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  • New law to counteract and dissolve radical groups: "A step for the common good"

    Indonesia has approved a new law that authorizes the government to dissolve mass organizations that threaten Pancasila's ideology (the five principles at the basis of the nation) and the national Constitution. The measure was promoted and strongly wanted by President Joko Widono's government to stem the presence and action of radical Islamic groups that in recent months have made their voices and their influence in society heard, propagating ideas...

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  • Christian Leaders to the Government: "Need to enforce the Supreme Court ruling to reopen cases and indemnify the Christians of Orissa"

    The state government must urgently enforce the Supreme Court ruling on the reopening of investigations and compensation for Christians in Orissa (or Odisha), victims of anti-Christian violence in 2008: this is the request raised by a group of Christian leaders , human rights activists and social operators.​

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  • Resignation of the Archbishop of Tokyo and appointment of successor

    Today the Holy Father accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Tokyo, Japan, presented by His Exc. Mgr. Peter Takeo Okada. The Pope appointed His Exc. Mgr. Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, S.V.D., until now Bishop of the Diocese of Niigata, as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Tokyo.

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  • Archbishop of Khartoum: "Stop ethnic clashes among South Sudanese in refugee camps"

    We are trying to make people live in peace because people are still fighting even in the camps", said His Exc. Mgr. Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria, Archbishop of Khartoum, referring to the situation of nine refugee camps hosting South Sudanese refugees in the capital of Sudan. The civil war in South Sudan that broke out in December 2013 has forced millions to flee, also because the conflict immediately took on an ethnic dimension that is reflected also in the camps where refugees are welcomed.

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  • Extraordinary Missionary Month "May we be open to the joyful newness of the Gospel"

    "Today World Mission Day is celebrated, on the theme 'Mission at the Heart of the Church'. I urge everyone to live the joy of mission by witnessing the Gospel in the environs where each one lives and works". With these words, the Holy Father Francis recalled, during yesterday’s Angelus, the annual missionary celebration.

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  • Archbishop of Khartoum encourages Seminarians "to be ready for Mission"

    "I have encouraged seminarians belonging to the nine dioceses in both Sudan and South Sudan to prepare themselves for the mission of the Church", said to Agenzia Fides His Exc. Mgr. Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria, Archbishop of Khartoum and Episcopal Chairman of the Commission of Seminaries at the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC). "I just visited our major seminary in Juba where I met our seminarians and staff".

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  • Prayer for seven innocent Christians of Orissa who are imprisoned

    The Church in India is in prayer for the release of seven innocent Christians in the Indian state of Orissa, in prison for nine years. Their names are: Bhaskar Sunamajhi, Bijay Sanseth, Buddhadev Nayak, Durjo Sunamajhi, Gornath Chalanseth, Munda Badamajhi and Sanatan Badamajhi.

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  • Plague alarm: the contribution of Catholic hospitals and Catholic dispensaries

    In Madagascar, pneumonic plague, the most serious and mortal form of plague, is under way, according to the country's Ministry of Health and so far has affected at least 343 people and has caused 42 deaths.​

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  • Peace is built with prayer: visit of the Community of Taize in South Sudan

    Peace is born from the heart of every man and is built in society and in the nation through prayer: this is the message left by the representatives of the Community of Taizé to the youngsters in schools in South Sudan. As Fides learns, the girls of a Catholic secondary school in South Sudan, under the guidance of the Sisters of Loreto, continue to draw inspiration from the Community of Taizé, an ecumenical community founded in France.

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  • Orissa, theater of anti-Christian violence, becomes a place of pilgrimage and inspiration

    The victims of anti-Christian violence perpetrated in the Indian state of Orissa in 2007 and 2008 "are testimonies of authentic faith, that overcame difficulties and persecution, and today inspire many people in India and abroad": says Archbishop John Barwa, at the head of the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, in the Indian state of Orissa (or Odisha), to Agenzia Fides.

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  • Missionaries, "anonymous heroes"

    Missionaries "are anonymous heroes, they are human beings chosen to withstand the difficulties. Brave and obedient children, endowed with patience and strength. Examples of moral resistance. Thanks to all the missionaries for having taught us, through their works, that an apparently insignificant act of love can embrace the wounded humanity": this is what yesterday, October 11, Spanish singer Luz Casal said in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela...

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  • Reception in the North of the country of South Sudan Refugees fleeing conflict and famine

    Uganda in recent months has faced a flow of refugees out of the ordinary. The West Nile Region and the Kiryandongo District, with approximately 2.7 million inhabitants, have in fact taken in an enormous number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing conflict and famine in their home country.

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  • Condemnation of the Bishops: Hindu leader offends Mother Teresa

    It is necessary to condemn and take legal measures regarding the false accusations and derogatory words against Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Hindu leader Swami Parpoornanda Saraswathi: says Archbishop Thumma Bala, at the head of the diocese of Hyderabad and President of the Council of Bishops of Telugu. In the statement sent to Fides, the Archbishop calls on the governments of the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana not to remain indifferent in the face of offensive words against...

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  • Caritas alarm: Child trafficking in northeast India

    The Indian State of Assam has been the hub of human trafficking in the country; politics must act urgently to stop the trafficking involving in particular children: is the alarm launched to Fides by Caritas India, which releases the worrying figures of the phenomenon. In Assam there are 22% of cases of victims of trafficking across India. Data has been released by a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) survey and is related to the year 2015.

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  • Kenya: The Catholic Church keeps the country together

    t a time of increasing political tensions in Kenya, the Catholic Church is a voice that helps to undermine the risks of social and political polarization and strives to keep the country together. "In addition to the pastoral letters we have written as Catholic Bishops, we are trying to involve the various parties to end the political impasse", said Mgr. Philip Anyolo, Bishop of Homabay and President of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, KCCB, in an exclusive interview with Agenzia Fides.​

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  • To contribute to coexistence: Archbishop of Jakarta meets the leader of Parliament

    To contribute to social and religious coexistence and to work together - politics and religious communities - for brotherhood among the different people and components of Indonesian pluralist society: this is the theme of the recent meeting between the Archbishop of Jakarta, Ignazio Suharyo, and Zulkifli Hasan, President of the People's Consultative Assembly, which is the legislative branch in Indonesia's political system.

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  • How can we recognize "the migrant God" today in the history of humanity?

    In our multicultural societies the migrant is often relegated to the "poor/needy" category in the material and cultural sense or seen as an "enemy". This is how concrete attitudes are born such as indifference towards others, injustice, rejection and exclusion in the world.

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  • The life of seafarers and fishermen between forced labor and human trafficking

    The XXIV World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), on the theme: 'Caught in the net' is being held in Kaohsiung City until October 7. The chosen theme expresses the concern of the Church not only for the common good but also for the people as human beings and their fundamental rights.

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  • Apostolic Vicariate of Francistown elevated to Diocese and appointment of the first Bishop

    Today, the Holy Father elevated the apostolic Vicariate of Francistown (Botswana) to Diocese with the same denomination and territorial configuration, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan seat in Pretoria, South Africa. The Holy Father appointed His Exc. Mgr. Franklyn Atese Nubuasah, S.V.D., current apostolic Vicar of the same seat, as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Francistown.

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  • In Orissa, the first tribal university for 27,000 indigenous students

    The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (Kiss) is the first tribal university in social sciences in the world. Situated in the State of Odisha (or Orissa), in East India, the Institute was founded in 1993 as a tribal residential school, and on August 26, 2017 became the first tribal university in the world. Destined for families who cannot bear the cost of education. Kiss aims at eradicating poverty through quality education for the poorest students in the country.

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  • Mothers and children fleeing in the swamps: intervention of Doctors with Africa CUAMM

    The Bishops of the Country have denounced the situation of extreme tension in a letter in past days (see Fides 19/9/2017). "We have also been witnessing this instability for months", says Dr. Giovanni Dall'Oglio, medical officer, Cuamm, who is responsible for the health care with regards to people fleeing from clashes and hunger in the swamps. When the locals arrive in hospital or have to leave, they are afraid to move in the streets, they are hungry".

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  • More than 200 dead after powerful earthquake hits Mexico, one word and a gesture among Christians: solidarity

    Civil society organizations, solidarity groups, Catholic communities are contributing to promptly reporting the areas most affected by the violent earthquake that hit the country on 19 September and at the same time have mobilized to bring solidarity and the necessary assistance to victims and displaced persons. Until last night there were 43 dead in Puebla alone, 163 churches have suffered structural damage and 1,700 houses have been destroyed.

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  • The people against corruption, the Church condemns those who promote impunity

    Guatemala lives one of the worst moments of its democratic life: almost all the country's institutions have declared themselves against Congress which has announced the Reform of the Criminal Code and has refused to remove parliamentary privilege regarding President Jimmy Morales, a few days after his convocation, on behalf of the Attorney General Office and of the UN Anti-Corruption Commission, for irregularities during the election campaign which he won and led him to Presidency.

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  • Bishops: violence, murder, torture and rape of civilians are "war crimes"

    "Our country is not at peace. People live in fear. The civil war, which we have frequently described as having no moral justification whatsoever, continues". The dilemma of this situation has pushed the Bishops of South Sudan to publish a Pastoral Letter sent to Fides, in which they complain of the attack on civilians by both the government and the opposition, and raise an alarm on the ethnic dimension that the conflict has assumed.

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  • How to engage and involve young people in the mission

    The magnet that attracts young people towards a missionary group is the opportunity to do something good for another person, especially for a person of the same age, in missionary countries. However, action must be accompanied by adequate spiritual preparation". This is what Father Janusz Talik, Diocesan Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of the Polish Diocese of Bielsko-Zywiec said,

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  • The story of a missionary: "The new leper is AIDS that also infects many children"

    "We assist more than 800 people in antiretroviral therapy, of whom 50 are children. AIDS, like leprosy, creates discrimination and often the family’s rejection because it is considered a shameful illness. Women, in particular, are abandoned when they are severely ill", says to Fides Sister Antonietta Profumo, head of the Health Center in Kolowarè, in the center of Togo.

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  • Eight days after earthquake: 90 dead, villages still totally isolated, aid hub: Mexico's Catholic Church

    A week has passed since the tremendous 7 September earth quake in Mexico epicentre area of Pijijiapan, in Chiapas, followed by 634 after-quakes, which left thousands of families homeless and causing vast damage to people, infrastructure and communities.

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  • Lake Titicaca: a route without any control for the trafficking of children

    To raise awareness among citizens about the serious crime of trafficking and establish common working criteria between the Church, society and the State in order to reduce these cases that occur daily at a national level, especially in the southern part of the Country: these are the objectives of the workshop which recently concluded, on the prevention of trafficking.

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  • Experiences of true Islamic Christian brotherhood in Catholic majority areas

    n a country, Indonesia, with the most densely populated Muslim majority in the world, there are also small Christian and Catholic majority areas, especially in the central part of the vast Asian archipelago. These are areas where interreligious coexistence and harmony between Christians and Muslims are particularly felt and developed.

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  • Street children, a phenomenon that is passed on from father to son

    In the urban environments of the Country, there is a third generation of children and adolescents who are born in a street situation and who do not have a better life choice and do not know another reality. The alarm was launched by a recent study by the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM).

