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  • Young missionaries of mercy

    With a mission to help their peers in every circumstance of life, for study, human, material and spiritual difficulties, a group of students in middle and high schools in Seoul have been named "young missionaries of mercy". It is the initiative launched by the Department for vocations and for the youth in the Archdiocese of Seoul, as a way to encourage and empower young people in the Year of Jubilee.​

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  • A missionary: "Our support and our prayer is needed"

    Don Luis Fernando Criado Reca, Spanish diocesan priest of Jaen, has been a missionary in Ecuador for 12 years. He is currently parish priest in the northern province of Esmeraldas, on the border with Colombia. It is a marginalized and very poor area, mostly inhabited by people of African origin, who mostly live below the poverty line. Fides received his testimony on the earthquake that devastated Ecuador.​

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  • A week of reflection on "communication and mercy"

    A week of reflection, with pastoral and social implications, on the theme "Communication and Mercy: a fruitful meeting", chosen by the Pope for World Day of Social Communications, 2016. This is the initiative launched by the Indonesian Bishops' Conference, which will bring together priests, lay people, theologians, pastoral workers from 2 to 8 May on the island of Nias, in the diocese of Keuskupan-Sibolga.​

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  • Also a monastery destroyed by the earthquake: a nun and five postulants among the 272 dead

    According to the latest news, the earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on Saturday, April 16, has so far caused at least 272 dead and 2,068 injured. Among the victims there is a religious sister and five postulants of the "Siervas del Hogar de la Madre" Sisters community in Playa Prieta. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the relief efforts managed to reach the spot only 24 hours after the earthquake.

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  • Half a million children in conditions of neglect

    At present there are 500,000 children and adolescents in the age group between 0 and 17 years, living without any family ties completely left on their own in Ecuador. This is what emerges from a study of the NGO S.O.S. Children's Village, sent to Fides. Poverty is not the only cause of abandonment, there is also domestic violence, the consumption and abuse of drugs and alcohol or mistreatment.

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  • Martyrs of charity, victims of indifference

    “I voice my closeness to the Missionaries of Charity suffering bereavement after the killing of two of their Sisters in Aden, in Yemen, where they assisted elderly people. I pray for them and for the other persons killed in the attack and for their families”.

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  • Church fires do not stop, the solution is in dialogue

    Another Catholic chapel was set on fire at dawn yesterday in the region of Antiquina, in the town of Cañete, Biobio region (Chile). According to police information, the arson completely destroyed the structure". As in previous fires regarding places of worship (see Fides 05/04/2016), even here a canvas was found with writings accusing the Catholic Church of being an accomplice of the State against the Mapuche people.

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  • A "children's clubs" to prevent diseases

    The health center of Guarambaré has just launched a "children's club", a space where the little ones and their parents will be together once a month. The statement sent to Fides says that the goal of this club is the prevention of childhood diseases, such as acute respiratory infections, acute diarrheal diseases, food poisoning and many others.

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  • Classical music to help street children

    The Nairobi Classics association has organized a series of concerts regarding the best musicians around the world in Nairobi whose fundraising will be destined to Ghetto Classics, a group that comes from a poor village in Korogocho who teaches classical music to children with the aim of removing them from the road.

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  • Resignation of the Bishop of Keta-Akatsi and appointment of the Apostolic Administrator

    On 7 April 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Keta-Akatsi (Ghana), presented by His Exc. Mgr. Anthony Kwami Adanuty, in accordance with Canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law and appointed His Exc. Mgr. Emmanuel Fianu, S.V.D., Bishop of Ho (Ghana) as Apostolic Administrator for the sede vacant et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the same Diocese, (SL) (Agenzia Fides 07/04/2016)

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  • A Christian attacked because he proclaimed the Gospel in the street

    Beaten and stripped naked in the street: is the fate of the Christian Pentecostal Indian citizen attacked in the state of Bihar because he preached faith in Christ publicly. As reported to Fides by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the incident occurred in the district of Patna, capital of Bihar.

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  • Over three million working children

    More than 3 million underage children and young Brazilians are involved in the labor market, 31% in agriculture. This is what emerges in a report recently submitted by the Abrinq Foundation for the rights of children and adolescents. According to information sent to Fides, the data of the report, entitled "Childhood and Adolescence Overview - 2016", shows that 44% of children live in poverty and 17% in extreme poverty.

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  • New air raids on the Nuba Mountains

    Local Church sources confirmed to Agenzia Fides what the rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) denounced, according to which the Sudanese air force has carried out air raids on some areas of the Nuba Mountains (South Kordofan).

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  • Intrusion during a Christian assembly: faithful threatened, Bibles confiscated

    A group of about 40 Hindu extremists in a Pentecostal Christian Assembly stormed during a prayer meeting, interrupting the worship, threatening the faithful and seizing Bibles: as reported to Fides by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the incident took place last Sunday, April 3, in Kawardha district in the Indian state of Chattisgarh.

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  • "Women and men of mercy": March 24 the Day of Missionary Martyrs

    Every year since 1993 the "Day of Prayer and Fasting in Memory of Missionary Martyrs is celebrated on 24 March, thanks to the initiative of the Youth Missionary Movement of the Italian Pontifical Mission Societies". On March 24, 1980 Mgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador was assassinated, he was beatified on May 23, 2015, and on this annual day of prayer and fasting we remember how many in the world shed their blood for the Gospel.

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  • Poor hygienic conditions and overcrowding promote diseases in refugee camps in north Darfur

    Water and sanitation services in the camps of northern Darfur are not able to cope with the needs of the newly displaced people fleeing the clashes in Jebel Marra. According to the figures of the United Nations, over 100 thousand people have arrived this week alone. Due to the consequences of overcrowding and water insecurity, an epidemic of conjunctivitis is spreading among children, in particular the refugees in the camp in Kabkabiya, who have no drugs and medical care.

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  • 4,000 children die for lack of clean water every day

    On the occasion of World Water Day, which is celebrated today, March 22, the NGO for development cooperation and humanitarian aid Plan International has denounced the death of more than 4,000 children every day due to lack of drinking water. Although it is a right not only a key service, about 663 million people have no access to water.

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  • Christians call for protection and security for Easter

    Christians in India are asking the government for the protection of churches and safety, in view of the Easter celebrations. As reported, in a statement sent to Fides, the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), say that "protection is necessary during Holy Week", given that "violence against individual Christians and churches continues unabated in different parts of India".

