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Stories from parishes, dioceses, religious orders and community groups all over the world. It also includes stories on specific topics such as the Vatican, the Pope, missionaries, aid projects, aid agencies, health & natural disasters.


Capuchin Superior assassinated in Cameroon

Fr Toussaint Zoumalde, Superior of the Capuchins in Chad and the Central African Republic, died a few days ago after being stabbed at Ngaoundere in the Francophone part of neighbouring Cameroon. He was travelling from Bouar in the Central African Republic where he had conducted a training course, back to his community in Chad.

Fr Zoumalde, who was originally from Bouar, spent the night of...

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CAFOD joins DEC appeal for Cyclone Idai victims

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Africa devastated by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last weekend, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

CAFOD's Director, Christine Allen, says:

"The more we see and hear of the d...

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Mozambique: No one heard victims' cries for help as they were swept away by floods says priest

Beira has been destroyed

A priest in Mozambique has given a graphic account of the devastating impact of the cyclone amid reports that up to 1,000 people have been killed.

Speaking in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Father Sandro Faedi, apostolic administrator of Tete, described how people cried for help as the flood waters came towards them.

The priest's personal testimony comes as ACN reveale...

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Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to launch Cyclone Idai Appeal

Thousands of homes have been washed away

Leading UK aid agencies will launch a joint fundraising appeal on Thursday 21 March 2019 to help people suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai which has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killed hundreds of people and affected an estimated 2.6 million people.

Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is co...

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Burkino Faso: Priest missing in unsafe area

Missing priest, Fr Joël Yougbaré

Fr Joël Yougbaré, a parish priest in Burkino Faso, on the border with Mali, has been been missing since Sunday.

The Bishop of Dori, Laurent Dabiré, said: "We have no news of Fr Joël Yougbaré, parish priest of Djibo since last Sunday... Research has been going on so far without any results.. We do not know what to think. Fr Joël may have been kidnapped or lost himself along the road ...

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Florence: 'Fortunate Families' - gathering of parents with LGBT children and pastoral teams

"Why am I here? How have I come to be here? What can we do together, both as parents and as children? How can we build bridges and tear down the walls of discrimination and abuse, the walls of homophobic prejudice that are present both in society and in the church?"

These questions were asked at a meeting which took part in Florence on 2 March 2019, called 'Fortunate Families'. The meetin...

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Pope brings 14 men and women a step closer to sainthood

Pope Francis today received Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorised the promulgation of eight new decrees that gave the Church nine new Blesseds and five Venerables - among them an Italian missionary martyred in Myanmar and seven bishops killed for their faith in Romania.

Nine Blesseds A decree recognised a miracle through th...

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Morocco: Christians call for greater religious freedom ahead of Pope's visit

Pope Francis will visit Morocco on March 30-31. The Committee of Moroccan Christians has written to Pope Francis two weeks ahead of his visit, asking for the intervention of the Holy See on a theme which is very important to them: religious freedom in the country. The baptized represent only 1.1% of the population (about 380 thousand out of 33.6 million inhabitants, mostly Muslims) and are...

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New Zealand: Interfaith message of solidarity for Muslim community

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Committee for Interfaith Relations issued the following statement today:

Dear brothers and sisters in Aotearoa New Zealand,

It is with profound sadness that we grieve for the deaths and injury of Muslims in Christchurch through the violence of extremists. We grieve too for the loss of a sense of safety and peace for all Muslims in this land...

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Philippines: 'Extremists want to divide faiths and provoke chaos'

Fr Sebastiano D'Ambra

Bomb attacks on Christian and Muslim communities in the Philippines are part of an attempt to incite conflict between the two faiths, according to a priest who has worked in the country for 40 years.

Father Sebastiano D'Ambra of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: "I do believe that this is once again the work of those extremist gr...

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Kenya: New Video about Irish Missionary, Sr Dr Miriam Duggan FMSA

Sr Dr Miriam Duggan with President Michael D Higgins

A new video about the life of Irish missionary and doctor, Sr Miriam Duggan - a member of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa - has just been released on YouTube.

Whilst the story is about Sr Miriam's life, she enthusiastically uses it to further the cause for canonisation of Wicklow-born, Mother Kevin, foundress of her congregation in Dundalk and also the Little Sisters of St Fr...

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CAFOD responds as Cyclone Idai leaves deadly floods across Mozambique and Zimbabwe

In Beira, Mozambique Cyclone Idai washed away part of main road. Many communities are cut off by flooding

CAFOD has pledged £30,000, in response to the devastation that Cyclone Idai has left in its wake across Mozambique. On 14 to 15 March, Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique, near Beira City, Sofala Province. The Cyclone brought torrential rains and winds of up to 140 km/h, and a tidal surge has cut off several villages in the area. CAFOD's Country Representative for Mo...

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Egypt: Government gives legal status to 156 church buildings

The Egyptian government has approved the status of 156 new Christian churches and related buildings, under new legislation passed in 2016, bringing the total number officially recognised to 783. The decision was made by a special government committee headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

The 2016 law is the first law in Egypt to give specific rules for the construction of Christian c...

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Pope praises co-operative movement, based on relationships not profit

Pope Francis praised the co-operative movement on Saturday. In his address to 7,000 members of the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives in the Paul VI Hall. on the 100th anniversary of its foundation, the Pope said: "The 'miracle' of cooperation is a team strategy that opens a gap in the wall of an indifferent crowd that excludes the weakest."

The Pope said the cooperative model, corr...

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