Fides News Englishhttp://www.fides.org/Fides Agency Newsen-usASIA/HOLY LAND - New jihadist threats to the Christians in Jerusalem. Palestinian leaders: suspicious operationshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38102-ASIA_HOLY_LAND_New_jihadist_threats_to_the_Christians_in_Jerusalem_Palestinian_leaders_suspicious_operationshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38102-ASIA_HOLY_LAND_New_jihadist_threats_to_the_Christians_in_Jerusalem_Palestinian_leaders_suspicious_operationsJerusalem - A new leaflet signed by the "Emirate of Jerusalem" containing threats to the Christians of the Holy City was found in the neighborhood of Jerusalem of Beit Hanina. The text of the paper found on Monday, June 29 repeats the intimidations already contained in a similar leaflet distributed last week, that signaled the expulsion of all Christians from the Holy City by the end of Ramadan.<br />In the face of the anti-Christian threats contained in the leaflets, the Palestinian authorities have reacted with cautious statements. In an interview with broadcaster Al Arabiya, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, stressed that the leaflets were found "in areas controlled by Israel" and made reference to the news circulated on militiamen wounded in the Syrian conflict and treated in Israelian health facilities: "When we know - said Abbas - that members of this group are treated in Israel, how must this situation be interpreted?". Even the government of the Palestinian Authority, in a statement, called the content of the leaflet "doubtful" "which tries to harm the unity of the people and tries to foment the conflict in the Holy City". Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:07:14 +0200AFRICA/NIGERIA - "Precarious security and non-existent infrastructure in the areas liberated by Boko Haram" reports the Bishop of Yolahttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38101-AFRICA_NIGERIA_Precarious_security_and_non_existent_infrastructure_in_the_areas_liberated_by_Boko_Haram_reports_the_Bishop_of_Yolahttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38101-AFRICA_NIGERIA_Precarious_security_and_non_existent_infrastructure_in_the_areas_liberated_by_Boko_Haram_reports_the_Bishop_of_YolaAbuja - "Many refugees would like to return to their villages and return to work in the fields, but different areas formally liberated by Boko Haram are still dangerous", says His Exc. Mgr. Stephen Dami Mamza, Bishop of Yola in the northeast of Nigeria, in an interview with Kna Agency. From September to December 2014, Boko Haram had conquered seven major towns in Adamawa State. Tens of thousands of people fled the capital, Yola.<br />Thanks to the offensive of the Nigerian army and those of neighboring Countries in recent weeks several territories have been freed from the presence of the militia of Boko Haram. However, the situation is not yet stabilized.<br />According to the Bishop, one of the most dangerous areas is near the Sambisa forest. Mgr. Mamza complains, in addition to the continuous attacks by terrorists, about the failure regarding the reconstruction of public infrastructure by government agencies. In particular, the health sector: "The majority of hospitals and pharmacies are still closed, and relatively easy to cure diseases can cause serious problems". Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:57:10 +0200AMERICA/BRAZIL - The indifference of the state in the face of a situation of injustice denounced by the Bishop of Douradoshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38100-AMERICA_BRAZIL_The_indifference_of_the_state_in_the_face_of_a_situation_of_injustice_denounced_by_the_Bishop_of_Douradoshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38100-AMERICA_BRAZIL_The_indifference_of_the_state_in_the_face_of_a_situation_of_injustice_denounced_by_the_Bishop_of_DouradosDourados - "For the umpteenth time the diocese of Dourados has become the scene of clashes between indigenous people and farmers, revealing the indifference and inhumanity of the executive and the judiciary in the face of a situation of injustice which worries everyone": this is how the statement of the Bishop of Dourados, His Exc. Mgr. Redovino Rizzardo begins, regarding the recent conflicts in his diocese, in Mato Grosso do Sul of which a copy was sent to Fides.<br />The Bishop recalled that the diocese of Dourados is inhabited by 35,000 Indians confined in villages where they are not able to provide for their livelihood. Unfortunately, for a long time, says the Bishop, "the promises made by the central government to find a solution to the 'indigenous question' have remained on paper, the working groups organized to find a solution to the problem, did not work ... In a word, the state seems to have no intention of acting". The Bishops of Mato Grosso do Sul reaffirm however their position "against the use of force and violence by the strongest against the weakest".<br />Mgr. Rizzardo then launches an appeal to farmers and the Christian Indians to remain "united in solidarity, to join forces to put pressure on civil and judicial authorities, in order to achieve the much desired peace for all, based on justice". Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:49:32 +0200OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Twenty years of commitment to the reception of migrantshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38099-OCEANIA_AUSTRALIA_Twenty_years_of_commitment_to_the_reception_of_migrantshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38099-OCEANIA_AUSTRALIA_Twenty_years_of_commitment_to_the_reception_of_migrantsSydney – To develop guidelines on the pastoral theme of reception and solidarity towards migrants and asylum seekers: is the mission of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office within the Bishops' Conference Austalia. As reported in a note sent to Fides, don Maurizio Pettena, National Director of the Office, "welcoming a foreigner remains a permanent feature of the Church of God. Welcoming a foreigner is inherent in the nature of the Church itself and bears witness to its fidelity to the Gospel".<br />"The Catholic Church in Australia has long been at the forefront for the pastoral care of migrants and refugees", recalls the Director. Already in 1944 the Australian Episcopal Conference created a subcommittee on immigration and, in later years, Catholic offices for the pastoral care of migration were opened in all the dioceses.<br />The Office for Refugees within the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference was launched on 1 July 1995 "to give advice and serve the Episcopal Conference with regard to migrants and refugees", acting as a channel of communication with the diocesan offices and elaborating pastoral guidelines.<br />As Don Pettena remarked, "today education and awareness within the Church at all levels are essential". In the recent document "Welcoming Christ in the refugees and the displaced", he points out that in "foreigners" the Church sees "Christ who puts his tent among us, and knocks at our door". In the migrant, the Church "hears the voice of Christ who says: I was a stranger and you welcomed me". Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:33:30 +0200ASIA/INDIA - A radio station to help farmers in Bundelkhandhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38098-ASIA_INDIA_A_radio_station_to_help_farmers_in_Bundelkhandhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38098-ASIA_INDIA_A_radio_station_to_help_farmers_in_BundelkhandTikamgarh - Radio Bundelkhand has about 250,000 listeners, of whom 99% are farmers, distributed in ten villages that form Bundelkhand, agricultural region of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. This vast region is inhabited by about 18 million people. According to the Planning Commission of India, the loss of soil fertility, because of climate change and impoverishment of groundwater, has made life very difficult for those who work the land. Most farmers have lost half of the crops due to unexpected heavy rains. The goal of the radio station is to help the most neglected communities to make their voices heard in an area used to receiving bad news. The severe droughts in fact, not only have damaged crops but have also been the cause of many suicides among farmers who have lost their crops. The villages reached by the radio station belong to different States but are all in the Bundelkhand region and share culture, traditions and dialect. About 75% of the programs are dedicated to agricultural issues, such as agricultural techniques, control of pesticides, market prices, climate predictions. Moreover, in this region where blackouts last between 8 and 10 hours and where only 48% of women and 70% of men are literate, the radio is an option of great value compared to television or newspapers. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:08:19 +0200AFRICA/BURUNDI - Two hundred thousand Burundian refugees abroad, some priests forced to flee because of threatshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38097-AFRICA_BURUNDI_Two_hundred_thousand_Burundian_refugees_abroad_some_priests_forced_to_flee_because_of_threatshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38097-AFRICA_BURUNDI_Two_hundred_thousand_Burundian_refugees_abroad_some_priests_forced_to_flee_because_of_threatsBujumbura - "Today we celebrate national independence. The celebrations in the center of the capital, Bujumbura, are taking place without problems, but the suburbs are blocked due to the presence of opposition protesters" say local sources to Agenzia Fides from the capital of Burundi, where on 29 June municipal and legislative elections were held. <br />The elections were contested by the opposition and international community, because of the climate of tension caused by the announcement of President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for presidential elections on July 15, for a third term in violation of the Constitution. In the clashes in recent weeks, at least 70 people were killed.<br />"From the partial results just published it appears that the opposition parties, that also boycotted the elections, have received several votes. This is because the armed militias of the presidential majority put pressure on the people so that they would go the polls and people had the courage to express their dissent by voting for the opposition. The parties allied to the President's party had very few votes", say Fides sources who for security reasons have asked to remain anonymous.