AMERICA/COLOMBIA - "No" wins in the referendum on peace agreements

Bogota - Colombians have rejected the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC in a historic referendum that sought to put an end to 52 years of armed conflict.According to information gathered by Fides, with counting completed from 99.80% of polling stations, the "No" vote led compared to the ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AFRICA/SOMALIA - Restructuring of the Somali intelligence; Turkey announces the opening of its first base in the Country

Mogadishu - 1,500 officers and intelligence agents in Somalia have been dismissed, including the head-center of the capital, Mogadishu. This was decided by General Abdullahi Gafow, according to whom the dismissed staff was not able to carry out the tasks assigned to deal with the onset of the Shabaab. The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/IRAQ - The Patriarchs of the Syro-Antiochene Churches ask for the "Syriac" ethnicity to be recognized and included in the Iraqi Constitution

Beirut - The two Primates of the Syro-Antiochene Churches - Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II and Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssif III - have signed and sent a letter to the highest representatives of the Iraqi institutions to recognize and include the "syriac" as an ethnicity to be included ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AMERICA/COLOMBIA - After the referendum, the Bishops encourage to promote a "culture of encounter"

Bogota - Following the results of the referendum on the peace Agreements held on October 2, with the victory of the "no" and with a very low turnout, the Colombian episcopate have invited political leaders and the entire population to overcome polarization and divisions. The statement of the Bishops' Conference ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Hundreds of foreign "slave" fishermen on vessels in Hawaii

Honolulu - A recent survey published by Associated Press found that hundreds of foreigners, undocumented and from Asia and the Pacific, have been confined to vessels for years without basic labor protections. With no legal standing on U.S. soil, the men are at the mercy of their American captains on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/INDIA - A Christian politician killed in Tamil Nadu

Chennai - A Pentecostal Christian, engaged in politics, was murdered near a church in the south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu . As Fides learns, Dhanasekharan was 34 years old and attended a Pentecostal church in Devasabha. On the morning of October 2 he was in a prayer room when ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/SYRIA - The Franciscans: concrete steps to be taken to designate a "Safe Zone" in Aleppo under the control of UN peacekeepers

Aleppo - The international Community must take concrete steps "to designate Aleppo a Safe Zone", to be placed under the direct control "of UN Peacekeeping", using lessons and solutions acquired in previous conflicts, in order to ensure maximum cooperation, and the consequent success of such an initiative". On the day ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AFRICA/DR CONGO - The Congolese crisis threatens to set fire to the whole area of the Great Lakes

Kinshasa – Besides the political instability experienced in the Democratic Republic of Congo there is also instability in peripheral areas, such as in Central Kasai and especially North and the South Kivu. Large areas of North Kivu have been in the hands of various armed groups for decades, some of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/IRAQ - Kurdish Peshmerga bombard the jihadist militias that occupy a Christian town in the Nineveh Plain

Mosul – On Monday, October 3, the Kurdish Peshmerga army attacked positions of the Islamic State in the city of Bartala, also known as Bartella, located 20 kilometers east of Mosul, in the Nineveh province. The city was inhabited mostly by Syrian Christians, forced to flee in the summer of ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/INDONESIA - More than two thousand young witnesses of the "joy of the gospel in a plural society"

Manado - The second Indonesian Youth Day, a national event organized by the Episcopal Conference, on the model of World Youth Day, began today October 4, in the diocese of Manado, eastern Indonesia . More than 2,600 young people from 37 dioceses of the archipelago have gathered until 6 October ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AMERICA/MEXICO - "Social peace and the security of many people are being put at risk" denounces Msg. Arizmendi

San Cristobal de las Casas - Last week, the Electoral Court of the State of Chiapas decreed the legitimacy of the role regarding two women elected mayors of Chenalhó and Oxchuc. Since the elections a year ago, the population itself had prevented them from settling in their office and had ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Auxiliary Bishop of Juba: "There is no need to tell lies: people suffer. There is no peace without justice"

Juba - "There is no need to tell lies. They do not help us. This country is sinking. We need to get up and stand strong and say God help us to carve a new way, rather than denying the suffering of the people", said His Exc. Mgr. Santo Laku, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/JORDAN - Jordan is the Country with the highest number of refugees. Caritas Jordan: unsustainable and dangerous situation

Amman - Jordan currently hosts two million and 7 thousand refugees: a multitude which places the Hashemite Kingdom in first place in the ranking of countries hosting the largest number of refugees and displaced persons, followed by Turkey , Pakistan and Lebanon . According to data provided by Amnesty International, ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AMERICA/BRAZIL - Forum on guaranteeing fundamental rights brings together 26 dioceses

Sao Paulo - "Guarantee of fundamental rights" is the theme of the Forum, to be held on October 29 in Sao Paulo, indicated by the coordination group of the Forum of Social Pastoral Councils of the South Region 1 of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference . This is how the group ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

ASIA/INDIA - Kashmir crisis: the Church launches a major national interfaith prayer

New Delhi - "We announce a major national prayer to be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016: all the Bishops, all the priests, religious and laity, will animate Masses, liturgies, vigils and prayers for the good of the nation. We call on all men and women of good will to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AMERICA/PERU - Seven out of 10 children victims of abuse

Lima - 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 ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AFRICA/EGYPT - Four Copts (including a child) kidnapped in the province of Assiut

Assiut - Four Coptic Christians, one of whom is also a 9-year-old boy, were kidnapped on October 3 in the city of Manfalut, in the province of Assiut, 350 km south of Cairo. The kidnappers initially demanded a ransom for 500 thousand Egyptian pounds, equivalent to more than 50 thousand ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Prayer and fasting for the present and the future of Nicaragua

Managua - From tomorrow, October 6, at the invitation of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua, every parish in the country will organize a "Day of Prayer and Fasting for the present and the future of Nicaragua".On November 6, 3.4 million Nicaraguan citizens will be called to the polls to elect ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AFRICA/DR CONGO - Need to separate presidential, legislative and local elections to overcome the crisis

Kinshasa - The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, confirmed on October 4 the postponement of the presidential elections which were to be held before 19 December, the expiry date of his second term. Previously the Independent Electoral Commission announced that the elections would be postponed to ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - "Fighting at km5 after the killing of a military commander" report Fides sources

Bangui - A Central African army chief, Marcel Mombeka, was killed yesterday morning near km5, the Muslim area of the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. During the ambush the military’s 14-year-old son was injured."The dynamics of the murder seems to be that of a settling of scores and not a ... Read More ...
Posted on: 10/06/16


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