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AFRICA/CAMEROON - The Bishops: "vote was carried out in a calm manner but there were irregularities especially in the English-speaking regions"

Yoaundé - "The elections were held in a calm manner, but there were serious irregularities in the English-speaking regions", says the Cameroonian Episcopal Conference in a statement that draws up a provisional report of the presidential elections on Sunday 7 October .The Catholic Church through the Episcopal Commission for Justice ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AFRICA/CHAD - Appointment of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Barthélemy Kikina Wang-Tou

Vatican City - On 15 July 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr. Barthélemy Kikina Wang-Tou, of the clergy of the diocese of Lai as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Chad for five years .The new National Director was ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - Special Prize of the Kazakh President Nazarbayev to the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue

Astana - Kazakh Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has awarded the Pontifical Council of the Vatican with the Prize for the contribution to interfaith dialogue. The awarded Prize was announced on Wednesday 10 October, at the opening ceremony of the Congress of world and traditional religions, held in Astana on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AFRICA - To reinvent missionary activity in Africa, respecting local cultures

Kara - "The Second Vatican Council, and in particular the Nostra Aetate declaration, saved the missionary activity of the Church, especially in areas such as Africa, putting an end to the old evangelizing practice, built on the principle that Christianity equals civilization and indigenous culture as a synonym of ferocity. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/MALAYSIA - Law to abolish capital punishment: the support of Christians

Kuala Lumpur - Christians in Malaysia have welcomed the decision of the Malaysian government to take concrete steps to abolish the death penalty: this is what Catholic, Hector Fernandez, activist and supporter of the abolitionist campaign, engaged in the organization "Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture" says to Agenzia Fides. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

EUROPE/PORTUGAL - The digital challenge for European Christian radio stations

Lisbon - The 25th meeting of the European Conference of Christian Radio , which this year chose the theme "The digital challenge for our radios", began yesterday in Lisbon.In an interview with Ecclesia Agency, sent to Fides, Isabel Figueiredo, responsible for coordinating the contents of Radio Renascença, highlights "the satisfaction ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AMERICA/ECUADOR - Funeral of the priest found dead in Quito have been celebrated

Quito - The funeral of Fr. Arturo Rene Pozo Sampaz, presided over by the Archbishop of Quito, Mgr. Fausto Travez Travez, was celebrated yesterday, 11 October, in the Basilica of the Vote Nacional in Quito. The priest, 62, was a parish priest of San Juan Parish, in the north of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - Dialogue is real, but strong restrictions remain in religious freedom

Astana - The "Kazakstan model" indicated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev as an example of interreligious peace and harmony to be applied on a global scale, "is real, but starts from the rather ambiguous concept that makes religious freedom coincide with freedom of worship, which actually exists in Kazakhstan, but with ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Too many delays in the preparation of the vote; the Bishops to the UN: "The hypothesis of postponing the elections appears again"

Kinshasa - "The hypothesis of a postponement of the elections appears again", warned the Bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in front of the UN Security Council delegation who went to the DRC to ascertain the progress of the preparation of the presidential elections scheduled for December 23rd.In ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - Camillians and volunteers from the diocese of Manado engaged together to provide rescue operations in Sulawesi

Palu - "I am in Palu, I visited some places where the earthquake sowed great devastation", says to Agenzia Fides Father Andi Suparman, a Camillian missionary, who arrived on the island of Sulawesi on behalf of the Camillian Disaster Service International ."In some areas – he observes - in particular, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AMERICA/CHILE - Appointment of National Director of the PMS, Fr. Luis Alberto Nahuelanca Munoz, OFM

Vatican City - On 31 July 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed the rev. Fr. Luis Alberto Nahuelanca Munoz, OFM as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Chile for five years .The new National Director was born in 1967. He ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/INDIA - Jesuits alongside the poor to build a fair and respectful nation

Bangalore - The Jesuits of South Asia support the cause of the poor and with this spirit have promoted and launched the "Lok Manch" , a platform of leaders of civil society organizations committed to protecting and promoting the rights of marginalized populations. This is what Fr. Irudaya Jyothi, a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Mgr. Romero continues to inspire a more just society

Managua - The Church in Nicaragua is preparing to celebrate the canonization of Mgr. Romero, on October 14th, also through digital tools, launching the #OigamosARomero hastag in all social networks.The main promoter of this initiative is the Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Mgr. Silvio José Baez, who stated through Twitter and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AMERICA/MEXICO - Lifeless body of the parish priest who died three days ago has been found

Tijuana - Some days after his death, on the afternoon of Saturday 13 October, in Ley del Servicio Civil area , the lifeless body of father Ícmar Arturo Orta was found. This was announced by the Archbishop of Tijuana, Mgr. Francisco Moreno Barron: "With deep sorrow, I communicate to the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Mgr. Irineu Roman: "to give value to the expressions of faith brought by the people of the Amazon" as the Synod asks

Belem - Yesterday, Sunday October 14th, the second Sunday of the month, the "Cirio de Nazaré" feast was celebrated, as every year in Belem, capital of Pará state and one of the largest cities of the Amazon, a tradition that dates back to 1700, when the image of the Virgin ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - "Strong insecurity in the diocese, while the UN sends contradictory messages", denounces the Bishop of Kaga-Bandoro

Bangui - "Where is the truth'" asks His Exc. Mgr. Tadeusz Kusy, Bishop of Kaga-Bandoro, in the central-northern part of the Central African Republic, complaining about the lack of transparency on behalf of MINUSCA in the management of local displaced persons.In Bandoro more than 15,000 inhabitants have been driven out ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

AFRICA/TOGO - Togolese youth to Pope Francis: need to strengthen youth pastoral

Lome - In Togo we need "a concrete and effective accompaniment of young Catholics on behalf of priests", as well as a "strengthening of youth pastoral care". As reported to Fides, these are some of the recommendations identified by the young Catholics of Togo on the occasion of the Synod ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/TAJIKISTAN - Ethnic-religious reasons behind the tensions between minorities and government

Dushanbe - There are ethnic-religious reasons behind the tensions in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, located in the eastern part of Tajikistan. This is what Giannicola Saldutti, an associate researcher at the Institute of Higher Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences, based in Rome tells Fides, in reference to the agitations ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/TURKEY - A conference in Istanbul on Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue in the Franciscan mission

Istanbul – From 15-29 October the XXIII Course of permanent formation for ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue in the Franciscan mission begins, organized in Istanbul by the Pontifical Antonianum University and the Institute of San Bernardino Ecumenical Studies.The course includes reports that deepen the theme of Islamic-Christian dialogue in Turkey and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

ASIA/MONGOLIA - The funeral ceremony: thanksgiving mass for Bishop Padilla

Ulaanbaatar - Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, Apostolic Prefect of Mongolia, who died from a heart attack on September 25 , three days before his 69th birthday, was buried in Ulaanbaatar on October 14, 2018.The funeral mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Ulaanbaatar on Sunday, October 14 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/15/18

 

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