<br />"We are awaiting the final results. In any case the opposition parties, civil society and the international community state that these are irregular elections due to the context in which they are held: violence, intimidation, the closing of independent media, lack of independent election observers", continue our sources.<br />"We are living in a very difficult situation, although at the moment there appears to be a truce. But people continue to flee abroad, in neighboring Countries and those with financial resources, flee to Kenya or Europe. According to our estimates there are about 200,000 Burundians who have fled abroad. Even 4 or 5 priests were forced to flee because of threats", conclude Fides sources. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:01:15 +0200ASIA/PAKISTAN - Three missionary nuns forced to leave Pakistanhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38096-ASIA_PAKISTAN_Three_missionary_nuns_forced_to_leave_Pakistanhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38096-ASIA_PAKISTAN_Three_missionary_nuns_forced_to_leave_PakistanIslamabad - Three Filipino missionary nuns of the Congregation of the "Religious of the Virgin Mary" will have to leave Pakistan. The High Court in Islamabad has in fact confirmed the decision of the Ministry of Interior, denying the religious to extend their visa in order to stay in the country.<br />The Church of Islamabad had appealed to the Court. The court, said that the government of Pakistan, has "the right to grant or deny visas to foreigners". According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, the expulsion is motivated by complaints from some parents of school students against the administration of the Convent School of Islamabad, founded and run by the nuns. The Interior Ministry ordered an investigation and sent inspectors. At the end of the investigation the government refused to renew the visa to the three nuns. As Fides learns, the Convent School will continue its educational activity, thanks to the teaching staff, who are almost all Pakistani. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:43:27 +0200AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE - School lunch program to fight malnutrition and school dropouthttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38095-AFRICA_MOZAMBIQUE_School_lunch_program_to_fight_malnutrition_and_school_dropouthttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38095-AFRICA_MOZAMBIQUE_School_lunch_program_to_fight_malnutrition_and_school_dropoutMoamba - Primary education and access to basic health services for school age children are the target of the non-profit Cooperative Development Center , which has been involved in promoting a better future for children in Mozambique. Recently, it has launched a school meal program to fight malnutrition and school dropout. The program is currently being carried out in a school in Machumbutane, a community of about 850 families who live on agriculture and livestock which is located far from the main road routes, about 25 km away from the small town of Moamba. As of May, with the aim of improving the diet of students and contribute to the economic growth of the territory, fish and polenta have been included in the school canteen menus in place of milk and cookies. Meal services were launched in 2010 to provide one meal a day for all the students and teachers of the school. If the initiative is successful, it will be extended to other schools across the Country. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:31:59 +0200ASIA/IRAQ - An international conference in Erbil to found the "League of the Chaldeans"http://www.fides.org/en/news/38094-ASIA_IRAQ_An_international_conference_in_Erbil_to_found_the_League_of_the_Chaldeanshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38094-ASIA_IRAQ_An_international_conference_in_Erbil_to_found_the_League_of_the_ChaldeansErbil - The International Conference of the founding of the "League of the Chaldeans", an organization strongly backed by Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis I as a tool to address the political and social problems involving the Chaldean communities throughout the world begins today in Erbil, and lasts until July 3. The founding Conference, in addition to the Patriarch, will be attended by representatives of the Chaldean communities from around the world, along with the Chaldean Bishops of Iraq and other Chaldean Bishops from abroad, such as the Syrian Jesuit Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo. On the agenda, the final approval of the regulations of the association and the creation of internal bodies. At the end of the Conference a final declaration to summarize the aims and areas of action of the new organization will be issued.<br />The aim of the association is mainly to involve professionals, intellectuals and experts competent in the various disciplines to represent in a coordinated and organic manner the instances of the Chaldean community in civil society, at a local and international level. In such a delicate moment like this, when the same Iraqi national unity is questioned by centrifugal forces of all kinds, the association aims to consolidate the foundations of coexistence and at the same time defend the rights of the Chaldeans, placing itself as "pressure instrument" on decision-making processes that affect the life of society. The new organization will be able to participate with their representatives in international forums. The funding will come only from private donations and from the collection of registration fees.