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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/BENIN - "Too much alcohol among young people" denounce the Bishops

Cotonou - "The Bishops’ Conference of Benin is concerned about the excessive consumption of alcohol by a large segment of the youth in our Country" said His Exc. Mgr. Eugène Cyrille Houndékon, Bishop of Abomey and Vice President of the Bishops’ Conference of Benin, in the press conference announced at ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

ASIA/SYRIA - Journalistic investigation: "the 2 Bishops of Aleppo who disappeared in 2013 martyred". But the incident is still shrouded in mystery

Aleppo - They died as martyrs, killed in December 2016 by a gang of militiamen who had held them hostage for years. This is apparently the fate of the two Archbishops of Aleppo, the Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi and the Orthodox Syrian Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, who disappeared on April ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - Belgian missionary killed in alleged robbery attempt

Johannesburg - The Oblates of Mary Immaculate in South Africa, OMISA are devastated by the death of Fr. Jozef Hollanders, killed in a robbery in the parish of Bodibe, near Mahikeng, in the northwestern province of South Africa, on Sunday night 12 January", says a statement sent to Agenzia Fides. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Formation and interreligious dialogue: the priorities of the diocese of Khulna  

Khulna - The ongoing formation of the Catholic faithful and interreligious dialogue are the priorities of the pastoral plan of the diocese of Khulna for 2020. "Our people need human development and promotion, for a social and economic improvement of conditions of life, but is enthusiastic about growing in faith", ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/NIGER - Fr. Luigi Maccalli still a prisoner: prayer and hope of many people continues

Niamey - "In the courtyard of the mission of Bomoanga always kept in order, now there is no longer anyone to receive those who wanted to be listened to, comforted and an open hand to share the pain", writes Fr. Mauro Armanino, of the Society for African Missions, a confrere ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - New intimidations denounced against the Church, the unity of the people to build a new Nicaragua

Managua - The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Managua, Archbishop Carlos Avilés, denounced the intimidation against the faithful by the state: "Members of the police take note of the plate of the cars of the faithful only for the fact that they go to mass in a parish, is ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REP. - The Bishops for the 2020 elections: "As Dominicans and as Pastors we are concerned about everything that is about the human being"

Santo Domingo - The Dominican Episcopal Conference , in its pastoral letter entitled "2020 Elections: space for participation and commitment", which bears the date of January 21, "on the 60th anniversary of the pastoral letter of January 1960", invites candidates in the municipal elections in February and in the general ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

ASIA/TURKEY - Syriac Orthodox monk accused of complicity with the PKK has been released

Mardin – Although released from prison, Syriac Orthodox monk Sefer Bileçen, arrested last January 9 by Turkish security forces on charges of offering help and coverage to PKK militants, the Kurdish worker party, which is banned and labeled a terrorist organization by the Turkish government and army, cannot leave his ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AMERICA/ECUADOR - Week of prayer for Christian unity: ecumenical meeting in Guayaquil on 24 January

Guayaquil - From 18 to 25 January the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated around the world, which in 2020 has the theme "They showed us extraordinary hospitality" . This week proposed by the Catholic Church invites to dedicate eight days of prayer for the achievement of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - The President of the Bishops' Conference calls for national reconciliation in view of the vote

Abidjan - "We pray in the name of Christ, let yourself be reconciled with God. Dear brothers and sisters, Christians, like Paul, we have reconciled ourselves with God through the mediation of Christ; he has given us the ministry of speech, of reconciliation, what do we do with it in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/EGYPT - Melkite Patriarch: we are in the Middle East not to "spread the Christian civilization", but to demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit in our life

Cairo - The mission of the Church, also in the Middle East, is not to "spread Christian civilization in place of other civilizations", but to "demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and help others to receive the gift of this Spirit". With these words Youssef Absi, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - The Bishop of Tombura-Yambio to politicians: "True leadership is in favor of young people"

Tombura - "People from all walks of life are urging South Sudan to achieve peace. Foreigners are even investing their money for this goal. They all want peace for our country. It is time for leaders to show true leadership": this is the appeal launched by Mgr. Edwardo Hiiboro Kussala, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

ASIA/MYANMAR - The Bishop of Myitkyina: "Stop violence, which slows down development"

Myitkyina - The bloodshed that continues in some parts of Myanmar "is a cause for concern for all, is a brake on development, blocks the construction of a sustainable future": says Bishop Francis Daw Tang, at the guide of the diocese of Myitkyina, in the state of Kachin, in northern ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - A human rights defender killed every day, the Bishops ask for an immediate response from the institutions

Bogota - The Bishops of Colombia feel "immense pain and concern in receiving, every day during this 2020, news of assassinations of leaders and threats to communities", express "solidarity with the survivors, family members and friends of those who lost their lives in this wave of violence and senseless death", ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AMERICA/MEXICO - Week for Christian unity: "a unity that does not exclude anyone, especially the most disadvantaged, and among these migrants"

Mexico City - The material for living the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, from 18 to 25 January, was prepared this year by the Christian Churches of Malta and Gozo. Every year on February 10th they celebrate the feast of the shipwreck of Saint Paul and, with this event, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/TOGO - A social, political, religious and cultural revolution is urgently needed to promote female leadership

Kara - In many African countries it is time for elections. "Social structures, such as politics, religion and culture, sometimes constitute real obstacles to promoting female leadership", notes the Ivorian theologian of the Society for African Missions, Father Donald Zagore. "Because of the strongly male-dominated structures, women on the African ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

VATICAN - Week of prayer for Christian unity: "Hospitality is a virtue that testifies to the loving encounter with others"

Vatican City - "We are called to pray, so that all Christians will become one family again, to witness together love for Christ": this is what Fr. Anthony Currer, official of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity says in a conversation with Agenzia Fides, on the occasion ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

ASIA/TURKEY - Patriarch Sahak II denies criticism of the Armenian diaspora attributed to him by Turkish media

Istanbul - Sahak II Masalyan, the new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople elected on December 11, wanted to at least partially deny the critical statements towards the Armenian diaspora communities scattered all over the world that had been attributed to him by some Turkish media, in the weeks following his patriarchal ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - The whole Church in East Africa greets the Rome Declaration on the peace process in South Sudan

Juba - "I am happy to hear about this declaration. It is only my hope and prayer that the two parties – the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Opposition – will keep it. You know that the Holy Father is very much involved in it; we ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20

AMERICA/PERU - Assembly of Bishops: extraordinary elections of parliament on January 26 among the topics under consideration

Lima - With the mass presided by Mgr. Miguel Cabrejos OFM, President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference and President of the Latin American Episcopal Council , concelebrated by all the Bishops of Peru, the 115 Plenary Assembly of the Peruvian Episcopate will begin on Monday 20 January. After mass, in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/19/20



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