ASIA/INDONESIA - Boom of vocations to priesthood in the diocese of Manado

Manado - Seminarians and priests in Manado, capital of the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi, in eastern Indonesia, are not lacking. As a matter of fact, they are overabundant. As Fides learns, in the retreat for the local clergy organized from 4 to 8 September, the diocese had to create ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

ASIA/SYRIA - Assad visits the Syriac Orthodox monastery of the Holy Cross in Saydnaya

Saydnaya - Syrian President Bashar al Assad visited the temporary seat of the Syriac Orthodox monastery of the Holy Cross, under construction, accompanied by his wife Asma and other family members. He was received by Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II together with Metropolita Mor Timotheos, the Syriac Orthodox ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

ASIA/MYANAMAR - The Bishop of the Rohingya Territory: "It is urgent to respect human dignity and build peace"

Pyay - "The situation of the Rohingya today is very difficult to judge. There is no reliable news and the news that circulates differs, depending on whether it comes from the government, the Rohingya or other sources. What we can say is that we strongly hope for a peaceful solution ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Internally displaced and famine: refugee camps packed

Dolo Odo - As a result of the dramatic drought, the phenomenon of the displaced people of the southeast villages of Ethiopia, bordering Somalia, continues. In the so-called Somali region of the Country, where the population is ethnically Somali, but of Ethiopian nationality, there are 264 villages with 577,711 displaced ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

AMERICA/CUBA - After a century, the pilgrimage to Cuba's patron saint has been suspended due to hurricane Irma

Santiago - For a century the pilgrimage of the Cubans to Our Lady of Caridad del Cobre has never been suspended . Yesterday, for the first time, every pilgrimage to the Sanctuary was suspended due to Hurricane Irma which is heading to the coast of the island.The news, launched by ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - The history of the Korean Church in the Vatican

Vatican City - "The history of the Catholic Church in the last 230 years is a story of salvation that testifies God's will and works": says to Agenzia Fides, Elisabeth Soo-ran Park, of the Sisters of the Blessed Korean Martyrs, congregation born in 1946 in Kaesong, on the occasion of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Pope Francis: The Church becomes missionary only because it follows Jesus’ attractiveness

BogotÓ - What moves the church to mission "is not the enthusiasm that burns the generous heart of the missionary", it is rather the "companionship of Jesus in his Spirit. If we do not we set out with Him on our mission, we quickly become lost and risk confusing our ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - A missionary: "In South Sudan there is an ethnic but above all political and power conflict"

Juba - "It is too easy to describe the conflict in South Sudan as exclusively ethnic. The struggle for power, corruption, poor management of military, political leadership, of resources and the lack of basic freedom are real situations that complicate the conflict strongly", writes to Fides Fr. Daniele Moschetti, a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Cura Brochero inspires priests today

Brochero - The spirit, the service and the mission of Cura Brochero - the holy priest, canonized on October 16, 2016 by Pope Francis – is an inspiration for the mission of the Argentine priests today: say 600 priests and Bishops from all over the country, gathered in recent days ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17

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: 09/13/17


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