The Government of Malaysia must commit itself to formulating laws and implementing policies to eradicate corruption and poverty from society: this is what is asked, in an appeal sent to Fides, in preparation for the “Malaysia Day” of September 16, which commemorates the birth of the nation, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) that, […]
In a meeting in Rome with a visiting Japanese delegation on Sept. 12, Pope Francis announced plans to visit Japan next year. “Since you are here, I would like to announce my intention to visit Japan next year. I hope I am able to fulfil this wish,” Pope Francis told members of the Tensho Kenoh […]
The Catholic Church in Bangladesh plans to treat the welfare of families and poverty, as well as environmental protection and migrant welfare, as pastoral priorities in the next decade. New guidelines state that such an approach would “give witness” to the Church in the low-lying nation. A 12-point ‘mission statement’ was issued at the end […]
Cardinal Charles Bo, Burma’s most senior churchman, has said the military are continuing to persecute ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian group in a conflict- torn part of the country. Speaking on September 1 at a peace forum in South Korea, Cardinal Bo said the suffering the Rohingya have endured has captured the world’s attention. He […]
Bishop John Victor Samuel, a renowned ecumenical leader from Pakistan, died on August 29. His son Ajmal Samuel announced that his father died “after a long and brave fight following a stroke last year.” Bishop Samuel was 87. Bishop Samuel is survived by his wife, Shirin Samuel, three children and their families.
Undaunted by the danger posed by extremists in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, Franciscan missionaries hold Masses and other church activities in the mountains of Basilan province, home of the bandit Abu Sayyaf group. Franciscan Father Elton Viagedor, pastor of San Roque parish in the town of Lantawan, said they want to show that […]
Sinicization “is a trap,” a way to “intimidate the Catholic Church;” it has the purpose of “distorting the creed of all religious communities” in China. These are the thoughts of two Chinese Catholics, Peter of Hebei, and Paul of Shaanxi referring to the program wanted by Xi Jinping to assimilate religions to Chinese culture and […]
Qianwang Catholic Church in China’s Shandong province has become the third church in Jinan Diocese to be demolished by local authorities this year. Liangwang Catholic Church was bulldozed on July 17 following the demolition of Shilihe Catholic Church, but a Catholic source told ucanews. com that the latter church would be rebuilt in another place. […]