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AFRICA/DR CONGO - Over 100 villagers in the east captured by the Mai Mai Simba militiamen

Kinshasa - Over a hundred people in a Congolese village were kidnapped by an armed group. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides by CEPADHO, a local NGO, on July 26 about fifty Mai-Mai Simba fighters attacked the village of Mabuo, in the territory of Lubero, in the province of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AFRICA/KENYA - Bishops announce a prayer Novena for the upcoming vote

Nairobi - "We note with appreciation, the relatively peaceful manner in which campaigns have been conducted. We urge all the candidates to continue conducting themselves with decorum and sobriety in the remaining stretch of the campaigns, in order to achieve cohesion and National integration", write the Bishops of Kenya, in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

ASIA/SYRIA - Hassaké, the Kurds reject the accusations of having killed a Christian professor. The victim's nephew arrested for murder

Hassaké – The People's Protection Units , Kurdish militiamen linked to the Kurdish Democratic Party have firmly rejected allegations and suspicions against them regarding the murder of Elias Basil Isaac, a Christian professor killed with a bullet to his head whose lifeless body was found in a village just a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - The Bishops on the violent day of the election: "Useless, unnecessary, and damaging to the people"

Caracas - "Useless, unnecessary and damaging to the Venezuelan people", this statement was repeated many times yesterday in the many demonstrations that took place on the election day to elect the members of the Constituent National Assembly. The day was marked, according to agency data, by violent demonstrations across the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Health atlas to provide better service to mothers and children

Wolisso - Mapping the territory to provide better service to mothers and children. Making the best use of available resources is always a valid rule where resources are scarce and the needs are many, and studying and applying the most effective methods of intervention can make a difference to the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AFRICA/CONGO RD - Demonstrations to demand presidential elections have been repressed

Kinshasa - Tens of demonstrators have been arrested along with journalists who were trying to document the event. This is how the first demonstration convened to ask for the holding of political and presidential elections and the removal of President Joseph Kabila from office ended.The peaceful march convened yesterday, July ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

ASIA/SRI LANKA - War widows are the most affected by the conflict which lasted over 30 years

Colombo - The Tamil women suffer most from the consequences of the civil war that shook Sri Lanka for at least 30 years. This is what a report, sent to Agenzia Fides, by the International Crisis Group claims. "Eight years after the end of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict, Tamil speaking ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REP. - A missionary donates a new tabernacle to the parish of San José de Los Llanos

San José de Los Llanos - About two months ago, the tabernacle was desecrated and taken away in the parish of San José de Los Llanos. On July 30, Father Christopher Hartley, a diocesan missionary in Toledo, who served in the parish for nearly 10 years as provincial of San ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

ASIA/HONG KONG - Resignation of the Bishop of Hong Kong and appointment of successor

Vatican City – Today Pope Francis accepted the renunciation of the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Hong Kong in continental China presented by His Exc. Mgr. John Tong Hon. A new Bishop, His Exc. Mgr. Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Coadjutor of the same Diocese, has succeeded. Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

ASIA/PALESTINE - Child labor in Gaza, a scourge that continues to increase

Gaza - Over the past five years, with the worsening of the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip, the phenomenon of child labor continues to increase. The news comes from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. This growth goes against the global trend. In 2013, the International Labor Organization stated ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/CUBA - The Caravan of Friendship of the Pastors for Peace arrives in Cuba

Havana - This year, the 28th Caravan of the United States-Cuba Friendship also landed on the Caribbean island. As part of its agenda, the group will tour several Cuban provinces and meet with people, churches and cultural institutions. Since 1992, what is known as the Caravan of Pastors for Peace ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AFRICA/KENYA - Kenya shocked by the killing of IEBC systems development manager

Nairobi - Hundreds of human rights activists took to the streets of Nairobi to protest murder of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT Manager, Chris Msando.The body of Chris Msando, the IEBC systems development manager, was found with signs of torture in a forest in Kikuyu on the outskirts of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/MEXICO - The priest wounded on May 15 in Mexico’s city Metropolitan Cathedral has died

Mexico City - "On Wednesday, August 2, the medical director of the Intensive Care Unit of the National Institute of Medical Science announced that Father José Miguel Machorro has a brain death situation, so one has to wait for the heart to stop beating", says a statement sent to Agenzia ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - The Human Rights International Film Festival brings together new directors

Bogotá - Cinema creates a space to give way to the creativity of new film directors. With this aim, the Bogotá Human Rights International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Latin American Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and with the support of the Inter-American Human Rights ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AFRICA/ALGERIA - Algiers repatriates Nigerien migrants in agreement with Niamey

Algiers - "In order to tackle the phenomenon of irregular migration and to fight against human trafficking, the Algerian authorities have decided, in close coordination with the Nigerien authorities, repatriation operations of Nigerien citizens in an irregular position in Algeria", said the spokesman of the Algerian Foreign Minister, Benali Cherif. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Bishops' appeal: a global plan for the repatriation of Syrian refugees is needed

Beirut - Lebanese civilian institutions are urged to adopt a "global plan" in a hurry to arrange for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, who found shelter in Lebanon. This is what Maronite Bishops demand in the statement released at the end of their monthly meeting, which took ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

ASIA/INDONESIA - Young people: key to counter radical Islam, especially on the web

Yoyakarta - Young people are the key to countering radical Islam in Indonesia and its massive propaganda on the web: is what Savic Ali said, Muslim leader who heads the "Nahdlatul Ulama’s web page" , one of the two major organizations of Indonesian Islam, which supports pluralism, inter-religious dialogue and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/BRAZIL - The Bishops: "We will not be a different Country unless we overcome naivety, passivity and indifference"

Brasilia - "We will not be a different Country unless we overcome naivety, passivity and indifference", concludes the final message of the meeting of the Pastoral Care for Social Action of the National Bishops' Conference of Brazil that took place between 31 July and 1 August The Bishops of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - On August 4, Bishop Enrique Angelelli, committed to the poor was killed

La Rioja - On August 4, 1976, Father Arturo Pinto and Mgr. Angelelli were returning from a celebration in honor of two priests killed. Along the way to Cordoba, two cars approached them and crushed against them. Father Pinto, reported that, upon awakening, he found the dead Bishop with several ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Kasai victims of armed conflict continue to increase

Luebo - Over the past two months, more than 140 children have died in the region of Kasai, DR Congo, because of armed conflict. The number of victims may be higher, with 500 reported cases of minors used by militias as human shields. In a statement by ONG World Vision, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/06/17

 

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