<br />It was Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Louis in February 2014 who launched the project of an association as a mechanism to facilitate the contribution of the Chaldeans to civil society and to help Iraq to overcome the excesses of sectarianism and ethnicity . Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:21:08 +0200AMERICA/CHILE - Procession at sea on Easter Island for St. Peter, praying for the Pope's visithttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38093-AMERICA_CHILE_Procession_at_sea_on_Easter_Island_for_St_Peter_praying_for_the_Pope_s_visithttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38093-AMERICA_CHILE_Procession_at_sea_on_Easter_Island_for_St_Peter_praying_for_the_Pope_s_visitValparaiso - The feast of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, is deeply felt in different parts of Latin America, where fishing is a major activity for the economic sustenance of families. <br />Also on Easter Island the Catholic community, formed mostly by fishermen, honoured St. Peter on June 29 and prayed especially for the upcoming trip of the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay .<br />According to information gathered by Fides, Holy Mass was celebrated at 9 am presided by the parish priest was attended by many fishermen and also representatives of the Chilean Navy. After Mass the procession began, starting from the parish church, where the images of St. Peter were carried. After placing the images on the boats, festively decorated with long palm branches, the procession at sea began, during which the participants prayed especially for fishermen and for the Holy Father, for his health and his upcoming visit to Latin America. At the end of the procession at sea the blessing was imparted to those present. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:45:45 +0200AFRICA/EGYPT - Condolences of the Council of Christian Churches for the assassination of Attorney Generalhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38092-AFRICA_EGYPT_Condolences_of_the_Council_of_Christian_Churches_for_the_assassination_of_Attorney_Generalhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38092-AFRICA_EGYPT_Condolences_of_the_Council_of_Christian_Churches_for_the_assassination_of_Attorney_GeneralCairo - The Council of Churches in Egypt expressed the unanimous sympathy of all Christian communities in Egypt for the assassination of Attorney General Hisham Barakat, who on Monday, June 29 was the victim of a terrorist attack. In a statement released by the Coptic Orthodox priest Bishoy Elmy, head of the Secretariat General of the Council, Barakat is defined as a "brave man" and his tenacity in defending justice and law, without being intimidated by the dangers is highlighted. <br />The text also expresses condolences to the victim's family and to all the Egyptian judiciary.<br />Coptic sources report that when Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros heard the news of the murder, he immediately interrupted his visit to the monastery of the Virgin Mary in Wadi Natrun and returned to Cairo. In another statement, the Coptic Orthodox Church launched an appeal to all national forces to remain steadfast and united before the attack of extremism and terrorism, asking God to preserve the Egyptian nation from harm.<br />65-year old Hisham Barakat was a key figure in the trials against the Muslim Brotherhood after the deposition of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in July 2013. The attack that killed him was claimed by the Islamist group al-Moqawma al-Shabia, considered close to the Muslim Brotherhood. The funeral, scheduled for today in a mosque in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis, will be attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, while the Coptic Orthodox Church will be represented by Anba Theodosius, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Giza. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:16:47 +0200AMERICA/PANAMA - Cardinal Lacunza: "despite scandals and corruption, we have to believe in justice"http://www.fides.org/en/news/38091-AMERICA_PANAMA_Cardinal_Lacunza_despite_scandals_and_corruption_we_have_to_believe_in_justicehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38091-AMERICA_PANAMA_Cardinal_Lacunza_despite_scandals_and_corruption_we_have_to_believe_in_justicePanama - "They are afraid", this is how Cardinal José Luis Lacunza described the reaction of people with regards to the cases of corruption in the Latin American country. The Cardinal, Bishop of the Diocese of David, spoke on June 28 during a popular television program in Panama, "Cara a Cara", where he spoke of the difficult situation that the country is experiencing, describing it as "serious".<br />"I am afraid of revenge, but I believe in justice - said the Cardinal - because there is already evidence to prosecute those responsible ... If we capture the corrupt and the people who corrupt are let loose, then the situation will continue".