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AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - Synod on Youth: "Need to take into account the situation of young people and the Church in other parts of the world" says Cardinal Napier

Vatican City - - "Africa is losing some of its most gifted young people to migration because of the exploitation of natural resources and the environment ", said His Eminence Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, Archbishop of Durban , during a meeting with the press on the margin of the XV ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA - The young Christians of Asia, ambassadors of peace

Chiang Mai - Young Christians in Asia are called to be "ambassadors of peace" in the various social and political contexts of the Asian nations where they live. This is what emerges from the third meeting of the forum "Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia" , born within the Christian ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

EUROPE/GERMANY - The President of the PMS: "Even from our desks we can be missionaries"

Aachen - On the occasion of his visit to Missio-Aachen , Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies , this morning, 17 October, presided over a Mass at the headquarters of "Missio" attended by those who work in the offices of Missio and of the German ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA/HOLY LAND - The demolition of the village of Khan al Ahmar begins. Appeal of the Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission

Jerusalem - Yesterday, Tuesday, October 16, three bulldozers continued the work of leveling the land around the Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank, east of Jerusalem, in an area considered strategic for the expansion of new settlements of Jewish settlers. The leveling operation is carried ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AMERICA/HONDURAS - "We are not criminals, we are migrants": three thousand Hondurans fleeing their country

San Pedro Sula - They have now traveled about 300 km, from Tegucigalpa to Zacapa : there are about three thousand Hondurans who during their their journey to the United States welcome other brothers from Central America who flee like them from poverty, violence and corruption. They spent the night ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Catholic Mission supports the construction of a professional training center for women in Myanmar

Yangon - "We thank God because the construction of the training center for girls continues and is about to end". We hope that we can soon start decorating the interior spaces. We also thank you for the prayers, support and understanding of the importance of this project". This is what ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Once again the Beit Jamal Catholic cemetery desecrated

Beit Shemesh - 28 graves of the cemetery attached to the Salesian convent of Beit Jamal, near the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, has one again been desecrated by unknown persons. The discovery of the intimidating act was carried out on Wednesday 17 October.It is not the first time that ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AFRICA/CONGO - Catholic schools are committed to educating respect for creation, theme taken from the Encyclical Laudato Sì

Brazzaville - The XIV National Council for Catholic Education was held at the Inter-diocesan Center of Brazzaville from 15 to 17 October on the theme: "respect and integrity of creation in the Catholic school", theme taken from the Encyclical Laudato Sì by Pope Francis.The works opened on October 15 by ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AFRICA/NIGER - The Church of Niamey: prayer and fasting for Father Maccalli

Niamey - The diocese of Niamey has begun a prayer triduum for the release of Father Gigi Maccalli. "The last day of the triduum, which takes place from 17 to 19 October, will be a day of fasting that all the faithful will observe" reports to Agenzia Fides, from Niamey, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - The Church in the Philippines remembers Italian missionary Fausto Tentorio, killed seven years ago

Manila - Seven years have passed since the killing of Italian missionary Fausto Tentorio of PIME, killed on the island of Mindanao on October 17, 2011. On the seventh anniversary of his death, the Church in the Philippines recalle the priest friend of the peasants and of the indigenous people ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

VATICAN - The Pontifical Mission Societies: support for the proclamation of the Gospel and for the human and cultural growth of peoples

Vatican City - "The Pontifical Mission Societies were born of young hearts as a means of supporting the preaching of the Gospel to every nation and thus contributing to the human and cultural growth of all those who thirst for knowledge of the truth. The prayers and the material aid ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - "The hundreds of miners affected by pneumoconiosis are an indictment of human greed"

Johannesburg - "For decades, coal mining companies allowed their workers to be exposed to unsafe levels of coal dust. The mines need to take both ethical and legal responsibility for the sick miners", said His Exc. Mgr. Abel Gabuza, Bishop of Kimberly and President of the "Justice and Peace" Episcopal ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Church collapses during the prayer of the rosary; at least two dead and one missing

Yaoundé - At least two people died in the collapse of the church of Sainte Marceline de Minkan in Odza, a suburb of the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, which occurred on the evening of 17 October. The collapse was due to heavy rains. According to Fr. Félix Désiré Amougou, spokesman ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

VATICAN - CATHOLIC CHURCH STATISTICS 2018

Vatican City – As every year, in view of World Mission Day, which this year celebrates its 92nd anniversary on Sunday, October 21, 2018, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - "The beauty of being small" in the Kazakh Church

Almaty - "When I think about the Kazakh Catholics, I am always amazed at the greatness of their faith. They do not have ancient traditions and Catholic roots, but I see a profound devotion to the Church, to the Pope, to the Eucharist, to the Rosary, to every aspect of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AFRICA/D.R. CONGO - World Mission Day: the experience of a missionary who visits prisoners

Bukavu - Every week Alex Goffinet, a French white father who has been on a mission in Africa since 1962, visits the prison in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He listens to prisoners, gives them advice and intercedes for them with prison authorities. Despite being 86 years old, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

VATICAN - Share the Journey: fight fear by walking with migrants and refugees

Vatican City - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, invites communities of citizens all over the world to fight hatred and fear with a million-year march of solidarity worldwide kilometers, alongside migrants and refugees. The worldwide pilgrimage is an initiative that arises in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - The Bishop visits the displaced persons of Palu: "I am here to give comfort"

Manado - "I am here to give comfort and encourage the population that suffers": said the Bishop of Manado, Mgr. Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu, of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, addressing the displaced who are temporarily in the parish church of Santa Maria of the Sacred Heart, in the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

ASIA/TURKEY: Erdogan calls for autonomy for the Gagauzi people, the Christian Turks of Moldova

Komrat - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his recent visit to Moldova, reached an agreement with Moldavian President Igor Dodon, who fully implemented the status of political-administrative autonomy long since granted on paper to the Moldavian region of Gagauzia, inhabited by the Turkish Christians of Gagauzi . In a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

AMERICA/MEXICO - The Honduran march to the USA continues. Trump: the army will close the borders

San Cristobal de las Casas - About 10 thousand Hondurans arrived yesterday, 19 October, on the border with Mexico from Honduras. The Mexican government had announced, like those of El Salvador and Guatemala, that it would not allow the crossing of the border to Honduran migrants fleeing injustice, violence and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/21/18

 

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