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ASIA/TURKEY - Evangelical pastor Brunson also accused of supporting the creation of a "Christian Kurdish state"

Izmir - Among the new, exorbitant accusations against American evangelical pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, on trial by the Turkish judicial authorities for alleged connivance with networks and forces accused of terrorist acts and subversive plots against Turkey, is that of trying to set up a “Christian Kurdish state” destined to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/BURUNDI - "Safeguard peace and unity": Bishops’ appeal in view of the constitutional referendum of 17 May

Bujumbura - "We urge all Burundians to safeguard unity and peace" write the Bishops of Burundi in a statement on the constitutional referendum of 17 May, which concerns the constitutional reform to increase the duration of the presidential term from 5 to 7 years, with no more than two consecutive ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Inequalities in the world of work and corruption: necessary to put the dignity of the person back at the center

Abuja - "Work is not just any kind of commodity, and the dignity of workers is always the primary criterion of evaluation, as the Social Doctrine of the Church teaches. Work confirms the profound identity of man created in the image and likeness of God": says Father Joseph Tile Nomhwange ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

ASIA/INDIA - "To be people of Caritas means to be people of the Good News"

New Delhi - "Caritas is the joy of service, Caritas is a service of joy. Caritas India is the organ of the entire Catholic church to concretely express our charity and, as Deus Caritas East of Benedict XVI says, to be people of Caritas means to be people of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

ASIA/NEPAL - Unity among Christians: together to witness God's mercy

Kathmandu - Christians of different confessions in Nepal are committed to working together to witness the love and mercy of God. "As Nepali Christians we are called to work together and be witnesses to the Gospel of Christ, sharing prayer and overcoming the divisions among the Christian communities in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Confirmation of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Jovitus Mwijage

Vatican City - On 12 April 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, confirmed rev. Jovitus Mwijage, of the diocesan clergy of Bukoba, as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Tanzania for another five years . Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AMERICA/CUBA - Appointment of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Yosbel Lazo Cordero, CM

Vatican City - On 12 April 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed rev. Fr. Yosbel Lazo Cordero, CM , as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Cuba for a five-year term .The new National Director is 39 years old and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - Attack on a Mosque in Durban: strong condemnation of the South African Catholic Church

Johannesburg - "We heard with great shock and sadness of the attack on the Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam, Durban and the tragic killing of an imam and the injury of two other people", says a statement signed by His Exc. Bishop Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town and President ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - "To recover the joy of the Gospel, to revive prophecy, to be operators of communion and reconciliation": toward CAM V

Santa Cruz de la Sierra - The fifth American Missionary Congress will take place in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia from 10 to 14 July. This ecclesial event is part of a rich history that, from Latin America, has illuminated the missionary journey of the whole ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Catholic students attend media lessons, instrument of evangelization

Port Moresby - Training students in the use and techniques of mass media, to introduce them to the secrets of social communication, seen as a means to help the spread of the Gospel: this is the aim of the third Media Education Seminar, intended for Catholic students, organized in recent ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - The Coptic Church celebrates the centenary of "Sunday schools", at the origin of the Coptic spiritual awakening

Cairo - The celebrations by the Coptic Orthodox Church to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the so-called Sunday School Movement will take place on Sunday, May 13. The centenary will be celebrated in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of Cairo, in the presence of Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Bishops' appeal: Catechists should be skilled on Child Protection Policy

Dar es Salaam - "All Catechists in the Country have to be trained on TEC Child Protection Policy, which was passed by the Bishops in 2017", said Director of the Directorate of Social Services at the Tanzania Episcopal Conference Jovin Riziki , in his statement presented during the three-day workshop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/GHANA - Resignation of the Archbishop of Cape Coast and appointment of successor

Vatican City - Today the Holy Father Francis accepted the renunciation of the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast , presented by His Exc. Mgr. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah. The Holy Father appointed His Exc. Mgr. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, currently Archbishop of Accra, as Archbishop of Cape Coast. Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Koki Ruiz prepares an artistic work made with Rosary beads for the beatification of Chiquitunga

San Ignacio - "In love" with Chiquitunga. This defines, wholeheartedly, Delfín Roque Ruiz Pérez - for all of us "Koki" - the artist who is preparing, after the memorable altarpiece for the Pope’s Mass in Paraguay in 2015, a monumental work for the beatification of Chiquitunga .The painter is making ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

VATICAN - Archbishop Rugambwa in Namibia: "The appointment of a Bishop is a sign of God's love"

Keetmanshoop - "The appointment of a Bishop is, in fact, a sign of God's love for his people. For the Church, and in particular for the Diocese of Keetmanshoop, God accomplishes the promise he once made to his people Israel: I will give you pastors after my own heart . ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Latin Catholics, root of faith in the United States

Latinos are a growing minority: their influence in the United States is extremely significant, because the great socio-cultural and religious wealth continues to shape all the social and existential dimensions of the United States: says Msgr. José Horacio Gómezè, Archbishop of Los Angeles since 2011 and vice president of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Congolese NGO: "Virunga Park, a World Heritage Site, under-threat"

Kinshasa - At least two British tourists were taken hostage in Virunga natural park in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A statement sent to Agenzia Fides by CEPADHO , says that the convoy of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation was caught in an ambush just ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - Muslim leaders gathered in Indonesia to seek a path for peace

Jakarta - Important Muslim scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia met from 11 May in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, to discuss and develop a way in the conflict that has blooded Afghanistan for decades. At the "Trilateral Ulema Conference" organized by the Indonesian government, scholars and religious leaders from three ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/KENYA - Flood emergency: people with disabilities among the most vulnerable

Kabarnet - The violent floods that have been devastating large areas of Kenya since March, where the previous drought led to soil erosion, continue. The toll, according to the Red Cross, speaks of at least 200 dead, 242,000 displaced and 500 families have been severely affected, many of whom have ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

AFRICA/KENYA - Dam bursts due to heavy rains, at least 45 dead; the solidarity of the Bishops

Nairobi - "We are deeply saddened by the loss of human lives, injured people and the enormous material damage that has occurred throughout the Country, the worst and most shocking tragedy was the collapse of the Nakuru-Solai dam that caused huge destruction of both life and property" states, on behalf ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/14/18

 

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