AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - To evangelize under the guidance of Mgr. Oscar Romero

San Salvador – To evaluate the pastoral work of each nation and propose new goals for next year: this is the purpose of the meeting of the Central American Bishops' Secretariat , formed by the Bishops of Central America, who are gathered in El Salvador from 27 November to 1 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/02/17

ASIA/MYANMAR - Pope Francis to Burmese Bishops: Your first task is prayer

Yangon - By God's grace, "the Church in Myanmar has inherited a solid faith and a fervent missionary enthusiasm from the work of those who brought the Gospel to this land". And today's Burmese Bishops, successors of the apostles, in order to conform to the same missionary "participation" are primarily ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/02/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Archbishop Costa: "Pope Francis brings the peripheries to the center of the world"

Dhaka - "With his visit to Dhaka, Pope Francis continues his mission of bringing the peripheries back to the center of the world". It is with these words that the Archbishop of Chittagong, Moses M. Costa, comments Pope Bergoglio’s visit in Bangladesh to Agenzia Fides. "We have been preparing ourselves, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/02/17

AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Education and the formation of young people, a bet for a better country

Caacupé - "We want happy young people who bring happiness, therefore our personal projects, our nation-wide project, must be a bet for young people", said yesterday His Exc. Mgr. Gabriel Narciso Escobar Ayala, S.D.B., Apostolic Vicar of Chaco Paraguayo, on the second day of the novena to the Virgin of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/02/17

AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - To promote education for girls in the mission of Ankaramibe

Ankaramibe - In the vicinity of the town of Ankaramibe, in the region of Ambanja, poverty, backwardness, marginalization are registered. The inhabitants of the small rural villages of these suburbs are dedicated to livestock farming, sheep farming and livelihood farming, carried out with primordial methods. Here, as in the rest ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/02/17

ASIA/MYANMAR - The Pope to the youth: The Gospel is announced by those who follow Christ, and not to charge ahead on our own!

Yangon - Being "missionary disciples", called to spread the good news of the Gospel, means "to follow Christ, and not to charge ahead on our own". Because Jesus never sends his disciple out "without also walking at our side, and always just a little in front". For this reason, Christ's ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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 Boïko 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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17

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: 12/02/17


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