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Angola: Listening to and participating in the enthusiasm of communities

In the diocese of Viana, Angola, meetings have been underway for almost a month in parishes, groups, movements and Christian communities to provide everyone with training and information on the diocesan synodal assembly that will be held in mid-October, a step towards the Synod of Bishops in 2023. Fr. Domingo Pestana, the coordinator of the commission and of the secretariat created with the aim of listening to and gathering the contributions of each person, reflects on the initiatives.

Vatican unveils official image for X World Meeting of Families

The official image for upcoming World Meeting of Families has been: Jesuit artist and theologian Marko Ivan Rupnik has produced an image dedicated to the Wedding at Canat. The eagerly awaited 10th World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome from June 22 to June 26, 2022, after the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

India National Justice Day celebrates Father Stan Swamy

Indian citizens, concerned about the values enshrined in the country’s Constitution, observed July 28 as National Justice Day in honour of late the Jesuit rights activist.

REPAM reports more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 in Amazonia

The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) publishes its weekly map of pandemic incidence rates in Pan-Amazonia as the death toll reaches 100,000 people. The report stresses that more vaccines and more immunisation is needed to fight the virus.

Vatican astronomer: Outer space deserves care

Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, astronomer and Director of the Vatican Observatory, talks about new space frontiers, space travel and the need to take care of the entirety of our common home.

Guatemala: Bishops decry dismissal of anti-graft prosecutor

The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala (CEG) voice their opposition to the firing of leading anti-corruption prosecutor, Juan Francisco Sandoval, highlighting that the move will cause “irreparable damage” to the justice system of the country.

UN Refugee Convention protecting the rights of refugees for 70 years

70 years from the landmark UN Refugee Convention, the number of refugees in the world are the highest ever seen. A UNHCR Representative talks about the lasting value of the Convention.

Caritas calls for fairer food systems that include women and local farmers

As a 3-day United Nations meeting on food systems concluded on Wednesday in Rome, Caritas Internationalis urged decision-makers to include the rights of the poor in all discussions and decision-making processes.

China: New co-adjutor bishop consecrated for Pingliang

Pingliang’s new co-adjutor bishop (bishop with right of succession) is the fifth shepherd appointed since the Provisional Agreement on the nomination of bishops between the Vatican and China entered into force.

First hearing held in Vatican over London building

The trial over the use Secretariat of State funds began on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Vatican Museums. The defense attorneys for the ten defendants presented preliminary motions. The next hearing is scheduled for October 5.

Northern Ireland Bishops advocate for protection of right to life

Bishops in Northern Ireland voice their opposition against government moves to provide abortion services by March 2022. They call on the faithful and on all who share the Church’s views on the inviolability of life to engage local candidates and political parties to explain their position on this fundamental issue.

Vietnamese diocese blessed with 34 new priests

As Vietnam battles its worst surge in the Covid-19 pandemic, Vinh Diocese has been blessed with an abundance of priestly vocations, many of whom will be serving in other territories of the nation.

Mexico: Jesuits appeal against persecution and criminalisation of migrants

After migrants were allegedly robbed by police in Mexico, the Jesuit Refugee Service calls for an investigation on the treatment of migrants and refugees in Mexico.

Slovakia: Prayer marathon launched ahead of Papal Visit

The Pontifical Missionary Works of Slovakia is inviting the faithful to join in a prayer marathon to pray for the Pope and Slovakia which will take place from the 7-15 September.

Pope asks Catholic communicators in Brazil to promote reconciliation

Pope Francis encourages Brazilian Catholic communicators to be “instruments of reconciliation and unity” in a divided country.

Ethiopia: Bishops call for stop to violence, urge peace and reconciliation

Ethiopian bishops insist that it is never too late to stop the violence in the country’s conflict-ridden region of Tigray where war has been raging for over eight months. They recommend dialogue and reconciliation on the path toward peace.

Dozens of migrants drown in shipwreck off Libyan coast

At least 57 people drowned on Monday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where more than 1,100 men, women and children have lost their lives this year.

Japanese Church launches "10 Days for Peace" initiative

The Catholic Church in Japan dedicates its annual "Ten Days for Peace" prayer initiative to the theme "Protecting all life creates peace"

Catholic Women Association of Cameroon: Committed to serving the Church.

The Catholic Women Association of Cameroon held its 9th National Congress from 23 to 25 July 2021 under the theme: “Catholic Women called to holiness for the sanctification and holistic development of the world.”

French Bishops criticise ongoing debate on covid health "pass"

Catholic Bishops in France say that omparing the new COVID-19 health pass to the Holocaust shows a "serious confusion of ideas”.
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