AFRICA/KENYA - Resignation of the Archbishop of Kisumu and appointment of successor

Vatican City - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Kisumu , presented by His Exc. Mgr. Zacchaeus Okoth.
The Holy Father has appointed His Exc. Mgr. Philip A. Anyolo, currently Bishop of Homa Bay as Archbishop of Kisumu.
EUROPE/ITALY - The President of the PMS: the extraordinary missionary Month of October 2019, an extraordinary occasion to renew the proclamation of the Gospel

Rome "The extraordinary missionary Month of October 2019 is an extraordinary occasion for the Church to renew the missionary zeal, which is also the great purpose of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The point is as follows: how to introduce the missionary dimension in ordinary pastoral care, which is also the big objective of the Evangelii gaudium?": This is the reflection proposed by Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies , today, November 15, at the General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference. "The extraordinary missionary Month - he recalled - falls on the centenary of the Maximum illud letter of Benedict XV. For the history of the mission, this document marks a decisive border, for at least two reasons: it has separated, evangelically renewing, the work of evangelization from the work of colonization and insisted on the creation of a clergy and an autochthonous hierarchy in mission lands".
Moreover, in line with the Vatican Council II, which brought the missio ad gentes back to the responsibility of every baptized person , the choice of the theme for the next extraordinary missionary Month is "Baptized and sent. The Church of Christ on a mission in the world". "The Holy Father - explained the President of the PMS - has chosen this theme that contains in itself the essential elements to be taken into account in planning and living this initiative. We received divine life during our baptism and thanks to it we are prophets, that is, announcers of the mystery of Christ, sent by Him. Christ who sends us is also the essential content of the mission: the Church does not transmit her own message, but transmits what she has received from Christ, that is, her own person".
Mgr. Dal Toso in this regard illustrated the nature and mission of the Pontifical Mission Societies, which are "a worldwide network at the service of the Pope to support the mission and the young Churches through prayer and charity". They "are Societies of the Pope, through which the Pope takes care of the many pastoral needs of the young Churches", he recalled and "this deep connection with the Petrine ministry is also evident by the fact that the same Pius XI wanted World Mission Day at the end of the 1920s and since then he wanted the collection of that Day to be destined to the Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith, exactly as an expression of the care of the universal Church for the Churches throughout the world".

"The great task of the PMS is the awareness for mission, which - in the wake of all the teachings of the Popes and the Council - is a task of the whole People of God. The PMS have the special mandate to keep this spirit alive, and this is the purpose for which the extraordinary missionary Month of October 2019 will be celebrated".
AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Strike in the health sector: a constructive dialogue is urgently needed

Abidjan - There is chaos in the Ivorian health sector: a protest by health workers has been under way since Monday, November 5. Nurses, midwives, medical technicians, health administrators, carers, are on strike against the precarious health conditions that limit the access of many citizens to medical care. The country finds itself in a situation of serious tension and the population is currently entitled to minimum assistance in public hospitals. "The Ivorian government is not establishing a constructive and fruitful dialogue with the medical staff on strike. While health workers demand adequate and dignified professional conditions, the government responds with violence by systematically arresting the demonstrators", says Father Donald Zagore, an Ivorian priest of the Society of African Missions to Fides. "The only consequence of this unfortunate situation remains the suffering of the people. How many people will lose their lives because of this strike, given the lack of health services?", asks the priest.
Fr. Zagore concludes: "Health is life, and for this reason no one has any right to endanger the life of another person. Constructive dialogue is urgently needed in order to bring the people out of this dramatic impasse. Otherwise we cannot build anything in today's world. The language of violence leads nowhere. The field of health is of utmost importance and requires enormous sacrifices on both sides, government and health workers. People's lives must remain the key priority for both the government and health workers".
ASIA/PAKISTAN - The commitment of Caritas: Promoting peace, harmony, human rights

Karachi - "It is urgent to promote inter-religious peace and harmony in the country. Radical groups are well organized and it is our duty to make more efforts to build peace and promote human rights": says to Agenzia Fides Mansha Noor Executive Secretary of Caritas in Karachi in the margins of a workshop held in Karachi, which brought together representatives of non-governmental organizations run by Christians and various ecclesial groups, especially young people.
Speaking to the participants, Mansha Noor said: "Christians are carrying out good works for the human development of the poor and the needy. We need to work for the progress of peace and harmony in the country to put an end to the culture of hatred, violence and discrimination".
The training program, organized by Caritas, was specifically intended to support the promotion of values such as peace, tolerance, brotherhood and inter-religious harmony. Rasheed Gill, animator of the "Justice and Peace" Commission in the Conference of Major Superiors of Pakistan, speaking to Fides, said: "The Church takes a step forward to train people and citizens who are committed to building a peaceful society. At the moment, the situation in the country is rather worrying.
Let us see what happened in the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman acquitted after a trial for blasphemy, let us see how giving a contribution to creating peace and harmony is necessary".
Gill remarked that "many times cases of blasphemy charges are mounted on false accusations because of personal disputes" and those present agreed on the urgency of a joint intervention, planning programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening peace and inter-religious harmony in the country.
Kashif Anthony Javed, coordinator of the National Commission "Justice and Peace" of the Pakistani Bishops, said: "We must work harder on this mission and unite to build a society without any discrimination of caste and religion. It is necessary to put together people of different faiths and help them build fraternal relationships", emphasizing the need for a work that goes beyond the boundaries of religious communities. Collaboration and cooperation, noted Christopher Ashraf, representative of "Jesus Youth", can help change the mentality of young people.
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...Everywhere in the world to spread the seed of the Gospel
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...collaborates in the growth of the young churches for building
new seminaries and formation the new local priests, religious and sisters.
...educate children to discover the missionary spirit and help teach
children the same age in the world through prayer and sacrifice.
...Association of priests, religious and committed laity,
to awaken the passion of the Missionary Church,
and encourage the Christian communities to cooperate and actively participate in evangelization
The Society of Saint Peter collaborates in the growth of the young churches through financial support for building new seminaries and formation programs for the new local priests, religious and sisters.
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POSI in brief, the Society of Missionary Childhood or of the Holy Childhood, leads children to discover the missionary spirit and teaches them to help children of their same age around the world through prayer and small material sacrifices.
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