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  • Sr Sally's eyewitness account of Yemen killings

    New Delhi: A three-page note based on the sharing by Missionaries of Charity Sister Sally, the only nun who survived the March 4 attack on a Catholic charity in Aden, Yemen, narrates the chilling events of that fateful day. Sr Sally spoke to Missionaries of Charity nun Sister Rio and her account was recorded by another nun, Sister Adriana.

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  • Hygiene and health accessible to even the most vulnerable people

    Speaking of access to adequate sanitation and good hygiene practices may seem obvious. In Kenya the majority of the population, about 70%, have no clean and functional toilets. A fact that has serious consequences because it is closely connected to the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhea which each year still cause 19,000 deaths.

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  • Mother Teresa canonization stirs world

    The news of Pope Francis approving sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata has stirred Catholics and others throughout the world. Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, says the world renowned nun’s canonization will give “a huge boost” to all those who are involved in care giving.

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  • More than 3,000 catechumens will be baptized during the Easter Vigil

    "You have not only found the light, you also have to transform into light that illuminates the world", said Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, to the catechumens on the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 6. In view of Easter, the Lenten journey of the Year of Mercy of the diocese in Hong Kong intensifies. According to the information of the diocesan weekly Kung Kao Po sent to Agenzia Fides,

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  • Bishops: the Church must leave its "comfort zone" and reach the suburbs

    "As citizens of the country, we put our trust in democratic values and in the Indian Constitution. Trusting in the grace, love and mercy of God, we walk to accomplish the mission that God has entrusted us.

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  • Poverty is sexist: discriminating laws between men and women in 155 countries

    The NGO ONE has recently presented the report "Poverty is sexist" where it shows the discrimination that many women around the world suffer, and highlights the 20 worst Countries to be born a woman. The document indicates that, in 2016, 500 million women are still unable to read, 62 million children cannot attend school and 155 countries still have discriminating laws between men and women.

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  • Heartfelt appeal of a missionary: "The country is dying of thirst"

    Ethiopia is the second most populous Country in Africa and one of the world's poorest. Over 400,000 children suffer from severe malnutrition and in recent months drought has severely increased. It is expected that at the end of April, some areas will remain permanently without water. "I have been a missionary in Ethiopia for almost 10 years and this is the first time the Country is dying of thirst", says Father Christopher Hartley in a note sent to Agenzia Fides.

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  • Flour is scarce, long lines to buy bread

    he people of Khartoum have to wait in long lines to buy a little bread from the bakeries which often have to close because of the scarcity of flour. A woman in the state of Khartoum told the local Radio Dabanga about long lines for bread in every district and that the price of flour has risen and so has the price for transport of cooking gas.

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  • Bishop Hinder: the martyred Sisters were loved by the Yemenite people. Still no news of abducted priest

    he local people “loved the Mother Teresa Sisters killed in Aden, and admired their way of serving others regardless of religious belonging , putting first the most in need. This earned the Sisters the people’s warmth and affection, and perhaps that was precisely what some disliked”.

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  • Kandhamal Martyrs' Kin Gather for the First Time

    Wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and children of the martyrs of the infamous Kandhamal persecution of 2008, irrespective of denomination, gathered together for the first time on Feb. 9. The historic gathering was hosted by the Catholic Church at the renovated Divyajyoti Pastoral Center, ground zero of one of the worst arson attacks during weeks of unabated anti-Christian violence that began in late August 2008 in the remote Kandhamal district of eastern Orissa state.

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  • Terrorist attack kills 4 Mother Teresa Sisters, together with helpers and elderly patients in care

    Four Missionary Sisters of Charity, the community founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were shot dead by gunmen early this morning in an attack on the structure in the Yemenite city of Aden where they assisted elderly and disabled persons. The news was confirmed to Fides by sources at the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia.

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  • Number of girls in the world without schooling is double the number of boys

    Almost 16 million girls in the whole world aged between 6 and 11 will never go to school, twice the number of boys in this situation, if present trends continue. The alarm comes from UNESCO, United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture which, in view of the International Women’s Day , sheds light on this serious gap which exists especially in the Arab world, Sub-Saharan Africa, and southern and western Asia.

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  • US Catholic Bishop's "encourage prophets of mercy"

    According to a first report on a meeting of American continent’s Catholic Bishops held in Tampa, Florida (USA), 22 - 25 February (see Fides 23/02/2016), despite the complexity of issues facing Catholics today and the distinct cultures within the Church, the bishops shared a common desire to invite everyone to "an encounter with Jesus Christ."

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  • A website on the martyrs of Orissa

    A website to describe the ordeal that the survivors of anti-Christian massacres in Orissa still live at a social, judicial, religious level: is the initiative launched by a group of activists, lawyers, academics, writers and artists, who notice how the path of justice for those responsible for the massacres proceed "at a snail's pace" and ensures their impunity.

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  • Mobile clinic campaigns to help the displaced

    CUAMM’s commitment to assist the displaced in Mundri East County, South Sudan, continues. CUAMM is working tirelessly in cooperation with local authorities to manage surgical and obstetric emergencies at the Lui Hospital, as well as providing medicines and other materials.

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  • Eucharist is mercy: meeting of the priests of Mindanao

    The Eucharist is the source of each pastoral work with families, with the poor, in the Church and in society, in need of the mercy of the Father: is the belief which emerged from the assembly of more than 500 priests involved in the 21 dioceses of the island of Mindanao, gathered in Kidapawan for their annual convention, now in its 40th edition.

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  • Young people of different religions together invoke harmony and peace

    Get to know each other, share experiences, pray together and invoke harmony and peace in Indonesia: with this spirit young people of all religious communities came together in recent days at High School in Kopeng, Salatiga, near Semarang, in central Java, according to a program called "Pondok Damai" ("House of peace") which brings together students from all backgrounds, culture and religion to share and compare their personal religious experiences.

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  • 11 years after the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, killings due to land conflict increase

    Many families of Anapu farmers in the south of Pará (Brazil), met on February 12 and in the following days to commemorate the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, which occurred 11 years ago. She was a loyal friend and close to their problems, as well as a religious known for her courage and availability.​

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  • Young people seek God through the Bible

    "We find God, not worshiping images or beautiful words, but when we apply the teachings that the Bible reveals to us": this is how Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio in Korea, addressed young Korean Catholics, during the celebration ot the closing Mass of the "Youth biblical Movement" laboratory.​

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  • "It will take time and a lot of good will to restore peace"

    "The South Sudanese say that we have reached the end of the line, zero point, but in fact we are less than zero, because what is destroyed is lost", say to Agenzia Fides local sources from Juba, capital of South Sudan, where the arrival of the former head of the rebellion, Riek Machar, as First Vice President is expected.

