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ASIA/IRAQ - Controversy on sales and demolition of churches. The response of the Chaldean Patriarchate

Baghdad - The news on the sale of two churches in Baghdad are fueling controversies involving the local Christian communities, also highlighting contrasts between ecclesial hierarchies and Christians involved in politics. After the protest demonstrations organized against an urban renewal project that would also imply the demolition of the Chaldean ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Islamabad Declaration: "a step to defeat extremism"

Faisalabad - "The Declaration of Islamabad is a step in the right direction. We need to develop it to improve the image of the country: this is the way forward: government and opposition must work together to legislate on good policies, while civil society, religious communities and all citizens must ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Nicaragua crisis returns to OAS on January 11

Managua - Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua and president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua , after Mass last Sunday, 6 January, said that it will be necessary to analyze and implement the necessary changes within the country, according to the observations that will come from the next meeting ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Assault against the Comboni nuns: "The goal was the loot, not religion"

Bangui - "The assailants were common bandits. Small criminals who were looking for an easy loot to take away": this is how the Italian Comboni nuns summarize the assault suffered by the Foyer Community of the Comboni Missionary Sisters in Bangui , on January 5, 2019 . "They were attacked ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Over 5 million pilgrims at the Black Nazarene feast

Manila - More than five million devotees attended the "Traslacion", the annual procession featuring the image of the Black Nazarene, which started on January 9th, with a prayer vigil during the night. This feast is a manifestation of popular devotion in the Philippines that has lasted more than four centuries, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/TURKEY - The beginning of the construction of the first church in Turkish territory since 1923 has been announced

Istanbul - The works for the construction of what will become the first newly built church in the Republic of Turkey will begin by next February. This was announced on Tuesday, January 8th, by Bulent Kerimoglu, mayor of Bakirkoy, the district of Istanbul where the new church will be built. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA/CONGO RD - Waiting for the results. "Justice and Peace" of Belgium: "The international community must do its part"

Kinshasa - Tension in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo rises, where the results of the presidential and political elections of December 30 are expected to be announced. Dozens of policemen were deployed this morning, January 9, in front of the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/INDONESIA - For the Church of Jakarta 2019 is "the Year of wisdom"

Jakarta - The Archdiocese of Jakarta officially declares that 2019 will be "The Year of Wisdom". As Agenzia Fides learns, the pastoral focus will be directed above all to social issues and how to face them and live them with the Gospel spirit, according to the message of Christ. Solemnly ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA - Electoral disputes in Africa: the Congolese episcopate, a model for the continent

Kara - "Publicly exposing dissent and divisions, especially in electoral disputes, is a fact that wounds and weakens the Church and leads it away from the evangelizing and missionary activity in Africa", says Father Donald Zagore, of the Society for African Missions to Agenzia Fides, recalling that the Church promotes ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA/NIGER - Tensions and violence in the area adjacent to the mission of Father Maccalli

Niamey - Tension in Niger continues: Agenzia Fides receives reports of current military operations against Boko Haram. "The affected region is that of the extreme south-east of the country, in the area of Lake Chad, on the border with Nigeria and Chad", says Father Marco Pada of the Society for ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Cardinal Coutts: "We are in a phase of hope: let us work together for peace in Pakistan"

Karachi - "We are living a phase of hope: this meeting is an occasion to spread the message of hope and work together for peace in the country. Peace will not come only thanks to a wish, but by working and building it together": said Cardinal Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/LEBANON: Statistical projections: the demographic decline of the Christian population has stopped

Beirut - Accredited international scientific studies on the demographic changes in Lebanon show that the decline of the Christian component will stop in the coming decades. These scientific projections were welcomed with relief in Lebanese ecclesial circles.The reassuring statistics regarding the demographic size of Christians in Lebanon are contained in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AMERICA/MEXICO - Bishops seek to create spaces of encounter, dialogue and peace

Mexico City - "Our country is constantly faced with various trials and difficulties, there are few job and education opportunities, high insecurity, including the uncertainty and expectations that come with it and a new government", said the Mexican Bishops in their message at the beginning of the year, but they ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Strong protests after the announcement of Tshisekedi's victory in the presidential elections

Kinshasa - On the night between 9 and 10 January the Independent National Electoral Commission declared FĂ©lix Tshisekedi the winner of the Congolese presidential elections on 30 December. He obtained just over 7 million votes against Martin Fayulu Madidi and the candidate of the outgoing President's party, Joseph Kabila, Emmanuel ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AMERICA/GUATEMALA - The Bishops: the already fragile State of law in the Country is in danger, it is necessary to respect the Constitution

Guatemala City - "Huge concern and great indignation in the face of the events which took place in past days", were expressed by the Bishops of Guatemala in a statement signed on 10 January by the President of the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala, Bishop Gonzalo de Villa Vasquez, Bishop of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Secure borders and humane treatment of those fleeing persecution and seeking a better life are not mutually exclusive.

Newark - In the message to the nation on Tuesday 8 January on the issue of migrants at the border, Donald Trump, President of the United States, attacked Central American migrants trying to enter the country. The President said that the southern border is a road through which illegal drugs ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/SYRIA - Assad promises to rebuild the memorial church of the Armenian Genocide in Deir ez-Zor

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al Assad has pledged to rebuild with state funding the church-sanctuary of the Armenian martyrs located in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which was devastated by the jihadists of the Islamic State in September 2014 .The intention to revive the shrine dedicated to the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Zambia starts to prepare for the Extraordinary Mission Month of October 2019

Lusaka - "The month of October 2019 should be a reminder to every Christian that the gift of faith received at baptism sends them on mission": said Father Cleophas Lungu, Secretary General of the Bishops' Conference of Zambia , opening a meeting in preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Tshisekedi’s victory. The Bishops: "The results of the presidential election do not correspond to the data collected by our observation mission"

Kinshasa - The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo "take note of the publication of the provisional results of the presidential election which - they underline - "for the first time in the recent history of our country, opens the way to change at the top of the State". ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19

ASIA/SINGAPORE - The youth of Singapore: the next WYD is an opportunity to share faith and culture

Singapore - The upcoming World Youth Day in Panama will be an opportunity for the young people of Singapore to share faith and culture. As Agenzia Fides learns, a delegation from Singapore will attend WYD, scheduled from January 22 to 27. Young people are eagerly waiting "to discover for themselves ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/12/19



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