<br />According to data collected by the local press, corruption scandals of the previous government surprised the Panamanians. It all started in November 2014, with the arrest of former director of the National Assistance Program , Rafael Jaen Guardia. Since then real estate, bank accounts, yachts, other assets and about $ 140 million have been seized. Slightly more than half of the ministers of the government of Ricardo Martinelli were investigated and three former ministers are in prison. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:06:23 +0200ASIA/PAKISTAN - A thousand victims in five days due to heatwavehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38090-ASIA_PAKISTAN_A_thousand_victims_in_five_days_due_to_heatwavehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38090-ASIA_PAKISTAN_A_thousand_victims_in_five_days_due_to_heatwaveKarachi - Following the wave of scorching heat that is hitting Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan where there are 23 million people, 950 people have died in just five days. The morgues are not enough to accommodate all the bodies that keep coming and hospitals are completely full. The phenomenon is the worst in the last 50 years. Although the heat covers the entire southern province of Sindh, where 1,100 people have been killed, the capital remains the most affected, and the majority of deaths are recorded among the poor.<br />According to the Country's main humanitarian organization, the Edhi Foundation, 50% of the dead were gathered in the street and they are highly likely to be beggars, drug addicts and young workers. Hospitals are under pressure for having to accommodate about 40,000 people across the province hit by sunstroke and dehydration. According to the health authorities of the main Civil Hospital in Karachi, the center is working only in cases of emergency. The NGOs argue that there are tens of thousands of people who live and work in the street among beggars, street vendors and manual workers. Over 62% of the population in Karachi lives in informal settlements with a density of nearly 6,000 people per square kilometer.<br />Many are deprived of basic services such as water and electricity. Richer households may resort to generators, but about 91 million people live on less than $ 2 a day. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:43:43 +0200AFRICA/DR CONGO - Bishops denounce insecurity and threats to familyhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38089-AFRICA_DR_CONGO_Bishops_denounce_insecurity_and_threats_to_familyhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38089-AFRICA_DR_CONGO_Bishops_denounce_insecurity_and_threats_to_familyKinshasa - The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo denounce the insecurity in the north, east and south of the Country, in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides at the end of their 52nd Plenary Assembly, which was held in Kinshasa from 22 to 26 June.<br />"The Bishops - says the statement - have heard the cry of alarm of the population of the Territory of Bondo, following the massacres and kidnappings perpetrated by the LRA , as well as the poignant message of the Episcopal Provincial Assembly of Bukavu , which denounces the silence in the face of three major dangers in Kivu: a climate of genocide; a breeding ground of jihadist fundamentalism and a process of Balkanization".<br />The document reiterates the position of the Episcopal Conference on national dialogue promoted by President Joseph Kabila, which "must take place in strict compliance with the constitutional and institutional framework in force". To be more precise without reaching a constitutional change to allow outgoing President to stand for election for a third term.<br />At a pastoral level the Bishops point out the dangers the family faces, the victim of "different forces that seek to distort and even destroy it". This is why, after the Synod in October dedicated to the family, the Congolese Bishops have called a national Conference on the family for the month of February 2016. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:31:37 +0200ASIA/PAKISTAN - A Christian accused of blasphemy mocked by his lawyershttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38088-ASIA_PAKISTAN_A_Christian_accused_of_blasphemy_mocked_by_his_lawyershttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38088-ASIA_PAKISTAN_A_Christian_accused_of_blasphemy_mocked_by_his_lawyersLahore - The Christian Humayun Faisal, mentally disabled accused of blasphemy in Lahore, will remain in prison as his lawyers have withdrawn their request for bail. As reported to Fides by the pool of Christian attorneys of the NGO "Lead", the new young lawyers, during the hearing on June 27 before the Lahore High Court, officially canceled the request for bail, previously submitted by other lawyers. According to the NGO "Lead" there are lawyers who "intervene in cases in which Christians are accused of blasphemy or other crimes and, instead of obtaining justice, do not operate in the interests of the accused, their clients, but act for others purposes". The NGO "Lead" denounces this practice to Fides which represents a betrayal of the professional mandate of a lawyer.<br />Faisal was reported on May 24, 2015 and following the accusation, a mob of Islamic radicals had tried to attack the district of Sanda, an entirely Christian suburb, in Lahore. On that occasion, a massacre was avoided only thanks to the timely intervention of the police. