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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/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

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Despite the maximum commitment of Caritas, the number of people in poverty is always high

Buenos Aires - "Our model is Christ, who came to serve with simplicity and humility" said Mgr. Carlos Tissera, Bishop of Quilmes, president of Caritas Argentina, recalling at the beginning of the year that the reality of hunger and those who suffer is hard but the Church, through Caritas, gives ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

ASIA/THAILAND - The mission of the "House of Angels" for the integration of disabled children with their families

Nonthaburi - The "House of Angels" is situated in the parish of Our Lady of Mercy, in Nonthaburi, in the diocese of Bangkok, on the northern outskirts of the capital. Disabled children and their mothers are welcomed here in a context that sees disability as the result of personal guilt, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - The Bishops: "after 125 years of evangelization we are urged to put an end to the crisis"

Bangui - "After 125 years of evangelization, we thank God for his work of salvation in the life of the Central African people through the commitment of men and women of faith. We pay tribute to all missionaries, religious and lay people, whose testimony of faith and dedication has been ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

AFRICA - Passage of Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions of the North Africa Region

Vatican City - The Holy Father has decided to pass the Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions of the North Africa Region - Alger, Constantine, Oran, Tunis - from the Congregation for Bishops to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - The Supreme Court rejects homosexual marriage: the Philippine Church approves

Manila - The leaders of the Filipino Church have welcomed the ruling by the Supreme Court which confirmed its previous decision to reject the petition that aimed to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. The petition, according to the Court, lacks "substantive arguments" to justify reversing the sentence already issued.As ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

VATICAN - Cardinal Filoni's farewell from "Propaganda Fide": "It is time for inter gentes mission"

Vatican City - "Today there is a need for a renewed proclamation of the Gospel around the world, not only in the traditional 'mission territories' but also in the continents of ancient evangelization. From the mission ad gentes, today is the time for the inter gentes mission. Every baptized person ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

AMERICA/CHILE - Thousands of pilgrims at the big feast of "El Niño Dios" in Sotaquí pray for Chile

Sotaquí - The scorching sun did not discourage thousands of pilgrims and devotees of "El Niño Dios" in Sotaquí, who on Sunday 12 January gave birth to the "Fiesta Grande 2020", one of the most important and heartfelt religious holidays in Chile, whose program was guided by the motto "Let ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/14/20

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Prayer intensifies while a "volcanic tsunami" is at risk

Manila - While Manila and many adjacent provinces are preparing for the eruption of the second most active volcano in the country, the Taal, near Manila, Catholic faithful intensify prayers for the safety of populations at risk. A huge ash cloud was seen this morning from the central crater of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/13/20

AFRICA/NIGERIA - There is still no news of 4 seminarians kidnapped in Kaduna

Abuja – There is still no news of the four seminarians kidnapped on the evening of January 8 in the "Good Shepherd d Kakau" Major Seminary along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. The village is located near Kaduna, capital of the State of Kaduna, in central Nigeria.On January 8, between 10:30 pm ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/13/20

OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Catholic Mission mobilizes for the needs of the Australian population affected by the fires

Sydney - "Catholic Mission" Australia, which is the National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia, has announced an immediate collaboration with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to offer a concrete contribution in the work of cooperation and solidarity, in order to respond to the national emergency of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/13/20

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - The 114th Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference opens today in the sign of reconciliation

Abidjan - "Communion at the service of reconciliation". This is the theme of the 114th Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of the Ivory Coast, which will be held from 13 to 19 January, at the Lataha Center of Korhogo, in the north of the country.Fr. Emmanuel Wohi Nin, Secretary ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/13/20

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Bishops of the Pacific and Southwest: respect for human rights, peoples and international law

Quibdò - "On several occasions we have drawn attention to the difficulties that many people are experiencing in the Pacific and Southwest region and we have asked the Colombian state for a global solution that resolves the structural causes that are at the basis of the humanitarian crisis… Let us ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/13/20

AMERICA/HAITI - "The earthquake of 12 January 2010 taught us a few things": the testimony of a Redemptorist missionary

Port au Prince - "Port-au-prince is totally devastated, shouts are heard from under the rubble everywhere", said to Fides the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, 10 years ago, thus informing the world of the earthquake which had devastated the island and caused nearly 300,000 deaths. It was January 13, 2010 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/13/20

ASIA/INDIA - The Supreme Court of India will examine the appeal in favor of the Christian Dalits

New Delhi - The Supreme Court of India will examine the appeal filed which calls for equal treatment and opportunities for Christian Dalits in Indian legislation, considered "discriminatory with respect to religion". The appeal challenges paragraph three of the 1950 Constitutional Order which excludes dalits from "Scheduled castes" status, cutting ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/20

AMERICA - Message from CELAM: "Let us walk and pray together for peace in the world"

Bogota - "We join together in prayer with the Pope, we reject all forms of violence and social division, and we ask the great nations of the world, in particular their rulers, for mutual respect, harmony and good understanding, and not to spare every effort to avoid a scenario of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/20



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