AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Ciclone Idai: special collection of the Catholic Church in Zambia for the victims

Lusaka - "May the words of the Gospel remain our inspiration: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Catholics involved in the politics of five countries confront the Bishops

Marianela - There will be about 80 participants in the meeting of Catholics with political responsibilities at the service of the peoples of the Latin American Cono Sur, which will be held from 10 to 12 April in Paraguay, in Marianela . Politicians engaged in different areas of public life ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AFRICA - The light of the Gospel to rebuild a reconciled Africa

Kara - "Too much blood, too many deaths in our streets, too many tears and cries fill our rivers, too many dramas in the heart of the history of the African continent": this is the comment that Father Donald Zagore, theologian of the Society for the African missions, released to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AMERICA/CHILE - From the youth of Santiago the impulse to promote the missionary experience

Santiago - "It is a great missionary project, with which we try to reach all the young people of the parishes who want to share a missionary experience. We know that mission changes life, the perspective of faith and, above all, is an authentic encounter with Christ". With these words ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA - The President of Caritas Asia: "Reviewing the lifestyle for the care of Creation and humanity"

Dacca - "The peoples of Asia are called to review their lifestyle by following criteria of respect and care for creation": says to Agenzia Fides, Benedetto Alo D'Rozario, new president of Caritas Asia, who has just begun his mandate as the first layman to preside over the solidarity organization which ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AFRICA/SUDAN - Tension in Khartoum where the military protect demonstrators who demand the resignation of the President

Khartoum - Very tense situation in Khartoum, where for weeks demonstrations have followed to demand the resignation of President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, in power for 30 years. Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the army headquarters, where the police and security service, the National Intelligence and Security Services , ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Protecting the rights of religious minorities: a challenge for the future

Karachi - "Religious minorities must not marginalize themselves, but be an integral part of it: thus they will be able to see their fundamental rights protected": says to Agenzia Fides Kashif Anthony, coordinator of the Catholic Commission "Justice and Peace" of the archdiocese of Karachi. He adds: "We must promote ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AFRICA/RWANDA - Mission is “the authentic encounter with Jesus Christ ”: 25 years after the genocide

Kigali – “Unless the Gospel touches the heart it fails to bring about in-depth change in the person, it is simply superficial and understood only in material terms of prosperity and miracles, a nation can be almost 90% Christian as in the case of Rwanda, with churches overflowing, but at ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Four priorities to elaborate the National Mission Programme

Brasilia – Missionary formation, mission ad gentes, missionary animation, prophetic social comittment : these four priorities identified by the 36th assembly of the National Mission Council , 4 - 7 April in Brasilia, at the head offices of the Pontifical Mission Societies, will be taken into consideration for the National ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

VATICAN - CIAM hosts Formation course for English speaking PMS National directors

Città del Vaticano – Following the French speaking National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies , this week, the international Animazione Mission Centre hosts 33 members of the English speaking National Directors. This formation course was also organised in view of the Extraordinary Missionary Month in October this year 2019. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - South Sudan Leaders in spiritual retreat with Pope Francis

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN – South Sudan Leaders in spiritual retreat with Pope Francis Roma - “We will accompany the Presidency on this journey to sing together the anthem of South Sudan” said Fr . James Oyet, combonian, Secretary general of the Council of Churches of South Sudan, confirming the participation in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AFRICA/ALGERIA - Peaceful protests, the people of Algeria become “actor of change for the future””

Algiers – “ Demonstrations taking place are peaceful. Even the people are surprised at the serenity of the action. Society desires and demands a new future”. Graziella Rapacioli, Caritas Algeria secretary general, reports to Fides on the social and political situation in Algeria. For two months now the country has ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA/TURKMENISTAN - The Catholic community prepares to live Holy Week

Ashgabat - “We are working on a programme for all the events of Holy Week in view of Holy Easter. Easter for us, a small flock of Catholics in this land, is an opportunity to bear witness to our faith. On Palm Sunday there will be a public procession of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Religious today “more contemplative, more humble, more committed to the common good and the rights of individuals”

AMERICA/ARGENTINA – Religious today “more contemplative, more humble, more committed to the common good and the rights of individuals”Buenos Aires – “These times of rapid and profound change, challenge us to have continual discernment, interiority that leads to integrity, to step out of our self-referentialness. We also see the evolution ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA/JORDAN- King Abdallah II: Christians are an “integral part of the tissue of the Arab world"

Amman – "Christians are an “integral part of the tissue of the Arab world ”, and Jordan intends to continue its commitment to safeguarding ecclesiastical properties. This was strongly affirmed by King Abdallah II of Jordan, when on 10 April in Amman he received Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Orthodox Syriac ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA/KOREA - Bishop of Busan appointed

Vatican City – The Holy Father Francis has appointed Bishop of the diocese of Busan in Korea, Bishop Joseph Son Sam-seok, until now auxiliary of the same diocese . Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA/INDIA - Christians pray for peaceful elections and the good of the nation

New Delhi - In view of the next general elections which will start 11 April, India's Christians are praying that a peaceful and transparent vote may bring "well-being and harmony" for the future of the country. Involved as citizens, at least 5,000 Indian Christians, including bishops, clergy and Christian faithful ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

ASIA/THAILAND - “The cycle of time resumes ”: risen with Christ, Christians look to the future

Chiang Mai – “Easter in Thailand falls at the start of the torrid season of new year , the beginning of a new cycle of life, a feast, a feast for the elderly and for families ”: Fides was told by Attilio De Battisti, Italian fidei donum missionary in Chiang ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AMERICA/MEXICO - Bishops multiply efforts to welcome migrants but the situation is catastrophic

Coahuila – The Catholic Bishops in north east Mexico have united to welcome convoys of migrants attempting to enter the country and pass the border with the United States of America. Bishop Alonso Garza Treviño, of the diocese of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, says he intends to open a new Migrants ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

AFRICA/ERITREA - When assigning funds the " European Union must guarantee respect for freedom and human rights"

Asmara – The Europea Union has a duty to control the use of funds assigned to Eritrea, because the money given by the EU may fund forced labour. This observation comes from the Eritrean Foundation for Human Rights and the Habeshia Agency who say that to build roads from Eritrean ... Read More ...
Posted on: 04/14/19

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