AMERICA/BRAZIL - Youth and migrants: the response of the Church of Belem on the path towards the 2019 Synod

Belem - A big center for youth Pastoral care, where promoting human and integral formation of young people, is the response of the diocese of Belem, one of the great metropolises of the Amazon, to the great challenges that the youth world poses to the pastoral care of the church. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Protests of Christians: withdraw the blasphemous TV series

Faisalabad - "The promo launched by the famous broadcaster Geo TV uses symbols of Catholic faith like the crucifix and the holy rosary, and in the second scene openly hurts the sentiments of the Christian community in Pakistan": is what Fr. Qaisar Feroz OFM Cap, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Presidential vote: the doubts of members of the Church

Yaoundé - "I question myself on the conduct of the vote", said His Exc. Mgr. Samuel Kleda, Archbishop of Douala, the day after the re-election of Paul Biya as President of Cameroon for the seventh time. According to the final results, the outgoing President was re-elected with 71.28% of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - To bring the light of Christ to prisoners in the Philippines

Manila - "Our attention is focused on the condition of our brothers and sisters who are in prison, deprived of their liberty and deprived of their most basic human rights, we are all aware, for example, of the fact that many of our prisons are congested beyond the normal capacity ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Patriarch: the "government of national unity" must be open to all political forces

Beirut - A possible Lebanese "national unity" government must necessarily "group all the Lebanese political forces", and not just divide the ministries among the political forces that won the elections. This is what Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai stressed on Sunday, October 29, questioned by the Lebanese media on his ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AMERICA/CUBA - The Bishops on the consultation for the new Constitution: conscious and responsible participation of all

Havana - In a long and articulated pastoral Letter just published, the Episcopal Conference of Cuba has expressed itself on the project of the new Constitution of the country which, at the end of the review process, will be submitted to a popular referendum. The draft of the new Constitution, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - The Barnabite in Kabul: "The Taliban defeated in the elections, the desire for peace is stronger than bombs"

Kabul - "If we were to evaluate the elections for the renewal of the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament according to our parameters, one could say that they were a total failure. If, however, we take into account the situation in which they took place, in my opinion, they ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Desecration of religious symbols: Catholics deplore the Pakistani media

Karachi - A peaceful protest against the desecration of the Christian faith and Christian religious symbols was organized by Christians in Karachi who yesterday met in front of the Karachi Press Club. Those present pointed out to the institutions that millions of Christians living in Pakistan are been offended and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

VATICAN - Cardinal Filoni inaugurates the Academic Year at Urbaniana: networking to renew the multifaceted face of the Church

Vatican City - Confirmation of the "varied face" of the Urbaniana University and "the permanent missionary tension of which it is the bearer" were reiterated this morning by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Grand Chancellor of the University, at the inauguration of the 2018/2019 academic Year.In his speech in the lecture Hall ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Monastery of Deir el Sultan, tension rises between Coptic Church and Orthodox Church of Ethiopia

Jerusalem - The contrast between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Tewahedo Orthodox Church of Ethiopia about the dispute on Deir el Sultan monastery, the place of worship placed on a roof terrace of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher of which both Churches claim property rights, is being analyzed.The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - "80% of youth migration remains in Africa" says Cardinal Souraphiel

Rome - H.E. Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa said that the international media portrayal of "youth migrating to different areas of the Middle East and Europe only counts for 20%, while 80%, which is the great migration and displacement of the youth, is within Africa". He ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Five nuns kidnapped in south-eastern Nigeria, another two injured

Abuja - Five nuns of the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary of the diocese of Issele-Uku, were kidnapped, in the State of Delta in the south-east of Nigeria.According to news sent to Agenzia Fides, they were kidnapped on October 25 while returning from a burial. They were ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AMERICA/MEXICO - Migration is just the tip of the iceberg of millions of people suffering from poverty, injustice, violence and corruption

Mexico City - "Migration, both in Central America and in Mexico, is just the tip of the iceberg of millions of people suffering from poverty, injustice, violence and corruption", reads the editorial of the Information Service of the Archdiocese of Mexico sent to Fides. Under the heading "Our duty towards ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Cardinal D'Rozario: "The care of children is a pastoral priority"

Dhaka - The care and protection of children is a pastoral priority for the Church in Bangladesh: said Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka, who took part in a gathering of pastoral animators which brought together representatives from the capital of all Catholic dioceses in Bangladesh. The responsibility of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - Impulse to new media to spread the work of Caritas

Almaty - "It is not news that our world is increasingly linked to communication. For many people, living means being connected. An approach that certainly has limits and negative aspects. However, we must not forget the enormous potential of communication. For this reason, we are trying in different ways to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Asia Bibi has been acquitted: "A victory for all of Pakistan"

Islamabad - Asia Bibi has been acquitted. In the hearing on October 31st which began at 9 am, a three-member panel of Supreme Court justices, led by the President of the same Court, Judge Mian Saqib Nisar, declared the Christian woman condemned to death in 2010 for alleged blasphemy innocent, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - The diocesan phase of the beatification cause of Mgr. Munzihirwa, killed in Bukavu in 1996, has concluded

Kinshasa - The diocesan phase of the beatification cause of His Exc. Mgr. Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, Archbishop of Bukavu, assassinated in 1996, has concluded. The announcement was made during a press conference held on 29 October in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu in the east of the Democratic ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Archbishop Lozano: "The month of October ends, but not the mission"

San Juan de Cuyo - "October is abount to end, a month dedicated above all to renew ourselves in the conscience and missionary commitment ... October ends, mission no, because it is permanent, it is in the DNA of the Church". This is what the Archbishop of San Juan de ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

ASIA/SRI LANKA - The Bishops on the political crisis: "wisdom and balance prevail"

Colombo - "Everyone should keep in mind that, if there is instability in the country, it is the people who suffer, so we sincerely appeal to all political parties to put aside their interests and respect the Constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka to resolve the ongoing conflict": this ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - State resources must be used to alleviate the suffering of the poorest people

Santa Cruz - "Need to take urgent measures so that state funds are mainly allocated to implement social policies that respond to the basic and real needs of the population, such as health, education and housing, especially in the poorest sectors", says the Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Mgr. Sergio Gualberti, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 11/02/18


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