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:53:55 +0200AFRICA/TUNISIA - "Do not abandon Tunisia, otherwise you will find the extremists at home", says the pastor of Soussehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38087-AFRICA_TUNISIA_Do_not_abandon_Tunisia_otherwise_you_will_find_the_extremists_at_home_says_the_pastor_of_Soussehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38087-AFRICA_TUNISIA_Do_not_abandon_Tunisia_otherwise_you_will_find_the_extremists_at_home_says_the_pastor_of_SousseTunis - "They want to punish Tunisia for its democratic progress. This is why it must not be left alone" says Fr. Jawad Alamat, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Tunisia, who is also the pastor of Sousse, where on June 26 at least 38 people were killed and about forty were injured in an attack on a tourist resort.<br />"I was in Tunis on the day of the attack, when I heard the news I rushed to Sousse to give comfort to those in need", says Fr. Jawad. "We mourn the victims of this terrible attack, but we live in solidarity with all Tunisians, who are themselves victims of this violence, which is not what Tunisia really is" the priest said.<br />Fr. Jawad pointed out that "Tunisia needs your help, your visit. We must fight the isolation that terrorists want to impose on Tunisia by increasing solidarity, we have to fight those who want to take away the joy of living and being together. Security measures have been strengthened, this is how we must fight, because if we are afraid of terrorists it means they have won".<br />"If the new course Tunisia started with the revolution of 2011 is successful, it will bring benefit to the whole area", warns Fr. Jawad. "Otherwise, the Islamist danger will knock on the doors of Europe. Just look at what has happened in Libya. A solution was not found for this Country and now its problems have become common to other Mediterranean Countries", the priest concludes. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:45:42 +0200VATICAN – Ceremonial gift of the pallium to 46 Metropolitan Archbishops, 13 belong to the territories of Propaganda Fidehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38086-VATICAN_Ceremonial_gift_of_the_pallium_to_46_Metropolitan_Archbishops_13_belong_to_the_territories_of_Propaganda_Fidehttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38086-VATICAN_Ceremonial_gift_of_the_pallium_to_46_Metropolitan_Archbishops_13_belong_to_the_territories_of_Propaganda_FideVatican City - On the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, June 29, according to custom, the Holy Father blessed and delivered the pallium to 46 Metropolitan Archbishops appointed during the year, during the solemn Eucharist Concelebration he presided in the Vatican Basilica. 13 of the Archbishops who received the pallium belong to the territories entrusted to Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples: 7 from Africa, 5 from Asia, 1 from Central America.<br />These are their names: Mgr. Julian Leow Beng Kim, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur ; Mgr. Anthony Pappusamy, Archbishop of Madurai ; Mgr. Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka ; Mgr. Djalwana Laurent Lompo, Archbishop of Niamey ; Mgr. Jean Mbarga, Archbishop of Yaounde ; Mgr. Beatus Kin Yaiya, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Dodoma ; Mgr. Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias, Archbishop of Luanda ; Mgr. Martin Musonde Kivuva, Archbishop of Mombasa ; Mgr. Benjamin Ndiaye, Archbishop of Dakar ; Mgr. Juan Edjang Mayè Nsue, Archbishop of Malabo ; Mgr. Yustinus Harjosusanto, M.S.F., Archbishop of Samarinda ; Mgr. David Macaire, O.P., Archbishop of Fort-De-France ; Mgr. Thomas Ignatius Macwan, Archbishop of Gandhinagar .<br />The pallium, a symbol of the bond of communion between the Pope and the See of Rome with the Churches in the world, which was blessed and delivered by the Pope, will be imposed by the Papal Representative to every Archbishop during a celebration to be held in the respective particular Churches. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:31:28 +0200ASIA/SYRIA - Thousands of Christian families fleeing Hassakè. Archbishop Hindo: jihadists have found support in the local populationhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38085-ASIA_SYRIA_Thousands_of_Christian_families_fleeing_Hassake_Archbishop_Hindo_jihadists_have_found_support_in_the_local_populationhttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38085-ASIA_SYRIA_Thousands_of_Christian_families_fleeing_Hassake_Archbishop_Hindo_jihadists_have_found_support_in_the_local_populationQamishli – Fighting takes place in the Syrian city of Hassakè, the largest town in the northeastern province of Jazira, after the jihadist militants of the Islamic State managed last Thursday, June 25, to enter some neighborhoods, causing the mass exodus of at least 120 thousand people. Nearly 4 thousand Christian families belonging to various Churches were among the first to flee, and have largely taken refuge in the nearby urban area of Qamishli.