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  • Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission, accused of food poisoning, released on bail

    Natalina Andrea Mabu, coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission of Wau diocese, was released on bail. This was reported to Agenzia Fides by sources of the local Church, who for security reasons ask to remain anonymous. The "Justice and Peace" was under investigations over a suspected outbreak of food poisoning on August 3 during a military seminar held at the "Garinti" military base in Wau, which had caused the death of Brigadier General Mathok Akec, commander of operations in the area of ​

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  • Over 17 million people affected by flooding, intervention of the Camillian Task Force

    The state of Bihar (North-East India) is again submerged by water. This is what the Camillian Task Force (CTF) India told Fides, reporting the deaths of 514 people and of 17.2 million affected in 21 districts. Most of these people represent the socially excluded and economically poorest communities, Dalits and Muslims.

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  • The Bishops: "We all ask for an attitude of dialogue for the international image of the country"

    The Bishops of Guatemala, in a statement sent to Fides, deplore the current situation of the country and express "their concern for the political and ideological confrontation around the events involving the Presidency of the Republic, the International Commission against Impunity, as well as the Constitutional Court and many other State and society institutions.

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  • Arson caused fire in a high school in Nairobi that killed 9 students

    Nine pupils at Moi girls' boarding school in Kibera, Nairobi were killed in a fire during the night of September 2 . Today Education Minister Fred Matiang'i updated the toll of the victims: from seven to nine. Among them is the daughter of the former commander of SPLA (Sudan's People Liberation Army), Paul Malong Awan.

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  • Confirmation of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Bernardo Espiritu SVD

    On April 25, 2017 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, confirmed the appointment of the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in New Zealand, Bernardo Espiritu, SVD, for another five years.

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  • Resignation of Bishop of Gaborone and appointment of the Apostolic Administrator

    On August 9, 2017, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Gaborone, Botswana, presented by His Exc. Mgr. Valentine Tsamma Seane. He appointed His Exc. Mgr. Frank Atese Nubuasah, S.V.D.,

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  • The coordinator of "Justice and Peace" of the diocese of Wau arrested

    A coordinator for "justice and peace" commission at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wau, in South Sudan has been arrested. According to Radio Tamazuj, Natalina Andrea Mabu, was under investigations over a suspected outbreak of food poisoning on August 3 during a military seminar held at the "Garinti" military base in Wau.

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  • Auxiliary Bishop of Juba: "The government is the orchestrator of the war, and the people are suffering as a result"

    "The government is the orchestrator of the war, and the people are suffering as a result ", denounces Mgr. Santo Loku Pio Doggale, auxiliary Bishop of Juba, in an interview with National Catholic Reporter. "Civilians are being brutally mistreated", the auxiliary bishop of the capital of Juba said of those who are the victims of violence — victims who have, at the moment, "no resource to justice. It's a big mess".

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  • The Assumption, archbishop Valenzuela laments 'indifference going global!'

    Crowds of faithful took part in festivities for the annual major holiday to mark the commemoration of the Assumption into Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Indeed Holy Mary the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, known and loved here with the title Virgin dell’Asuncion, is Paraguay’s patron saint. These traditional festivities start with a nautical sailing procession carrying the image of the ‘Virgin’ from Sajonia to Puerto de Asuncion.

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  • Mini cultural centre on wheels open for street children

    Matatart is a project run jointly by a 30 year old architect, an Italian Aid Worker, and a young Ugandan woman. The project helps carry culture and art to street children in Kampala. Matatart comes from matatu, small vans which serve as multiple taxis . The organisation purchased an old matatu van in Japan turned it into a mini culture centre on wheels and now trundle it around among the street children in the outlying areas of the capital of Uganda.

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  • More than 60 per cent of Guatemalans live in poverty

    The scenario of inequality, racism, poverty and undernourishment in Guatemala is evident. Of the at least 16 million people living in this Latin American country, 60% suffer conditions of poverty and more than 23% lives in a state of extreme poverty. These are official figures issued by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

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  • Young Asian Catholics: "We will face the challenges of the millennium to spread the Gospel"

    “We face problems and challenges in living our Catholic faith and live in a globalized era that impacts our life. Rapid technological advances give rise to consumerism, addictions, and loss of our own identity because of the fading culture.” This was affirmed in the Final Statement of the 7th Asian Youth Day, held at Dirgantara Air Force Academy, Yogyakarta in Indonesia from 31 July to 6 August (see Fides 5/8/2017).

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  • Pope Francis: human trafficking "is an aberrant plague and a modern form of slavery"

    Pope Francis recalled the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons promoted by the United Nations, Sunday, July 30, with these words during the Angelus: "Each year, thousands of men, women and children are innocent victims of sexual and organ trafficking, and it seems that we are so accustomed to seeing it as a normal thing.

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  • Amnesty International: "Thousands of women, girls and men victims of war rapes"

    Large-scale sexual violence were carried out against thousands of women, girls and men, with victims selected on the basis of their ethnicity. This is what Amnesty International denounces in a report on sexual violence in South Sudan, based on interviews with 168 victims of rapes in South Sudan and in refugee camps in Uganda.

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  • Coloring horror: Children's drawings reflect the violence they live

    Delinquency, drugs, family problems and daily terror: This is how the children in their fifth and sixth year who go to the Primary School of the Educational Center Dr Bloem, in Sacoj Mixco, and of the official School of La Paz municipality in Villa Nueva, Guatemala described their difficult reality: seizures, physical abuse, drug consumption, domestic violence, humiliation. Children were asked to depict "What is Violence" with a drawing.

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  • "Home-to-Home" campaigns to prevent cholera

    Presentations on the streets, online videos, posters, bars of soap: are some of the local initiatives that have been done to help people fight against infection and raise awareness about the rapid spread of cholera in Sudan. Without any support from the Sudanese government in Khartoum, a number of local and civil voluntary initiatives have been active in the fight against cholera.

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  • Animation Week in the Archdiocese of Sucre: "I am a Church, I am Mission"

    The Bolivian Archdiocese of Sucre is experiencing a week of prayer and meetings in view of the Day of the Diocesean Church, with the slogan "I am Church, I am Mission! I count on you!". The Week opened on Sunday, July 16, in all the parish churches and communities of the Archdiocese, under the theme "A missionary Church that goes out".

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  • Cardinal Ezzati at the sanctuary of Maipu: "Mary, in these times of tension, asks us to learn the language of love"

    At least sixty thousand faithful went on a pilgrimage to the Maipù National Sanctuary on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patron of Chile, celebrated yesterday, on Sunday, July 16. The main Mass “for Chile”, according to the note of the Bishops' Conference sent to Fides, was celebrated at noon by the Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who reminded the faithful: "We are all brothers, here no one is foreign, Mary's house is our home".

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  • Women, true primary missionaries of Faith

    "You women are naturally the first catechisers who communicate faith and morals to us from the earliest stages of our life. Do not neglect this singular honour God has bestowed upon you, especially through the blessed Mother of our Saviour as well as those first witnesses of the empty tomb and missionaries of the Good News.

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  • Anniversary of Independence: "Many, of all religions have not given up hope"

    "Six years after liberation, South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis is worse than ever, with grave violations of human rights and a lingering brutal civil war", writes His Ex. Mgr. Edward Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of Tombura-Yambio and President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference (SCBC), in a message for the sixth anniversary of South Sudan independence, sanctioned by a referendum on July 9, 2011.​

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  • About 869,000 children work during the night recycling materials of all kinds

    Child labor exploitation in Colombia is punishable: from 3 to 7 years in prison. According to the police which deals with the country's childhood and adolescent, about 869,000 children work at night, mainly in the agricultural and commercial sector of illegal mining and are engaged in informal jobs. The cities with the highest child labor index are Sincelejo, Neiva and Pasto.

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  • Mgr. Panfilo: "The Church is called by the Gospel to work for justice"

    "I want to inform all candidates in the national elections that the Archdiocese of Rabaul and the Episcopal Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands will give weight to the issue of the expulsion of lay Catholic missionary Douglas Tennent from New Zealand, since the institutions seem to want to say that working for justice does not fall within the sphere and the task of religious leaders":​

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  • Cholera also reaches the refugee camps of East Darfur

    Following the cases of cholera registered in the White Nile and in the northern State of the Country (see Fides 14/6/2017), it is the turn of the refugee camps in South Sudan and Darfur. Deaths have been registered in the refugee camp in Kario, 35km south of Ed Daein, as well as in Khazan Jadeed, Shearia area. In a week, the first reports on the spread of cholera epidemic in northern Darfur were accompanied by reports of infection in South Darfur (Kalma camp) and east Darfur.

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  • Poverty, discrimination, infant marriages among the Latin American plagues

    The percentage of pregnant teenagers in Chile is higher in the Afro descent and Indigenous population. The ethno-racial component also aggravates the phenomenon. The figures were announced by representatives of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal) during the meeting Every Woman, Every Child, organized in Santiago with the aim of seeking a global health strategy for women, children and young Latin Americans for the period 2016-2030.

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  • The drama of Internal Displaced People, mainly mothers and children, young girls, often widows

    "From Juba by plane to Rumbek, a former state of the Lakes, and from here by helicopter for 40 minutes, to Nyal, in the south of the former Unity state. You cannot travel by car, it is too dangerous". Don Dante Carraro's journey continues in southern Sudan (see Fides 27/6/2017). "It is the border area between government forces and rebels, and guerrillas take place every day", says the priest, who is the director of ong Doctors with Africa-Cuamm, to Fides.

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  • Bishops thank the Pope "for his affectionate support to South Sudan"

    "In my name, as President of the Catholic Bishops 'Conference of Sudan (SCBC) and in the name of my Bishops of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sudan, I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to His Holiness Pope Francis for his affectionate support to South Sudan".

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  • Poverty is serious and rampant, there are more and more weapons and insecurity increases

    "In recent days, Fao, Unicef and Wfp (World Food Program) have officially declared the famine to be over. Perhaps, maybe in the capital Juba! Surely not in Yirol, Rumbek, Cueibet, Maper or in any of the over 90 health centers where we are committed, with our local colleagues, where were we still have to face a dramatic situation".

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  • Record of cotton production: almost half a million tons

    According to estimates from the Ministry of Economy, the cotton production in Benin has reached record levels of almost half a million tonnes. For years, "white gold" did not record such figures. 260,000 tonnes were collected last year, while this year, from November to June, the quantity has doubled to 453,012 tonnes.

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  • Alcohol addiction alarm regarding street children: from glue to marijuana, to "chespi"

    Every day, the National Center for Drug Addiction in Paraguay receives hundreds of people with drug problems. However, the most alarming phenomenon is the many street children who go there to be treated. They start consuming mainly glue, then marijuana, and finally more harmful drugs and especially cheap drugs, such as crack.

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  • A Bible in every family

    To distribute a copy of the Bible to every family in the Philippines: The project started in 2008 is becoming a reality thanks to the project "May They Be One Bible Campaign": says the Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, Broderick Pabillo, President of the Advisory Committee for the project to Agenzia Fides. "The great project of evangelization - he explains to Fides – had begun in order to give a Bible to five million poor households in the country.

