AMERICA/CHILE - Youth: "Francis shows us the source of joy: Christ Jesus"

Santiago - "Pope Francis explained to us a new concept of maturity. That of the ideas and dreams we realize against the pessimism of adults or of ourselves, which makes us think that the world will not change. He invited us to "mature" our dreams by realizing them, not to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/PERU - The Pope will bless local devotions and patron images, which have kept the flame of Catholicism in Peru burning

Lima - "El Señor del Mar" and the Virgin of Carmen will be the first religious images that will welcome Pope Francis when he arrives in Peru on the afternoon of Thursday 18 January. Moreover, in his first itinerary, the images of San Martin de Porres, Santa Rosa de Lima ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - The Bishops' cry: "A dark future for our children if the situation does not change"

Bangui - "What is the hope for our Country at the beginning of this year'" ask the Bishops of the Central African Republic in a message published at the end of their Plenary Assembly, Sunday, January 14th.A legitimate question given the dramatic situation of the Country that emerged during the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AFRICA - Unemployment in Africa: "A true crime against humanity"

Soaudè - In Africa it is very difficult to find work. The phenomenon of unemployment in this continent affects about 32 million young people and the situation will worsen due to the strong gap between population growth and employment opportunities. Currently, half of the African population is under 14 years ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Patriarch and Maronite Patriarch at the Conference on Jerusalem

Cairo - Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai and Apostolic Armenian Catholicos Aram I are the most prominent representatives of the Eastern Churches who took part in the International Conference on Jerusalem in progress in Cairo on the initiative of the University of Al Azhar, the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Francis in Peru, a polarized country and in need of reconciliation

Pope Francis' visit to Inca land comes at a critical and therefore providential moment. On the one hand there is the harsh reality of the victims of the north coast of Peru due to the devastation caused by the typhoon El Niño at the beginning of 2017, which the Pope ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/CHILE - "The Pope supports the mission of the Catholic University for quality education"

Santiago - "We will begin a sort of long exegesis, in various instances, of what the Holy Father told us" says to Agenzia Fides Professor Patricio Bernedo, Dean of History, Geography and Political Sciences of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile after Pope Francis' speech at the university headquarters. The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/CHILE - The Pope in Iquique: there is no Christian joy when when doors are closed to others

Iquique - Openness towards immigrants and foreigners is a sign that Christ is working in our hearts, bringing to fulfillment his "miracle". On the contrary, "we know there is no Christian joy when doors are closed; there is no Christian joy when others are made to feel unwanted, when there ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Cardinal Hummes: "A model of development for the Amazon starting from the Gospel"

"The model of development that is being applied in the Amazon by governments, large public companies and private initiatives is damaging and devastating for the environment and for the indigenous peoples. The Church can and must participate in the debate on these issues, starting from the Gospel": this is what ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - The Bishops on the murder of Oscar Pérez: "horrible massacre with extrajudicial executions"

Caracas - The Episcopal Conference of Venezuela defined the police operation, on Monday 15 January, as a "massacre", during which 9 people were killed, including former police officer Oscar Pérez, who had rebelled against the government of Nicolás Maduro. CEV sent to Fides a public declaration in which it "denounces ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Death of Razia Joseph, Catholic human rights activist

Faisalabad - The funeral of Razia Joseph, a Catholic woman and human rights activist, who died on January 17 in Faisalabad, will be held at 3 pm local time. The woman was founder and director of the "Woman shelter organization", a shelter for abandoned women, victims of mistreatment and abuse, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AFRICA/MALAWI - A priest died due to his injuries in an assault by street bandits

Lilongwe - Father Tony Mukomba of the Archdiocese of Blantyre met his fate on Wednesday night ,17 January, and died at the private hospital in Mwaiwathu after being attacked by unknown bandits.Last week, Fr. Mukomba’s car was blocked by some armed men in Nguludi on his way to Blantyre. The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/BRAZIL - A hundred Brazilian indigenous, with their Bishops, present in Puerto Maldonado

Porto Velho - Pope Francis’ visit to Puerto Maldonado, beyond national borders, is considered by the indigenous peoples and the Church of the region as "the presence of the Pope in the Amazon". In this sense, the arrival of indigenous peoples from various countries is expected, including a caravan of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - Catholics promote peace and non-violence against the exploitation of faith

Jakarta, - The Catholic community has an important role to play in Indonesia for the promotion of peace and harmony and to fight against any political manipulation of religion: says to Agenzia Fides Nat Widiasari, a communication professor at "Atma Jaya" Catholic University in Jakarta."In some parts of the country, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AFRICA/CAMEROON - A living Church that strives to be an element of national union

Rome - "The percentage of Catholics in the south of Cameroon is very high. There is a large number of well-organized parishes with good facilities. I saw brand new churches and others under construction. The south has a number of priests superior to its needs while in the north these ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/PERU - From the Peruvian martyrs new impulse to mission

Chimbote – On 9 August 1991 Fr. Michal Tomaszek and Fr. Zbigniew Strzalkowski, two young Polish conventual friars from Krakow, who had lived in the Peruvian Andes for a couple of years, bringing the Gospel to the people of Pariacoto, were kidnapped by a commando of about twenty guerrillas of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/PERU - The Pope in Peruvian Amazon: perverse policies that defend nature forgetting man

Puerto Maldonado - The indigenous Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present". The Amazon is a territory that is being disputed on many fronts. On the one hand, "pressure being exerted by great business interests seeking petroleum, gas, lumber, and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/PERU - The Pope in Lima: corruption is the "social scourge" that devastates the Latin American continent

Lima - Corruption is the "social virus" that infects Latin American peoples and democracies. It spreads as "a form of environmental degradation that increasingly contaminates the whole system of life". And all "what can be done to fight against this social scourge deserves the maximum consideration and support", said the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/PERU - "We hope that at least the Holy Father’s voice will be heard" hoping for repercussions in the political sphere after the Pope's visit to Peru

Puno - "The presence and the voice of the Pope are a consolation for all of us, and we fully agree when he says that the cry of the poor is the cry of Pachamama, Mother Earth. We Andeans think that the earth is a living being, that takes care ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18

AMERICA/PERU - With Pope Francis' visit, the preparation of the Synod for the Amazon begins

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis has made history: "The Pope had had close encounters with indigenous cultural identities, especially in his meetings with popular movements and in some of his travels", says to Agenzia Fides Mauricio López, Executive Secretary of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network . "But the meeting with about ... Read More ...
Posted on: 01/22/18


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