AFRICA/EGYPT - Families of the "Martyrs of Libya" ask the government for confirmation regarding the announced discovery of the bodies of their relatives

Minya – The families of the 21 Copts beheaded in Libya in 2015 by jihadists of the Islamic State have addressed the Egyptian Foreign Ministry an urgent request to confirm the discovery of the deadly remains of their family members, announced last September 28, by the Libyan General Prosecutor Al ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AFRICA/ZIMBABWE - Vice President poisoned. Tension increases. The Bishops: "No to violence"

Harare – Tension increases in Zimbabwe after the announcement that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was poisoned. Mnangagwa fell ill in August and was hospitalized in South Africa, where doctors said he was victim of intentional poisoning and not food poisoning.The governing Zanu-PF has been battling to contain tensions within the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AFRICA/LIBYA - Libyan authorities confirm: the bodies of the 21 Coptic martyrs have been found

Sirte - On Friday, October 6, the Libyan General Prosecutor officially confirmed the finding of the bodies of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded in 2015 by jihadists linked to the Islamic State in a coastal area in the city of Sirte. According to communication channels of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

EUROPE/ITALY - "Mission is possible": Mission Festival is born

Brescia - On 13 October Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples will preside the solemn opening Mass of the "Mission Festival" to be held in Brescia from 12 to 15 October. The event, which has the evocative title "Mission is possible", is promoted by: ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Bishops invite to vote and announce a Day of Prayer on October 13

Caracas - "The crisis that the Country is facing is still there. This is the context in which the elections for state Governors have been announced. This is an electoral process of constitutional rank that had been arbitrarily postponed by the current authorities of the National Electoral Council, as the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/INDIA - The "small communities", the heart of the Church's mission in Kerala

Cochin - The "Basic ecclesial communities" are at the heart of the Church's mission today and are "the new way of being a Church": according to the Latin Church of Kerala that, through the Council of Latin Bishops of Kerala, organized the missionary Congress from 6 to 8 October that ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Kenya: The Catholic Church keeps the country together

At a time of increasing political tensions in Kenya, the Catholic Church is a voice that helps to undermine the risks of social and political polarization and strives to keep the country together. "In addition to the pastoral letters we have written as Catholic Bishops, we are trying to involve ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Mgr. Peña Rodríguez denounces corruption in the judiciary: "Justice must go back and follow the right path"

Santo Domingo - The President of the Dominican Episcopal Conference described the Dominican justice system as "fragile", as the code-and-law enforcement officers are doing a job that leaves much to be desired. In the note sent to Fides, Mgr. Gregorio Nicanor Peña Rodríguez, Bishop of the Diocese of Nuestra Señora ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - The missionary line of the community of Kami described by a missionary

Kami - "I left for the Mission of Kami, in the Bolivian mountains on January 2, 1985 to help and offer my support in this remote and complicated area due to the altitude ", says to Fides Father Serafino Chiesa, SDB, Salesian of Don Bosco. "I was not prepared to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/INDONESIA - To contribute to coexistence: Archbishop of Jakarta meets the leader of Parliament

Jakarta - To contribute to social and religious coexistence and to work together - politics and religious communities - for brotherhood among the different people and components of Indonesian pluralist society: this is the theme of the recent meeting between the Archbishop of Jakarta, Ignazio Suharyo, and Zulkifli Hasan, President ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AFRICA/NIGER - A surprise attack against US soldiers: "The presence of foreign soldiers is likely to destabilize the area", says a missionary

Niamey - "It is not a mystery that Americans have been present in Niger for a long time not only with drones, but also with soldiers, as well as the presence of the French and perhaps soon even the Italians", says to Agenzia Fides Fr. Mauro Armanino, missionary of the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/INDIA - Appointment of the Rector of the "Oriens Theological College" Interdiocesan Seminary in Shillong

Vatican City - On August 9, 2017, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed rev. Kuriakose Poovathumkudy, of the diocesan clergy of Dibrugarh as Rector of the "Oriens Theological College" Interdiocesan Seminary in the diocese of Shillong, India.The new Rector was born on March ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - The Bishops: it is necessary to develop an inclusive and sustainable economy

Sydney - The “Justice and Peace” Commission of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council presents the new report entitled "Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy", which will be at the center of reflection for the year 2017-18.Starting from the passage of the Gospel of Matthew , the Bishops ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/IRAQ - Kurdistan in difficulty: After the vote for independence, people are fleeing

Kirkuk - "The situation is constantly evolving. Baghdad is putting into practice what the Iraqi Parliament, already in the first hours after the Referendum on independence on September 25, had established: salaries removed to all public employees who participated in the vote; all the work of all companies working in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/TERRASANTA - 800 years of Franciscan presence in the Middle East

Jerusalem - "As Franciscans, we see these eight centuries as a manifestation of God’s Providence, fidelity and goodness towards us, because he chose a simple, poor, colorful ecclesial instrument that is at times a bit messy, to carry on, not our history, but His own, which is always a history ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/INDIA - Caritas alarm: Child trafficking in northeast India

Dispur - The Indian State of Assam has been the hub of human trafficking in the country; politics must act urgently to stop the trafficking involving in particular children: is the alarm launched to Fides by Caritas India, which releases the worrying figures of the phenomenon. In Assam there are ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

EUROPE / ITALY - Combonians: new challenges after 150 years of mission

Rome – To change perspective on the figure of the poor, who is not simply a passive recipient of missionary action, but is the active subject and collaborator in the construction of a new humanity; to consider Europe as a mission area, in need of the light of the Gospel; ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

ASIA/PAKISTAN - A Christian student tortured and killed by the police

Sheikhupura - A 17-year-old Christian student was beaten and tortured to death by a group of six Pakistani police officers in the village of Jhubhran, near the city of Sheikhupura, in Pakistani Punjab. The boy was called Arslan Masih and attended a public Academy.As reported to Fides by Christian lawyer ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AFRICA/LIBERIA - Presidential elections: "A democratic turning point, but people are waiting for development" says a missionary

Monrovia - "We are voting in a peaceful manner with a strong participation of voters", says to Fides Eric Aka, an SMA missionary from Foya, the capital of the homonymous district of Liberia, on the border with Sierra Leone and Guinea. In Liberia, today, October 10, just over 2 million ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17

AMERICA/MEXICO - Among the countries not in a declared war, Mexico has the largest number of murders in the world

Mexico City - "Among the countries that live without war , Mexico is the one where the greatest number of people are killed in the world": this is what the apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Mgr. Franco Coppola told Fides. This situation of violence in the country, the Archbishop pointed out, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/11/17


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