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  • Over one million children do not go to school and work instead

    "More education, less child labor" is the name of the campaign recently launched by Fundación Telefónica in the Peruvian city of Cusco to make the population aware of the importance of studying full-time for children and their future . The organizations volunteers have distributed information material on this phenomenon affecting over 1 million and 619,000 Peruvian children between 5 to 17 years of age.

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  • Laity and Mission": a theological reflection on a growing phenomenon

    From 13 to 18 February 2017, a seminar on the relationship between Laity and Mission was held at the International Center for Missionary Animation (CIAM) in Rome. The initiative was born in response to the growing concern of missionary animation in Christian communities and the positive integration of lay people in missionary cooperation among Churches.

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  • Migrant Week: It is not just a humanitarian crisis

    From 18 to 25 June, the Catholic Church in Brazil celebrates the 32nd Migrant Week, with the theme "Migrations, biomes and living well", announces the Bishops' Conference of Brazil in the communiqué sent to Fides. The purpose of the Week, according to the Bishop of Pesqueira, Mgr. José Luiz Ferreira Salles, in charge of the Pastoral Care of Migrants, is to announce, denounce, reflect and build a new relationship between human beings and Mother Earth.

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  • Fertile land of vocations: 37 deacons ordained in Flores in eight days

    "The island of Flores, Indonesia, is still a fertile land of religious and priestly vocations. This is demonstrated by the fact that, in the space of only eight days, on Saturday 10 and Sunday, June 18, in Maumere, 37 deacons were ordained", says to Fides Father Luigi Galvani, MI, who lives his missionary commitment on the island.

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  • 500 Years of the arrival of the Gospel in the Philippines: A Time for Mission

    Preparations to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Gospel in the Philippines (in 1521) is underway throughout the country: "To prepare oneself properly for this important event, the Church in the Philippines in the Philippines has set a nine-year cycle (from 2013 to 2021) that will culminate with the anniversary of the Holy Year of the anniversary, 2021", explains to Agenzia Fides Mgr. Socrates C. Mesiona, Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Princesa, on the Philippine island of Palawan​

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  • Now online Omnis Terra new issue : giving voice to mission, missions and missionaries

    Omnis Terra, the multilingual publication of culture and mission from the Pontifical Mission Societies, is on line with its second edition. The opening article “Le Laos et le sang des Martyrs”, by Roland Jacques, OMI, draws from the beatification of 17 martyrs, celebrated in Vientiane 11 December 2016, to describe the travailed history of this tiny Asian Church.

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  • Violence increases against priests

    Still on the danger list but slowly improving: Rev. Juan Antonio Zambrano García, of the archdiocese of Tijuana, was attacked and wounded last Friday, June 9, in the parish of San Pedro e San Pablo where he is parish priest. Fr Zambiano being stabbed twice, first with a knife and then with a screwdriver. The Archbishop of Tijuana, Francisco Moreno Barron, in a report to Fides, expressed concern for the growing number of similar attacks.

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  • Malnutrition and illness affect settlements of displaced people

    "Conditions in the settlements in the territories of Kalémie and Kansimba and in the province of Tanganyika need to be urgently improved, healthcare must be made easily accessible, food aid should be provided for families and for the host community and those at risk of violence should be afforded protection", say Doctors Without Borders with regards to the emergency.

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  • The priests of Jakarta: a pastoral movement to defend unity in diversity

    To create a pastoral movement inspired by the Gospel to defend "unity in diversity", fundamental principle of Indonesia: as Fides learns, this is the goal expressed by the priests of the Archdiocese of Jakarta, gathered in past days in a pastoral meeting in Bogor, in the south of Jakarta. As Fides learns the priests faced the delicate issues that upset Jakarta and Indonesia in recent months, marked by the affair of former Christian Governor Ahok, condemned for blasphemy.

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  • Marawi crisis: possible negotiations to release the hostages

    The crisis in Marawi has entered the second week: since May 23, terrorists of the "Maute" group have occupied the city, destroyed the cathedral, burned down schools, and forced the civilian population to flee. The militants also kidnapped and still keep hostage about 200 people, including Fr. Teresito (Chito) Suganob and 15 Catholics.

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  • Cholera epidemic: 14,659 people infected and 292 deaths

    Cases of cholera in Khartoum and White Nile States continue to increase. In the Khartoum Bahri areas, the Ministry of Health registered 30 new cases, while local sources confirm at least one hundred. Hospitals cannot contain the number of infected patients who are often forced to share beds. Last weekend, doctors in the capital of Sudan reported 120 new cases.

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  • Thursday, June 8th at 1pm: "One minute for peace in the world"

    The National Justice and Peace Commission, the Argentine Catholic Action, together with the Department of Laity, the Episcopal Commission for Ecumenism, Relations with Judaism, Islam and the Religious, various national and international associations, in communion with the Argentine Bishops' Conference, once again promote the "One Minute for Peace" initiative to be celebrated on Thursday 8 June at 1pm.​

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  • 15 children die in botched vaccine campaign

    Fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign. Children, 5 years of age, lived in the village of Kapoeta, in the southeast of the Country. According to a survey conducted by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, about 300 children were vaccinated in a four-day campaign during which a local medical team used a single syringe to combine several vaccine vials.

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  • Terror in Manila, war in Marawi intensifies: "Hostages at risk", says the Bishop

    While the capital Manila was upset by a terrorist attack at Resort World Manila (which includes shopping centers, restaurants and hotels in the area near the airport) that killed 36 people, claimed by groups that say are linked to the Islamic State, "fighting intensifies in Marawi and the army strengthens its effort to drive out the jihadists and regain the city", says to Fides the Bishop of Marawi, Edwin de la Pena (see Fides 1/6/2017).

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  • Martial law on Mindanao island: a priest and 15 faithful kidnapped, the cathedral of Marawi destroyed

    "Members of the Islamic State-linked “Maute” militant group, "attacked the Catholic cathedral of Marawi city and kidnapped about 15 faithful, including a priest, nuns, and some lay persons who were praying in church": confirms Bishop Edwin De la Pena to Agenzia Fides, who is at the head of the territorial prelature of Marawi city, town on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines.

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    The President of the Commission for Migrations of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Mgr. Joe Steve Vásquez, Bishop of Austin, Texas, expressed his appreciation to the Secretary of the Department for National Security, John Kelly, for his decision to extend the temporary protection for a further six months to over 58,000 Haitians who live and work in the United States. However, he urged to continue the commitment and humanitarian assistance to improve living conditions in Haiti.

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  • Teachers and pupils in the south of the country targeted by rebels

    Every day, army jeeps escort Buddhist teachers to schools in the south of the Country, whose area is guarded by paramilitary groups and armed volunteers while children study and play. This tension has worsened since September 2016, when 700 pupils who were in their respective classes heard a major explosion killing a 4-year-old girl and her father in addition to several people who were injured in a territory where Muslim insurgents target schools and teachers.

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  • Almost six million children and teenagers live in extreme poverty

    A study carried out by the Participatory Research Center for Economic and Social Policy (Cippes) shows that half of the children and teenagers in the country live below the poverty line. Cippes highlights that 46 children out of 100, between 0 to 17 years of age suffer from this stigma. In total, almost six million out of 13 million and a half of children and teenagers in the country.

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  • The Chinese community will gather in Naples for the Day of Prayer for the Church in China

    On Sunday, May 21, at 11.30 am, the Chinese Catholic community in Italy will gather in Naples, in the parish of St. Mary of Constantinople at the Museum, to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. According to information sent to Fides, in addition to the Chinese Catholic community in Naples, there will also be the presence of Chinese faithful living in other Italian cities.

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  • 25% of children are born from teenage mothers, 19 year old women already have two children

    Guatemala records one of the highest pregnancy rates among teenagers in Latin America, and this leads to bringing girls on the path of poverty instead of studying and finding a decent job. Government statistics show that over 5,000 pregnancies concerning 14-year-old girls were recorded in 2014; In 4 cases out of 5 they were sexually abused by a family member: father, uncle, grandfather.

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  • A Jesuit: "Islamic populism, danger for Indonesia"

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  • An award for the Campaign against Child Labor: One and a half million child workers

    a Fundación Telefónica del Perú (see Fides 2/4/2014) received the Caracol de Plata Award for the campaign against child labor entitled "An appeal to indifference" launched on June 12, 2016 with the goal of making Peruvians aware of a problem affecting 1 out of 4 in the Country. The campaign consisted in changing the voices of the Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) of lines 123 and 104 (Customer Assistance) with the voices of children.

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  • South Sudan is on the brink of collapse; people and students protest in Juba

    Yesterday students and citizens took to the streets in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to protest the collapse of the country's economy. The protest had been convened by students and saw the participation of citizens, to oppose the policies of President Salva Kiir accused of having brought South Sudan to the brink of collapse.

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  • The Road Film Festival to give voice to the missing family members

    The Quiché department in Guatemala was one of the areas most affected by a 36-year-long armed conflict (1960-1996) that resulted in the deaths of 200,000 people across the Country and the disappearance of 45,000 people, including 5,000 children. In this context, the "Road Film Festival" was recently held, with the aim of promoting some of the activities that are being carried out to support the disappearance of missing persons.

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  • A new Home of the Missionaries of Charity in Orissa

    The Missionaries of Charity open a new home in the state of Orissa, East India. As Agenzia Fides learns, the new Mother Teresa religious community is located in the famous district of Kandhamal, which was the scene of anti-Christian violence in 2008. Thus Archbishop John Barwa, at the head of the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, refers to Agenzia Fides:

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  • The number of malnourished children increases: almost a million and a half

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  • Two billion children, and women live in countries with serious or very serious forms of exclusion

    A child out of 3 lives in countries with serious or very serious forms of exclusion. This is what emerged from yesterday's presentation in Rome of the new WeWorld Index. It is an instrument created to measure the inclusion of girls, children, adolescents, and women in the world. 38% of the children and the women of the world, about 2 billion people, lives in countries where there are serious or very serious exclusion.

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  • Over 90,000 children suffer chronic malnutrition

    Lack of food, access to basic health services, drinking water and hygiene are some of the causes that year after year favor the increase of chronic childhood malnutrition in Honduras . According to the United Nations Children's Fund report, 90,000 Honduran children suffer chronic mulnutrition for whom there is no sufficient medical staff in hospitals.

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  • 90% of Mexican children are involved in hazardous work activities

    According to the 2015 results of the Child Labor Office (MIT) of the National Research on Employment carried out by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), about 2.48 million children and teenagers work in Mexico. Of these, 89.6% (2.22 million) carry out forbidden economic activities.

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  • Serious scarcity of clean water in Port Sudan aggravates plight of displaced persons

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  • World Malaria Day: most at risk the weakest, children and pregnant women

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  • Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle: "If Christians put their faith in practice, Ghana will be a country of unimaginable success"

    "There are more evil deeds propagated and practiced by some Ghanaians professionals in their line of work", said Most Rev Charles Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of Accra, during the Chrism Holy Mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral.

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  • "0 street children" program: education and rehabilitation

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  • Wau is calm again although thousands are still sheltering in a church

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  • More than 2000 young Ghanaians send message of hope to their peers in difficulty

    The youth of Ghana must continue to hope despite the many present difficulties. This was the message sent out by two some thousand young Ghanaian Catholics who took part in a two day evangelisation event in the Accra suburb of Dodowa, organised by the Accra Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Council (AADCYC) in preparation for the 32nd World Youth Day celebrated yesterday, Palm Sunday, all over the world this year at the diocesan level.

