AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Still killings carried out by the army, the population lives in fear

Matagalpa - Deploring the murder of Enrique Aguinaga Castrillo, nicknamed "Invisible Captain", which took place last Saturday, April 30, and considering that there is nothing positive from the militarization of rural areas of the country, the Bishop of Matagalpa, His Exc. Mgr. Rolando José Alvarez Lagos, urged to put an ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/IRAQ - The Peshmerga and the coalition raid reject the jihadists outside the village of Telskuf

Telskuf - The offensive of about 150 jihadists of the Islamic State who yesterday, May 3, had attacked Telskuf, a town in the Nineveh Plain where before August 2014 about 12 thousand Christians lived, lasted a few hours. The Kurdish Peshmerga militia, supported by air raids of anti-Daesh international coalition ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AFRICA/EGYPT - The Egyptian parliament is preparing to discuss the new law on the construction of places of worship

Cairo - The new text of the law on the construction of places of worship, has been prepared in its pre-definitive version, and will be discussed by the Egyptian Parliament in coming weeks, probably within the current month. The draft legislation, according to sources cited by the Egyptian press, was ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REP- An initiative to eradicate child labor

Santo Domingo - Child labor is a phenomenon that affects 13% of Dominican children between 5 to 17 years of age. In order to address this phenomenon, the Niños Limpiabotas La Merced Foundation was established with the mission to eradicate child labor in Santo Domingo West area, accompanying them and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Boom of vocations to priesthood: a lively and vibrant Church in faith

Lahore – That in Pakistan is a Church that lives faith in every day difficulties, in a country where 95% are Muslims and is "fervent in priestly vocations and consecrated life, a sign of God's blessing, which is always close to his people": emphasizes Fr. Inayat Bernard, Rector of "Santa ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AFRICA/DR CONGO - If elections are not held by November all institutions will be delegitimized

Kinshasa - "The Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to become the only Country in the world where all institutions will not have a mandate, therefore, illegal and illegitimate". This is what is said in a note sent to Agenzia Fides by the Peace Network for Congo, which asks: "is ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AMERICA/ECUADOR - "Let us not stop aid": volunteers are concerned about the earthquake victims

Portoviejo - First breakfast, lunch and a snack: this is what homeless families, volunteer rescuers and firefighters receive every day, thanks to the work of a large group of faithful organized by the Capuchin missionaries in Portoviejo after the earthquake on April 16th. Every day 3,600 meals are distributed."The tragedy ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

EUROPE/GREAT BRITAIN - Schooling for 75 million children in Countries where there is humanitarian crises

London - About 75 million school age children and adolescents, who live in Countries affected by the crisis, need schooling programs. This is what the British organization Overseas Development Institute reported in a study urged by UNICEF and the Governments of Great Britain, United States and Norway. Around the world ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AMERICA/MEXICO - More than 9,000 children suffer domestic violence in the State of Michoacán

Morelia - In the Mexican state of Michoacán 15.5% of girls and 19.4% of boys between 6 to 9 years of age suffer abuse and beatings by parents. Data were collected by Children and Youth Study 2012. Equally alarming are the figures of sexual abuse of children in the same ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - "Families are fleeing violence", denounces the Bishop of Tibù

Tibù - Farming families flee due to the increase in homicides, for the presence of armed groups that threaten and extort the population, denounced the Colombian Bishop of the Diocese of Tibù, His Exc. Mgr. Omar Alberto Sanchez, to some local journalists.The letter sent to Fides reports that, according to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Religious superiors: "Let us spread the message of ‘Laudato Sì’ "

Juba - "Pollution of the water, of the land, of the air; deforestation and cutting of trees, burning the forests, overgrazing and desertification and oil exploitation as the major income for the country but as a grave polluting agent". These are the human and natural threats that South Sudan has ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Bishops: Lebanon looks like a ship without a helm

Bkerké - The Arab world is threatened in its very existence by "murderous identities", and crises and wars which upset the whole region have their deep roots in "regional conflicts" and "international politics". This is what the Maronite Bishops, gathered in the patriarchal headquarters of Bkerké for their monthly meeting, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/INDIA - Bishop kidnapped: three priests arrested

New Delhi - The Indian police arrested 14 people, accusing them of having organized and participated in the kidnapping of Mgr. Prasad Gallela, Bishop of the diocese of Cuddapah, in Andhra Pradesh, kidnapped and released after one night on 25 April . Among the 14, announced the Police Superintendent, there ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christian couple burned alive for blasphemy: impunity of perpetrators

Lahore – The trial regarding the culprits of the lynching of a Christian couple Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi, burned alive for alleged blasphemy on November 4, 2014 appears to be complicated. In yesterday’s hearing, May 5, before the anti-terrorism Court in Lahore, which judges the case, a "cross-examination" of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/TURKEY - European Award for the Armenian church in Diyarbakir, confiscated by the government

Diyarbakir - The Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Giragos in Diyarbakır has been awarded for its recent restoration by the European Union, but the awards ceremony and the laying of the commemorating plaque of the award cannot be held at the place of worship, which since March has been confiscated ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AMERICA/CANADA - Fires in Fort McMurray: the Pope's prayer

Fort McMurray - The city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta , is completely deserted, abandoned by its inhabitants because of a fire that has destroyed 1,600 buildings. The fire forced the evacuation of over 90,000 people. The numbers of the tragedy are staggering which is now considered the "most ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Orthodox priest insults women for not wearing appropriate clothing to church. The Patriarch suspends him

Cairo - Heavy criticism was expressed by Coptic Orthodox priest Boulos Mansur towards Christian women who, according to him come to church not wearing appropriate clothing, provoking reactions and controversy within the Orthodox Coptic community. Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate intervened, and has temporarily suspended a divinis the priest. The "case", which ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Mgr. García Peláez: "Solidarity before the dramatic situation of the flood victims"

Istmina - An appeal for solidarity for the victims of the recent floods: says the Colombian Episcopal Conference, relaunching the appeal of Mgr. Julio Hernando García Peláez, Bishop of the diocese of Istmina-Tadó, who highlights the dramatic situations many families are living. The territory of the department of Chocó, western ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Church of Punjab united, beyond the Indo-Pakistani border

Lahore – To overcome divisions, differences, political tensions that exist between India and Pakistan and rediscover the common roots, in the sign of culture, faith, fraternity: with this spirit the Diocese of Lahore, capital of Pakistani Punjab, organized a jubilee pilgrimage in Indian Punjab at the end of April, visiting ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Patriarch Rai again meets political leaders to discuss the institutional crisis

Beirut - Almost two years after the end of the mandate of Michel Sleiman, the office of President of the Lebanese Republic remains vacant due to the vetoes among different political blocs. In the face of the now ingrained institutional paralysis, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai continues to have high-level ... Read More ...
Posted on: 05/08/16

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