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ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - Uncertain situation after the elections: "Afghans ask for peace, security, work"
Kabul - "Whether it is Ghani or Abdullah, the next president will have to struggle a lot before gaining the ... ...



AFRICA - Boko Haram hits hard in Nigeria, Chad and threatens northern Cameroon

Abuja - In the midst of a coronavirus emergency that has also reached western Africa, the Countries of the region are confronted by the upsurge of Boko Haram which in a series of attacks between Nigeria and Chad has killed at least 150 soldiers in the last few days.The most ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

AFRICA/RWANDA - Covid-19: situation under control, but the problem of water scarcity remains

Kigali - "In just over a week, until yesterday evening, we have reached 40 infections due to COVID 19 in Rwanda", says to Agenzia Fides Omar Fiordalisio, representative of The Movement for the Fight against Hunger in the World in Rwanda. "The main problem here is washing your hands, often ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

ASIA/INDONESIA - Resignation of the Archbishop of Merauke

Vatican City - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Merauke, Indonesia, presented by Archbishop Nicolaus Adi Seputra, M.S.C. Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Comboni Missionaries: "We must strengthen an atmosphere of democracy and peace"

Awasa - "Ethiopia is making great strides, but still experiencing severe economic and social difficulties". This was reported to Agenzia Fides by Father Pedro Pablo Hernandez, a Comboni missionary of Mexican origin who has been working in the Apostolic Vicariate of Awasa for twenty years. In the past two years, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Appeal by Alianza Interreligiosa: Responsibility and solidarity in the face of the pandemic

Sao Paulo - "We ask all the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, as some are already doing very effectively, to adopt responsibly and decisively the necessary measures to protect the lives of all people, mainly of the most vulnerable people, and make the maximum effort to combat this ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - The only Catholic church in Afghanistan closes for the Covid-19 emergency

Kabul - The Catholic chapel of the Italian Embassy in Kabul - the only Catholic church in Afghanistan - has suspended celebrations to respond to the containment measures of the coronavirus. This is what Father Giovanni Scalese, Barnabite priest, at the head of the Missio sui iuris in Afghanistan reports ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - The "digital Church" in Asia amid coronavirus crisis

Manila - The coronavirus disease pandemic has affected more nations than the World Wars. The outbreak has impacted every aspect of life—family, social, business, governance, education, economy, religion, to name a few. During the emergency, governments around the world have limited the movement of citizens to contain the infection by ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/28/20

AMERICA/CHILE - "United with the Pope in prayer for humanity!"

Santiago - The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Conference of Chile joins the invitation that Pope Francis addressed "to unite our voices to heaven" and to pray worldwide" with the prayer that the Lord himself taught us", imploring God to stop this coronavirus pandemic. "We invite you to join the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

AFRICA/NIGERA - Streets deserted and Masses broadcast on TV: Nigerian Christians in the face of the coronavirus

Lagos - "The authorities of the State of Lagos, as well as of other Nigerian States in which the spread of coronavirus is more threatening , have imposed the closure of schools and markets and encourage the whole population to stay at home and follow strict hygiene rules. The situation ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Mgr. Angelo Moreschi, Apostolic Vicar of Gambella has died due to Covid-19: a life for the mission in Africa

Brescia - The Apostolic Vicar of Gambella , Mgr. Angelo Moreschi, SDB, died in the night between 24 and 25 March, in Brescia , due to the coronavirus infection. He was a guest at the Salesian institute of Nave, his hometown, due to health problems that had forced him to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

AFRICA/TOGO - Fight against coronavirus: follow government guidelines "for the good of all"

Lomè - The Togolese government has closed schools, cities, borders and airports as preventive measures for the spread of Covid-19. The first case was confirmed at the beginning of March 2020. The response of the Bishops of the Country was immediate, giving precise indications to all the faithful. In a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

AMERICA/HAITI - Covid-19: "What will happen will be catastrophic", testimony of a missionary

Port au Prince - "It is enough to see what is happening on the street, what will happen will be catastrophic, since the population lives its day-to-day life and does not have the essential tools to deal with this virus"; these are the words of Redemptorist missionary Father Renold Antoine ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

ASIA/IRAQ - The 4 activists of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient kidnapped in Baghdad on 20 January released

Baghdad - French authorities on Thursday 26 March said four aid workers of French Christian non-governmental organization SOS Chrétiens d’Orient were released. The four were missing since January 20. The President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron - as we read in the text disclosed by the Elysée - «welcomes ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Cardinal D'Rozario: "Let us collaborate with the government to overcome the coronavirus pandemic"

Dhaka - Being faithful collaborators of the government to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. This is what Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka has asked the faithful, who in a video message sent to Fides said: "Beloved faithful, we are facing outbreaks of coronavirus. Let us stay home and think about ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

AFRICA/MALI - Appointment of the Bishop of Mopti

Vatican City - The Holy Father has appointed His Exc. Mgr. Jean-Baptiste Tiama, currently Bishop of Sikasso, as Bishop of the Diocese of Mopti . Read More ...
Posted on: 03/27/20

EUROPE/ITALY - "Today you are Don Orione, no longer with the cassock, but with your white coat"

Rome - "Don Orione inspires us to live this time of health and social emergency with seriousness, in full respect of the norms and public guidelines, but also with the fantasy of charity". This is what Father Tarcisio Vieira, Director General of the Opera Don Orione wrote in a message ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/26/20

AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - On the 40th anniversary of San Romero, the testimony of the faithful through social media

San Salvador - El Salvador yesterday celebrated the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of San Oscar Arnulfo Romero, assassinated on March 24, 1980 in the chapel of the Divine Providence hospital while celebrating mass. In 1994 his successor Archbishop of San Salvador, Archbishop Arturo Rivera y Damas, began his beatification ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/26/20

ASIA/AFGHANISTAN - The country is unprepared to face the Coronavirus crisis

Kabul - "Afghanistan's health facilities are unable to deal with a pandemic like the Covid-19 pandemic. At the moment even the West is in difficulty, so we can only remotely imagine what could happen in a situation like the Afghan one: except for cities, medical equipment is lacking and it ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/26/20

AFRICA/DJIBOUTI - COVID-19 - The Bishop of Djibouti: "courage to you in Rome and in Italy"

Djibouti - "The enemy has arrived here in Djibouti: there are two confirmed cases," says Mgr. Giorgio Bertin, Bishop of Djibouti to Agenzia Fides."Our cathedral has been closed since last Saturday: only about ten of us who live inside the compound continue to celebrate Mass. We started broadcasting Masses on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/26/20

ASIA/INDIA - Christians in India: helping the poorest during the complete lockdown of the nation because of Covid-19

New Delhi - It is urgent to take care of the poorest during the 21 days of total lockdown of the nation, imposed by the government until April 14, as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. Christian lay people say this following the announcement of the prime minister, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/26/20



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