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: 05/25/18

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: 05/25/18

AMERICA/MEXICO - Archbishop Emeritus, appointed Cardinal, Sergio Obeso Rivera: " We must persevere in our faith as the Gospel says"

Veracruz - "Jesus told us not to hate those who think differently from us or do us harm. We must persevere, faithful to our faith and await the moment when 'truth will set us free', as the Gospel says. It is not the best moment for Veracruz but we Christians ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AMERICA/COSTA RICA - The Bishop of Limón asks the new President for a commissioner for the indigenous people of the country

Limón - "Our natives need a commissioner to defend their human rights! So I formally suggest President Carlos Alvarado a commissioner for the indigenous peoples of our country, in order to intervene in the face of the multiple and permanent violations of the fundamental human rights suffered, systematically and for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AFRICA - With Pentecost, the Church in Africa goes beyond tribal divisions

Kara - "The celebrations of the feast of Pentecost have just ended and the dream of communion, fraternity, love is increasingly felt on the continent. The tribal, clan and ethnic divisions, even within the Church, which constantly feed our daily lives, remind us that the separatist spirit of Babel always ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Marawi a year after the siege: the mission of the Church between dialogue and reconstruction

Marawi - On May 23, a year ago, the invasion of terrorist groups linked to the Islamic State that barricaded themselves in the city of Marawi on the island of Mindanao began. Over 360,000 refugees were forced to flee the city, while the siege of the Philippine army began, which ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AFRICA/NIGERIA - "The State must guarantee the security of citizens" ask the Bishops on the day of the funeral of the victims of the massacre committed in April

Abuja - The State must protect all citizens, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation, otherwise Nigeria risks falling into chaos and generalized terror. This is the alarm launched by the Nigerian Bishops, yesterday, May 22, on the day in which the funeral of the 17 victims of the massacre ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

VATICAN - Pope Francis: let us pray to Our Lady of Sheshan for reconciliation among Chinese Catholics

Rome - The Feast of the Virgin Mary "Help of Christians", particularly venerated in the Marian shrine of Sheshan, near Shanghai, "invites us to be spiritually united to all the Catholic faithful who live in China". The Pope’s prayer came at the end of today’s general audience and on the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/CHINA - Catholics prepare themselves for the day of prayer for the Church in China

Beijing - The Chinese Catholics celebrated the solemnity of Pentecost preparing for what is for them the most awaited event of the Marian month: the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which is held every year on 24 May, which coincides with the feast of Mary Help ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - The Bishops denounce: "The entire Country risks being destroyed"

Kinshasa - "In North Kivu, a certain political tendency is pushing towards the fragmentation and the splitting of the province, for its particular interests, in disregard of the will of the population who hope for the unity of North Kivu", says the message published at the end of the Ordinary ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/JORDAN - The "Restaurant of Mercy" offers daily evening meal (iftar) to Muslims during Ramadan

Amman - Once again this year, the Restaurant of Mercy offers daily food to the poorest Muslim families thanks to the initiative of Caritas Jordan in Amman, with the patronage of the Latin Patriarchal Vicariate in Jordan – and during the holy month of Ramadan, meals are turned into iftar ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/MYNAMAR - Letter from religious leaders to the people:"The future of the nation is in compassion and reconciliation"

Yangon - "The future of Myanmar is based on the rich history and tradition of multi-religious and multi-ethnic coexistence. At a deeper level, this promising future is assured by the values and virtues of compassion, shared well-being and justice present in the great religious traditions of Myanmar". This is what ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/INDIA - Anti-Christian violence increases under Modi’s government: new Report

New Delhi - - During the four-year government of Hindu nationalist party "Bharatiya Janata Party" , of Premier Narendra Modi, who led the government of the "National Development Alliance" , the Christian community in India faced unprecedented attacks, carried out by Hindu nationalist groups: this is what an independent study ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

VATICAN - From May 28 to June 2 - General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies

Rome - From Monday 28 May to Saturday 2 June, the Fraterna Domus of Sacrofano will host the Annual General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies . The National Directors of the PMS from all continents, with the President and the General Secretaries of the four Societies will gather for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Muslim leaders: the appointment of Cardinal Coutts is a contribution to harmony in the nation

Karachi - "I have worked alongside Archbishop Coutts for the last 11 years. The choice to appoint him Cardinal is a great honor for the entire nation of Pakistan. We support him in building and promoting love, peace and harmony and unity in Pakistan. We will soon organize a large ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - "Sharing, informing and educating": the goal of the IX Meeting of the youth ministry leaders of Venezuela

Montalbán - The IX Formation Meeting for those responsible for youth ministry throughout the Venezuelan territory, which takes place once a year at the headquarters of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Montalbán, has just ended. According to the statement sent to Agenzia Fides by CEV, the meeting held on May ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AFRICA/TANZANIA - The family, the cradle of vocations to the priesthood and to consecrated life

Dar es Salaam - "Families are kindergartens where priests, religious, parents and good faithful come from", said Msgr. Flavian Kasala, Bishop of Geita, member of the Association of Catholic Bishops of East Africa in a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam. The Bishop observed that families have the responsibility of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Appointment of the Auxiliary of Enugu

Vatican City - The Holy Father Francis has appointed the Rev. Ernest Obodo, of the clergy of Enugu, Rector of St. Bernard Senior Seminary Hostel and professor at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu , assigning him the titular seat of Mediana.The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

ASIA/IRAQ - Ministry of Foreign Affairs: thanks to Pope Francis for his support for Iraq

Baghdad - The Iraqi Foreign Ministry presents his thanks to His Holiness Pope Francis and the “Vatican” for their “continuous support” to Iraq and its people “at this pivotal stage for peace and coexistence”. A further, recent manifestation of this support is identified by Iraqi Foreign Ministry in "granting the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18

AFRICA/NIGERIA - "Christianity does not identify with Western civilization as Boko Haram says"

Abuja - "The Church should continue to correct the distorted historical narrative of fundamentalist’s ideology which identifies colonialism and Western civilization with Christianity" say the Rectors of Seminaries of Nigeria in the document published at the end of a committee workshop held in early May at the Spiritan School of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/25/18


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