<br />Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassakè Nisibi, has abandoned Hassakè along with his faithful and has also found shelter in Qamishli. He reports the many factors involved in the Syrian conflict: "The government army - refers Archbishop Hindo to Agenzia Fides - is currently gaining ground, with much difficulty, as fighting takes place in an urban environment. On the other hand, the Kurdish militias in the region have responded to the raids of Daesh only when the jihadists tried to attack the Kurdish districts, concentrated in the eastern part of the city. Until that moment the government had not provided support to the army. One must also point out that a part of the local population is on the militants' side: when these arrived in the south-eastern district of al-Nachwa, women and children were asked to leave the city. But young boys and adults remained, and have sided with Daesh. And now that very large neighborhood is at the center of the most violent clashes between government forces and those of the so-called Islamic State".<br />Meanwhile for the new mass of refugees concentrated mainly in Qamishli, humanitarian emergency has already begun, "Caritas Syria has sent its aid" refers Archbishop Hindo, "but the needs increase day by day. There are no wounded among Christians, but many of them, like everyone else, are concentrated in makeshift camps. Many sleep in the open, and the situation gets more and more complicated by the day, due to the unbearable heat". Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:14:00 +0200AMERICA/NICARAGUA - "We are losing the values and respect for life", warns Cardinal Breneshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38084-AMERICA_NICARAGUA_We_are_losing_the_values_and_respect_for_life_warns_Cardinal_Breneshttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38084-AMERICA_NICARAGUA_We_are_losing_the_values_and_respect_for_life_warns_Cardinal_BrenesManagua - Cardinal Archbishop of Managua Leopoldo Brenes has warned that society is losing respect for life and moral values, referring to violent crimes that have occurred in various parts of the country in recent weeks, motivated by greed, family disputes due to inheritance or conflicts among relatives. "We are losing values and respect for life, we have also lost respect, love and affection towards society and family", the Cardinal said after yesterday's Sunday Mass, celebrated in the Cathedral of Managua.<br />According to the note sent to Fides from a local source, the Cardinal pointed out that family, school and the Church must promote respect for people and prevent further incidents of violence. "People are looking for inheritance that they will never enjoy, because dirty money never produces progress, these crimes are reprehensible", said Cardinal Brenes, urging the media to highlight the positive values and not to constantly show scenes of violence, because this helps to create a violent society.<br />"Society must work together with churches and the media, in order to make children and young people aware of the good values, in order to avoid the culture of death, destruction and hatred that exists in the country", he concluded.<br />In Nicaragua there have been many incidents of family violence in recent weeks, widely reported in the media. Among them, the young Nahum Bravo was sentenced for having killed his father, his sister and stepmother because he wanted his father’s money and property. Another murder was perpetrated in the region of Waslala, where a man was killed by his brother and his brother’s son because they wanted to take possession of a farm. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:54:10 +0200ASIA/NEPAL - The aid of Caritas after the earthquake has begun to bear fruithttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38083-ASIA_NEPAL_The_aid_of_Caritas_after_the_earthquake_has_begun_to_bear_fruithttp://www.fides.org/en/news/38083-ASIA_NEPAL_The_aid_of_Caritas_after_the_earthquake_has_begun_to_bear_fruitKathmandu - In the two months following the earthquake on 25 April, Caritas Nepal has reached over 269,000 people in need of assistance and provided accommodation to 54 thousand families. People have received food, materials to build temporary shelters, hygiene kits. As a note sent to Fides by Caritas Nepal reports, Caritas has reached the marginalized communities such as those of Chepang and Tamang, and also remote villages. Even the socially excluded and poor communities like Dalits and Muslims have been helped.<br />In recent days Caritas Nepal has organized two days of training and reflection for all those involved, with the participation of the Bishop, His Exc. Mgr. Paul Simick, Apostolic Vicar of Nepal, in which the fruits of work of assistance were highlighted, carried out thanks to the aid of Caritas Internationalis.<br />As the note reports, the organization is planning to reach other 11,000 families, and are also planning to serve local communities with microcredit initiatives, formation training programs, especially in agriculture and rural businesses, launching the phase of recovery and the reconstruction of the social and economic fabric. Caritas Nepal will also offer some grants and small loans for the construction of houses, intended for those who have seen their homes completely destroyed, and intends to contribute to the reconstruction of schools and hospitals damaged. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:20:44 +0200