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  • Justice denied to the Christian victims in Orissa

    "There are many little-known and never recounted incidents which occurred in the district of Kandhamal. Justice was denied to the most vulnerable and marginalized people such as Adivasi and Dalit Christians. The poor and the marginalized do not receive justice: this is a serious matter of concern for all of us if we want to save the Indian Constitution. The old saying is really true: Justice delayed is justice denied"

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  • More attacks against priests and nuns; unknown persons assault Paida parish in North Kivu

    "From Kinshasa to North-Kivu, churches, convents and Catholic schools are vandalized, looted and attacked by armed bandits, rebels or other uncivilized persons", denounces CEPADHO, an NGO based in North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • The tragedy of outcast children accused of witchcraft

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  • Fresh attacks on Catholic church property in Kasai; Pope Francis says "pray for peace in DR Congo"

    Fresh attacks on Catholic church buildings are reported from the Kasai region of the democratic republic of Congo ravaged by fighting between army troops and followers of traditional chief Kamuina Nsapu. On 31 March militiamen attacked the town of Luebo, sacking several buildings including some belonging to the local Catholic church.

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  • "The Holy Father sees Ghana as one of the strongest democratic states in Africa", says the Nuncio

    "The relation between the Holy See and Ghana is excellent and there has been positive development over the years", says His Exc. Mgr. Jean-Marie Speich, Apostolic Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, in an interview with Agenzia Fides, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy see and Ghana (see Fides 23/02/2017).

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  • A Lenten journey of interreligious dialogue and spirituality

    A Chinese Buddhist monk shares his experience as a pilgrim in India and his great personal devotion to Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and shows the medal of the Saint, blessed on the day of her canonization in St. Peter’s square to the young Chinese Catholics: this happened during the interreligious meeting in the parish of the Sacred Heart of the diocese of Zheng Zhou, in the province of He Nan.

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  • Cholera epidemic does not stop

    More than 50 people have been infected by cholera in El Gallabat, in eastern Sudan. A woman died in El Jinan, in the western town of El Gallabat. A local health source has informed that 30 cases were registered in El Saraf El Ahmer, and over 70 in El Mahalla, both in El Gallabat. Other cases have emerged in other places of the State and local health authorities have sent teams of doctors and nurses to the affected areas, in an effort to curb the spread.

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  • The Government denounces: More than one million child workers

    he Mozambican government has denounced the presence of one million and 400 thousand working children in the Country because of poverty and minimum salary. During the presentation of a survey on child exploitation, carried out by the Eduardo Mondlane local University, the authorities requested a list of hazardous jobs in order to protect children.

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  • People are dying of hunger in Unity State, those who can, flee in search of safety

    "The last time an African country experienced such a dramatic 'state of famine' was 6 years ago, in Somalia. The tragedy of famine has been hitting South Sudan, Unity State for over a month, where there are about 100 thousand people, bordering the Lakes, and where we have been working for almost ten years". This is what don Dante Carraro, Director of Doctors with Africa CUAMM told Fides.

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  • World Water Day: 1 billion people lack access to clean water

    Pope Francis will launch the global debate expected on the occasion of World Water Day, which is celebrated today, March 22. In fact, at the end of the general audience in St Peter's Square, WATERSHED will begin, the first of a series of programs and activities planned for the next five years. Currently, around the world, nearly 1 billion people are without safe water.

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  • XXV Day of Missionary Martyrs: "Do not be afraid"

    " 'Do not be afraid' is the invitation that appears on every theophany and is the phrase that the Risen Jesus repeats every time he shows himself to his disciples. An invitation that helps to deal with dark, difficult moments, persecution, knowing that the Lord is always close to each of us ...

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  • The grace of God, the true strength for the suffering faithful in Orissa

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  • Appointment of the Bishop of Keta-Akatsi

    On 16 March 2017 the Holy Father appointed His Exc. Mgr. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Donkorkrom, as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Keta-Akatsi, (Ghana). (SL) (Agenzia Fides 17/03/2017)

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  • The Church establishes National Youth Day

    National Youth Day will be held every year on the first Sunday of August, which will unite all young Indian Catholics and will be a time to witness the Gospel, celebrated at a diocesan level: is what the Commission for youth of the Indian Bishops' Conference established, as part of a work program which aims to help and accompany the spiritual growth of young people in the various dioceses.

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  • Mexico-US Border: the Pro-Migrants commission in 18 dioceses already operational

    Eighteen dioceses of the border, in Mexico and the United States, have established commissions for legal advice to migrants in danger of being deported or in transit to the United States. The letter sent to Fides reports that in Texas the commissions are operating in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

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  • Bishops: Justice for the 40 girls who died in the Guatemalan fire

    "The tragedy at the Hogar Virgen de la Asunción reception center was not a simple accident, but the tragic end of an irregular situation that had been denounced so many times", said the President of the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala (CEG) and Bishop of the diocese of Solola-Chimaltenango, His Exc. Mgr. Gonzalo de Villa y Vásquez, S.J. during yesterday’s presentation of the final document of the CEG at the plenary Assembly.

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  • Asian Youth Day 2017: celebrating diversity in a multicultural society

    To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia", and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017.​

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  • The consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: a blessing for the Ghanaian nation

    "I bring the Pope’s greetings, his Apostolic Blessing and his fervent wish that your nation continues to move forward in peace and stability, on a path of development that may become a model of unity and progress with respect for human rights and the environment whereby all its people can prosper and even the most vulnerable will not suffer marginalization or neglect", said His Eminence Giuseppe Cardinal Bertello at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, in the course of celebrations to re-consecrate Ghana ​

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  • A new project to offer more reception to street children

    he Casa Hogar Chiria, founded over 20 years ago in the territory of San Bartolo, assists street children and with family issues. In order to welcome these children, this year’s project is based on an African model called "Watoto". The head of Chiria told Fides that, at present, the House is home to 12 children and with the new facilities it will welcome between 60 and 80, in addition to having a custody service for working mothers and have no possibility of leaving their children.

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  • From the Philippines a gift of faith for Catholic couples in Orissa

    Raman and Teresita Santiago, a Christian married couple from the Philippines, members of the Catholic movement "Couples For Christ", have arrived in Orissa in recent days for a meeting with about 100 local Christian couples in Balliguda, in the district of Kandhamal, which houses the community of the baptized marked by anti-Christian massacres that occurred in 2008.

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  • Lenten Campaign: "Tribalism and corruption threaten the Country; The Beatitudes are the way to a better Country"

    "Tribalism and corruption undermine the peace and stability of the Kenyan nation", warned His Exc. Mgr. Cornelius Korir, Bishop of Eldoret and President of the Bishops' Commission for Justice and Peace", at the start of Lenten campaign, which will focus on the preparation of the general elections to be held in August (see Fides 25/02/2017).

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  • Violations of religious freedom increase

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  • More than 31,000 South Sudanese have left the country because of famine

    Half of the expected number of refugees from South Sudan have already arrived in Sudan in the first two months of the year. The statement comes from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to official figures, over 31,000 South Sudanese refugees have left the Country, fleeing famine and conflict. The famine, which was announced officially by the Government and the United Nations on 20 February, is particularly serious in some areas of Unity State.

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  • REPAM at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to defend the rights of indigenous peoples

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Rights notified the Pan Amazon Network Ecclesial (REPAM), the convocation of the num.161 ordinary hearing to discuss issues related to the right of the land of indigenous peoples and of the Amazon communities. The hearing will be held on March 17, 2017 at its headquarters in Washington, according to a letter sent by Elizabeth Abi Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary of the IACHR.

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  • The Bishops: "We are not for or against anyone, but we are for the good of all"

    "The Church is not against the government", said His Exc. Mgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe, Bishop of Yei, in south Sudan, who reiterated the commitment of Catholic Bishops in providing support to the government through peace initiatives. The local Bishops' Conference has recently denounced the war crimes committed by government military and other armed groups against civilians.

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  • Lent, time to help Christians in Orissa

    "Christians in different parts of India, especially in Kandhamal district in Orissa, need constant prayer and support from everyone, especially during Lent": says to Agenzia Fides Archbishop John Barwa, SVD, who leads the baptized in the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa state, in Central India.

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  • International Migration Forum: the creation of a network is essential

    "The four actions indicated by the Pope (welcome, protect, promote, integrate) concluded the Sixth International Migration and Peace Forum and highlighted the answer that the entire planet must give to migration issues. Only in this way one is able to integrate and live in a peaceful world".

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  • The Bishops denounce: "War Crimes committed on the basis of ethnicity"

    In South Sudan one kills according to ethnicity. This was denounced by the South Sudanese Bishops in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, which announces that Pope Francis hopes to visit South Sudan later this year. "Despite appeals to all parties to stop the war, killings, rapes, forced displacement, attacks on churches and destruction of property continue throughout the Country", states the document.​

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  • Human rights: in Mexico and Central America a sad record of violations

    The Annual Report 2016 of Amnesty International was presented yesterday, February 22, which states that in 2016 there was an acceleration of the human rights crisis in Latin America. Countries like Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala were among the hardest hit from abuse and impunity for human rights violations.

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  • Pope's Appeal for South Sudan: commit not to stop at making statements

    fter the general audience today in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father launched an appealed for the tragic situation in South Sudan, with these words: "Of particular concern is the painful news coming from suffering South Sudan, where a fratricidal conflict is compounded by a severe food crisis in the Horn of Africa region, which condemns to death by starvation millions of people, including many children.​

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  • State of emergency declared in Unity State: 100,000 people at risk of hunger

    More than 100,000 people are at risk of hunger in Unity State, in the region of the Upper Nile, South Sudan. The state of food emergency has been declared by the government in Juba and United Nations specialized agencies: FAO, Children Fund, UNICEF and World Food Programme. The cause of the famine is attributed "to the war and the collapse of the economy". The formal declaration of famine means that people have already begun to starve.

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  • The flow of migrants arriving in Guatemala to reach the United States continues

    The flow of migrants arriving in Guatemala with the hope of being able to somehow reach the United States continues: this is what a note from Prensa Latina, sent to Fides reports, where it is noted that since the beginning of 2017, 1,254 migrants have arrived in Guatemala without documents.

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  • Civil War: 200,000 people risk starvation in the State of Amadi

    More than 200,000 civilians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the State of Amadi in South Sudan. This is what State Governor, Joseph Ngere Pachiko told Radio Tamazuj, stating that the reserves of food are scarce after the SPLA-IO troops, the rebellion led by former Vice President Riek Machar, entered the area forcing the population to flee.

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  • Bishops meeting at the border: "It is necessary to adopt government policies which respect the basic human rights of migrants"

    "Over the years we have seen the pain caused by a broken immigration system, by structural policies and economic conditions, that generate threats, deportations, impunity and extreme violence. This situation occurs both in the relationship between central America and Mexico and between the United States and Mexico", says the statement of the meeting of the border Bishops between Texas and northern Mexico.

