AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Interfaith Peace Foundation for Peace in Africa commits to a peaceful vote in 2020

Abidjan - The Interfaith Peace Foundation in Africa , intends to actively participate in the promotion of peace and social cohesion before, during and after the presidential and political elections to be held in 2020 in Ivory Coast.To this end, on 2 August there was a ceremony at the Plateau ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AFRICA/MALI - The climate of tension and insecurity is growing in the central region of the Country

Bamako - The central region of Mopti has been for months the scene of inter-communal violence. Military and security sources confirmed the news of two Malian soldiers and two civilians killed on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 August. The first attack on two army trucks took place in the Koro ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/INDIA - "An effort for peace and reconciliation" is needed for Kashmir

Ranchi - "The situation in Kashmir is delicate and requires an effort on behalf of everybody, for peace and reconciliation, so that the situation does not degenerate: today let us accompany this moment with our prayer. We express our closeness to the people of Kashmir, who live again days of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite priest found dead in Mar Shaaya monastery

Beirut – On August 7, Fr. Elie Najjar, who belonged to the Antonine Maronite Order, was found in his bedroom in the Mar Shaaya Monastery with a gunshot wound to the head.He was 57 years old, from the Lebanese city of Zahle, in the Beqa Valley, Father Elie was also ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AFRICA / BURKINA FASO - Violence and terrorism, but the missionaries do not abandon the population

Bobodiulasso - The alert in Burkina Faso where the situation is even more tense and dangerous than in Mali continues . Since last February there have been five attacks carried out in the same area by armed groups of jihadist origin, the last attack took place a few days ago ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/SINGAPORE - Archbishop William Goh's National Day message: "A new generation of leaders in society and in the Church is urgent"

Singapore - "Singapore needs to raise up a new generation of leaders": this is stated by Archbishop William Goh on the occasion of the 54th Singapore National Day, which is celebrated on August 9th, to commemorate independence from Malaysia . In the message sent to Fides Agency, he says: "As ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - "No to violence and abuse, starting from within the Church and in families", the Bishops say

Johannesburg - "We will enhance structures for reporting any cases of abuse; and we commit to accompany victims in their healing process, and especially bring perpetrators to account", say the Bishops of South Africa Botswana and Swaziland, gathered in the Southern Africa Catholic Bishop's Conference in the statement published at ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/TURKEY - The election of the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople on the agenda in the first half of December

Istanbul - The Armenian apostolic community headed by the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, based in Istanbul, is preparing to elect the new Patriarch, and in recent days has launched its organizational work that will lead to the election of the successor of Mesrob II Mutafyan . A new patriarch will ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Asian Christian leaders to the government: "It is urgent to face the Rohingya crisis"

Dhaka - It is urgent to face the crisis linked to the presence and future of the Rohingya refugees: this is the appeal addressed by the main leaders of the Catholic Church in Asia to the Bangladesh Interior Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan. Among the leaders there were Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/JAPAN - A listening Center to accompany people suffering from loneliness

Koshigaya - "Japanese society is turning into a society without ties. The bond with one's homeland, with one's family, is becoming increasingly fragile. This loss is inevitably accompanied by the tragedy of solitude": this is what Father Marco Villa, Secretary General of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions tells Agenzia ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - US immigration raids leave children without parents

Jackson - There is dismay, fear and confusion among many Latin American families in the State of Mississipi after the police raid left dozens of children without parents on August 8.In a video sent to Agenzia Fides, which became viral on social media, Magdalena Gómez, 11, appears in front of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AFRICA/UGANDA - "The evils of Africa derive from wrong choices. It is time to change", says the President of Caritas Africa

Kampala - "Africa’s problems are by choice. This is by choosing leaders who are not good", said His Exc. Mgr. Gilbert Justice Yaw Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi and President of Caritas Africa, during the 18th Plenary Assembly of SECAM , held in Kampala . "We have voted corrupt leaders into ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

ASIA/LEBANON - New controversy after the cancellation of the concert by Lebanese band Mashrou ‘Leila

Beirut - The cancellation of a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou ‘Leila from the program of the International Festival of Byblos continues to fuel mobilizations and controversies that also involve Churches and religious authorities in the Country.The canceled concert of Mashrou ‘Leila should have taken place in Byblos yesterday evening, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Latin America at the forefront in the "laboratory" of mission and urban pastoral care for large cities

Starting from the challenges that confront the action of the Church in the cities in this "change of epoch", Latin America is at the forefront in theological-pastoral reflection and in the proposals for urban pastoral care . Mexico City and Buenos Aires are the places where the Church, towards the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AMERICA/MEXICO - Together against Xenophobia, the church proposes pastoral actions against hatred and weapons

Mexico City - "Mexico and the United States are fighting against time, where xenophobia, which fuels the culture of hatred in the neighboring country in an accelerated manner, is the main enemy to overcome", are the first lines of the Catholic weekly "Desde la fe" in its publication of 11 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AFRICA/NIGER - Waiting, silence, hope, prayer 11 months after the abduction of Father Luigi Maccalli

Niamey - August 17th will be eleven months since that evening of September 17, 2018 when the life of Father Gigi Maccalli, of the Society for African Missions, changed and was kidnapped in Bomoanga . "It was certainly not the first kidnapping we heard of, but it was the first ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

VATICAN - On the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the Pope reminds "Everyone is required to observe the limits imposed by international humanitarian law"

Vatican City - After the Marian prayer of the Angelus, the Holy Father reminded the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, that today is the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, with these words: "Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention, important international legal instruments that impose limits ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

Asia/Pakistan - Cardinal Coutts on Minorities Day: "Treat us like citizens of Pakistan, equal to others"

Karachi - "The founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah in his historic speech of August 11, 1947 assured us that people of faith other than Islam would be citizens of Pakistan, with equal rights and duties. Consequently, we should be treated as equal citizens of Pakistan for all the 365 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AMERICA/PERU - First pediatric cancer hospital in Peru and South America, also supported by the church

Cusco - With the blessing of Mgr. Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio in Peru, and Mgr. Richard Alarcón, Archbishop of Cusco, the first pediatric cancer hospital in Peru and South America was presented to the national community.The center that bears the name of "Vidawasi" , is located precisely in the city ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Legislation for asylum seeker- Bishops' comment: "unlawful, unjust, and unwise",

Washington - Fides received a statement from the US bishops regarding the legislation recently released by the Trump administration on migrants residing in the country. A 30-day period was given to submit comments to the government about the rule. "The move would allow the Administration to block most individuals arriving ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/18/19




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