ASIA/PHILIPPINES - A missionary: "It is time for a new law for the common good in Mindanao"

Marawi - "Peace in Mindanao is possible only if we educate everyone to consider themselves as brothers and sisters": says to Agenzia Fides Fr. Sebastiano D'Ambra, missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in Zamboanga , after a recent visit to Marawi with a group of the "Silsilah" interfaith ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/IRAQ - Iraqi religious leaders: a law is needed to punish fanaticism that instigates hatred

Baghdad - Heads of religious communities in Iraq will ask the Iraqi parliament to pass a law to punish forms of religious propaganda that instigate hatred and violence. This is what was reported by the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans, spreading the report of a singular meeting among Iraqi ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AMERICA/ECUADOR - The Bishops: "No Ecuadorian must justify, tolerate or relativize corruption"

Quito - "In the face of the strong accusations of corruption and the reciprocal reprimands of which various authorities in the moral, legal and political fields are protagonists", the Bishops of Ecuador propose competent authorities and institutions to "investigate in a clear manner so that the truth of facts prevail ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The educational system promotes intolerance and discrimination: the new "Faith and a Future" Report

Islamabad - Textbooks, educational programs and the education system in Pakistan fuel the promotion of intolerance and discrimination against religious minorities. The State, with a Muslim majority, has created an environment in which non-Muslims are considered "second-class citizens", with fewer rights and privileges. Their patriotism is questioned and their contribution ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Instability and general violence: the Church's commitment to solidarity and peace

Bangui - Insecurity reigns in the Central African Republic: fighting among rebel groups continues even in the capital Bangui, until a few days ago it was an island of relative tranquility. In recent days, the police, assisted by the forces of Minusca clashed with groups of militiamen who control PK5, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AMERICA - Hispanic American Day: "The mission is in both directions"

Madrid - "On this day we pray for the missionaries but also for many of our Latin American brothers and sisters who have come to live among us, enriching our society with their cultural traditions and their often more cordial and more sensitive way of living the faith": writes the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christians protest against the abuse of blasphemy laws in Lahore

Lahore – To condemn vitiated inquiry, torture and inhumane treatment against young Christians Patras Masih and Sajid Masih; ask for concrete measures to stop the abuse of the blasphemy law, especially against religious minorities: these are the central themes of the protest organized yesterday, March 2, in Lahore by the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Priesthood in Pakistan: challenges to proclaim and live the Gospel

Lent and Easter Season a busy season for Catholic Priests in Pakistan. Presence of the Priest is highly demanded in all the programs, gathering and festivals besides the Eucharistic Celebration, the main service of the Priest. Priests have to say more than one Mass in a day also to fulfill ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/INDIA - New violence and harassment against Christians in Orissa

Cuttack - New violence and atrocious harassment are recorded against Indian Christians in Orissa, a state of central-eastern India. As Agenzia Fides learns, in the village of Tangaguda, which is located in the district of Malkangiri, inside the state of Orissa, three Christian families who in recent days suffered fierce ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - Appointment of the Bishop of Farafangana

Vatican City - On March 3, the Holy Father appointed His Exc. Mgr. Gaetano Di Pierro, S.C.I., Bishop of the Diocese of Farafangana , transferring him from the Diocese of Moramanga. Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/SYRIA - Violence started from Goutha, the rebel district: appeal by the Trappist nuns for the end of the war

Damascus - "When will weapons be silent' We, who live in Syria, are sickened by the general indignation that arises to condemn those who defend their lives and their land. We went to Damascus several times these months; we went after the rebel bombs had attacked a school, we were ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AFRICA/RWANDA - Spirit of prayer and charitable service: nuns next to AIDS patients

Gatare - Human and Christian promotion of the poorest and most needy children and youths; professional preparation and social inclusion; support for the educational works and the health pastoral care of the local Church: these are the pastoral priorities of the Daughters of Divine Zeal present in various countries all ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/INDIA - A statue dedicated to the Virgin Mary destroyed: the faithful forgive the vandals

Bhubaneswar - The grotto dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, in the complex of the homonymous church in the town of Aligonda, of the diocese of Berhampur , was destroyed by unidentified vandals. The act of vandalism, which occurred yesterday, March 4, has caused bewilderment among the local community. Fr. Ayit ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Mysterious death of a religious

Kinshasa - The circumstances of the death of Fr. Florent Mbulanthie Tulantshiedi, of the Joséphistes Congregation, who worked in the parish of Christ the Savior of Ilebo, are still unclear. His body was found on 2 March on a boat on the banks of the Kasai river, near the village ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - A new History of the Catholic Church translated into Urdu

Karachi - The edition of the "New Short History of the Catholic Church, 2011", written by English Jesuit, Fr. Norman Tanner SJ, has been completed and published in Urdu. The text, already translated into five languages, is now also available to the Pakistani faithful thanks to the precious work of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Record of blasphemy cases in Punjab: it is urgent to listen to the cry of the innocent

Lahore - Punjab and Lahore district are areas in which there has been an extraordinary incidence of blasphemy cases in Pakistan in the last three decades: this is what the NGO "Center for Social Justice", reports to Agenzia Fides, led in Pakistan by Catholic Peter Jacob. Noting that 74% of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - "Cruel and inhuman reality": the situation of Venezuelan immigrants requires urgent answers

Boa Vista - Venezuelan immigrants live "a cruel and inhumane reality that requires rapid, effective and articulate responses from Churches, the State and society in general". This is the opinion contained in the letter sent to Agenzia Fides by the Episcopal Commission to deal with human trafficking of the Bishops' ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - The Bishops: "A spiritual retreat for our leaders, to help them make peace"

Juba - "We are dissatisfied that our leaders in both government and oppositions so far have been unable to put their own interest aside and make peace for the good of the people of South Sudan. We fear that our leaders do not know how to make peace. They are ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

AFRICA/GHANA - Network Pastoral Africa: the challenges of young people in Africa, towards the Synod

Tamale - The challenges posed by charismatic Pentecostal movements, Youth and family life in Africa, Youth unemployment and role of the church as well as the experiences and challenges of married couples in contemporary Africa: these are the main themes faced during the fifth annual meeting of “Network Pastoral Africa” ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18

ASIA/INDIA - The new evangelization in the Indian context, between secularization and communalism

Bangalore - The new evangelization in the Indian context: this will be the theme which Bishops, experts, theologians, delegates from India and the Vatican will discuss, in the national symposium organized in Bangalore by the Pontifical Mission Societies of India, from 7 to 9 March. As Fr. Faustine Lobo, National ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/06/18


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