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  • The meeting of the National Indigenous and Missionaries show interest in Arco Minero

    Seven years after the last meeting between the indigenous population and missionaries working in Venezuela, the Department of Missions of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela, in collaboration with: the Pontifical Mission Societies in Venezuela, the Indigenous Association AVEC, the National Missionary Council (Comina) and the missionary congregations of CONVER, have organized the sixth National Meeting of Indigenous and Missionaries "ENIMIS" to be held in the city of Caracas,

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  • Mexico closed between two walls

    Mexican public opinion remains divided on the construction of the "Trump wall" in the north with the United States, but begins to wonder about the wall that Mexico continues to strengthen along its southern border with Guatemala. The northern and southern borders of Mexico are completely different: while the northern border with the United States, has for some time been guarded by thousands of agents and cameras, the southern border was practically no man's land until very recently.

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  • Bishop of Yei: "We demand justice for Sister Veronica"

    We demand justice for Sister Veronica Rackova" said His Exc. Mgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe, Bishop of Yei, in southern Sudan, wondering why the government in Juba is remaining silent with regards to the responsibilities of the killing of the nun.

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  • The Pope: be strong in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking

    After the general audience today, Pope Francis appealed to eradicate the scourge of trafficking, with these words: "Today we celebrate the Day of prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, this year dedicated in particular to children and adolescents. I encourage all those who in various ways help minors who have been enslaved and abused to be freed from this terrible oppression.

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  • The Bishops appeal: "drought is to be declared a national disaster"

    "Drought is to be declared a national disaster". This is the appeal of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Chairman, His Exc. Mgr. Philip Anyolo, Bishop of Homa Bay. "We hasten to appeal to the Government to declare the current drought a national disaster in order to beckon the international community to step forward and support the many Kenyans who are suffering from this predicament", said Mgr. Anyolo at a press conference in Nairobi.

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  • Are US borders open only to Christians? "Who makes these differences feeds fanaticism" says Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo

    We Christians of Syria and the Middle East do not like any speeches that make differences between us and Muslims when justice, peace and aid to those in need are at stake. Who makes these differences, feeds fanaticism and extremism".

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  • The number of street children doubles

    The Secretariat for Childhood, Adolescence and the Family had to assist cases of sexual violence and child abuse, abandonment and neglect of relatives last year. Also in 2016, the number of street children doubled.

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  • No water, bread, fuel, electricity in the capital of South Kordofan

    In addition to flour and fuel shortages, since early this year the inhabitants of Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan, complain of serious problems due to lack of drinking water and electricity.

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  • Restore dignity to women and include them in the working world

    The status of women is very precarious in Indonesia, they often remain isolated from the working world and very often work without receiving any salary. The phenomenon is widespread in Pandeglang and Lebak, Banten province, where there is no support or a sustainable business model.

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  • Denunciation of violence against children employed as domestic servants without pay

    Six out of ten children have been victims of different types of violence in Paraguay, caused in particular by the environment surrounding them. This is what emerged from the complaint of the Coordination for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CDIA), which adds violence on children employed as domestic workers. In fact, about 47,000 children are victims of a form of modern slavery culturally accepted in Paraguay.

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  • The Pope's greetings to those celebrating the Lunar New Year

    After praying the midday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis sent greetings to all people who celebrate the Lunar New Year, with these words: "In the Far East and in various parts of the world, millions of men and women are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 28.

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  • Young Catholics march for peace and for the common good

    large gathering of young Catholics prayed, reflected and demonstrated for peace in Karnataka, the Indian state crossed by anti-Christian violence due to the presence of extremist movements and groups. As Fides learns, the march for peace which gathered more than 10,000 young Catholics from across the nation, yesterday, January 22, crossed the city of Mangalore at the end of the Assembly of the India Catholic Youth Movement, who thus wanted to launch a message of peace and harmony in the...

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  • More than 4,500 children reunited with their families, more than 16 thousand recruited as soldiers

    At least 4,563 children have been reunited with their families in South Sudan, some of them after years of separation. "Since 2013, 9,046 cases of children also remain active and open requiring ongoing interim care and family tracing services", says a note of the UNICEF local spokesman sent to Fides.

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  • "Wheelchairs for the poorest of the poor": biomechanical supports for 350 poor disabled persons

    Caritas Peru, through Gerenza for Social Development, thanks to the solidarity and support of Hans Peter Dentler, a German citizen, will distribute biomechanical supports for 350 people with physical disability and in poverty across the Country. The campaign, called "Wheelchairs for the poorest of the poor", was founded in 1999 when Hans decides to help disabled people.

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  • "Movimiento de Santuario" has over 800 points of reference for immigrants

    Few hours before the new President of the United States takes office, many churches and religious congregations have joined the "Movimiento de sanctuary", over 800 points of reference, to offer protection to undocumented immigrants who are in the United States. Now religious leaders, Protestants, Catholics and Jews, think of including mosques, in addition to organizing vigils and protests.

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  • "Non Violence: A style of Politics for Peace": Archbishop of Gulu's appeal to promote peace

    During the 12th Gulu Episcopal Provincial Annual Prayer Peace week, Mgr. John Baptist Odama, Archbishop of Gulu made a passionate plea to the hearts of those who promote violence throughout the world, to stop the vise; but rather support one another in a peaceful manner.

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  • Catholic Bishops "disappointed" of the sudden change of the Cubans protection policy

    The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has expressed "disappointment" for the abolition of the policy measure that protected the Cubans who arrived in the country, promising to work with the next government of Donald Trump in order to provide "humane treatment" for asylum seekers.

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  • Look at the face of children to really understand the phenomenon of migration today

    "The Pope has given this World Day for Migrants and Refugees a key to important reflection that passes through migrant children. We must look at them in order to truly understand the phenomenon of migration today". This was stated in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, by Sr. Neusa de Fátima Mariano, Superior General of the Scalabrinian religious congregation that since its foundation provides assistance to migrants worldwide.

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  • All children, including stateless children, must have access to education

    No child, whether or not in possession of a birth certificate, should be denied access to education. The complaint comes from a Malaysian lawyer, a human rights advocate. Stateless children are not the only ones to be deprived of education in Malaysia. In fact, the children of local plantation workers and the Orang Asal, Malaysian indigenous, do not have birth certificates and are facing the same problem.

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  • The freezing cold weather causes the death of many malnourished children

    A wave of icy cold weather continues to cause the death of several children in the western region of Sudan. Already a few weeks ago a group of malnourished children did not resist the cold. According to local witnesses in Dola, in addition to the lack of food, blankets, heated shelters, and the absence of health centers and medicines in the mountainous area, a serious cold wave has hit the south of Deribat.

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  • Migration Week: solidarity and recognition of immigrants' contribution

    "This National Migration Week is an opportunity to embrace the important work of continuing to secure the border, to welcome the stranger and serve the most vulnerable - all components of a humane immigration policy", reads the beginning of the text published by the US Catholic Bishops Conference (USCCB) on the occasion of Migration Week, which is celebrated by the US Catholic Church from 8 to 14 January.​

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  • The rate of malnutrition regarding children and the elderly increase because of the crisis

    A study of the Central University of Venezuela estimates that in 2017 the rate of malnutrition regarding school-age children will increase by 3% compared to 2016, and will reach between 350 and 380 thousand children. The lack of food is due to insufficient sowing in 2016 and the lack of resources to import food.

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  • A missionary: "A death sentence every day"

    "There are over 6,000 deaths, suspected marijuana drug dealers or other drugs, and 1,000 people killed, only on the basis of a suspect, in the last month. For some it may be a great success: it is a death sentence de facto, without the need for a law on the death penalty or lengthy court procedures. The elimination of criminal suspects with a summary execution is much more effective, according to supporters of this policy.

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  • Health emergency: Eleven clinics have already been shut in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan

    Dozens of health facilities supported by the World Health Organization in strife-torn areas of Sudan risk closure due to a lack of funds, exposing one million people to likely epidemics. Eleven clinics have already been shut in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan where years of fighting between government troops and black African rebels has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes

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  • Christmas between consumerism and street children

    For street children there is no "Christmas dinner", no gifts. They live marginalized, in the cold, under bridges, they have no family and are exploited. Unlike many children who spend these festive days in joy, they will have to work in order to have something to eat.

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  • Central American migrants "seek accommodation" together with the Bishops

    A group of 30 Central American migrants were special guests of the "Posada Sin Fronteras", which was organized by the Diocese of El Paso (Texas) and Las Cruces (New Mexico), last weekend. To look for "Posada" (inn, accommodation) is a typical representation of Mexican tradition at Christmas time, and consists of symbolically asking accommodation and food to someone, recalling the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph in the days before the birth of Jesus. Those who participate pray, sing and eat together.​

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  • A video shows a child rummaging in the garbage looking for food

    The video that shows a street child seeking food from a garbage has caused great indignation among the citizens of the municipality of Villaflores, Chiapas, Mexico. The video, filmed by a passer-by who saw the scene and approached the child, is causing reaction in social networks, asking for a dignified life for children.

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  • May Jesus be visible even in our home, today! The hope of a missionary for Christmas

    In Thailand every home, office, factory, farm and public space exposes a giant poster of the King or the royal family, especially in this period of national mourning for the death of the 'Greatest of Kings'. Now the images have multiplied in quantity, in size and in price. Everywhere, even tattoos, sweets and clothes show the image of Rama 9.

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  • Two priests ordained in Orissa, in the district of the anti-Christian massacres

    Kandhmal district in the Indian state of Orissa, which was the scene of the anti-Christian massacres of 2008, welcomed two new priests at the end of the Jubilee Year. As reported to Fides, more than three thousand faithful, together with priests and nuns, attended the solemn rite of priestly ordination, held on December 12 and chaired by Bishop Aplinar Senapati, who heads the diocese of Rayagada. ​

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  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the anxiety in the heart for many immigrants

    Dozens of children lined the main aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral in Oakland-Pittsburgh, wearing the native dress of Latin America and holding up flags of their countries, accompanied by the sound of the trumpets of a band of Mariachi and opened the procession before the evening Mass on Monday 12 December, carrying a large arras of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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  • Laos has its first martyrs

    Historic Step for the Catholic Church in Laos where yesterday December 11, the solemn liturgy of beatification of 17 new martyrs, including missionaries and lay Laotians was held in the Cathedral of the capital Vientiane. We are talking about a group formed by foreign missionaries and local catechists killed between 1954 and 1970 by the communist Pathet Lao guerrillas who seized power in the tiny nation of Southeast Asia.

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  • Earthquake: over one hundred dead, thousands homeless and destroyed homes, schools closed

    At least 102 people have died and hundreds injured because of the strong earthquake that on December 7 hit the province of Aceh, in the north of the island of Sumatra. According to the latest data of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), collected by Fides, the quake severely damaged at least 10,500 houses, 61 mosques and 4 schools. Over 11 thousand people were evacuated.

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  • The exploitation of children in the worst forms of child labor does not stop

    In India there are more than 200,000 children who are exploited in very poor conditions in the world of manufacturing jobs. Forced to work, deprived of education and their basic needs, these children suffer the consequences of a society that looks at them with indifference. "Child in a Box" campaign was launched to highlight this dramatic situation around the world.

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  • Cardinal Ribat: "The Church in Oceania has faith, but the populations are in danger"

    "The Church in Oceania is vibrant in faith. Overall we are a young Church with a vibrant and dynamic community at a pastoral and social level. We are committed to a permanent formation for our faithful. We have to thank the Churches of Asia, who have sent missionaries.