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  • The drama of famine increases: people queue in front of granaries, almost always empty

    "In February, the rainy season is expected to be at its height. But not this year, because of the merciless sun that is literally burning the harvest", writes Fr. Piergiorgio Gamba, Monfort missionary, who gives a new testimony regarding the severe drought that affects Malawi, where 2.8 million people are risking food insecurity.

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  • The Bishops: "Do not create panic, together we will be able to defeat the disease"

    "With great collective effort, involving all sectors of society, we will be able to defeat these diseases that affect, without distinction, the entire Brazilian population": reads the message of the Pastoral Council of the National Episcopal Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), published by the Presidency yesterday, February 4. In the message, sent to Fides, the CNBB invites the whole Church in Brazil to continue and intensify the fight against the mosquito aedes aegyti,...

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  • Education and food, not bombs, for Sudanese refugees

    Around 60 percent of Sudanese refugees are minors, looking for an opportunity to complete school in South Sudan. One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan.

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  • The Indian Bishops will discuss the anti-Christian massacres and martyrs of Orissa

    During their Plenary Assembly, to be held from 2 to 9 March in Bangalore the Indian Bishops will examine and discuss the issue of the persecution of Christians which occurred in Orissa in 2007 and 2008. As Fides learns, Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswa (Orissa) will explain and remember the violence that was recorded in the district of Kandhamal. The Archbishop expressed his satisfaction for this opportunity.

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  • The poor, teachers of hope

    We learn and understand what hope and mercy are from the poor: is what Redemptorist Karl Gaspar says, Headmaster at St. Alphonsus Theology and Mission Institute in Davao City, and committed with his community in a mission among the indigenous communities in Western Davao.

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  • Catholic priest and three lay people beaten

    Conviction for the serious gesture, solidarity with the victims, need for an immediate investigation: is what Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Bishops' Conference of India asks for, after what happened to a Catholic priest, Fr. Jose Kannumkuzhy, and three lay people near Coinbatore, a city in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India.

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  • Lessons at the new Catholic Institute of Vietnam begin

    he newborn "Catholic Institute of Vietnam", the first Catholic institution at university level in the country, opens its doors and welcomes its first students in September 2016: is what the Episcopal Commission for Education of the Episcopal Conference of Vietnam announced, publishing the calendar for the entrance exams to the new institution, which for now will be temporarily located in the building of the Episcopal Conference in Ho Chi Minh City.

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  • World Leprosy Day: combating disease and reintegrating survivors in society

    Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, has written a message for the 63rd World Leprosy Day, the theme of which this year is "To live is to help to live".​

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  • The Bishops of Kerala meet political and social leaders

    To understand the perspectives and ideas of the various political parties and civil society organizations; express the views of the Church on social and political issues: with these intentions the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council will hold a series of meetings with various stakeholders in the political and social life of Kerala, ahead of the Assembly elections likely to be held in April.

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  • Illegal fishing and slavery: a serious phenomenon which penalizes the Country

    From informed sources we learn that: "in Thailand there are increasingly numerous testimonies of extreme slavery carried out on illegal fishing vessels that have not docked at a port for years but exchange and personnel products in international waters to escape controls".

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  • Holy Cross, the only Church in the entire World inside a refugee camp

    "We are two priests here and reaching out to all the faithful is a challenge", said Fr. Augustine Kharmuti, Salesian priest who works in the Holy Cross church, the only Church in the entire world inside a refugee camp in Kakuma, Turkana County, in northwest Kenya. The camp is home to about 182,000 refugees from South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.​

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  • Violence against the indigenous: a boy killed, the Bishops call for "a serious investigation"

    Pain and closeness to the family; a serious investigation to establish the facts; the end of abuses on indigenous peoples: it what the "Commission for Indigenous Peoples" of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines ask for in the aftermath of the killing of 15-year-old Alibando Tingkas, killed on January 17, the latest victim of a wave of killings against indigenous people on the island of Mindanao in recent months.

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  • The "Soup kitchens of Charity" at the service of thousands of poor people in Xian

    "They have brought warmth to the homeless" was the headline on the front page of the Chinese Business View (500,000 copies daily and 17 million visitors for the internet edition) of the Chinese province of Shaan Xi. The article showed great appreciation for two initiatives led by Catholic volunteers: the "Soup kitchen of Charity" of the parish of Nan Tang and the "Soup kitchen of Mercy of the Yellow River" of the parish of Tian Xing, both of the archdiocese of Xi An, capital of the province.

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  • The Pope begins his "Fridays of mercy"

    Pope Francis began his "Fridays of mercy" yesterday with a visit to a rest home for the elderly on the outskirts of Rome. He announced this initiative at the beginning of the Jubilee, explaining that one Friday each month he would perform a special gesture of mercy.

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  • The lack of water and sanitation cause preventable diseases in children

    Coupled with the so called El Nino of 2015 that washed out the critical southwest monsoons in the southwest of the Country, the resultant deficit in water supply caused water borne diseases to flourish among children in Karnataka. The deficit in water and sanitation in Karnataka manifests in 49 per cent open defecation where people go out to the outskirts to relieve themselves.

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  • After the massacres, Christians and Muslims together in the street against terrorism

    "We express deep condolences to the victims and condemn all forms of violence and terrorism. We pray and we work for the unity of Indonesia": says to Fides Fr. Alexius Andang Binawan, SJ, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Jakarta, in the aftermath of the suicide bombings which caused the death of 7 people and wounded 26, claimed by groups who say they are linked to ISIS (Islamic State).

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  • Indigenous people, poor people, young people and migrants: "the new faces of the excluded"

    The "Justice and Peace" Commission of the Social Pastoral Caritas in Chile, a body of the Episcopal Conference, presented the document "Equity and development in Chile: the new faces of the excluded", which aims to promote dialogue on integral development with maggior equity.

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  • Health care for nomads and the poor in East Darfur

    The Zakat Chamber in eastern Darfur has announced the launch of programs and health care assistance for nomads by the end of January, with the goal of providing the best services to the poorest. As reported by Radio Dabanga, therapeutic activities will be ensured in a camp in Ed Daein, including 500 eye surgeries and medical check ups for 3.2 million patients.

