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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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