AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - After three years 2,000 displaced leave San Salvatore parish thanks to Caritas

Bangui - About 2,000 displaced people, who had been welcomed in San Salvatore parish, in the 2nd district of Bangui return home after three years.Don Paternal Zolo, vicar of San Salvatore parish, said that the return of the internally displaced persons was financially supported by Caritas Bangui and every family ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

ASIA/CHINA - Immaculate Mary and St. Ambrose: models of authenticity of the Catholic academic research

Beijing - Mary Immaculate and St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, are the two models of authentic inner purity, of the search for truth and of the Catholic academic research without prejudices or personal interests, which accompanied the Ninth Forum on Catholic Studies for young Chinese scholars held on 7 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - "The solution is not barbarism": the Archbishop of Ciudad Bolivar after the violence and ransacking

Ciudad Bolivar - "We strongly believe that the solution is not barbarism, acts of vandalism and irrationality. We can solve our conflicts in a civilized, peaceful and democratic framework. Violence is the weapon of those who have no reason", says the statement of His Exc. Mgr. Ulises Antonio Gutiérrez Reyes, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/PERU - Resignation of the Apostolic Vicar of Yurimaguas and appointment of the Apostolic Administrator

Vatican City - On 17 December 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Apostolic Vicariate of Yurimaguas , by His Exc. Mgr. José Luis Astigarraga Lizarralde, C.P., and appointed Fr. Jesús María Aristín Seco, C.P., currently Secretary General of the PP. Passionists in Rome ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Central American migrants "seek accommodation" together with the Bishops

El Paso - A group of 30 Central American migrants were special guests of the "Posada Sin Fronteras", which was organized by the Diocese of El Paso and Las Cruces , last weekend.To look for "Posada" is a typical representation of Mexican tradition at Christmas time, and consists of symbolically ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/PANAMA - "A Doctor at home" initiative in favor of the most vulnerable

Panama City - The health initiatives in Mexico City, called "Médico en tu casa" and "Cunas CDMX", were presented to the Ministry of Health authorities of Panama that wants to put them in place in favor of disadvantaged people. Through a Cooperation Agreement, recently signed by the head of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Clashes in Lubumbashi; "a girl killed and a parish looted " according to local sources

Kinshasa - "The people, especially in the suburbs, took to the streets to protest. There were clashes with the police, with gunfire. We have news of a student who was killed by a stray bullet. Cars were set on fire and some shops were looted. A parish was also looted", ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Archbishop Pizzaballa: the law to 'silence' mosques would represent a "dangerous precedent"

Jerusalem - Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM, Apostolic Administrator of the vacant see of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, expressed his disapproval regarding the project supported by the Israeli government to take away the speakers from Israel mosques used to spread the Adhan, the call to Islamic prayer, usually made by ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

ASIA/INDIA - Appointment of the Auxiliary Bishops of Bombay

Vatican City - On 20 December 2016 the Holy Father appointed rev. Allwyn D'Silva, Episcopal Vicar of Bombay, and rev. Barthol Barretto, of the clergy of Mumbai, parish priest and Vicar Forane as auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Bombay . Rev. D'Silva was assigned the titular see of Dura ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Drugs among the new forms of poverty to be addressed urgently

Buenos Aires - "We have to help those who have fallen to get up and prevent others who are vulnerable to fall ... We will never be able to replace families, but as a Church, we are the family of God, and we must make every effort to create a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AFRICA/SUDAN - Health emergency: Eleven clinics have already been shut in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan

Khartoum - Dozens of health facilities supported by the World Health Organization in strife-torn areas of Sudan risk closure due to a lack of funds, exposing one million people to likely epidemics. Eleven clinics have already been shut in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan where years of fighting between ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

EUROPE/ITALY - Appeal of the Rector Major to the Salesians for the "ad gentes" mission

Rome - The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco , Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has launched the Salesians worldwide an "ad gentes" missionary appeal, addressing "all those confreres who feel called by the Lord to live their Salesian vocation in this particular form: being available to be Salesian ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/MEXICO - Solidarity of the Diocese of Cuautitlan for the fireworks market explosion

Tultepec - "We join all market workers of San Pablito in Tultepec in this tragedy", writes the Bishop of Cuautitlan, His Exc. Mgr. Guillermo Ortiz Mondragón, expressing solidarity with the victims of the explosion that occurred yesterday afternoon, December 20, at the fireworks market of San Pablito. At least 21 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Another priest kidnapped in the Delta region

Abuja - Another Catholic priest, Fr. Jude Onyebadi, pastor of the church of St. Peter and Paul in Issele-Azagba, in the Delta region in the south of the Country has been kidnapped in Nigeria. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, he was seized on December 16 by three armed ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christians celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, the Muslims celebrate Christmas

Lahore - Dialogue and good Muslim-Christian relations are also built with the mutual participation in the major holidays of the respective religions. It so happens that the Lahore Franciscans celebrated Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in an interfaith celebration held in Lahore, in the presence of religious leaders and Muslim faithful and, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Two human right activists kidnapped, a third seriously injured, in the east of the Country

Kinshasa - Serious violence against three activists of civil society in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The three women are part of the Coalition des femmes pour la protection des droits humains, a collective for the respect of human rights in the plateau of Ruzizi in Uvira Territory.As ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

EUROPE/GERMANY - "Star Singers" together for creation and for children affected by climate change

Aachen - For the 59th time, in the days leading up to January 6th, the "Star Singers" of the Holy Childhood Association in Germany will be on the country’s street-corners singing Christmas carols. "Bringing the blessing, to be blessing. Together for creation. In Kenya and around the world!": is the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

ASIA/INDIA - Christians in Orissa seek protection for Christmas

Bhubaneswar - A few days before Christmas, the Christians of Kandhamal district in the Indian state of Orissa, the epicenter of anti-Christian massacres of 2008, call for a Christmas in peace and free from all violence: "We want to celebrate Christmas in peace and serenity", says to Fides Fr. Pradosh ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/CUBA - New version of the website of the Church of Cuba

Havana - In order to continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and spread the pastoral action of the pilgrim Church on the largest island of the Antilles, a new website of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba has been created and is online at: www.iglesiacubana.org, www.iglesiacubana.net, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Fun activity campaign to remove child workers from the road

Bogota - For the entire month of December a series of activities that provide fun initiatives against child labor, with the objective of removing children from the street, was carried out in Bogota. According to official figures of the District, at least 1 out of 10 children, in the age ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/16


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