AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Orthodox Church calls the faithful to participate in the presidential elections

Cairo - The Coptic Orthodox Church is increasing appeals and initiatives to remind its faithful of the "national duty" to participate in the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections, scheduled from 26 to 28 March. A message from the Coptic Orthodox Church in support of popular participation in the upcoming elections was ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/LIBERIA - A future of peace and prosperity for the country, also thanks to religious institutions

Monrovia - The recent political transition in Liberia, which took place peacefully, is the harbinger of a new period of prosperity, freedom and prosperity. With the election of the President of the Republic, former football champion George M. Weah, elected on 22 January 2018, the path started by former president ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - Medical center in Sabou: a hope for all of Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - "It is an ambitious project that will allow us to change the local situation for the better", says to Agenzia Fides, Dr. Fabio Massimo Abenavoli, President of Emergenza Sorrisi, in presenting the collaboration initiated by the association he presides with San Massimiliano Kolbe of Sabou medical Center in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

ASIA/TURKEY - Turkey demands life sentence for the evangelical pastor accused of belonging to Gülen’s "network"

Izmir - The Turkish Prosecutor of the Court of Izmir has formally demanded a life sentence for American evangelical pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, who was arrested in Turkey in autumn 2016. He is charged in the indictment with belonging to the leadership of the group of preacher Fethullah Gulen who ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

ASIA/INDIA - Rewriting the history of India: a dangerous move for religious minorities

New Delhi - The Hindu nationalist organizations are trying to rewrite the history of India: a dangerous move for religious minorities such as Christians and Muslims.The ongoing effort is being promoted by the ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and by well-known Hindu extremist groups Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Sangh ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/SUDAN - An ecumenical coalition to cope with the cholera emergency in Darfur

Nierteti - The threat of the spread of cholera which is now flooding the central and western areas of Darfur is particularly serious in the villages of Nierteti and Jebel Marra. Contagions continue to increase, while registered deaths vary from village to village. Faced with this emergency, a coalition of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Youth in the Amazon: a daily journey to access basic education

S„o Gabriel da Cachoeira - Living within the Amazon means facing the difficulty of accessing basic education. Education is usually carried out in the communities themselves, where schools, in most cases, do not have the most basic requirements to meet teaching standards. As the courses progress, teenagers and young people ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/KENYA - The Bishops: "We urge all leaders across the political divide to support the newly found collaboration so that it does not remain a public relation exercise"

Nairobi - "We urge all leaders across the political divide to support this path so that it does not remain a public relation exercise or a show of two individuals", said the Bishops of Kenya at the press conference held yesterday, 14 March, during which the Church leaders have expressed ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Youth from unemployed to entrepreneurs, thanks to the Jesuits

Douala - "Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life". The Jesuits of West Africa have taken this ancient proverb to the letter. And, faced with the emergence of uneducated and unemployed youth ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Orthodox Church clarifies: in the elections we do not give indications of vote in favor of individual candidates

Cairo - The Coptic Orthodox Church invites its faithful and all Egyptian citizens to participate in the upcoming presidential elections, to be held in Egypt from 26 to 28 March, but does not express preferences and does not intend to direct the vote of Coptic Christians in favor of a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - The Church: "No" to the censorship of social media

Managua - "The state should not control or censor social media because it would limit freedom of expression, nor should it stand as a moral arbiter of people": this is what Mgr. Silvio Josť BŠez, auxiliary Bishop of Managua says to Agenzia Fides, pointing out the serious danger for Nicaraguan ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - State-Church convention violated: Catholic education "in a state of emergency"

Riberalta - The Bolivian Bishops raise their voices and with concern they address the parents of the pupils of the 1,523 Catholic educational institutions of the country: schools "cannot guarantee teaching, Christian education and integral quality education", is what is stated in the letter sent to Agenzia Fides, due to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/SOMALIA - The director of Caritas Somalia: "To remain faithful to the Lord makes our life fuller"

Djibouti - Maria JosŤ Alexander is a young Mexican Catholic, always attentive towards the poorest and most vulnerable sectors of society. After collaborating in the humanitarian sector, between Mexico, Colombia and Lebanon, she is currently the director of Caritas Somalia. In an interview with Agenzia Fides, she says: "Love for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

ASIA/INDIA - "Despicable and inhuman" attack on a Catholic hospital, committed to the common good

Ujjain - It was a "despicable and inhuman" attack: this is how the Indian Bishops define and condemn the violent acts against the Catholic hospital in Ujjain, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. As Agenzia Fides learns, a delegation of the Bishops visited the missionary hospital yesterday, March 15, noting ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/CONGO - Seven religious and spread of Islamic extremism: challenges for the Church's mission

Brazzaville - "The Church in the Republic of Congo was founded 135 years ago by the French missionaries of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit who arrived in Brazzaville in 1880. Since then the Church has taken root all over the Country. Everywhere there are churches and parishes, and above ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AMERICA - Transforming reality in the light of the Gospel: young people towards the Synod

San Jose - "Young people are a treasure for our people, a wealth that generates joy, hope, the ability to dream, to show sensitivity and solidarity for those who suffer. In these difficult times, God calls each one by name, so that he may be the protagonist in the transformation ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - Making waves: Radio Sahel, the Gospel reaches the poor and illiterate

Ouagadougou - For many communities in Burkina Faso, radio broadcasts are often the only effective way to proclaim the Gospel. In a country where oral culture is still very strong and most of the people are illiterate, radio is the best means of communicating with the population, especially those who ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Young people, hope of the Church in Pakistan: the key is education

Vatican City - "Young people are 60% of the Pakistani population. This data is very important for us Catholics. For our young Catholics, the priority is to make sure that they can grow in faith in Christ and that they have access to quality education and continue to the highest ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Resignation of the Apostolic Vicar of San Jose in Mindoro

Vatican City - Today the Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro , presented by His Exc. Msgr. Antonio P. Palang, S.V.D. Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18

ASIA/LEBANON - First monument dedicated to Pope Francis inaugurated in the Middle East

Hadath - The first statue dedicated to Pope Francis in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East was inaugurated in Hadath, municipality of the district of Baabda, considered part of the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut. The initiative, sponsored by mayor George Aoun, wants to be a sign to encourage ... Read More ...
Posted on: 03/18/18



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