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  • New Year begins in the sign of unity between Catholics and Muslims

    A new year marked by an atmosphere of unity and brotherhood between Christians and Muslims in which the experiences of cooperation and coexistence between them has increased in Indonesia. In many places, it is tradition for young Muslims in Indonesia to join the police force to monitor churches and ensure safety during the Christmas celebrations.

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  • Malnutrition emerges silently

    On top of the interior highlands of Papua New Guinea, the most populous island in the Pacific with 7.3 million inhabitants, rural communities carry out strenuous work in the wilderness, almost without any basic services, with serious consequences for their health. Over 80% of the population carry out subsistence agriculture and community gardens are a characteristic of the landscape; however, malnutrition is widespread, especially among children.

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  • The Black Nazarene, a devotion without borders

    The devotion to the Black Nazarene in Manila does not have borders, and so while all roads in Manila lead to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, many devotees in New York who can not fly home to join celebrations in Manila have the opportunity to commemorate the 410 years of popular devotion of Filipinos to the religious icon of Jesus on his way to Calvary in Manhattan.

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  • Street children remain an invisible problem

    Every two evenings a team of professionals of the Casa San José go out on the streets of Quillacollo looking for abandoned children. Quillacollo is a municipality of the urban area of the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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  • Insufficient funds and closure of schools: 18,000 students without education

    n Zamzam refugee camp, near the town of El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, the schooling of about 18,000 students is at risk. According to local sources, the lack of funding has forced the closure of many schools on 31 December 2015.

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  • In joyful and sad moments, let us trust in the Lord

    After the Marian prayer, the Pope greeted the pilgrims present and reiterated his hope for peace and good in the Lord. “In moments of joy and of sadness, let us trust in Him, our mercy and our hope”.

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  • Birth of the Union of female religious Orders in Indonesia

    The Union of Superiors General (UISG) brings together 17 religious congregations in Indonesia. As reported to Fides, in the recent meeting in Bandung, the religious elected Sister Veronica Manaan DSY (Servants of St. Joseph) as first president, while Dominican Sister Anna Marie OP is the secretary.

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  • Martyrs in Orissa: Cardinal Gracias says "yes"

    Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), wants the Church in India to initiate a process to declare as "martyrs of Kandhamal" those killed during an anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal, Odisha, eastern India in 2008 which claimed more than 90 lives and rendered more than 56 thousand faithful homeless, ...

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  • The Archbishop of Calcutta: "upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa, a gift to the whole of India"

    "This Christmas is very special. We are grateful and overjoyed at upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. We are deeply grateful to God and to the Holy Father. Today there is an atmosphere of great enthusiasm in the Catholic community in Calcutta": the Archbishop of Calcutta His Exc. Mgr. Thomas D'Souza expressed his joy to Agenzia Fides and said that the Holy See recognized a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta and ordered to promulgate the decree of canonization.

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  • For the Indian Church Christmas in solidarity with flood victims in Tamil Nadu

    Churches in South India will experience a Christmas of solidarity and humanitarian aid, to help the victims of the flooding that occurred in recent days in the area of Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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  • We hope for a peaceful Christmas after two years of Civil War

    "Two years after the outbreak of the civil war we continue to hope for peace, and perhaps this Christmas will be different from the last two, where we experienced suffering and fear", says a missionary source from South Sudan to Agenzia Fides, where yesterday the second anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war between the regular army, loyal to President Salva Kiir, and the rebels of former Vice President, Riek Machar was remembered.

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  • Mercy is religious tolerance

    "Religious tolerance is an expression of mercy and is a hallmark of Indian society. India is not a theocracy, it is not a mono-religious state but is a deeply pluralistic nation. Its Constitution guarantees equality of all citizens, regardless of their faith". This is what Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, head of the Syro-Malabar diocese of Faridabad-Delhi writes in a pastoral letter released on the eve of the Jubilee of Mercy.

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  • No child should be left alone and abandoned in the world

    Among its various initiatives, the Foundation Neida Perez Morillo has promoted Ayúdanos a Ayudar with the objective of assisting children and street youth. Currently in Venezuela, the Foundation has 6 family homes that welcome children and adolescents living in situations of neglect.

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  • The religious: "Present the face of God's mercy"

    "To fully live one's vocation in order to present the face of God's mercy to the world": this is the commitment of the men and women religious in Indonesia, at the conclusion of the Year of consecrated life and the beginning of the New Jubilee Year. As Fides learns, the monks and nuns of 70 religious congregations in the archipelago, reaffirmed it by participating in a solemn Mass celebrated in recent days in Lembang, a city in the western part of Java island.

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  • A new priest in Orissa, in the Year of Mercy

    The new Jesuit priest who will be ordained on December 30 comes from the district of Kandhamal, in Orissa, which was the scene of anti-Christian violence in 2008. Narendra Singh, 35, will be the first priest to be ordained and will be the first native of the district, where the Jesuits arrived in 1993.​

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  • The Church chooses new technologies: a management information system of the faithful

    New technologies can be a useful tool at the disposal of the Church. In this spirit, a Management Information System of the faithful was launched in the Diocese of Bandung, a city in the western part of Java island, and will have a real-time updated census of the baptized present in Indonesia and all data related to the local Church.

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  • Even in China many "Doors of Mercy" are open

    Even the Catholic community in China is intensely living the extraordinary opening of the Holy Year of Mercy, in communion with the Universal Church and Pope Francis.

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  • Anniversary of Caritas Bolivia, at the service of the poorest among the poor

    On December 4, 1958 the Bolivian state granted official recognition to the Caritas Bolivia Social Pastoral as an institution created by the Bolivian Episcopal Conference (CEB), with the aim of facilitating and coordinating the local Church in the social field and represent the work with government agencies and the international community.

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  • The population suffers from hunger and misery for a debt it will never be able to pay

    Puerto Rico is facing a tremendous financial crisis with its debt beyond $ 70 billion. This was emphasized by the Archbishop of Miami (USA), Mgr. Thomas Wenski. In a recent letter to Congress, Mgr. Wenski, as Chairman of the Internal Justice and Human Development of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States, denounced: "The people of Puerto Rico suffer from poverty, hunger, persistent unemployment and other social problems, ...