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  • Stanley Rother, first martyr born in the US

    It is official, Pope Francis yesterday, 2 December 2016 recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City (USA), making him the first martyr who was born in the United States. The recognition of his martyrdom opens the path for his beatification.

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  • Fight against AIDS: challenge not only against the virus, but integral promotion of human development

    Young people have a tremendous potential which unfortunately they are often not allowed to take advantage of". This is what Fr. Michael Lewis SJ, President of the Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) said in the message released on the occasion of the World Day to Combat AIDS which is celebrated today, December 1, 2016.

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  • Prayer for peace all over the country on the eve of the protest of extremist groups

    To reaffirm peacefully the principles of tolerance, love, unity in diversity, acceptance of others, legality, peace: with this spirit, wearing red and white bands (Indonesia's national colors), thousands of citizens around the country, faithful of all religious communities, symbolically shared a large "prayer for unity", yesterday, November 30, 2016, and took to the streets to launch a message of peace.

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  • Millions of children orphaned due to conflict and exploitation

    Millions of children orphaned, victims of violence have continued to rise in Goma since 1994. The complaint comes from the "En Avant Les Enfants" center INUKA. According INUKA, more than 4 million children have lost at least one parent in the last twenty years, silent victims of ongoing cycles of violence.​

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  • Proposals of 60 adolescents for sustainable development and the overcoming of child poverty

    A group formed by 60 adolescents from 11 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean presented a set of proposals for the achievement of Sustainable Development Objectives in 2030 and the overcoming of child poverty to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

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  • Thanksgiving: "Diverse as we are, we are united in the debt we owe to God"

    On the occasion of Thanksgiving, which is celebrated today, the President and the Vice President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCBB), Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and the Archbishop of Los Angeles, His Exc. Msgr. José H. Gomez, just elected to this office by the recent Assembly of the Episcopate, offer a Thanksgiving message to the nation.

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  • Meeting of the Bishops of Central American SEDAC has begun, prayers for the victims of hurricane Otto

    he Bishops of the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America (SEDAC) opened their annual meeting yesterday afternoon, in the chapel of the Marist Brothers Center in Guatemala City. According to the note sent to Fides, there are 65 Bishops, from El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, who are participating in the meeting, from 22 to 25 November, to discuss and reflect on the situation of the region in the light of the magisterium.

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  • Unity in Diversity: the people of Indonesia take to the streets for the common good

    Reaffirming Indonesia's motto, "unity in diversity" and the solid foundation of the nation, ie the Pancasila (the "Charter of five principles"): with this spirit the Indonesians of all faiths took to the streets in recent days in Jakarta and Semarang, the two major cities of the Indonesian island of Java. Wearing the traditional white and red dresses, the national colors of Indonesia, thousands of people marched on November 19 on the streets of the capital.

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  • Catholic leaders: "demonetization only affects the poor"

    A measure that targets the poor: this is how some Catholic leaders have judged the recent measure of the Indian government defined by economists "demonetization". In recent days, the government lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to withdraw 500 and 1000 rupee notes (equal to 7.4 and 14.8 dollars each) from circulation, because, as said, there are too many counterfeits in circulation, which favor the black economy and crime.

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  • The population of the Red Sea and the Blue Nile is dying of thirst

    Members of the Sudanese Parliament have declared that several people have died of thirst in the Red Sea and the Blue Nile, where there is a severe shortage of drinking water. The authorities have requested the supply of tankers to transport water in the affected area.

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  • Father Aguilar: "Every day children die in Venezuela, there are no medicines and food"

    The director of the Communication Department of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (CEV), Father Pedro Pablo Aguilar, highlighted that Venezuelans are becoming "poorer and poorer" because the country is in a state of "humanitarian crisis". In a brief interview with the press, Father Aguilar reported that "every day berween one to two children die for malnutrition" and that "about 200 people are killed in Venezuela every weekend", there are no medicines and food in the country.

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  • Two and a half million children victims of armed conflicts

    The damage that the war has caused Colombian children continue to affect their lives. Anxiety and depression, behavioral, social, attention and concentration problems are among the most common. This is what emerged during the VI International Congress of Pedagogy and Childhood: Building Peace starting from Early Childhood, in La Sabana, Colombian town of Chia.

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  • The Bishop of Tombura-Yambio: "Mercy as a way of peace for South Sudan"

    "We must be compassionate towards one another so that peace prevails in our society", said His Exc. Mgr. Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of Tombura-Yambio, in South Sudan, at the closing ceremony of the Holy Year of Mercy that had a special meaning in this Country, since December 2013 devastated by civil war.

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  • Young people conclude the Jubilee: say yes to Christ

    The young people of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands conclude the Holy Year with a gathering in which they renew their commitment to follow and to choose Christ in their lives, in the social context in which they live, in Papua and in the Pacific islands.

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  • A Mass for the many "anonymous" deceased migrants, never identified

    For the commemoration of the dead, the "Casa del Migrante" in Nuevo Laredo promoted the celebration of a Mass for all those who died trying to cross the border towards the United States. His Exc. Mgr. Enrique Sánchez Martínez, Bishop of Nuevo Laredo, presided over the Eucharistic celebration during which he highlighted the plight of migrants, especially those of Central Americans.

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  • Pope Francis: "Today is a time of mission and a time of courage!"

    Before reciting the midday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Sunday, October 23, the Holy Father stressed the celebration of World Mission Sunday, commenting on the second reading of the Liturgy, which presented the exhortation of St. Paul to Timothy, in which he thinks back to his life as an apostle wholly consecrated to the mission (cf. 2 Tm 4,6-8.16-18).

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  • WORLD MISSION DAY - CATHOLIC CHURCH STATISTICS 2016

    As every year, in view of World Mission Day, which this year celebrates it 90th anniversary on Sunday, October 23, 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 2014) regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education.

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  • Six months after the earthquake many children still need help to overcome fear

    To meet the needs of children who are still living in informal shelters and rural areas six months after the earthquake that devastated the Country, continues to be a major challenge. According to the United Nations Fund for Children, more than 8,800 people live in temporary shelter, with no hygiene and adequate sanitary conditions.

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  • Deaths due to tuberculosis, lack of food: the Church denounces the situation in prisons

    The statement from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops' Conference of Venezuela was released yesterday, in some parishes of the capital of Venezuela with regards to the prison situation in the country. The text denounces the situation of the General Penitentiary of Venezuela (PGV) in San Juan de Los Morros, Guárico state, where the news of the deaths of inmates due to tuberculosis and lack of health care, in addition to food shortages of prisoners was confirmed.

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  • A hospice to accommodate orphans and HIV-positive people

    The network of Dispensary Doctors of the Archdiocese of Guayaquivil (REDIMA) has been engaged since 2004 in the fight against HIV and use the Josemaria Diagnostic Center, a reference point for the 26 dispensaries of RED that deal with assistance, prevention and support regarding HIV-positive patients. According to information sent to Fides, the Center assists an average of 150 people every month. There is an infectologist and, currently, 1,184 medical records are registered.

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  • Haurkizuna: organization to help the vulnerable children in Ecuador

    The foundation Haurkizuma, made up of people from Tolosa and Mundaka, will support solidarity projects in the area of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador. It is a nonprofit association, which integrates with the Fundación Calasanz already present in the Latin American Country. The common goal is to approve concrete projects that establish direct aid to offer an alternative life to defenseless children, welcoming children and offering them an integral education.

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  • Young Indonesians, salt and light in a world without boundaries

    "The Day of Indonesian youth was a typical expression of Indonesia's diversity: we know that Indonesia is a plural country, cradle of the diversity of cultures, languages and faiths; the Church is one of these components that lives diversity in harmony, as stated in the official motto of Indonesia, which is unity in diversity":

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  • Treatment and prevention of malaria: commitment of Catholic structures on the island of Flores

    "Indonesia is one of the countries with the highest percentage of cases of malaria. In 2015, the 'ratio' of the disease was 5 per thousand. This means that 5 people out of a thousand were positive to the virus", says to Fides Father Luigi Galvani, MI. "In the Country, cases of malaria are becoming more numerous and the pandemic continues to be a threat to the entire population. In recent years, it was one of the ten killer diseases which mainly hit pregnant mothers and children.

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  • The number of deaths due to diarrheal diseases

    The death toll of the recent outbreak of diarrheal diseases in Sudan continues to increase and medical facilities have difficulties in keeping the situation under control. The most vulnerable sectors of the population are children, young and old people. In Khartoum, the Sudanese Minister of Health has confirmed the deaths of 71 people and the contagion of other 3,771 in the six States of Kassala, El Gedaref, Sennar, El Gezira, Blue Nile and River Nile.

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  • The cross made by a Muslim craftsman is the symbol of the Indonesian Youth Day

    The cross was the symbol of the Indonesian Youth Day (October 4-6), which ends today in Manado. As Fides learns, the cross, made of bamboo and rattan, was built by a Muslim craftsman: the work is, itself, a sign of that "unity in diversity" and harmony among different religions which is the motto of Indonesia and was the central theme of World youth Day, titled: "the joy of the Gospel in a plural society".​

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  • Seven out of 10 children victims of abuse

    74% of boys and girls and 81% of adolescents in Peru suffer abuse. This is what emerged in the IV National Meeting for Early Childhood, being held in Lima. On this occasion the Ministry of women and vulnerable populations of Peru launched a campaign with the motto: "Without beating or humiliating, it is time to change", to make adults aware, through videos, of the effects abuse has on the emotional and physical health of children.

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  • Chemical weapons used in Darfur? "Investigations need to be carried out", says an expert to Fides

    Between 200 and 250 people, mostly children, were killed in the course of several chemical attacks launched by the Sudanese armed forces in Sudan. This was denounced in a report by Amnesty International. "Using satellite imagery, more than 200 in-depth interviews with survivors and expert analysis of dozens of appalling images showing babies and young children with terrible injuries,

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  • Thousands of Haitians at the border with the USA: more support is needed from the Mexican government

    In 2016, 7,800 Haitians have arrived in Mexico from Guatemala in their attempt to reach the United States, informs the Mexican immigration authorities. The National Institute of Migration (INM) says that 1,701 people come from African countries and 3,753 from Asian countries, according to an entry stamp at the immigration Center of the city of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala.

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  • Nine out of ten children in the Amazon do not complete their studies

    Nine out of ten children in the Amazon do not complete their studies. Poverty and lack of education are causing serious problems to the development of thousands of young people in the most precarious areas of the Country. The warning is launched by Care Peru humanitarian organization, dedicated to eradicating poverty, according to which the lack of education also increases rates of violence against women.

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  • With the nightmare of the "Buddhist blasphemy", the Church prepares missionary October

    "In this phase, under military power, society and especially young people complain about the lack of freedom and pluralism: one cannot criticize the government. But our pastoral activities are not disturbed or modified": says to Agenzia Fides Fr. Peter Watchasin, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Thailand, talking about how the Church is preparing to live "World Mission Day" next October 23.

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  • Unsustainable education costs: Sudanese families forced to leave their daughters at home

    Studying in Sudan seems to have become inaccessible for a growing number of people. The surge in prices is forcing parents to keep their daughters at home. The costs for uniforms, folders, books, notebooks and pens continue to rise and families do not have the money to face the costs, especially those families with several school age children.

