Amidst escalating ethnic conflict and violence in Manipur, India, Archbishop Dom Linus Neli of Imphal issues a heartfelt plea for patience and peace. As tensions grip the region, Catholic communities and NGOs rally to provide humanitarian aid and spiritual support to those affected by the crisis.
In Ecuador, escalating violence has placed its youth in perilous circumstances, with many becoming unwitting casualties of the conflict. Amidst this turmoil, the Catholic Church has sounded the alarm and taken action, providing crucial aid and support to the victims of this widespread violence.
The imperative verb “metanoeite” used by Jesus literally translates as “change your mind” or “go beyond your mind.” What comes first in metanoia is the fundamental transformation of mind and worldview.
The church, also known as the “Cathedral of the Desert”, witnesses hundreds of people attending daily masses celebrated in different rites – Latin, Maronite, Syro Malabar and Syro Malankara – and in different languages: English, Arabic, Tagalog, Malayalam and Konkani.
On January 8, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), a coalition of the main Christian denominations in Nigeria, organized a peaceful protest march on the streets of Jos, capital of Plateau state, demanding greater security in the region. A protest attended by around 5,000 people.
In the remote and captivating islands of Mentawai, west of Sumatra, Indonesia, the Catholic faith thrives amidst challenging landscapes and a unique blend of cultures.
The Christ the King Cathedral complex and the adjacent Diocesan Pastoral Center in Loikaw remain occupied by the Burmese army, which uses it as a military base. The Bishop, the priests and their associates, expelled from their usual residences, now live as displaced people.
The Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the Xavier Centre for Memory and Identity will commemorate, next summer, the 100th anniversary of the First Council for China with the organization of a four-day long international conference. The event will debate the relevance and significance of the Shanghai Plenary Council.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told Fides news agency that the chapter on the victims of the Easter 2019 terrorist attacks remains open, ensuring that the Catholic Church – which does not accept the version of events presented by the government – will not give up searching for the truth about this tragedy and will always demand justice for the victims.
In December 2019, the Lao government reversed the situation by passing a law that guarantees the rights of Christians to practice their faith without being disturbed, after decades of persecution. However, this law has been little publicized and is practically not applied in the interior of the country where Christians continue to face discrimination from some provincial officials.