ASIA/JAPAN - A listening Center to accompany people suffering from loneliness

Koshigaya - "Japanese society is turning into a society without ties. The bond with one's homeland, with one's family, is becoming increasingly fragile. This loss is inevitably accompanied by the tragedy of solitude": this is what Father Marco Villa, Secretary General of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions tells Agenzia ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - US immigration raids leave children without parents

Jackson - There is dismay, fear and confusion among many Latin American families in the State of Mississipi after the police raid left dozens of children without parents on August 8.In a video sent to Agenzia Fides, which became viral on social media, Magdalena Gómez, 11, appears in front of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AFRICA/UGANDA - "The evils of Africa derive from wrong choices. It is time to change", says the President of Caritas Africa

Kampala - "Africa’s problems are by choice. This is by choosing leaders who are not good", said His Exc. Mgr. Gilbert Justice Yaw Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi and President of Caritas Africa, during the 18th Plenary Assembly of SECAM , held in Kampala . "We have voted corrupt leaders into ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

ASIA/LEBANON - New controversy after the cancellation of the concert by Lebanese band Mashrou ‘Leila

Beirut - The cancellation of a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou ‘Leila from the program of the International Festival of Byblos continues to fuel mobilizations and controversies that also involve Churches and religious authorities in the Country.The canceled concert of Mashrou ‘Leila should have taken place in Byblos yesterday evening, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Latin America at the forefront in the "laboratory" of mission and urban pastoral care for large cities

Starting from the challenges that confront the action of the Church in the cities in this "change of epoch", Latin America is at the forefront in theological-pastoral reflection and in the proposals for urban pastoral care . Mexico City and Buenos Aires are the places where the Church, towards the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/MEXICO - Together against Xenophobia, the church proposes pastoral actions against hatred and weapons

Mexico City - "Mexico and the United States are fighting against time, where xenophobia, which fuels the culture of hatred in the neighboring country in an accelerated manner, is the main enemy to overcome", are the first lines of the Catholic weekly "Desde la fe" in its publication of 11 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AFRICA/NIGER - Waiting, silence, hope, prayer 11 months after the abduction of Father Luigi Maccalli

Niamey - August 17th will be eleven months since that evening of September 17, 2018 when the life of Father Gigi Maccalli, of the Society for African Missions, changed and was kidnapped in Bomoanga . "It was certainly not the first kidnapping we heard of, but it was the first ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

VATICAN - On the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the Pope reminds "Everyone is required to observe the limits imposed by international humanitarian law"

Vatican City - After the Marian prayer of the Angelus, the Holy Father reminded the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, that today is the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, with these words: "Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention, important international legal instruments that impose limits ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

Asia/Pakistan - Cardinal Coutts on Minorities Day: "Treat us like citizens of Pakistan, equal to others"

Karachi - "The founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah in his historic speech of August 11, 1947 assured us that people of faith other than Islam would be citizens of Pakistan, with equal rights and duties. Consequently, we should be treated as equal citizens of Pakistan for all the 365 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/PERU - First pediatric cancer hospital in Peru and South America, also supported by the church

Cusco - With the blessing of Mgr. Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio in Peru, and Mgr. Richard Alarcón, Archbishop of Cusco, the first pediatric cancer hospital in Peru and South America was presented to the national community.The center that bears the name of "Vidawasi" , is located precisely in the city ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Legislation for asylum seeker- Bishops' comment: "unlawful, unjust, and unwise",

Washington - Fides received a statement from the US bishops regarding the legislation recently released by the Trump administration on migrants residing in the country. A 30-day period was given to submit comments to the government about the rule. "The move would allow the Administration to block most individuals arriving ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/PUERTO RICO - Police are investigating the death of a Polish missionary

Ponce - The Congregation of the Mission of Puerto Rico and the Vincentian Family of Puerto Rico are mourning the unexpected death on August 18, 2019, of Polish missionary Fr. Stanislaw Szczepanik, CM, in Ponce. According to preliminary information, Fr. Stanislaw was the victim of an accident, but the police ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/MEXICO - The Catholic world calls for "authentic dialogue between government and society"

Mexico City - "We cannot resign ourselves, as individual citizens and even less as organized civil society, to having a government that unilaterally manages the major problems of this country": says Catholic magazine "Desde la fe" in its publication of August 18th. The Catholic magazine explains: "We are very surprised ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Church calls for justice for Faustine Brou N’Guessan, parish secretary killed in her office

Abidjan - "Let there be full light on the murder of Faustine Brou N’Guessan. The Church is merciful, but mercy is carried out through justice", said Fr. Augustin Obrou, at the head of the social communications of the Archdiocese of Abidjan, in a statement on the murder of Mrs Faustine ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

EUROPE/POLAND - Cardinal Filoni at the shrine of Zakopane: "Mary is present and alive among us"

Zakopane - "One wonders: why so many Shrines in the world, why so much affection and devotion to Mary' In truth, from the moment Mary lost Jesus, she adopted, as Mother, the Church born of the blood of her Son, becoming herself a first and elected member, which means that, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - A ten-point resolution sent by religious minorities to the Prime Minister

Karachi : "We are faithful to our beloved homeland, Pakistan. We are not strangers: our Churches, religious institutions, hospitals and office buildings have a raised flag of Pakistan. We have lived in this land for centuries, well before the creation of Pakistan, and we are serving with honesty and dedication ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Ecumenical prayer of Christians for "the Muslim brethren of Kashmir"

Lahore - A special prayer for "the Muslim brethren of Kashmir" was organized in past days by the Ecumenical Solidarity Committee Lahore. Religious Leaders from the Catholic, Church of Pakistan, Anglican Church, Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army participated in this prayer service. The prayer was accompanied by an appeal ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Bishops' send condolences for the victims of the fuel tanker explosion

Dar es Salaam - "The Catholic Church in Tanzania sends condolences to Mr. President and to all citizens. We urge Tanzanians to support the families who have lost their loved ones and who have suffered trauma during this difficult time", says the message sent by the Chairman of the Tanzania ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

AMERICA/MEXICO - Bishops: it is urgent to stop violence against women

Mexico City - It is urgent to stop all actions that undermine the dignity of women in Mexico: this is the appeal launched by the Archbishop of Puebla, Mgr. Víctor Sánchez Espinosa, who once again highlighted the peak of violence that is recorded against women in the country. Speaking at ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19

ASIA - Catholic journalists in Asia: together to announce the Gospel values

Kuala Lumpur - To announce the tidings of Good news, to stay away from sensationalism and fake news: is the commitment made by journalists, editors, and Catholic communicators from Asia gathered in Kuala Lumpur, in a meeting organized by "SIGNIS" Asia. SIGNIS is a world forum of Catholic communicators and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/20/19


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