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  • Inculturation of the liturgy and the indigenous reality of the Amazon

    Pope Francis insists on the fact that the local Church must have an Amazonian and indigenous face. To achieve this goal a process of inculturation is needed, one of the possible new ways of the Synod for the Amazon convened for next October. Mgr. Edson Damian, Bishop of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, in an interview with Agenzia Fides, underlines that "all the sacraments must be inculturated", as the conciliar . . .

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  • Church appeal: "Manus refugees await freedom"

    "The current situation of the almost 500 refugees on Manus island - which hosts the asylum seekers rejected by Australia - causes us great suffering. The refugees were brought back to Manus island for the duration of the APEC summit. They were in different places in Port Moresby, most of them were here to receive medical treatment.

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  • The Bishops: 2019 is an extraordinary missionary Year

    The desire for a new missionary impulse for the Church in Puerto Rico has prompted its bishops to hold an Extraordinary Missionary Year, which will begin on January 13th (feast of the Baptism of the Lord) and will end on October 19 ( eve of World Mission Sunday).

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  • Strong commitment by the Catholic community to the tsunami victims

    Despite the difficulties, an immense humanitarian effort by the Catholic community in Indonesia is under way to assist the survivors of the December 22nd tsunami. The anomalous wave, sparked by underwater landslides from an erupting volcano, hit the coasts of the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, in the Sunda Strait, killing at least 437 people, leaving about 14 thousand injured and over 33,000 displaced in the coastal villages.

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  • The Archbishop of Bangalore: at Christmas, less expenses for celebrations and more attention to the poor

    "It is urgent to listen to the voice of the poor, to share and to alleviate his suffering. Our love for the poor and the marginalized will lead us to receive the blessings of the Lord": said the Bishop Peter Machado of Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, in southern India.

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  • Mission: One heart Many voices

    "Mission: Mission: One heart Many voices" is the title of the missionary conference to be held in Sydney from 13 to 15 May 2019, organized by "Catholic Mission", the National Directorate of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia, in preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month, announced by the Pope for October 2019.

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  • The diocese of Amboina is committed to interreligious dialogue in the Moluccas

    Nurturing and promoting inter-religious dialogue is the way to build social harmony and heal the wounds of war: says to Agenzia Fides Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi, at the head of the diocese of Amboina, based in Ambon, capital of the Moluka Islands, the Indonesian islands tormented by a civil and religious conflict in the years 1999-2002.

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  • Acts of vandalism in a Catholic church in Assam: alarm for Christmas

    "The polarization caused between religious communities is evident. First of all the objectives were foreigners, then Muslims, now Christians. In Uttar Pradesh, in Assam, in northern India, the impunity guaranteed against the violent aggravates the situation: the Catholic Church is weak and poor and therefore defenceless. The secular character of India is at stake":

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  • The preparation of the Extraordinary Missionary Month begins

    The second edition of the missionary formation seminar «The joy of the Gospel» has begun, promoted by the diocesan direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Spain, which prepares pastoral agents for the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, announced by Pope Francis for the month of October 2019. The parish of Alameda de la Sagra in Toledo was the first to host the new formative session that serves to discover the aspects of missionary teaching and the basis for. . .

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  • Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne: "our mission is to minister to Australians who never come to church"

    “One of the main and most urgent challenges we face in Australia, and it is an urgent mission, is to reach those who claim to be Catholic but do not come to Church ”. Fides was talking with Mark Edwards Auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, who explained that “according to the latest national census, 22% say they are Catholics”.

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