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AFRICA/ERITREA - Clinics and schools closed: the regime prohibits Christian social activities
Asmara - "In Eritrea, the regime has begun to persecute religious confessions and, in particular, the Catholic Church. The objective ... ...



ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Cardinal Yeom: the new summit in Pyongyang is "a milestone towards peace"

Seoul - "I am very happy that the two Heads of State of North and South Korea decided to meet in Pyongyang again on 18 September, following the preceding 2 historical summits this year. I am also very grateful to God for leading both South and North Korea make headway ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/TURKEY - Armenian Archbishop Athesyan praises the government's policy towards religious minorities

Istanbul - Today's Turkey "is not what it used to be", because since the Party of Justice and Development of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power, things have changed, and there is a "strong and eager government that guarantees the rights of minorities". This is what Apostolic Armenian Archbishop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - The Archbishop of Johannesburg: "Xenophobic violence is a violation of the commandment of love"

Johannesburg - "Once again, we had to see media images of well dressed, well fed South Africans looting foreign owned shops, assaulting the owners, threatening them with death and leaving destruction and shattered lives in their wake", said His Exc. Mgr. Buti Joseph Tlhagale, Archbishop of Johannesburg and Chairperson of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AMERICA/PERU - Bishops on the moral crisis: "Our Country must be governed by good and true politicians"

Lima - In the face of the worrying situation of moral crisis in Peru due to corruption within the judicial system , the Bishops, gathered for the plenary assembly of the Episcopal Conference, have published a message to the Peruvian people with an invitation to renew hope, while they underline ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/SOMALIA - Caritas Somalia: support for local populations, respecting their Islamic faith

Mogadishu - Security is still a problem and relations with local institutions are not always easy, but Caritas Somalia continues to work with Somalis and for Somalis. "Our work is complex", explains Maria Jose Alexander, a Mexican, who has been director of Caritas Somalia for a year, to Agenzia Fides. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Youth anti-corruption protests: resignation of three MPs

Asunción - Deputy Jorge Ovieto Matto has resigned after being accused of embezzlement of public funds and corruption: he is the third legislator who leaves office in less than a month. On 6 August, in fact, it was the turn of his colleague José María Ibáñez, while on 30 August ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - The Catholic Church renews and re-launches its online information site

Cairo - The online information website of the Catholic Church in Egypt, re-launched after a phase of renewal and expansion, is identified by the "string" catholic-eg.com., with the patronage of the Council of Patriarchs and Bishops at the head of the local Catholic Churches.Catholic Coptic priest Hani Bakhoum, spokesman for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - An assistance center for children with physical malformations

Fianarantsoa - "To take care of and educate children in order to reintegrate them in their communities of origin": this is the goal of the "Preventorium Rainier III", promoted by the Jesuits Victor Papof and Daniel Ferrero of the diocese of Fianarantsoa. It is one of the social care centers ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/INDIA - Decriminalization of homosexual relationships: the Church promotes the union of love between man and woman

New Delhi - The Supreme Court has decriminalized the homosexual act between consenting adults. "First of all I would like to remind you that the homosexual act between an adult and a minor is always illegal and criminal. In addition for the Catholic Church, the homosexual act between consenting adults ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Asian Bishops, apostles of reconciliation: "Peace is possible in Korea"

Seoul - "The Asian Bishops, despite the hostility and the dangers of the context in which they live, are truly courageous in defending human dignity and putting social justice into practice. They are true apostles of peace engaged in an incessant dialogue with people of various languages, religions and ethnic ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - Peace building starts again with young people, through social media

Kabulk - The Helmand Peace Movement, an organization for the promotion of peace born after a suicide attack in Lashkargah, which took place last March, "is certainly a positive experience because it reveals a popular will for change. Probably many of the people involved no longer want to support forces ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/IRAQ - Basra in flames. The Chaldean Archbishop describes the "social catastrophe" of the city

Bassora - An appeal to pray for the protesters killed and for "those oppressed and deprived of the most elementary human rights" has been spread in the last hours by Habib al Naufali, Chaldean Archbishop of Basra, who points out that the government of Baghdad must respect the moral criteria ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

VATICAN - The Pope to the Bishops of Mission territories: the Bishop is a man of prayer, a man of proclamation and a man of communion

Vatican City - On Saturday 8 September, the Holy Father received in audience the newly appointed Bishops of Mission territories who are taking part in a Seminar organized, in Rome, by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, from September 3-15 . After the greetings of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - The alleged murderers of Fr. Vincent Machozi, an Assumptionist father killed in 2016, have been acquitted

Kinshasa - The people accused of complicity in the murder of Fr. Vincent Machozi, an Assumptionist priest killed on the night of 20 March 2016 in the village of Vitungwe-Isale, 15 km from Butembo in the Beni Territory, in the Province of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - The "Grito" in defense of the rights of Venezuelan immigrants

Boa Vista - "Life first of all" was the theme that this year characterized the "Grito de los Excluidos" initiative, which has been celebrated in Brazil for 24 years on September 7th, and coincides with National independence. The organizers, the Catholic Church and various movements of society have chosen as ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - A priest: "It is important to promote religious tolerance before the general elections"

Jakarta - "It is important that the Indonesian government continues to tirelessly promote religious tolerance in view of the national elections scheduled for April 2019": this is what Fr. Markus Yumartana, 53, parish priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in Jakarta tells Agenzia Fides.Fr. Yumartana notes that "Islamic ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/NIGERIA - The Bishop of Awka, after the last kidnapping of a priest: "Why persecute those working out your salvation'"

Abuja - "Catholic priests live on parishioners’ benevolence. Whatever they receive as gifts are what they live with, no additional income anywhere. They have given up everything — children, accumulation of wealth, owning and acquisition of property", said His Exc. Mgr. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor, Bishop of Awka, in southern Nigeria, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - The Coptic Bishop of Minya rejects the "reconciliation session" after sectarian violence

Minya - Anba Makarios, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Minya and Abu Qurqas, rejected the proposal to hold a "reconciliation session" between representatives of Christian and Muslim communities after the sectarian violence which in recent days involved the population of the village of Demshaw Hashem, in the province of Minya. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Leaders and youth on pilgrimage to the shrines of the Korean martyrs to draw from the sources of faith

Seoul - "As descendants of martyrs who have been forced to suffer persecution and suffering, and as members of the Asian Church, we invite all the faithful of the universal Church to follow the itinerary of pilgrimage to the shrines of the martyrs in Seoul": this is the invitation of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18

EUROPE/POLAND - Solidarity in Europe: assembly of European Bishops

Poznań - The spirit of solidarity in Europe is the theme of the annual Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences to be held in Poznań, Poland, from 13 to 16 September. According to the communication sent to Fides, Father Wojciech Sadłon, member of the Institute of Statistics ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/12/18



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