA/MYANMAR - A trace of mercy in a Buddhist country: Francis’ legacy

Yangon - Pope Francis left an evangelical trace of compassion and mercy in a majority Buddhist country. The Burmese population clearly perceived his message of peace and reconciliation: this is what remains of Pope Bergoglio’s visit to Myanmar, as leaders and faithful Catholics who participated and followed the various moments ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Resignation of the Bishop of Bouar, Central African Republic, and appointment of successor

Vatican City - on December 2, 2017 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Bouar, Central African Republic, presented by H.E. Msgr. Armando Umberto Gianni, O.F.M. Cap. The pope appointed as Bishop of the same diocese the Rev. Mirosław Gucwa, of the clergy ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/04/17

 

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