PHILIPPINES:  THE CHURCH IN JOLO FIGHTING THE “FORCES OF EVIL”
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PHILIPPINES: THE CHURCH IN JOLO FIGHTING THE “FORCES OF EVIL”

“We will not allow this tragedy to divide and isolate us from the rest of the country.” Jolo, Sulu – A small city in military lockdown, an all-out war in the adjacent municipality against violent extremists, families in mourning after burying their dead, injured patients recovering in various hospitals, and some having to be amputated....

“THE TRUTH WE SPEAK IS NOT WELCOME IN THIS FRATRICIDAL CONFLICT.”
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“THE TRUTH WE SPEAK IS NOT WELCOME IN THIS FRATRICIDAL CONFLICT.”

At present the Anglophone areas of Cameroon are being constantly shaken by a conflict between Anglophone separatist groups and the Francophone central government. In this context of fratricidal conflict, the Church is attempting to rekindle dialogue between the two parties. Bishop Emmanuel Abbo of Ngaoundéré, in the Francophone area, who is 49, and Auxiliary Bishop...

TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE MARGINS
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TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE MARGINS

The “Bethlehem Mission” (Missao Belem) is a lay spiritual community of people who devote themselves above all to caring for the homeless, the addicts, the lonely and all those facing a crisis or some other difficult situation. The members of the community, who describe themselves as “missionaries”, share their lives full-time with these homeless victims,...

“HOW DO WE LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER IN THE ONE HUMAN FAMILY?”
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“HOW DO WE LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER IN THE ONE HUMAN FAMILY?”

In the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven emirates situated in the Persian Gulf, the official religion is Islam and according to Aid to the Church in Need’s latest report on “Religious Freedom in the World”, the status of religious freedom in the Arabian Peninsula is stable and unchanged. 800 years after the encounter...

VENEZUELAN CHURCH DENOUNCES THE POLITICAL REPRESSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
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VENEZUELAN CHURCH DENOUNCES THE POLITICAL REPRESSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Appeal for prayers for peace on Sunday 10 February United in their concern to “avoid still greater suffering and pain for the people” and in their hope for a change in the course of the political and democratic situation that Venezuela is currently going through, the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference have launched a joint communiqué, together...

“I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANIMOSITY”
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“I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANIMOSITY”

“I have never experienced animosity”- Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar for Southern Arabia The Pope starts on Sunday a historic journey to the United Arab Emirates Bishop Paul Hinder is Apostolic Vicar for southern Arabia. As such, the Swiss Capuchin monk will host the pope when he sets out for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab...

SPECIAL MOMENTS AT WYD PANAMA
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SPECIAL MOMENTS AT WYD PANAMA

From the 22nd to 27th January 2019, Panama became a place of encounter where thousands of young people from all over the world experienced the joy of faith and the love of God in a powerful way. Archbishop of Panama City, Monsignor José Domingo Ulloa confirms this when he says: “I have witnessed how World...

ASIA BIBI: THE FACE OF MANY PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS
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ASIA BIBI: THE FACE OF MANY PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS

Yesterday, 29th January, Pakistani’s Supreme Court rejected a petition submitted by Qari Muhammed Salaam on behalf of firebrand preacher  Khadim Hussain Rizvi to reverse the acquittal of Asia Bibi, Pakistani Catholic mother of five who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010 and acquitted in October last year. “We are not hearing the...

CAR: DEATH TOLL FROM THE MASSACRE IN ALINDAO HAS NOW REACHED 80
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CAR: DEATH TOLL FROM THE MASSACRE IN ALINDAO HAS NOW REACHED 80

ACN is funding two aid projects for the local Catholic community as they return to a scene of utter devastation The number of people who have died as a result of the terrorist attacks of 15 November last year on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the diocese of Alindao and on the refugee...

SYRIA CONTINUES TO BE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION
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SYRIA CONTINUES TO BE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION

                           SYRIA CONTINUES TO BE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 13.1 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance today-a direct consequence of 8 years of cruel civil war aggravated by the open outright...