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  • Pope Francis: many sisters, many priests, many religious devote their entire life to announcing Jesus Christ

    During the general Wednesday Audience on 2 December, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, spoke about his pastoral visit to Africa, from which he just returned , devoting part of his address to missionaries. Here is what Pope Francis said: “I would like to mention our missionaries. Men and women who leave their homeland, leave everything, … setting out in their youth to a live a life of fatigue, even sleeping on the ground at times. In Bangui I met a Sister, she was Italian.

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  • El Nino impact on cattle could increase food insecurity risk

    El Niño impact on cattle could increase food insecurity risk Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) - Sudan could face an increase in food insecurity and hunger because of the El Niño impact on cattle. Below average rainfall in many of Sudan’s traditionally pluvial areas during the rainy season, June to October, now threatens to restrict areas of pastureland and availability of water, and also increase sickness among the animals.

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  • Cardinal Filoni after his trip to Africa: "It is the faith of the poor that protected the Pope"

    "As for security, I will tell you my experience: it is true, there were UN peacekeepers, the local gendarmerie, security forces. But who really protected the Pope's visit, and would not allow any threat to take shape, was the enthusiasm and affection of the people who surrounded the Pope from the minute he landed to the minute he left".

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  • In the Nalukolongo House of Charity: do not close your doors to the cry of the poor

    Yesterday, following his encounter with the young people of Uganda, the Pope transferred to the Nalukolongo House of Charity, founded in 1978 by Cardinal Emmanuel Kikwanuka Nsubunga (1914-1990) and entrusted to the Good Samaritan Sisters, the congregation he founded, which currently cares for around one hundred poor people of any religion or age, from infancy to extreme old age.

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  • National school feeding program to improve the living conditions of children and farmers

    In a school in the rural community of the municipality of Duque de Caxias, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, in the southeast of the country, there are children who only have one daily meal which they eat at school and it is certainly not the only case. To cope with this phenomenon, local authorities have promoted a law that stipulates that at least 30% of food products come from small local producers, thus helping to improve the lives of both children as well as farmers.

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  • Appeal for inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific area

    Do not forget the poor and the last in Asian societies: this is the appeal to world leaders, gathered in Manila for the APEC Forum summit (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), by the Church in the Philippines. In the Economic cooperation and search for the well-being of the people "growth must be inclusive", explained Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines in a message sent to Fides.

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  • Open discussion on the mission in Africa 50 years after the "Ad Gentes" apostolic decree

    "We are proud and happy of the good news that we have received thanks to the action of missionaries. It is necessary for us to pause on the decree on the universal mission 50 years after its publication", said Mgr. Nicolas Djomo, Bishop of Tshumbe and President of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recalling the 50th anniversary of the "Ad Gentes" apostolic decree on the missionary activity of the Church, in his homily at the opening Mass of the International...

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  • The bull distributed to the faithful of Our Lady of Carmel parish in Beijing

    Six hundred copies of Misericordiae vultus, the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy bull proclaimed by Pope Francis, were distributed to the faithful of Our Lady of Carmel parish in Beijing during Mass on Sunday, November 15.

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  • Violence, food insecurity, malnutrition: the population is exhausted

    The situation in southern Sudan continues to worsen, in October alone, dozens of children died and cases of violence were recorded. A new document of the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that in Leer, from October 4 to 22, the deaths of at least 80 civilians was recorded, 57 of them children.

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  • A weak monitoring system favors the spread of Ebola

    A few days ago WHO declared Sierra Leone Ebola free (see Fides 06/11/2015), but in neighboring Guinea the disease continues to claim victims and has so far killed over 11,000 people in West Africa. "The reason that makes it difficult to stop the epidemic – explains a statement sent to Fides by the NGO Doctors Without Borders - is the weak monitoring system".

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  • "Pope Francis' visit is a blessing and an opportunity for Kenyans"

    "The fact that the Pope will begin his visit in Africa here, in this great nation, is a blessing and an opportunity for us Kenyans", said His Exc. Mgr. Alfred Rotich, Ordinary Military, President of the Secretariat for the Pope's visit to the African country, in an interview with NTV Kenya, reported to Agenzia Fides.

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  • Eight hundred children in feast: they will not study any more in the rain or under the hot sun

    Work has begun to rebuild two new classrooms in the Primary School '19 de Outubro of Ngalunde, 42 km from Maputo, district of Marracuene. The news of the great feast, which involved all the 800 pupils, the school board members, teachers, parents, traditional authorities and government, was given by the non-profit organization Development Cooperation Centre, committed to improving the quality of education and the well-being of children.

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  • The civil war continues to penalize the population: now the aim is survival

    "Civil war resumes in South Sudan and is undermining the troubled path towards the development of the Country". This is the testimony of Don Dante Carraro, Director of Doctors with Africa Cuamm (CUAMM) in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides. CUAMM has been present in Lui, Western Equatoria, since 2009 with only one hospital in the area, a school for midwives with 20 students, local staff and a team of 13 professionals.

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  • The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on anti-Christian violence in Orissa is being prepared

    The Commission of Inquiry on anti-Christian violence that took place in 2008 in the district of Kandhamal, in Orissa, concluded its work and hearings on October 30 and is preparing to publish a detailed report on the investigation, which will be released at the end of December and presented to the government of Orissa.

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  • Annual report on Indigenous women and girls: victims of violence, atrocities and humiliations

    Women and indigenous girls not only suffer human rights violations that often occur against the indigenous population in general, but they are also victims of other atrocities and humiliations. This is what is reported in the annual report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, which was recently presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council.​

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  • Six months after the earthquake, the work of reconstruction of Caritas continues

    Six months after the two devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in April, causing destruction for more than eight million people, Caritas Nepal, together with the global network of Caritas Internationalis, continues the work of reconstruction and assistance to families and communities.

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  • Violence on the faithful and demolition of churches: intolerance in Aceh increases

    The demolition of three small Christian religious buildings (two protestant, one Catholic) in the Indonesian province of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, and the flight of about 8,000 faithful, following the violence of Islamic radicals cause "deep concern for the safety of thousands of Christians who are in danger": writes Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, leader of the World Council of Churches.

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  • The Bishops are certain the visit of Pope Francis will reinforce national unity

    The Visit of Pope Francis will help reinforce national unity, endangered by terrorist attacks, corruption and political policies which aim to divide in order to exploit the ethnic element, Kenya’s Catholic Bishops are confident as they issue calls and instructions to the faithful in preparation for the visit Pope Francis is due to make to that country, 25 to 27 November.

