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Eritrea: Sister Tsegereda Yonannes, first female secretary general of the episcopate
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Eritrea: Sister Tsegereda Yonannes, first female secretary general of the episcopate

Sister Tsegereda Yonannes' task will not be easy. The nun was elected general secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Eritrea, a small country in the Horn of Africa where the Catholic Church suffered the fierceness of the totalitarian regime of Issayas Afeworki. In this predominantly Christian East African country (62%, a majority of whom are Orthodox), Catholics are, in fact, almost the only ones, within civil society, to speak out to denounce the injustices.In retaliation, since 2019, Issayas Afeworki, in power since 1993, confiscates Catholic clinics and schools ignoring the multiple letters of protest addressed to him by the ecclesial authority. The first nun to reach such a high post in the Church in this East African country, Tsegereda Yonannes will undoubtedly b...
In India, Christians driven from their villages by Hindu extremists
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In India, Christians driven from their villages by Hindu extremists

Bullied and chased away, such is the fate of Indian Christians in the small village of Sikapai, in eastern India. The eight Christian families saw their homes destroyed by Hindu extremists on June 8 and had to take refuge in the nearby forest. This is what Father Purushottam Nayak, priest of the diocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, told the Catholic agency. UCA News."The attackers can destroy our homes but not our beliefs""The attackers can destroy our homes but not our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ", one of the Christian victims told the same agency. In the village, Christians know a series of chronic humiliations, like the women who, going to fetch water, are forced to return empty-handed, their container having been broken.→ READ. In India, anti-Christian violence cont...
DR-Congo: the Catholic Church organizes a quest for the victims of the Nyiragongo volcano
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DR-Congo: the Catholic Church organizes a quest for the victims of the Nyiragongo volcano

A special quest, on June 6 or 13: this is one of the Congolese Catholic Church's proposals to help the thousands of people who had to flee the city of Goma, in eastern DR-Congo, after the eruption of Nyiragongo.→ REPORT. From Goma to Rwanda, flee the "tongue of fire" of the Nyiragongo volcanoIn a letter dated May 31 and signed by its secretary general, Father Donatien Nshole, the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (Cenco) asks the bishops of the various dioceses of the country to organize a collection. She recommends that this be held on June 6 or 13 so that the money is available during the Cenco Plenary Assembly (June 14-18). In addition, under the aegis of Caritas, electronic collection through mobile operators will be set up to allow those who have not participa...
Beatification of three Spanish lay nurses
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Beatification of three Spanish lay nurses

They made their entry into the procession of martyrs. Killed for their faith in 1936 at the dawn of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Pilar Gullón Yturriaga (25), Octavia Iglesias Blanco (41), and Olga Pérez-Monteserín Núñez (23) have were beatified, Saturday, May 29, in the north-west of the country. The celebration was presided over by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the Cathedral of Astorga (Leon).These three lay people, volunteer nurses of the Red Cross in the turmoil of history in the last century, had agreed to be mobilized from October 18, 1936 to the hospital of Pola de Somiedo, in Asturias, where were treated wounded without partisan distinction. As foreseen by the eight-day shifts, they could have been repl...
In the diocese of La Rochelle, the shadow of the Rwandan genocide
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In the diocese of La Rochelle, the shadow of the Rwandan genocide

Father Yves Guiochet, vicar general of the diocese of La Rochelle and Saintes, has just hung up with his bishop, Mgr Georges Pontier. We are in 1999. The Conference of Bishops of France asks them to welcome a Rwandan priest who took refuge in Belgium after the genocide, Father Marcel Hitayezu. Before accepting, Bishop Pontier inquired. Anxious to come to the aid of a refugee priest, the diocese finally welcomes the father without knowing him, and appoints him vicar of the parish of Saint-Jean-d'Angély.→ LIGHTING. Hitayezu case: what rules for welcoming a foreign priest?April 14, 2021. Twenty-two years after his arrival, Father Marcel has been vicar of the parish of Montlieu-la-Garde, in the south of the diocese, for six months. At 6 o'clock in the morning, the gendarm...
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem fears a “civil war”
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Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem fears a “civil war”

“We are on the brink of civil war. " In an interview with the Italian religious agency Sir Posted on Thursday, May 13, Bishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, did not hide his concerns at the very sharp tensions of recent days between Israelis and Palestinians. The Italian Franciscan was thus worried about a "Indiscriminate and unprecedented violence", especially since the clashes seem to concern more and more cities.→ MAINTENANCE. Israeli-Palestinian conflict: "We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe"For the past week, riots have indeed broken out in several Israeli cities, showing scenes of clashes and even lynchings. At the same time, Israel was targeted by more than 1,800 rocket hits from the Gaza Strip, prompting an immediate response from t...
Bishop Aldo Giordano, new nuncio to the European Union
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Bishop Aldo Giordano, new nuncio to the European Union

A symbolic date for a choice which is no less so. On the eve of Europe Day, Pope Francis appointed, on Saturday May 8, a connoisseur of the mysteries of Brussels and Strasbourg to the post of nuncio to the European Union.Bishop Aldo Giordano, a 66-year-old Italian, was in fact Secretary General of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences and permanent observer of the Holy See at the Council of Europe. He succeeds Frenchman Alain Lebeaupin, who held these positions from 2012 to 2020, before retiring at the age of 75 and being appointed, on March 27, 2018, consultant to the section of relations with the States of the Secretariat of Vatican State.→ THE FACTS. Bishop Alain Lebeaupin, appointed consultant for pontifical diplomacyBishop Aldo Giordano arrives from Caracas,...
In Ecuador, a bishop and his coadjutor accused of embezzling money from the diocese
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In Ecuador, a bishop and his coadjutor accused of embezzling money from the diocese

To put an end to the errors in the Ecuadorian diocese of Riobamba, the Vatican has not done in half measures. Not only did Pope Francis accept, a month after sending his letter, the renunciation of Bishop Julio Parrilla, aged 75, but he also dismissed his coadjutor Bishop Gerardo Miguel Nieves, aged of 53 years.→ READ. Vatican: Pope Francis imposes drastic rules against corruptionThe two men had resigned after the publication in January of a blog post written by Julia Serrano, a Spanish missionary for more than 40 years in Ecuador, in which she pointed to serious moral faults and disastrous financial management. The bishop and his successor, who was due to take his place at the end of February, both sent their letter of renunciation to the Pope on February 19.Money from...
UK bishops want to encourage faithful to return to mass
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UK bishops want to encourage faithful to return to mass

A reflection on the challenges facing the British Church in the world « post-Covid ». Following its Spring Plenary Assembly, which took place from Monday 19 April to Thursday 22 April, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) issued a pastoral letter, The day of the Lord, in which they exhort believers to return, physically and regularly, to Sunday mass.While acknowledging that he is "Impossible to predict », At this stage, the precise time it will take to emerge from the crisis, religious leaders endeavor to distinguish three main groups of faithful: those who have lost the habit of going to places of worship - or who do not return for fear of contracting the virus; those who have reduced their practice by focusing their lives on other priorities; o...