AMERICA/BRAZIL - Indigenous leaders: a greater presence of the Church in the most distant communities is urgent

Río Negro - Understanding the lives of indigenous peoples should lead us to reflect, to discover the value of what is fundamental in our daily life. This is what emerges from a conversation between Agenzia Fides and Braz Garrido Melgueiro, Catholic leader of the community of Iabe, located on the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - The Bishops recommend: "Beware of the upcoming deadlines of the electoral calendar in view of the December vote"

Kinshasa - At least 15 people were killed during public demonstrations held from December 2017 to March 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to data collected by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace in the 39 reports on election observation and the monitoring of public events, which ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/ISRAEL - After tensions with Turkey, the Knesset puts the recognition of the Armenian Genocide on the agenda

Jerusalem - The relations between Israel and Turkey have escalated recently in connection with the ongoing events in Gaza. As Turkey opposes Israel’s actions and strictly criticizes them, Israel, as a political step, put into circulation the bill on recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The proposal for this recognition - ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - Prayer and solidarity for the Christian victims of the Surabaya attacks

Surabaya - The Christian community of Surabaya is gathered around the families of the victims of the attacks on Sunday 13 May. As Fides learns, yesterday, May 17, the funeral rites of some of the victims killed in the suicide attacks against three Christian churches were held.Vincentius Evan, 12, died ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

VATICAN - Consistory for 14 new Cardinals, 3 are Archbishops in mission territories

Vatican City - Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, May 20 for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer, the Pope announced he would create new Cardinals at a Consistory on June 29th, Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Three of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

VATICAN - Message for World Mission Day 2018: "Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all"

Vatican City – On the solemnity of Pentecost the message for World Mission Sunday 2018, to be held October 21, 2018 was released, on the theme: "Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all". This was announced by Pope Francis himself, during the Regina Coeli on Sunday ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AMERICA/HAITI - Apostolic commitment of the Camillian missionaries on the island after the hurricane

Ranja - "Since your arrival on the island you have brought great change to the life of the community: with your Gospel style of work you have accompanied people to their full recovery. This makes you different from the rest of the organizations": said Msgr. Joseph Gontrand Decoste, SJ, Bishop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Assault on Bambari; even the Church is not spared

Bangui - "The population is devastated, houses burned and looted. The bodies of the victims lie on the ground", says Fr. Firmin Gbagoua, Vicar General of Bambari, the city of the Central African Republic, 300 km from the capital, Bangui, ravaged by the militiamen of Ali Darassa, at the head ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/INDIA - A Jesuit: "In Karnataka, the nationalist forces have not triumphed"

Bangalore - "The elections for the Karnataka State Assembly were a crucial moment in the history of the country. Outgoing Prime Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, of the Congress Party, carried out a worthy job, but in the final race he had to deal with the Baratiya Janata Party , the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/IRAQ - Elections: 5 seats reserved for Christians. The Chaldean Patriarch congratulates Muqtada al Sadr

Baghdad - The final results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections confirm that two of the 5 seats reserved for Christians have been won by candidates from the "Babylon Brigades" movement, they are: Aswan Salem Sawa - who won the seat reserved for Christians in the electoral province of Nineveh - ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The new Cardinal Joseph Coutts, promoter of inter-religious harmony: "Ready to humbly serve the Church"

Karachi - Catholics in Pakistan rejoice at the decision of the Pope to appoint Archbishop Joseph Coutts, at the head of the Archdiocese of Karachi, as Cardinal. The 72-year-old will be the second Pakistani Archbishop to be honoured with the position after the death of cardinal Joseph Cordeiro. Pope Francis ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AMERICA/ECUADOR - Pan Amazonian Network: "Cardinal Barreto, bearer of hope for the Amazon"

Quito - "The appointment of Msg. Barreto as Cardinal has a very profound meaning, of great hope and profound responsibility: all of us who are close to him, commit ourselves to supporting him in this path of parrhesia that the Pope is indicating, to becoming an outgoing Church and with ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/NEPAL - Reconstruction after the earthquake: the programs of Caritas Nepal

Kathmandu - Caritas Nepal, an organism of the Catholic Church, has intensified its efforts to rebuild homes and structures in the communities affected by the earthquake of 2015. As Fides learns, Caritas has invested more than 36 million euros to help local communities to resume life and economic and social ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

ASIA/JORDAN - Caritas Jordan distributes humanitarian aid to Muslims in the month of Ramadan

Amman - Also this year the Caritas of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has started the special campaign carried out in conjunction with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which contemplates the distribution of food parcels among poor Muslim families in different governorates of the Kingdom. On Monday 21st May, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - The Catholic Mission commitment: Attention towards young people and to education in Myanmar

Sydney - "After the great success of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney, at the end of last year, our challenge as a Church in Australia is to engage with young people and help them become missionary disciples of Christ": says in a note sent to Agenzia Fides Fr. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

EUROPE/ITALY - An impulse for mission and for vocations comes from the beatification of Sr. Leonella

Rome - "From the beatification of Sister Leonella we expect great strength for mission and for vocations, because looking at her young people in the whole world can wonder about the possibility of giving their lives for the Lord Jesus". Sister Renata Conti, Missionary of the Consolata, postulator of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Concern over new Ebola outbreak: mobilization of Caritas and NGOs

Bikoro - "The situation is worrying because it is urban unlike earlier ones" says Dr. Rose Mkunu at the head of a delegation of Caritas Congo visiting Mbandaka, together with the Diocesan office of medical surgery in Mbandaka-Bikoro. "Caritas is doing everything it can to raise awareness and brief community ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Appointment of the Bishop of Mbulu

Vatican City - The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Mbulu, Tanzania, the Rev. Anthony Lagwen, of the clergy of the same diocese, currently bursar of the same ecclesiastical circumscription.The Rev. Anthony Lagwen was born on 5 July 1967 in Tlawi, in the diocese of Mbulu. After primary studies ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - The Bishops: "We are doing everything possible for the love of Jesus Christ and for the love of our country"

Managua - "The peace we are looking for is not the peace of cemeteries, nor that of subjugated slaves, it is peace that is born from reconciled people. We have accepted to be mediators of the National Dialogue so as not to invite foreign or international delegations. We, as Bishops, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Ebola; the Bishops: "Do not give in to resignation, but work together to limit the epidemic"

Kinshasa - "The confirmation of a first case of Ebola in Mbandaka, an urban area, worries us deeply", writes His Exc. Mgr. Marcel Utembi Tapa, Archbishop of Kisangani and President of the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo , in a message on the Ebola epidemic that has affected the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/23/18


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