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  • Dalit infants burnt alive: Bishops deplore inhuman act

    Dalit infants burnt alive: Bishops deplore inhuman act New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) – The Catholic Bishops of India have firmly condemned the incident in Faridabad on 21 October when the home of a Dalit family was set on fire and in the blaze two infants were burned alive: the mother is left fighting for her life.

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  • El Nino brings drought and famine to farming communities

    Communities of farmers all over Indonesia are battling with drought caused by rising sea temperatures associated with the El Nino atmospheric phenomenon which affects rainfall all over the world. The most recent rice harvest in the mountain village of Ketung Miri, produced 20% lower than expected and it will be months before farmers can plant again.

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  • The damage of Typhoon Koppu: Dead, missing, harvests destroyed

    According to local sources, at least 39 people have died due to Typhoon Koppu which in recent days has devastated the north-east of the Country, knocking down trees and electricity posts. Over 100 thousand people were evacuated and floodwaters swamped rice farmlands during harvest. A very high number of people are missing, with over 500,000 people affected by the typhoon.

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  • Food Poisoning for children in a refugee camp in North Darfur

    Food poisoning has affected 81 children in two primary schools in the refugee camp in Zamzam, North Darfur. Forty-four were taken to hospital in El Fasher for treatment, while others were taken to mobile clinics in the camp. According to the statement of an activist to Radio Dabanga, all the children were discharged but two remained in hospital for further treatment.

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  • Six months after the earthquake, the country is still a multicoloured patchwork of temporary tarpaulins

    Six months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, people are still living in temporary shelters as political wrangling has prevented the disbursement of billions between April and May pledged by international donors for reconstruction.

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  • World Mission Day: Catholic Church Statistics 2015

    As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 18, 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 edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December 2013) regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education.​

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  • The Missionary Rosary for World Mission Day and the 50th anniversary of the "Ad Gentes" decree

    The students of the Pontifical Urban College, St. Peter, St. Paul and Mater Ecclesiae, run by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies, which house priests and religious women of mission countries that are in Rome to complete their studies, will liven up the recitation of the Missionary Rosary on Saturday evening, October 17, at 7.30pm, on the eve of World Mission Day, recalling in particular the 50th anniversary of the "Ad Gentes" conciliar decree ​

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  • Appointed Fr. Edgardo Cedeno Munoz, S.V.D., as bishop of Penonome

    appointed Fr. Edgardo Cedeno Munoz, S.V.D., as bishop of Penonome (area 4,927, population 259,000, Catholics 210, 337, priests 25, religious 34), Panama. The bishop-elect was born in Panama City, Panama in 1960, took his religious vows in 1988 and was ordained a priest in 1989.

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  • Food crisis: there are no basic social services

    In Zimbabwe there is a new food emergency. The UN estimates that more than 1.5 million Zimbabweans, 16% of the population, need urgent help. The southern regions are in particular at risk, where there are more consequences of crop failure due to very little rain last season.

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  • Ban the play "Agnes of God" - Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, CBCI President

    In a Letter addressed to the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has demanded ban on the play ‘Agnes of God’ as it hurts the religious sentiments of millions of Christians.

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  • The Bishops: "Stop the crime against people accused of black magic"

    In Papua New Guinea, the Catholic Church has convened a special meeting at the end of the month to address the issue of crimes and murders against persons suspected of having practiced black magic. In Papua women accused of black magic or witchcraft are often victims of summary executions.

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  • Bible in Tzotzil language, completed the work desired by more than 350,000 faithful

    With a Mass in Tzotzil language, the completion of the translation of the Bible in Tzotzil language was celebrated in the indigenous community of Zinacantan, after 25 years of work in 59 communities in the municipality of Los Altos (Chiapas, Mexico).

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  • Ebola orphans abandoned on the streets or entrusted to families who mistreat them

    More than 5,900 Liberian children lost one or both parents to Ebola. According to information sent to Fides, some are with a surviving parent, others found loving homes with friends or relatives, but many have been left orphaned on the streets or are finding it tough to adapt to new lives with host families.​

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  • Frost and Drought Situation in PNG:

    Frost had affected some parts of the highlands in August this year. Gardens with Sweet Potatoes (staple food here) and other vegetables were badly affected. Now drought situation in many parts of the country is getting worse. There is no rain for many months. Rivers and creeks are getting dry. No water for the gardens and so there is a scarcity of food.

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  • Every minute a child goes blind: "Let's open our Eyes" to avoid this tragedy

    Eye treatment or buying a pair of glasses in some areas of the world is now routine while it is a rarity elsewhere. The lack of these basic services and tools, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), becomes a risk factor for millions of children living in developing countries.

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  • Improving access to education for children

    The delivery of 100 school kits to children, girls and adolescents in the canton of Chambo, by the Ministry for Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES), along with cooperating institutions involved in the eradication of child labor, is added to the previous 1,780 kits already distributed with the aim of fostering the educational process of the population.

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  • Independence Day Awards:

    40th Independence Day of Papua New Guinea (16 Sep) was celebrated in grand style throughout the country. Among the 40th Independence Day Anniversary 2015 Honours list are:

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  • Malaria: 4,000 cases a week and the death of three children a day

    The malaria outbreak in Bentiu camp is unprecedented in scope and has been claiming the lives of too many children", said the medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Bentiu, in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides. UN Protection of Civilians Camp (PoC) in Bentiu South Sudan now houses 110,000 people who continue to flee fighting and violence.

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  • With the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, October, month of the missions begins

    The liturgical feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) which is celebrated today, October 1st, marks the beginning of October, month of the missions, which will culminate in the celebration of World Mission Day, on the third Sunday of the month, this year on October 18. In some countries Mission Day is moved to another Sunday, according to local pastoral needs.

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  • Thousands of children risk their lives in the gold mines

    Thousands of Filipino children, some as young as 9, work illegally in mines financed mainly by local businessmen. Children are exploited in precarious pits 25 meters deep or submerged under water along the coast or rivers. In a recent note, the Human Rights Watch, sent to Agenzia Fides, urges the Philippine government to take immediate action to prohibit child labor in the mines.

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    Motorcyle accident kills Divine Word Missionary

    Divine Word Missionary, Fr. Anil Kumar Mennekanti SVD, who had been serving as vocation director in our India-Hyderabad province. Resided in Jyoti NIketan, Minor Seminary, Nasaraopet, died instantly in a motorcycle accident. He was returning back to the seminary after his visit to one of our mission stations. Kindly keep him and his family in your prayers.