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  • Very poor families protest in the streets of Potosi

    In all of Bolivia, which has over 10 million inhabitants, more than 50,000 families live in extreme poverty and wish to leave the country in search of a decent life. This is what a local organization that grouped the poor families of the city of Potosì denounces. During a recent demonstration in the streets of the city, the citizens asked for social housing and better job opportunities. "It is a true emergency", said the statement sent to Agenzia Fides.

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  • Mgr. Vian Morales: "The exploitation of farmers and indigenous people must end"

    "Do not continue with the exploitation of farmers and indigenous people and tell the truth at all times": These are the two prerequisites for a better country indicated by the Archbishop of Santiago de Guatemala, His Exc. Mgr. Oscar Julio Vian Morales S.D.B., at the end of his homily last Sunday, September 18. "The Lord is against those who exploit the poor and increase the price of everything, which is what can be seen in Guatemala.

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  • Catholic University inaugurated: "a work of mercy" says the Rector

    The first Catholic University in Vietnam has officially opened: in the first academic year, inaugurated a few days ago, there are 23 students who attend the lessons of the Catholic Institute of Vietnam, as reported to Fides by Bishop Mgr. Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, Rector of the Institute and president of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education. "It is an important step for the Vietnamese Church that takes place during the Jubilee year" notes the Bishop, expressing his satisfaction to Fides.

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  • Human Rights Watch:The return of Somali refugees in Dadaab is not "voluntary"

    Many of the Somali refugees in Dadaab camp (in northeastern Kenya) "have agreed to return home because they fear Kenya will force them out if they stay" denounce Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to the international humanitarian organization, there is nothing "voluntary" in the repatriation of Somalis and in sharp contrast with the agreement of November 2013, signed by Kenya,

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  • A thousand houses and an entire area under construction for poor families

    "We want to give dignity to people who have been forgotten" said the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, who yesterday visited the construction site where works are being carried out for the future of San Francisco area in Zeballos Cue, in the north of the capital Asuncion. Here thousands of homes for needy families are being built.

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  • Young Catholic teacher killed in Papua: investigations are underway to understand the reasons

    "We are shocked and condemn the barbaric act of gratuitous violence against the innocent. We immediately looked for information to understand the reasons of the crime. We asked all the young people in Indonesia to pray for Esra and his family": says to Agenzia Fides Fr. Antonius Haryanto, Executive Secretary of the Commission for young people in the Indonesian Bishops' Conference, after the brutal murder of Esra Patatang, 27, a Catholic catechist and teacher, killed on September 12 with a bullet​

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  • The Country threatened by a locust plague

    Another scourge is affecting the populations of North Kordofan and North Darfur. Swarms of locusts are infesting the fields and are endangering crops. This is what mainly farmers of the invaded areas of the two regions of Sudan have denounced. Swarms of locusts have formed in areas of Sudan that remain green after the summer rains. In a recent statement, the local Federal Minister added that the invasion has spread in the State of the Red Sea in eastern Sudan.

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  • The number of children with cancer increases

    here are 400,000 children suffering from cancer in Sudan. This was stated in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, by the General Coordinator of the Pediatric Hospital of Oncology in Khartoum. The cases continue to rise, and the causes seem to be attributed to the use of potassium bromide in bread, the increasing environmental pollution, drinking water contaminated by industrial waste, pesticides and expired fertilizers, and by the lack of an adequate sanitation.

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  • Lepers and refugees at the celebration of Mother Teresa in Orissa

    Lepers, refugees, the poor, children who are taken care by the Missionaries of Charity Sisters and Brothers run by the Sisters of Mother Teresa in Orissa (eastern state of India) were present among the two thousand faithful who took part in the thanksgiving ceremony for the canonization of Mother Teresa, organized by the Catholic Church in Orissa.

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  • There is no food or medicine, people are starving and tension increases in the country

    The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said that Venezuelan people should resolve conflicts peacefully. "There is no food, and there are no medicines, this has become a serious problem but we have to solve it peacefully", he said a few days ago.

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  • Living mercy at the border between Mexico and the USA

    The border between Mexico and the United States has become a constant scene of the passage of thousands of immigrants from the south of the continent who try to reach North America, in a desperate attempt to a better life. Sister Norma Pimentel, who recently participated in the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in the Americas, held in Bogotá (see Fides 12/08/2016), is the director of Catholic Charities based in the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, which helps thousands of people along the border. ​

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  • Human trafficking through social network increases

    The phenomenon of human trafficking in Vietnam continues to increase, and advocacy groups argue that the victims are also influenced by social media. Between 2011 and 2014 cases increased by 11.6% compared to the previous four years. The data emerged during a conference against trafficking held in Hanoi in July, by the Ministry of Public Security.

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  • A big feast on the Andes for "the Saint of the suburbs"

    Even thousands of kilometers from Rome, on Sunday, September 4, the day when Mother Teresa was proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican, a big feast was celebrated in Cuzco, Peru. Before numerous civil and religious authorities, His Exc. Mgr. Richard Daniel Alarcón Urrutia, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cusco, celebrated the Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa, which was concelebrated by priests of the Archdiocese.

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  • The Pope recalls "the many religious women who give their lives without sparing"

    After the Mass celebrated yesterday, Sunday, September 4, in Saint Peter's Basilica for the Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope Francis before the recitation of the Angelus, recalled the many religious missionary women who offer their service in difficult and risky situations: "In this moment I want to recall the many people who spend themselves in service to their brothers and sisters in difficult and risky situations.

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  • The Bishops: "Mother Teresa, a fully Indian saint"

    The canonization of Mother Teresa is an important event for India. We are grateful to the government for its support regarding the ceremony on September 4 at the Vatican. It is an important day for the world, especially for Indians, since Mother Teresa came here from Albania to sow the values of the Gospel to reach millions of people in the suburbs, going beyond the boundaries of caste, creed and religion": this is what the general Secretary of the Indian Bishops' Conference...

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  • http://www.fides.org/en/news/60644-ASIA_INDIA_Mother_Teresa_a_life_spent_taking_care_of_others

    "Mother Teresa focused her energy on others, not on herself" and this was one of her secrets and her holiness: to take care and focus on one’s neighbor, in the awareness of the preciousness of human relationship, in which the holy Spirit and God's work are manifested. This is what Caesar D'Mello, a theologian and priest of the church of Sant'Andrea in Mumbai says to Agenzia Fides, in view of the canonization celebration to be held on September 4 at the Vatican.

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  • In Yei, hundreds of young people devastated by the violence and say "no to tribalism"

    A no to tribalism and violence comes from Yei, the city of Equatoria, South Sudan, which was hit by a wave of murders and massacres attributed to mixed military-civilian armed groups that target suspected supporters of former Vice President Riek Machar (see Fides 30/08/2016). Nearly one hundred people from all sixty four tribes in South Sudan attended a two day workshop in Yei on tribalism, according to the news sent to Fides.

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  • Wave of killings against civilians in Yei: for the Bishop "heinous actions and unspeakable crimes"

    "Heinous actions and unspeakable crimes". This is how Mgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe, Bishop of Yei, in Southern Sudan, condemned the wave of killings against the inhabitants of the city and surrounding areas, committed by mixed groups of military and civilians, according to the testimonies of survivors. Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe statements followed last week’s slaughter of three members of the same family their bodies were thrown into Yei River.

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  • Day of the Martyrs of Orissa: Church and civil society seek justice

    A thorough and independent investigation of the police and the judiciary; adequate compensation that include Churches and humanitarian organizations; prosecute government officials and police involved in violence; release of seven innocent Christians still in jail; appropriate actions against forces of religious fanaticism operating in the district of Kandhamal;

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  • Justice for Christians massacred in Orissa

    Eight years after the anti-Christian massacres that shook the Indian state of Orissa, on August 25, 2008, the victims have not yet obtained justice: as John Dayal, an Indian Catholic intellectual, former national president of the "All India Catholic Union" noted to Fides, "the recent death of Emeritus Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, pastor in Orissa, coincides with the days when we remember the biggest martyrdom of a group of Christians in India".

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  • Archbishop Raphael Cheenath passes away

    Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, who led Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese when the worst persecution hit the region, passed away Aug. 14 in a Mumbai hospital. He was 82. The funeral is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Mumbai, where he was spending his retirement days under the care of his confreres of Divine Word Congregation.

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  • The hunt for albinos in Malawi caused by serious poverty originated by drought

    More than 12 million people are at risk of hunger in southern Africa as reported by FAO (the UN food agency), due to drought caused by El Niño, a natural phenomenon originated by the warming waters of the South Pacific that affect the climate in most of the world.

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  • More compensation for Christians, victims of the massacres

    Legal victory for the victims of anti-Christian massacres in Orissa: as Fides learns, the Supreme Court of India, that believe the compensation paid so far is "inadequate", ordered the government in the state of Orissa to arrange an additional compensation for Christian families who in 2008 were victims of a real "ethnic cleansing", which took place in Kandhamal district, carried out on a religious basis to free the territory from citizens of Christian faith.

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  • "Do not ignore our tragedy otherwise the tide of refugees reaching Europe's shores could be swelled" says a Bishop

    "If South Sudan is ignored, the tide of refugees reaching Europe’s shores could be swelled" says His Exc. Mgr. Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of Tombura- Yambio and President of the Inter-Faith Council for Peace Initiative (ICPI) in Greater Western Equatoria, in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides.​

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  • War driven families seek safety in Catholic schools

    In the county of Wau, situated in the western part of Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, families fleeing the consequences of fighting between government forces and armed militia continue to seek shelter in schools run by the local Catholic community, Radio Tamazuj, learned from Sylvester Owaj, responsible for several diocesan Catholic schools in Wau.

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  • Thousands of South Sudan refugees crowd into already precarious camps

    In just three weeks 30,000 refugees have entered Uganda where the camps are overcrowded to the limit. Recent fighting in South Sudan has put pressure on the already difficult situation. In early December 2015, Uganda had almost 511,000 refugees and asylum seekers, only Ethiopia and Kenya had more.

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  • Wayuu children continue to die of hunger and thirst

    Wayuú children continue to die of hunger and thirst La Guajira (Agenzia Fides) – The Wayúu indigenous communities in Colombia report that more children are dying of hunger, undernourishment and lack of social care in La Guajira.

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  • Food crisis heightens following fresh outbreak of civil war

    The food crisis in South Sudan has worsened with the new outbreak of civil war . For thousands of people fleeing their homes and the many who stay behind, food is the main priority. Since the civil war resumed two thousand children at St. Kizito school in a Juba, 600 families supported at a distance in Eastern Equatoria and 100 pupils at Bahrge technical school in the Lakes State, have no regular meals.

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  • Floods cause casualties and destruction

    In recent weeks several lives were lost in severe flooding following widespread heavy rainfall . Moreover some 2200 dwellings in Naivasha camp for displaced persons, Shangil Tobaya, northern Darfur, were destroyed leaving dozens of displaced families without shelter. Overflowing rivers during the annual rain season in Sudan is the principal cause of such floods.

