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Kenya’s Ranking on CPI Corruption Scale ‘Lamentable’ – Bishop John Oballa

Three months after Bishops in Kenya launched a nationwide six-months anti-corruption campaign, an initiative described as a big stride by faith-based leaders in fighting against corruption in their country, a Bishop in the East African nation has termed as “lamentable” the recent results by Transparency International (TI) ranking Kenya below the global average. “It is indeed lamentable…

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Pakistan: Silent Suicides

Suicide is a criminal offense in Pakistan. According to Section 325 of the Penal Code, those attempting suicide can either be imprisoned for one year or fined or both. However, most cases are not reported owing to taboos, fear of harassment, social stigma and complicated legal procedures. According to the World Health Organization, 15 to…

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‘Ascending Life’: First Pastoral Congress of Care for the Elderly

In the first place, it’s about making visible not only the millions of elderly who suffer the alluded throwaways culture — those that are alone, those that have to support, with their fragile retirement pensions, their children and grandchildren, those that are used and sometimes mistreated by their own families, those that are ignored because…

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Philippines: National Conference on New Evangelization – ‘Who is My Neighbour?’

The Philippines is celebrating the Year 2020 as the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples. This was also the theme of this year national conference on new evangelization. This conference was attended by thousands of peoples from all over the country. Cardinal Tagle, in his homily, commissioned all who attended the conference to…

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‘Pope’s Visit Will Further Strengthen Bonds between Christians and Muslims’ – Indonesian President Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has extended an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit the Muslim-majority country after news reports emerged last week saying the pope wanted to go there. A copy of the formal invitation letter began spreading on social media later last week. In the letter, Widodo said he had been informed about…

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Cameroon: ‘The Truth Will Save Cameroon’ – Cardinal Tumi in Interview

One recommendation to resolve the Anglophone problem emanating from the grand dialogue was the special status for the English-speaking regions. Are you comfortable with the contents? I was among the first to make a proposition for the content. I was clear, and the Prime Minister’s office too, said that I was the clearest: I proposed a government,…

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‘Light a Candle on 27th January at 15h00’ – Bishops of Europe

“On this anniversary, we appeal to the modern world for reconciliation and peace, for respect for each nation’s right to exist and to freedom, to independence, to maintain its own culture. We cannot allow the truth to be ignored or manipulated for immediate political needs. This appeal is extremely important now, for – despite the…

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Sunday of the Word of God: The Contribution of Missionaries in Making the Word Accessible in Local Languages

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Sunday, January 26, the first “Sunday of the Word of God” will be celebrated in the world, announced by Pope Francis with the Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis”, so that “the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires…