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ASIA/KOREA - The support of the Korean Church to the victims of the dam collapse in Laos

Seoul - Following the sudden collapse of dam in southernmost Attapeu province in Laos, Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung YEOM, Archbishop of Seoul, sent a message of condolence to the victims of the tragic disaster and supported $50,000 emergency relief funds. In the message, sent to Agenzia Fides, Cardinal Yeom expresses "deep ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Another priest murdered in Medellín

Medellin – On Wednesday 25, Fr. John Fredy Garcia Jaramillo, 50, was found dead in his home in the neighborhood of Bethlehem Los Almendros, in the south-west part of Medellin. According to the news sent to Agenzia Fides the police believe that his death is the result of a robbery ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/NIGER - "God as guarantor of the future": Democracy Day in Niger

Niamey - "Our democracy is celebrated on Sunday 29th July. In our own little way it is already something", says to Fides Fr. Mauro Armanino, missionary of the Society of African Missions, on the occasion of Democracy Day in Niger."Declared 20 years after the celebration of the Sovereign National Conference, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AMERICA/ARGENTINA - To be contemplative in action: World Assembly of Christian Life Communities

Buenos Aires - From Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 31st July, representatives of 70 countries are gathered in Buenos Aires for the World Assembly of Christian Life Communities - CVX.Pope Francis, in a message sent to the President of the World Executive Council of CVX, Mauricio López, invited everyone to unite ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/TURKEY - Pastor Brunson moved to house arrest. But on his case the US-Turkey clash reignites

Izmir - US evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, arrested and tried in Turkey for alleged complicity with forces accused of terrorist acts and anti-Turkish subversive plots , was moved from jail to house arrest in Izmir on Wednesday 25 July, under conditional freedom, waiting to hear the verdict of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

EUROPE/SWITZERLAND - To prevent and end human trafficking: World Day against human trafficking

Geneva – Human trafficking is a tragic form of contemporary slavery, which constitutes a crime and a serious threat to human dignity and physical integrity. On the occasion of World Day against this phenomenon, which is celebrated today, 30 July, among the initiatives undertaken there are those of the European ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/UGANDA - The Bishops celebrate the Church-Family of God in Africa

Kampala - On Sunday, July 29, 2018, the official launch of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar was held in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Kampala, celebrations which are expected to climax next year on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Orthodox Bishop Epiphanius, Abbot of the Monastery of San Macario, murdered

Cairo - There are doubts and uncertainties about the circumstances of the murder of Coptic Orthodox bishop Epiphanius, Abbot of Saint Macarius the Great monastery , who was found lifeless inside the monastery at dawn on Sunday 29 July. This was confirmed by an official note released on Sunday evening ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AMERICA/PERU - Amazon: over 150 peoples in voluntary isolation risk extinction

Puerto Maldonado - "The existence of these groups is frequently denied or made invisible, which in many cases facilitates the authorization of economic activities that directly affect their territories". "Despite the international regulatory framework that protects their rights, we verify that these rules are systematically ignored by the States". This ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - The phenomenon of microbes: baby-gangs that face each other with machetes

Abidjan - For almost a decade, the Ivory Coast has been going through a profound socio-political crisis that is affecting the country at its deepest roots. One of the most tangible signs of this crisis remains the rise of the 'microbes' phenomenon."It is mostly children under the age of 18, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/IRAQ - Chaldean patriarch to politicians: a "strong coalition government" to remove weapons from sectarian militias is needed

Baghdad - The disastrous situation that Iraq is facing makes the formation of a "strong coalition government" urgent, before "it is too late". And the future rulers will have to immediately face the emergence of armed groups organized on an ethnic-religious sectarian basis that still dictate law in large areas ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/TAIWAN - The Camillians in Lotung to "look after and evangelize"

Lotung - In 1952, when the Camillians who worked in China since 1946 were expelled, a group of them decided to head for Thailand, another group to Taiwan. Already in China they had adopted this motto to distinguish their work: "Look after and Evangelize". Moving to Taiwan, they wanted to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/RWANDA - A government directive has decided to close eight thousand churches in the last seven months

Kigali - Following a government directive, eight thousand churches have been closed in the last seven months. The decision to reduce the number of places of worship in the country, both Christian and Muslim, provides for the closure of churches that do not have sufficient hygiene and safety requirements to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/LEBANON - The cave monastery of Saint Marone re-opens for liturgies and pilgrimages

Baalbek - The cave monastery of Saint Marone, a place dear to the historical and spiritual memory of the Maronite Christians, re-opens to liturgical celebrations, devotional practices and pilgrimages, after centuries of neglect. On Tuesday, August 31, the day of the "Saint Marone student festival", a Eucharistic liturgy was held ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - Astana's first 20 years, the smart city attentive to the coexistence of religions

Astana - Religious tolerance, nuclear disarmament and environmental sustainability are the three cornerstones that forged the economic-social strategy implemented by Nazarbaev and also the city of Astana. This is illustrated to Agenzia Fides by Giannicola Saldutti, editor of InTerris and associate researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Formative and naturalistic initiative of the Jesuit fathers

Douala - Teaching to grow bananas to promote micro-entrepreneurship projects, but also to save bananas from extinction. This is the project launched in Douala by the Jesuits of Cameroon. An initiative that has a dual value, formative and naturalistic, in a difficult context which characterizes the African country.In Cameroon, over ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Juvencio Piratapuia: "school is the place where to spread the sense of community in the Amazon communities"

São Gabriel da Cachoeira - Education is one of the great challenges in the indigenous communities of the Amazon region. Juvencio Piratapuia is a professor in the community of Tabocal dos Pereira, municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, in the Brazilian Amazon.As reported to Agenzia Fides, life in these communities ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/TURKEY - US sanctions against two Turkish ministries for the "Brunson case"

Ankara - The US Treasury Department will implement "targeted" sanctions against two senior Turkish ministries, that of Justice - led by Abdulhamit Gul - and that of Interior - led by Minister Suleyman Soylu - as a form of retaliation for the detention of American evangelical pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

AFRICA/KENYA - The local Anglican Church supports the conservation of the forest

Kisumu - "The protection of the Mau Forest should not be exploited. We witness the strategies of politicians of some communities that use this heritage only for their profit. They should remember that the Mau Forest complex is the source of key rivers", said Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18

ASIA/IRAQ - Stop to the settlement of 450 Sunni families in the Nineveh Plain, to protect the demographic balance

Mosul - Nineveh provincial Council, with a resolution announced Tuesday, July 31, suspended the transfer of 450 Sunni Arab families in the areas of the Nineveh Plain, already authorized by the federal government, and requested that the family members in question are located in south and east areas of Mosul. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 08/05/18



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