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  • Earthquake victims help other victims: the President of Caritas Chile in the affected areas

    "All the parishes in the country, Catholic schools, apostolic movements of all the dioceses are praying for those who are suffering today in the Archdiocese of La Serena. This Campaign aims to express the most beautiful thing, that is to say, the soul of Chile, which is the solidarity and faith in Jesus Christ, who calls us to be disciples in solidarity":

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  • Over 40% of the poor in the capital is under 14 years of age

    41.8% of the inhabitants of the Province of Buenos Aires living in homes with "Unsatisfied Basic Needs" (UBN) is under 14 years of age and are predominantly males, although the latest census result highlights that there are more females among the population of the capital of Argentina. According to a recent study by the Ministry of Economy of the Province, the section of the population with UBN in Buenos Aires declined from 24.2% in 1980 to 17% in 1991 to 15.9% in 2001 and 11.2 % in 2010.

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  • Pope to Bishops: Train Priests to Be Close to People; Be Not Afraid in Welcoming Immigrants

    Pope Francis this morning offered an extensive reflection for his brother bishops, proposing to them various keys for their ministry and for their work in the United States. At the end of his address, he asked to share "two recommendations which are close to my heart": one on spiritual fatherhood and the other on immigrants. The Pope told the bishops of the United States gathered in Washington’s St. Matthew’s Cathedral that they must be "pastors close to people, pastors who are neighbors...

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  • "Mission houses": places of community life and strength of the Church in Cuba

    Yesterday Pope Francis praised, in a homily he delivered during a Mass he celebrated in Revolution Square in Holguín (east), the key role for the evangelization carried out in the so-called "mission houses". "I know that with effort and sacrifice the Church in Cuba is working to bring to everyone, even in the most remote locations, the word and the presence of Christ " the Pope said to the crowd gathered in Calixto Garcia Iniguez Revolution Square.

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  • Women, widows and orphans who live in absolute precariousness continues to increase

    Data from South Sudan, the third Country in sub-Saharan Africa with the highest number of oil reserves, are shocking. There is talk of a million and a half displaced persons, widows and orphans, and the number is constantly increasing. More than 100,000 people have sought refuge in various UN structures throughout the Country. In Juba, 80% of the displaced are women, boys and girls.

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  • India's Christians Under Attack

    he number of violent attacks on Christians and churches in India increased over the summer months. World Watch Monitor lists (in chronological order) 18 incidents that happened from July, August and the first week of September; 16 of which took place in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, where "Anti-Conversion Laws" are in place:

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  • World Meetings of Family

    Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society.

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  • Forcible return for the Vietnamese "Montagnards"

    Cambodia has asked hundreds of Vietnamese Christian refugees to return home. According to the UN, in August only 13 out of more than 200 "Montagnards" (as the indigenous people who inhabit the mountainous areas of central Vietnam are called), almost all of Protestant Christianreligion, obtained the status of "refugees", while all others were defined as "illegal immigrants", subject to forced repatriations.​

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    Divine Word Missionaries Magazine wins prestigious National Catholic Development Conference Lumen Award.

    September 15, 2015 Divine Word Missionaries Magazine was nominated and won in the NCDC category of Best Publication with a response envelope. Today, during the Awards Luncheon, DWM Magazine was voted Best in Show by conference attendees.

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  • One death due to malnutrition every 10 hours, 2 out of 10 children do not have adequate food

    ccording to the latest report released by the Ministry of Health of Argentina, one person dies every 10 hours in the country for problems due to malnutrition. Following the recent death from malnutrition of a child in the province of Chaco (see Fides 14/09/2015), the Study and Social Research Center Mandela added that it is not an isolated death, but that there are also other cases due to the malfunctioning in the public health system in the province.

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  • The Bishops: malnutrition and poverty in the country, a "terrible reality"

    Oscar Sanchez, a 14-year ethnic Qom weighed 11 pounds and died from the consequences of malnutrition in the hospital of Chaco. The "Clarin" newspaper published in evidence the words of three Bishops: His Exc. Mgr. José Slaby, Bishop of Esquel, His Exc. Mgr. Pedro Olmedo Rivero, Bishop of Humahuaca, and His Exc. Mgr. Damian Bitar, Bishop of Oberá. The Bishops launched strong warnings about the "terrible reality" of child malnutrition and the spread of poverty in Argentina in recent years.

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  • Christians to the President of India: "Justice for the victims of the massacres in Orissa"

    To do justice for Christian refugees in Orissa, displaced from the district of Khandamal, after the anti-Christian massacres of 2008: is what Rashtrapathi Bhavan, President of India says to a delegation of the Kandhamal "Committee for Peace and Justice" which includes priests, activists and survivors of the anti-Christian violence in 2008. As reported to Fides by the Committee, the President received the delegation and ensured his support and assistance to the Committee.

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  • Three million people are suffering food insecurity, among them 715,000 children

    More than 3 million people in Mali (one-fifth of the population) live in conditions of food insecurity, according to the specialized agencies of the United Nations. The north is the most critical region, where the situation of security remains precarious even after the expulsion of the jihadist groups that had conquered the region in 2012.

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  • Poverty and precariousness force people to seek food in the garbage

    The economic crisis that is currently affecting Venezuela decreases the number of Venezuelans who can buy basic food items on a daily basis. According to information gathered by Fides, this painful reality is particularly evident in the city of Barquisimeto, capital of the Venezuelan State of Lara, where hungry people rummage in the garbage with the hope of finding something to eat. The high cost of living and insecurity in the country have contributed to worsening this social phenomenon.

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  • Bishops of Orissa establish "Martyrs Day"

    The Bishops of the Indian state of Orissa have decided unanimously to establish "Martyrs Day" and dedicate it to the victims of anti-Christian massacres that occurred in the district of Kandhamal in 2008. As Fides learns from the local Church, the Day will be celebrated in the month of August each year. This is what the five Bishops of the state (of the Diocese of Sambalpur, Berhampur, Rourkela, Balasore and Cuttack-Bhubaneswar) decided during their annual meeting.

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  • In Orissa the Day of Remembrance for the victims of anti-Christian massacres

    The "Day of Remembrance" which will commemorate the victims of anti-Christian massacres that occurred in the district of Khandamal in 2008 will be held today, August 31, in Orissa. As reported to Fides by local Church sources, the celebration will see the participation of the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, His Exc. Mgr. John Barwa SVD, many priests and members of the local Church, intellectuals and activists, civil authorities and leaders of social organizations who have also come from...

