ASIA/MYANMAR - Cardinal Bo: action must be taken to stop the ecological holocaust

Yangon - "We are in a critical moment of human history. Faith without action is an empty faith, the Apostle James warns. All our pious convictions require real actions. Martin Luther King used to say: 'Some are guilty and everyone is responsible'. Our silence, our inaction can be a collusion. ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Cardinal Filoni opens CAM 5: "Missionary work has a heart, a center, a name: Jesus"

Santa Cruz de la Sierra - "What is missionary work'". Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Special Envoy of the Holy Father Francis at the celebrations of the Fifth American Missionary Congress , dedicated the central part of his homily to this question, during ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - The Bishops: "We will not abandon the Dialogue" despite the aggression and hostility of the government

Managua - "We Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua, decided today , to continue to provide the service that the government has asked us, as mediators and witnesses of the national Dialogue". With the same enthusiasm and commitment": with these words, sent to Fides, Mgr. Silvio José Baez, Auxiliary ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AFRICA/EGYPT - Sectarian assaults after the arrest of a Copt accused of offenses against the Prophet Mohammad

Minya - A young Coptic Egyptian was arrested in the village of Menbal, in the province of Minya, on charges of having shared some videos considered offensive against Prophet Mohammad on social media. The arrest had been organized by local police forces, perhaps with the intention of calming down the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Lay Catholics: "Concrete measures for credible elections, otherwise actions of protest"

Kinshasa - "Since the peace and stability of the country as well as that of the region are being threatened, on 9 August the Lay Coordination Committee will launch an appeal to the general mobilization of all the nation's living forces for a series of demonstrations that will be held ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

ASIA/THAILAND - Towards the 350th anniversary of the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam

Bangkok - Almost 350 years have passed since the first Catholic mission in Siam began: to commemorate the imminent anniversary of the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam , the Bishops' Conference of Thailand organized a celebration at Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, which took place on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Cardinal Filoni at the inauguration of CAM 5: “solution efficiency is not the right logic to follow”

Santa Cruz de la Sierra – “This Congress re-connects with the one celebrated in Maracaibo and with previous Congresses representing significant steps in missionary commitment of this great Continent. These congresses are also part of the missionary plan of Christ who first sent his disciples to prepare the way in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

ASIA/INDIA - Over 50,000 signatures demanding the release of the 7 innocent Christians in Orissa

Bhubaneswar - As the tenth anniversary of the attack on Christians which occurred in August 2008 in the Indian state of Orissa is approaching, an online signature campaign demanding the release of seven innocent Christians, who have since been in prison, has crossed the milestone of 50,000 signatures.Thanking all those ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Archbishop Dal Toso at CAM 5: “announcing Christ who died and is risen at the heart of mission”

Santa Cruz de la Sierra – “I am most grateful to be here this morning among you to open this American Mission Congress. Let us allow the motto which convokes us ‘America in mission: the Gospel is joy’, resound loudly in our hearts and minds”. With these words Archbishop Giovanni ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - "No to provocations that come from the self-proclaimed "League for the defense of the Church", warn the Bishops

Bangui - "We are outraged by the statement published by an organization called "The League for the defense of the Church in Central Africa", in which one wants to put in place projects that are contrary to the Gospel, to the ideals of the Church and to its commitment in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - President of the Pontifical Mission Societies encounters the Bishops present at CAM 5

Santa Cruz de la Sierra – In the afternoon of 11 July, archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, secretary adjunct of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and President of the Pontifical Mission Societies , had a meeting with the bishops attending the Fifth American Mission Congress to present the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Message of CAM 5: "Listen to the cry of those suffering in America"

Santa Cruz de la Sierra - "When a member suffers, the whole body suffers": says the statement released during the V American Missionary Congress , an expression of the entire assembly and publicly read by the National Director of the Pontifical Missionary Society of Uruguay, Father Leonardo Rodríguez. The text, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - CAM 5: the participation of children in the Church's mission is more and more current and valid

Santa Cruz de la Sierra - "On May 19 we celebrated the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the Holy Childhood Society. It is important to celebrate this anniversary not only to commemorate a past rich in graces and blessings spread all over the world by children for children, but ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Redemptorists: "It is urgent to combat violence and impunity"

Cebu - "It is urgent to wake up and fight the culture of impunity and violence in the country": this is the appeal launched by the Redemptorists of the Philippines, on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the abduction of Redemptorist priest Rudy Romano. In a statement sent to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Bishop Silva at CAM 5: "We have to move from an evangelization centered on argumentation to an image-centered one"

Santa Cruz de la Sierra – There is a climate of commitment and hope at the 5th American Missionary Congress of Santa Cruz de la Sierra entitled "America in mission, the Gospel is joy". The reflection on the theme "Announcing Christ in today's world" was entrusted to Mgr. Santiago Silva, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - The Bishops' denunciation: "Who benefits from killing men of dialogue like Don Firmin'

Bangui - "Who benefits from the violence against the Church'" this is what the Bishops of the Central African Republic officially ask in a statement in which they denounce the killing, on June 29, of Mgr. Firmin Gbagoua, Vicar General of the diocese of Bambari ."It was evidently a murder ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AFRICA/ERITREA - Ethiopia-Eritrea Agreement: the Church hopes for "a season of freedom and peace"

Asmara - Prudence is the word circulating in the environments of the Eritrean Catholic Church regarding the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea. "As a Church - says Fr. Mussie Zerai, priest of the eparchy of Asmara to Agenzia Fides - we are happy with the agreement, but we await ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Families forced to live in cemeteries, "a sign of human and political decadence"

Abidjan - The violent rains that have struck the country and caused the death of dozens of people have fueled the deterioration of the health conditions of the affected populations. As a result of these catastrophic events the Ivorian government has decided to demolish the homes of the most precarious ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - The Camillian community celebrates the Patron Saint with the sick

Maumere - The feast of St. Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of the sick, doctors, nurses and hospitals, is celebrated on July 14. The Camillian religious together with the universal Church commemorate this special day with much gratitude to God, manifesting God's merciful love for the sick."For this occasion, Provincial ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Mission continues: after CAM, towards the Extraordinary Missionary Month

Santa Cruz de la Sierra - "Prayer, proclamation of the Gospel, biblical and theological reflection, catechesis, works of Christian charity and solidarity among the Churches, should allow a missionary reawakening, helping all the faithful to have a true and passionate encounter with Christ the Lord". It is with this spirit ... Read More ...
Posted on: 07/15/18


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