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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/DRC - Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo denounces a plan for the balkanization of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa - "The general climate in the eastern part of the Country is characterized by insecurity and unbearable misery. The report clearly shows that the goal of all this is the balkanization of our Country", said Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, Archbishop of Kinshasa, during a press conference held in Kinshasa on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/07/20

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Explosion on the border with Cameroon causes 30 deaths

Abuja - An explosion ripped through a crowded market on a bridge on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon on Monday, January 6, killing at least 30 people and injuring many others.According to the Cameroonian authorities, the explosion was not due to a terrorist attack but to the imprudence of some young ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/07/20

OCEANIA/NEW ZEALAND - Appointment of the auxiliary Bishop of Auckland

Vatican City - On 6 January 2020, the Holy Father appointed Rev. Michael Andrew Gielen of the clergy of Hamilton, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Auckland , currently Director for the formation in the Holy Cross National Seminary, in Auckland, assigning him the titular see of Abbir Maggiore.Rev. Michael ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/07/20

ASIA/TURKEY - Armenian patriarch: minorities are experiencing their most comfortable era under Erdogan

Istanbul - "All minorities in Turkey agree on the fact that: we are experiencing the most comfortable era during the Justice and Development Party administration". This is how Sahak II Masalyan, new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, sees the situation, according to reports from the Turkish media. Some statements attributed to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

VATICAN - MISSIONARIES KILLED IN 2019

Vatican City – In the wake of the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 lived by Catholic communities at all latitudes, which was also an opportunity to rediscover the figures of many witnesses of the faith of the local Churches who spent their lives for the Gospel in the most ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

EUROPE/ROMANIA - First Christmas for Missionary Childhood children

Bucharest - For the first time, Romanian missionary children prepared and celebrated the Lord's Christmas together: on May 18, in fact, a first group of Romanian children had joined the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood, as part of a day of celebration and awareness . On December 20, 2019, the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

VATICAN - The Star Singers of seven European countries at the Pope's Mass on the first day of the year

Vatican City - On 1 January, the solemnity of Mary Most Holy Mother of God, as has been the case for 16 years now, a delegation of the "Star Singers" of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood attended the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in the Vatican Basilica, for the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

ASIA/THAILAND - The missionary effect of the Pope's visit continues to remain alive in the country

Chiang Mai - "The visit of Pope Francis last November 2019 had an incredible missionary effect . It allowed the Thais to get to know the educational, charitable and spiritual depth of the small Catholic Church". In the Christmas greetings Fr. Attilio De Battisti, fidei donum missionary in Chiang Mai, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Mass for peace: Cardinal Kutwa asks the Head of State for pardon for some opponents

Abidjan - Every year on January 1st the World Day of Peace is celebrated, which aims to defend peace from the dangers that constantly threaten it. Pope Francis, for this 53rd edition, in his message entitled "Peace as a way of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion" invites us to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/CHAD - The Extraordinary Missionary Month has positively marked the Church in Chad

N’Djamena - "The celebrations of the Extraordinary Missionary Month were lived with joy and had historical importance" says a report from the Pontifical Mission Societies of Chad, sent to Agenzia Fides."Radio broadcasts, the formation of apostolic staff and missionary animators, missionary pilgrimages, prayer vigils, concerts, Eucharistic celebrations and other activities ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AMERICA/HAITI - Te Deum for Independence Day canceled, the President announces changes

Port au Prince - Without a statement agreed between civil authorities and religious leaders, in Haiti the first day of the new year, the country's Independence Day from France, on January 1, 1804, the usual ‘Te Deum’ was not celebrated in the Cathedral of Les Gonaives, the cradle of independence, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AMERICA/PANAMA - Assembly of Bishops: renewal of CELAM and Mesoamerican ecological ecclesial network

Panama city - The Panamanian Bishops will meet for their ordinary plenary assembly number 2011, which will take place from Monday 6 to Friday 10 January 2020. The Panamanian Episcopal Conference informs Fides that the President of the Latin American Episcopal Council , Mgr. Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, who will illustrate ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Year of fraternity in the Archdiocese of Popayan: personal, social and ecological conversion

PopayŠn - "The year of fraternity is an opportunity to heal wounds, grow in mutual trust, celebrate unity, starting at home, fraternize in neighborhoods and on the streets. It is a year to promote the culture of encounter, to be a people of brothers in school classrooms and in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Resignation of the Bishop of Buéa

Vatican City - On 28 December 2019 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Buťa, Cameroon, presented by Bishop Immanuel Bushu. Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Resignation of the Archbishop of Bamenda and appointment of new Metropolitan Archbishop

Vatican City - On 30 December 2019 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bamenda, , presented by Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua. The Holy Father appointed Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Mamfe as Metropolitan Archbishop of Bamenda. Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/NIGERIA - Appointment of the Bishop of Aba

Vatican City - On 28 December 2019 the Holy Father appointed as Bishop of the diocese of Aba, Nigeria, the Reverend Augustine Ndubueze Echema, of the clergy of Owerri, currently lecturer in liturgy in the Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt.The Reverend Augustine Ndubueze Echema was born on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Year of Youth begins, in the footsteps of saints

Karachi - "We need models and examples for our lives. Let us look at the life stories and mission of saints during the Year of Youth. Saints are our 'superheroes' and will help us to become stronger", said Cardinal Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi, addressing young people during the inaugural ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Visit of Cardinal Ambongo among the populations of the east, victims of massacres

Kinshasa - At least twenty dead is the toll of the massacres carried out in the Territory of Beni, in North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the end of December, during the visit to the diocese of Butembo-Beni, by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - The Country needs political apostles of peace and reconciliation

Abidjan - "Ivorian politicians must be men and women sincerely in love with peace. Our Country really needs politicians who are apostles of peace and reconciliation". This is what Ivorian theologian Fr. Donald Zagore, of the Society for African Missions tells Agenzia Fides. The Christmas period in the country was ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/03/20

AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Education and professional opportunities for the disabled: the commitment of missionaries

Lusaka - Assisting disabled people in Zambia means offering them physical and psychological support but, above all, it means helping them to overcome the social stigma that surrounds them. These are the objectives of the Pope John XXIII Association and of the Franciscan missionary Sisters of Assisi who, in collaboration ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/24/19



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