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AFRICA/DR CONGO - "We are tired of the impunity of guerrillas": protest of civil society in northern Kivu who call for greater security

Kinshasa - Some "dead city days" in Beni and Butembo to protest the insecurity that persists in the area due to the presence of numerous armed groups. Civil society in Butembo demands the resignation of the mayor and Butembo's urban security committee, who are accused of not protecting the population."Armed ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/IRAQ - Christians divided on the Kurdish independence referendum. The Chaldean Patriarchate: there is a risk of armed conflict

Baghdad - While September 25th approaches, date of the referendum announced by the government of the autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan to sanction its independence from Baghdad, there are contrasting signs from the local Christian communities with reference to the referendum, which attracts the attention and also the concern of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - In Parliament the case of the Christian student killed in school

Islamabad - "The case of Sharon Masih is tragic and a shame for the country. It is necessary to act urgently. That is why I have asked all members of the National Assembly to reconsider the issue of the school curricula reform in Pakistan as a priority and I have ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/LEBANON - Appeal by Maronite Bishop Matar to stop installation of high tension cables ignored

Beirut – So far public requests by Maronite Archbishop Boulos Matar of Beirut addressed to the highest institutional charges in Lebanon to reconsider a project for the installation of high tension cables in Mansouriyé, in Lebanon, have been ignored. In the evening of Monday 11 September Archbishop Matar, together with ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/TURKEY - New deadlock in process to elect Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople

Istanbul – The process to elect a new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople is again at a stage of stalemate, due to episodes of silent boycotting on the part of Turkish institutions as well as persisting divisions registered within the Armenian community. Since the election last year 15 August 2016 of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Blasphemy on WhatsApp: Christian youth condemned to death

Lahore – A Christian youth accused of blasphemy has been condemned to death by a high court in Gujarat, Pakistani Punjab. Nadeem James, aged 24, living in the Christian community of Yaqoobabad, was accused of committing blasphemy in July 2016 for certain messages sent by mobile phone to a Muslim ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

AMERICA/MEXICO - Eight days after earthquake: 90 dead, villages still totally isolated, aid hub: Mexico's Catholic Church

Oaxaca – A week has passed since the tremendous 7 September earth quake in Mexico epicentre area of Pijijiapan, in Chiapas, followed by 634 after-quakes, which left thousands of families homeless and causing vast damage to people, infrastructure and communities.The local Catholic church swung immediately into action through Caritas Mexico, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

AFRICA/TOGO - “We are seriously concerned about what may come now” National Director Pontifical Mission Societies tells Fides

Lomé - “The situation is still worrying in a Lomé. Since my return to Togo on 23 August tension is high with Opposition protests” Fides was told by Rev Donald Charif-Dine Fadaz, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Togo. On 6 and 7 September some 100,000 people took ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/BANGLADESH - Caritas busy assisting Rohingya refugees ‘totally dependent on aid’

Dacca –Caritas Bangladesh is mobilised to offer humanitarian assistance in Rakhine state to 14,000 Rohingya refugees families fleeing Myanmar, Fides learns from Catholic lay man Francio Atul Sarker, Caritas Bangladesh executive director. “Presently there are about 400,000 Rohingya refugees – says Sirkar – but if the flow of new arrivals ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

NEWS ANALYSIS / OMNIS TERRA - India, nine years after the anti-Chrstian violence, where is justice'

Christians in Orissa state well remember the 2008 massacres and commemorate their martyrs. But public institutions and judiciary appear to be on the run with impunity for those responsible and scarce compensation for those affected. The challenge of extremism of Hindu extraction present across the country is one of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/JAPAN - Pastoral visit to Japan by Cardinal Filoni starts tomorrow

Tokyo – Tomorrow Sunday 17 September, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, will arrive in Japan for a pastoral visit which will conclude on 26 September. The Cardinal’s busy agenda starts Monday 18 with the first stop at Fukuoka, to visit the Seminary there, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Marawi crisis: “amidst suffering we continue to hope”, Bishop says

Rome – “The situation in Marawi continues to be critical, but we hope for a positive outcome. News is encouraging, we know our hostage Catholics are alive and that the army has guaranteed they will not be considered, ‘collateral damage’, and that everything will be done to bring them to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

AFRICA/BURUNDI - Inclusive dialogue only path to peace: bishops make new appeal to overcome political crisis

Bujumbura - “Inclusive dialogue is the only path to peace” the Bishops of Burundi say in a message issued at the end of a Plenary Assembly and read out in all parishes at every Mass on Sunday 10 September .“We stress once again that inclusive dialogue must be adopted for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

EUROPE/POLAND - How to engage and involve young people in the mission

Częstochowa - "The magnet that attracts young people towards a missionary group is the opportunity to do something good for another person, especially for a person of the same age, in missionary countries. However, action must be accompanied by adequate spiritual preparation". This is what Father Janusz Talik, Diocesan Director ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christian lawyer: "Sharoon Masih killed for a glass of water, like Asia Bibi"

Lahore - "He was called with the nickname of 'choora', a pejorative which is used to define Pakistani Christians, identifying them with the caste of 'street cleaners' or 'untouchables'. He was beaten to death, for having drawn water from a container from which only Muslim students were allowed. Simply for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

AFRICA/TOGO - The story of a missionary: "The new leper is AIDS that also infects many children"

Kolowaré - "We assist more than 800 people in antiretroviral therapy, of whom 50 are children. AIDS, like leprosy, creates discrimination and often the family’s rejection because it is considered a shameful illness. Women, in particular, are abandoned when they are severely ill", says to Fides Sister Antonietta Profumo, head ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/SYRIA - Assad to young Syriac-Orthodox Christians in Syria are not hosts or "migratory birds"

Damascus - Christians in Syria are "no guests or migratory birds". They "are part of the origin of the nation, and without them there is no pluralistic Syria". This is what Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Sunday, September 17, to a large delegation of participants in a room of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

AFRICA/TOGO - The Bishops: "Let’s go back to the 1992 Constitution to resolve the crisis"

Lomé - "Constitutional reforms are of particular importance, without which it is impossible to bring peace and social cohesion in our country", write the Bishops of Togo in the pastoral letter on the Country's situation, shaken by strong popular protests which call for a limitation on the number of presidential ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Marawi, vicar released and mosque regained: the siege in its final stage

Manila - "We are happy for the release of Fr. Chito. We thank the Lord and all those who in the world prayed for his release. We praise the efforts of the Filipino army who are doing their utmost to protect the lives of the hostages". With these words, released ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17

ASIA/JAPAN - Cardinal Filoni addresses Seminarians: to announce the Gospel is a great act of charity

Fukuoka – The announcement of the Gospel “is a gift of love for our brothers and sisters in search of light. It is a pledge of the “extraordinary and generous gift of redeeming grace and mercy”, which has come into the world since Jesus revealed to us that God “is ... Read More ...
Posted on: 09/19/17



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