AFRICA/EGYPT - The number of legally recognized Christian churches rises to 1738
Cairo - The Egyptian government recently issued a new decree in which it recognizes the full compliance of another 45 churches and 55 adjoining buildings, with the provisions governing the construction of Christian places of worship. This increases the number of churches and ecclesiastical buildings that have been built without the necessary permits since the process of "legalizing" churches in […]
AFRICA/IVORY COAST - World Mission Sunday 2020: Diocese of Yopougon sends lay persons on a mission
Abidjan - "As Christians and ambassadors, we are the voice of Jesus Christ in our respective environment", said Fr. Harold Kouakou on Sunday 18 October, in his homily on the occasion of the official celebration of World Mission Day in the diocese of Yopougon. The diocesan vice director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Yopougon asked the faithful, who were present in large numbers, to […]
AFRICA/DR CONGO - About 300 detainees of the prison in Kangbayi on the run: "The people are afraid"
Kinshasa - More than 300 detainees escaped today, when a group of armed men attacked Kangbayi Central Prison in Beni, north of Kivu, in eastern DRC at 4 a.m.As a representative of the Center for Studies for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights , a local NGO that has been monitoring violence against the civilian population in the region for years, points out, among the detainees who […]
AMERICA/BRAZIL - National youth days are to take place online in times of Coronavirus
Brasilia - As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the National Youth Day 2020 will be celebrated differently in Brazilian dioceses this year. Although a common date is set for October 25th, each diocese has the opportunity to choose the best time to celebrate Youth Day, taking into account their local situation.The DNJ was introduced in 1985 by the Brazilian Bishops' Conference in the […]
ASIA/THAILAND - Youth protests continue
Bangkok - Sixth consecutive day of protests in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand since October 15. The protests continued every afternoon after police arrested those responsible for the protest and evacuated the protesters' camp in front of the government building in Bangkok. In order to suppress dissent, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had issued a decree that exacerbated the state of […]
ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - President of the Bishops' Conference rejects amendment of the abortion law and calls for the right to conscientious objection: "Abortion is unacceptable"
Seoul - "Abortion is unacceptable. The Church will always protect human life, from conception to natural death. Therefore, we hope the Korean government will allow a conscientious objection to the abortion law", said Bishop Mathias Lee Yong-hoon, at the head of the diocese of Suwon, who was elected CBCK’s new president at the Oct. 12-15 Fall General Assembly. The Bishop, who was previously […]
Exiled Catholic archbishop meets with senior Vatican officials
CNA Staff, Oct 20, 2020 / 03:30 am (CNA).- Exiled Belarusian Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz met with senior Vatican officials Monday. The website of the Catholic Church in Belarus reported Oct. 19 that Kondrusiewicz held talks with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States. Catholic.by said that the trio discussed […]
AMERICA/CHILE - Churches destroyed: the Bishops urge us to distance ourselves from irrational violence
Santiago - The fire that led to the total destruction of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, a few meters from Piazza Italia, in the center of Santiago de Chile, marked the day of Sunday 18 October, a day of protests on the occasion of the first anniversary of the protests. Thousands of people were wounded and 30 dead in the riots and clashes with the police and the armed forces and put […]
San Francisco archbishop performs exorcism at site of destroyed St. Junipero Serra statue
CNA Staff, Oct 20, 2020 / 02:42 am (CNA).- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Saturday performed an exorcism at the site of a destroyed statue of St. Junipero Serra, calling the statue’s destruction by rioters an “act of blasphemy.” “We pray that God might purify this place of evil spirits, that he might purify the hearts of those who perpetrated this […]
Liturgy Q&A: Adornments on a Tabernacle
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