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  • Bishops' appeal to young Africans: "Stay in Africa to build a better continent"

    "Do not allow false trappings of wealth lure you to move out of your Countries in search of non-existent jobs in Europe and America". This is the appeal launched by Mgr. Nicolas Djomo of Tshumbe and President of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the African youth so that they do not seek solutions to their problems outside their Country but instead struggle to build a better society.

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  • A Christian Forum urges the Government of Orissa to protect Christians

    To protect Christians and ensure their rights under the Constitution is what the Christian Forum Sambalpur, district of the Indian state of Orissa, call for in a Memorandum sent to the Governor of the state, S.C. Jamir. As Fides learns, the plight of Christians returned to public attention on the occasion of the anniversary of the violence suffered in 2007 and, in a systematic way, in August 2008 in the state of Orissa.

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  • The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians open a new convent in the state of Orissa

    The Salesian Sisters, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) have opened a house in the Indian state of Orissa, in Kandhamal district, which is located in the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. The district was notorious for the killings and anti-Christian violence that took place in August 2008, promoted by Hindu extremist groups against the faithful.

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  • DR CONGO - The Catholic Church celebrates 135 years of missions in the DRC

    The Catholic Church celebrated 135 years of evangelization in the Independent State of Congo, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the town of Boma in the Central Province of Congo.

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  • SOUTH SUDAN - There are few hopes that the peace agreement will be signed by August 17

    Negotiations between the South Sudanese factions have resumed in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in order to end 19 months of civil war. The peace plan, presented by IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the organization that brings together the States of the Horn of Africa), called IGAD Plus Compromise Peace Agreement, was however rejected by the government of President Salva Kiir,...

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  • Over half a million children engaged in risky work in cotton fields

    The number of children working in cotton fields continues to rise. According to a survey by the Indo-Dutch Committee and the private body Stop Child Labour Coalition, in India this activity involves some 200,000 minors age 14, minimum legal age for labour in the country. This year India is expected to become the world’s largest cotton producing country.

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  • Some 16 months since the epidemic outbreak, Ebola still not under control

    New cases of Ebola reported in Liberia and Guinea are spreading the fear that the virus could cross the border into Guinea-Bissau. A warning has been issued by the international chairman of Doctors Without Frontiers (MSF). The most serious ever epidemic of the virus, started more than 16 months ago in March 2014. Despite progress in action to stem the infection, the virus is still present in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with reportedly 27,678 persons infected and 11,276 deaths.

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  • Appointment of the Bishop of Jhabua

    On July 18, 2015 the Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Basil Bhuriya, S.V.D., Pastor and member of the Provincial Council of the Divine Word Fathers as Bishop of the Diocese of Jhabua (India). Rev. Fr. Basil Bhuriya, S.V.D., was born on 8 March 1956 in Panchjui, in the Diocese of Jhabua. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum in Pune. Later, he earned a B.A. at the University of Indore. He was ordained a priest on May 5, 1986.

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  • Appointment of the Rector of the inter-diocesan philosophical Seminary in Bhopal

    On 27 March 2015 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed rev. Fr. Godwin Michael Viegas, SVD (Society of the Divine Word) as Rector of the "Khrist Premalaya Regional Philosophate" inter-diocesan Seminary in Bhopal.

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  • Resignation of the Bishop of Ho and appointment of successor

    On July 14, 2015 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Ho (Ghana), by His Exc. Mgr. Francis Anani Kofi Lodonu, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Fianu, S.V.D., Secretary General of the Council of the Divine Word Fathers as Bishop of Ho (Ghana).

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  • The Country is aging

    Japanese families with one or more children are only 11 million 400 thousand, 22.6% of the total population, the lowest percentage ever recorded in Japan which highlights the country's advanced stage of aging. According to figures published recently by the Japanese government, based on the last census of 2014, families with elderly people are actually higher than those with at least one child and they represent more than 12 million, 24.1%, a record figure.

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  • "We also want to be missionaries" says the indigenous representative to the Pope

    "Pope Francis, the Montubio people want to answer the call for a new evangelization, in order to become a Church that goes out. From our experience of working in the countryside, in contact with nature, contemplating the beauty of creation, guided by the words of our Pastors and supported by the sacraments of the Church, we also want to be missionaries!".

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  • Ebola nightmare is back: 3 new cases

    Liberia, declared "Ebola-free" on May 9 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has plunged back into the nightmare of a new epidemic. Three new cases were registered in the same village, Nedowein, located 40 km south from the capital Monrovia.

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  • School lunch program to fight malnutrition and school dropout

    Primary education and access to basic health services for school age children are the target of the non-profit Cooperative Development Center (CCS), which has been involved in promoting a better future for children in Mozambique.

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  • The aid of Caritas after the earthquake has begun to bear fruit

    In the two months following the earthquake on 25 April, Caritas Nepal has reached over 269,000 people in need of assistance and provided accommodation to 54 thousand families. People have received food, materials to build temporary shelters, hygiene kits. As a note sent to Fides by Caritas Nepal reports, Caritas has reached the marginalized communities such as those of Chepang and Tamang, and also remote villages.

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  • Cholera and rains aggravate the humanitarian situation, thousands of refugees fleeing the war: the testimony of a missionary

    "The authorities have announced that 18 people have died from cholera and about 170 people have been admitted to hospital due to the epidemic, and three diagnostic centers have also been reopened to ensure suspected cases" says Fr. Daniele Moschetti, a Comboni missionary who works in South Sudan, where the capital, Juba, was hit by a cholera epidemic.

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  • "Solidarity generates new hope after the earthquake"

    "Nepal is shaken and unstable, but citizens have survived and look to the future with hope, after the tragic earthquake", says, in a note sent to Fides, Fr. Louis Prakash, SJ, Director of programs at the "Nepal Jesuit Social Institute" in Kathmandu, two months after the earthquake on April 25, which caused 8,000 deaths and nearly 14,000 injured, devastating 31 districts out of 75.

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  • Prayer and fasting for peace and reconciliation in Korea

    Fasting and silent prayer for peace: this is how the Korean Church celebrates the Day of Peace and Reconciliation that, since 1965, the community lives on the Sunday before June 25, the day when we remember the beginning of the Korean War. The event this year will have a special meaning because 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the division of Korea, while June 25 also marks the 65th anniversary of the war.

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