AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Bishops and Catholic partners urge extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Washington - Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, was joined by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. , Catholic Relief Services , Catholic Charities USA , and Scalabrini International Migration Network in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, urging ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

ASIA/VIETNAM - Appointment of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Jerome Nguyen Dinh Cong

Vatican City - On 6 June 2017 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed rev. Fr. Jerome Nguyen Dinh Cong, of the diocesan clergy of Xuan Loc, as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Vietnam for a five-year term .The new National ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

ASIA/TURKMENISTAN - Fr. Sáez Martín: "In Ashgabat to announce that God wants us to be saints like Him"

Ashgabat - "The central theme of my preaching for the Catholic community of Turkmenistan is 'You will be like God', the sentence with which the demon tempted Adam and Eve. Their mistake was that of wanting to be like the Father, but doing everything by themselves and moving away from ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/GHANA - Stop Land Grabbing; Conference promoted by Caritas

Accra - "Indeed, I share with Caritas the view that land plays a critical and fundamental role in the social-economic development of any country, hence our heavy dependency on it for our livelihood", said John Peter Amewu, Minister for Land Natural Resources of Ghana intervening in a seminar organized by ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christmas will be celebrated in the church hit by the attack in Quetta

Quetta - The faithful Christians of Quetta will celebrate the Christmas liturgies in the Methodist church hit by the attack on December 17: this is what Protestant Pastor Simon Bashir, who is responsible for the pastoral care of the Bethel Methodist Memorial Church devastated by kamikaze attacks that killed 14 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Prayer vigils all over the country in memory of the victims of the attack to the church in Quetta

Islamabad - During the days immediately preceding Christmas, Pakistani Christians across the country gather for prayer vigils and peace demonstrations in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack that struck the Quetta Methodist Church on December 17. In the Masses and liturgies of Christmas, the Christian communities of all ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

VATICAN - Missionaries killed in 2017

Vatican City - In the year 2017, 23 Catholic pastoral care workers were killed worldwide: 13 priests, 1 religious brother, 1 religious sister, 8 lay persons. For the eighth consecutive year, the place most affected, with an extremely elevated number of pastoral care workers killed is AMERICA, where 11 pastoral ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Resignation of the Archbishop of Arusha and appointment of successor

Vatican City - On December 27, 2017 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Arusha , presented by His Exc. Mgr. Josaphat Louis Lebulu. The Pope appointed His Exc. Mgr. Isaac Amani Massawe, currently Bishop of Moshi, as Metropolitan Archbishop of Arusha ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

EUROPE/GERMANY - "Star Singers" collection 2018: "Together against child labor"

Aachen - More than 2,600 "Star Singers" of the Holy Childhood Association in Germany will participate at the official inauguration of their 60th Annual Campaign in Trier on Friday, December 29th: "Bring blessing, be blessing. Together against child labor, in India and all over the world", is the motto of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AMERICA/PERU - Peru's President pardons Alberto Fujimori. Heated protests in the country, even for the Bishops it is inappropriate

Lima – Disappointment, in addition to political confusion, is the climate that reigns in Peru after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardons ex-president Alberto Fujimori condemned and in prison for "crimes against humanity".President Kuczynski had just managed to obtain support from Congress on December 21, to continue the presidential term after ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Protest of bells: justice calls its initiator, Fr. Tshomba

Kinshasa - Senior priest of Kinshasa Father Vincent Tshomba appeared before a court on December 27 in the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo over charges relating to a call he made to ring the bells for 15 minutes every week to demand the departure of President Joseph Kabila whose ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic politicians reject, as "political operation", the US Congress resolution in defense of Egyptian Christians

Cairo - The draft resolution on the alarm "for attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt", submitted to the US Congress by six US parliamentarians on December 21, is causing controversy in Egypt, also on behalf of Egyptian parliamentarians of Coptic faith.In the text of the draft resolution 673, after a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AMERICA/CHILE - One of the 19,000 volunteers preparing the Pope's visit: "an unforgettable experience"

Santiago de Chile - "Being a papal volunteer is an invitation to be builders of a more beautiful Church and a better world" says Francisca José Miranda, one of the thousands of volunteers who came to help organize the visit that the Pope will carry out in the Country in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

ASIA/MYANMAR - After 50 years, the first public Christmas Festival in Yangon

Yangon - The Christian communities in Myanmar, Catholic and Protestant, have publicly celebrated Christmas in the streets of Yangon, for the first time in 50 years: as Agenzia Fides learns, in the past Christmas was strictly confined within the walls of churches, several liturgies, feasts, processions, took place in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AMERICA/PERU - Over 3,000 cases of violence against women in Puno region

Puno - The National Program Against Family and Sexual Violence of the Ministry of Women has released a report informing that up to the month of November, 3 thousand 327 cases of violence were recorded in the Puno region and 86 thousand 104 in all of Peru ."The provinces with ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - The Salvadoran Church suffers due to the drama of many emigrants: appeal to the United States for the TPS

San Salvador - "We strongly urge the president of the United States , the Congress and all the authorities of that great nation, that on this significant date of Christmas they should see to it that the rights of our brother migrants are respected and treated with dignity", said the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/MOROCCO - Resignation of the Archbishop of Rabat and appointment of successor

Vatican City - On December 29, 2017 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Rabat , presented by His Exc. Mgr. Vincent Landel, S.C.I. The Pope appointed Fr. Cristóbal López Romero, S.D.B., currently Provincial of the Salesian Province of Maria Auxiliadora in Spain, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/LIBERIA - "I hope President Weah inspires young people to commit themselves to changing the situation"

Monrovia - "Young people wanted a change and that is why they voted Weah, but the hope for a short-term improvement is scarce because the national economy is in pieces", says to Agenzia Fides Sister Barbara Brillant, a religious of American nationality of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, who for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

ASIA/ISRAEL - President Rivlin to Churches: our sovereignty over Jerusalem guarantees religious freedom for all

Jerusalem - The sovereignty of the State of Israel over Jerusalem, recognized by the US Administration with a one-sided choice rejected by a very large majority by the UN, "will never compromise the freedom of worship and religion for all believers", because the State of Israel is "deeply committed to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17

AFRICA/EGYPT - Massacre in front of a Coptic church. Bishop Antonios Mina: "they want to eliminate our smiles during the Christmas holidays"

Cairo - An armed assault on the church of Mar Mina, carried out in the Helwan City district on the capital’s southern outskirts, by at least two terrorists on the morning of Friday 29 December, caused several victims also among civilians. "At the moment" Anba Antonios Aziz Mina, Coptic Catholic ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/30/17


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