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  • Children faint at school due to hunger

    In José María Velaz college, in the west of Caracas, several cases of malnutrition have been registered following the fainting of some pupils, at least one a day, as a result of the great difficulties of many families who cannot buy food. The data collected by this school report that about 25% of students have difficulty finding food and 18% suffer from hunger in a critical form.

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  • Civilians killed in Orissa, the Church in alarm

    The Catholic Church in Orissa is on alert after the killing of five civilians, including two Christians in the district of Kandhamal in the Indian state of Orissa. As Fides learns, the five were killed by a group of soldiers. The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, His Exc. Mgr. John Barwa, Chairman of the Bishops Council of Orissa, condemned the killing of the five people, which took place on July 8, demanding justice for the innocent victims.

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  • Catholic schools, the beating heart of the nation

    Catholic schools are essential to the mission of the Church in the Philippines and represent the beating heart of the nation: is what was stated by the general assembly of the Association of Catholic schools held on 8 July in Naga City. As Fides learns, the Assembly outlined the challenges for the future of Catholic institutions in the archipelago.

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  • Thousands of displaced people in churches, humanitarian emergency in Juba after the end of the fighting

    Calm has returned to Juba, capital of South Sudan, devastated by days of fighting (see Fides 11/07/2016), after President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar declared ceasefire last night. "Machar released an interview in which he reaffirmed his commitment to the cease-fire", local Church sources told Fides.

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  • At World Youth Day in Krakow young Iraqis will pray the 'Our Father' in Aramaic before the Pope

    There will be more than two hundred young Iraqi Christians who from all the dioceses of the Country will participate in the forthcoming World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Krakow in late July. And in that context, during the Via Crucis, some of them will have the chance to recite the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic, Jesus’ language, before the Pope.

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  • "There is a risk of genocide! The international community must intervene immediately to stop": alarm from Juba

    "There is a risk of genocide in South Sudan. Write it in large letters, so that someone from the international community intervenes before it is too late". This is the appeal launched through Agenzia Fides by a source from the Church in South Sudan, which we will not mention for security reasons. "When fighting with heavy weapons ceases, the massacres against members of rival ethnic group begins. ​

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  • Female Infanticide: China and India still at the top of the list

    China and India are among the countries at the top of the world rankings for female infanticide: says the latest report released by the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), the first global study on the topic. As stated in the Report, sent to Fides, the preference for male children is a phenomenon present all over the world and generates 1.5 million female fetuses aborted each year.

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  • Missionary Animation focuses on young people

    42 participants, from 15 dioceses of Poland, attended the second level Course for Missionary Animators, organized by the Missionary Animation Centre in Warsaw from 27 June to 1 July. According to information sent to Fides by the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Poland, Mgr. Tomasz Atlas, this second year of the course was a continuation of the first, with in-depth anaysis on issues regarding missiology and activities of the PMS.

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  • The Bishop of Yei: "the judiciary should not delay the results of the investigations into the death of Sister Veronika"

    "The judiciary should not delay the results of the investigations, and the culprits must be brought to justice" said His Exc. Mgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe, Bishop of Yei, in southern Sudan, launching an appeal to the authorities to speed up the investigation of suspects who shot the late Sister Veronika Theresa Rackova, Slovakian missionary of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, who died after being fired by soldiers at a checkpoint (see Fides 21/05/2016).

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  • "Brilliant Lessons": school education program for Shoe-shine children

    The Guatemalan children working as a shoe-shine generally live far from any form of education, and remain without prospects for a different future. They cannot go to school because they are forced to work seven days a week.

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  • Alert about the high figures of child laborers in the capital

    On the occasion of a recent round table set up by Mexican authorities for Child Labour Prevention, found that the phenomenon, which affects about 90,000 children in Mexico City, is particularly linked to the socio-economic problems of their families.

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  • For 35 years the JRS on a mission for refugees in Asia-Pacific

    For 35 years the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has been active in the Asia-Pacific area to assist refugees and displaced persons in seven countries: Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Timor East and Thailand. Currently JRS assists over 310,000 people in their basic needs but also in social development, in education and reintegration into society.

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  • Violence in Wau: suspicions on the army but the government accuses a new Islamist formation

    At least 50 people died and several thousand displaced is the toll of a wave of violence which took place on June 25 in Wau, a town 650 km north-west from Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

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  • Caritas: poverty, development and climate justice on the political agenda

    Work towards development and put the poor "at the center of the political agenda": is the appeal of Caritas Philippines and of a group of about 30 religious and civil organizations to newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte. Caritas calls on the government to make "further efforts to improve the lives of poor countries and the marginalized" in view of a "real change".

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  • The City of Joy welcomes mistreated orphans and vulnerable children

    The Health Desk of Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has rescued some orphaned and venerable children in Monze Diocese who were being abused by adults. The girls are among the 20 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) that have since been accommodated at the Catholic Church run City of Joy in Mazabuka town.

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  • Missionary Campaign 2016 begins: "The cure for the common home is our mission"

    220,000 copies of "Missionary Novena" have just been printed, one of the subsidies for the animation of the Missionary Campaign in Brazil which this year has the theme "The cure for the common home is our mission", inspired by the story of creation in the book of Genesis: "God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good" (Gn 1, 31).

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  • Corruption is rampant in public hospitals

    Since Sudan introduced a health insurance system in 1994, the public health sector has witnessed a deterioration and decline that has led to the emergence of corrupt practices. An investigative report on petty corruption in Sudan points to a number of factors for the decline, including the increase in the number patients without a parallel increase in facilities.

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  • Resignation of the Bishop of Goroka, appointment of successor

    On 9 June 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Goroka (Papua New Guinea), presented by His Exc. Mgr. Francesco Sarego, S.V.D., in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the C.I.C. and at the same time, he appointed Rev. Fr. Dariusz Kaluza, of the Missionaries of the Holy Family (M.S.F.) as Bishop of the Diocese of Goroka.

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  • Catholics mobilize for the anniversary of "Laudato Si"

    The importance of awareness at a national level and to promote universal respect for nature, in the spirit of the encyclical "Laudato Sì" continue: is the aim of the Catholic Movement for global climate (GCCM) which from 12 to 19 June has launched an awareness-raising week, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the publication of the encyclical.

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  • The Bishop of Yei consoles missionary priests and sisters to remain strong in their faith after the painful death of Sister Veronika Rackova, SSpS

    "Remain strong in your faith" said Mgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe, Bishop of Yei, during a ceremony in memory of Sister Teresia Veronika Rackova, the missionary of the Congregation of Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit and Director of S. Bakhita Health Centre, who died after days of agony after being hit by bullets fired by some south Sudanese military at a checkpoint (see Fides 21/05/2016).

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  • Over 300 thousand children forced to beg on the streets every day

    A recent survey, carried out by the Indian police along with some humanitarian organizations, revealed that more than 300,000 children suffer abuse by criminals involved in human trafficking, and force them to beg on the streets of some cities every day. Many of the children who beg are maimed or burned in order for passersby to have more compassion and earn more.

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  • Slaves of modern times: 10 million more in the world compared to 2015

    About 46 million people, including millions of children, are currently living in conditions of modern slavery. This is what was highlighted in a study released by the Australian Foundation Walk Free sent to Agenzia Fides. The appalling figure involves 167 Countries, India tops the list. The phenomenon includes human trafficking, forced labor, sexual exploitation, early or forced marriages.

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  • Children make toys for their peers affected by the earthquake

    The consequences caused by the earthquake last April 16 which devastated the country, continue to have an impact on children. In the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas, children of other areas in Ecuador, together with students, teachers, men from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Costa Rica, have formed a supportive network to promote an aid project which consists in packaging cloth dolls for children of the coastal area destroyed by the earthquake.

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  • Emergency in the Country for the exploitation of children in tobacco plantations

    The exploitation of child labor in tobacco plantations continues to be one of the most serious emergencies in Indonesia. The complaint comes from the recently published report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Children, some as young as 8 years of age, are exposed to nicotine, and handle toxic chemicals or use dangerous tools under the scorching heat in the plantations.

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  • Today the funeral of Sister Veronika Teresia Rackova SSpS

    Sister Veronika Teresia Rackova of the Congregation of the Sisters Servant of the Holy Spirit and Medical Director of St Bakhita Health Centre will be buried today Tuesday, May 24 in Nairobi, Kenya. The late Sister died on Friday (see Fides 21/05/2016) in pain for the service of the poor in South Sudan as a martyr.

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  • Church and civil society against new executions

    An urgent appeal and a campaign to stop new executions scheduled by the Indonesian government and announced as imminent: is what Catholic organizations and groups of the Indonesian civil society are preparing. According to information from the Indonesian police, 15 inmates in the prison on the island of Nusakambangan, in front of the city of Cilacap (Central Java), are ready to be executed: four Chinese, two from Zimbabwe, two Nigerians, a Senegalese, a Pakistani and five Indonesians,

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  • Slovak missionary who was shot and seriously wounded has died

    Sr. Veronica Rackova, a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit (SSPS), who was shot and seriously wounded in South Sudan, has died. Sr. Veronica was allegedly shot by Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers (the former rebel movement that took power after the country's independence in 2011) on Monday May 16.

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  • A month after the earthquake: religious celebrations while the emergency continues

    One month after the earthquake that has isolated Ecuador's northern coastal area, 120 thousand children are in urgent need of temporary spaces where to attend school lessons. The earthquake on April 16 killed 660 people, destroyed water systems and damaged 33 health centers, and 560 schools and about 10,000 buildings have been seriously damaged.

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  • Thousands of Sudanese refugees in Chad are in desperate need of help

    Sudanese refugees in Goz Amer camp, eastern Chad, complain about a severe shortage of humanitarian aid, health care and food services. A group of refugees in the camp, in an interview to a local radio station, said that there are no medicines and doctors for routine checkups at the health facilities of the camp, which houses more than 35,000 refugees.

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  • ECUADOR - The Archbishop of Portoviejo: "Hospitality and Mercy" to overcome discouragement

    "The experience of the earthquake was really a great trauma for everyone, but especially for the many families who lost their relatives. I think about that father from Manta who lost his wife, his two sons, mother-in-law and a nephew or that family whose father was trying to pull everyone to safety in the car: the house in front of which he had stopped collapsed and buried all of them. Tragedy, pain, death reached us all unprepared.

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  • "Let us not stop aid": volunteers are concerned about the earthquake victims

    First breakfast, lunch and a snack: this is what homeless families, volunteer rescuers and firefighters receive every day, thanks to the work of a large group of faithful organized by the Capuchin missionaries in Portoviejo after the earthquake on April 16th (See Fides 18, 20 and 29/04/2016). Every day 3,600 meals are distributed.

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  • Religious superiors: "Let us spread the message of 'Laudato Si' "

    "Pollution of the water, of the land, of the air; deforestation and cutting of trees, burning the forests, overgrazing and desertification and oil exploitation as the major income for the country but as a grave polluting agent". These are the human and natural threats that South Sudan has to face, according to the religious operating in the country.

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  • Earthquakes cause extreme difficulties for those affected by disability

    The death toll of the earthquake that just over a week ago struck Ecuador rises: more than 710 people have died or are missing, including some 16,600 injured and some are still in serious condition. This was reported by the National Secretariat for Risk Management. The Ecuadorian government declared a state of emergency in six provinces: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos. The area of Pedernales (Manabí province) has been declared a disaster zone.

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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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