AMERICA/ARGENTINA - The number of those involved in human trafficking and exploitation is increasing
21/09/2019

Buenos Aires - "Once again we face the very serious problem of human trafficking and exploitation", says the Bishops’ Commission for the pastoral care of migrants and itinerants of Argentina in a message published for the "International Day of the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, girls and children and adolescents", on September 23rd.
The Bishops’ Commission states: "We are worried and committed, according to our possibilities, in these serious situations". In this regard, the Bishops consider it necessary that the rescued victims "receive medical, legal and psychological assistance, are protected from those who threaten or incite them to trafficking and sexual and labor exploitation, and recieve psychophysical assistance to rebuild their life and the right to privacy", concludes the text sent to Fides.
In Argentina the number of people involved in human trafficking increases more and more: the government has launched an information campaign to denounce many situations that end up throwing vulnerable people into slavery. The majority of cases begin with a false and fraudulent job offer, that end up in the criminal network of trafficking.
Even international organizations, such as Human Trafficking, have verified that in Argentina there is a strong criminal network in this sector. The last few years have shown a link between human trafficking and the increase in the flow of migrants. From the data collected by Fides it is observed that in Argentina a particular historical phenomenon is observed: while in 1914 90% of immigrants arrived from non-neighboring countries, almost all European, today, in the first decade of the XXI century, more than 81% of the immigrants are Americans and more than 84% come from neighboring countries.
The International Organization for Migration has reported an increase in cases of human trafficking, particularly in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. However, it is necessary to emphasize that not all situations of human trafficking should be associated with the phenomenon of migration.
AFRICA/ZIMBABWE - Appointment of the National Director of the PMS, Fr. Simplisio Manyika, O.Carm.
21/09/2019

Vatican City - On July 16, 2019 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr. Simplisio Manyika, of the Carmelite Order as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Zimbabwe for five years .
The new National Director was born in Murewa on 19 June 1965. In 1989 he joined the Carmelites and was ordained a priest in 1998. He studied philosophy and theology at the Chishawasha major seminary in Harare ; Religious sciences at the University of Zimbabwe; Pastoral Studies at the Militown Institute in Dublin ; Pastoral leadership at All Hallows College in Dublin . He was assistant priest; director of postulants, novices and students; provincial superior of the Carmelites of Zimbabwe; prior, bursar and director of students. Since 2018 he was prior of the community and parish priest of the parish of St. Joseph in Hatfield.

AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro begin
21/09/2019

Yamoussoukro - "We will dedicate an entire year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the basilica", said on Sunday 15 September 2019 Fr. Franck Sylvestre Allatin, rector of The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro. The Mass marked the official launch of the Basilica's 30th anniversary celebrations, centered on a year of spiritual and cultural initiatives that will end in September 2020.
Mgr. Alexis Touably Youlo, Bishop of Agboville and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Yamoussoukro, who presided at the Eucharist, in his homily thanked the Lord who inspired the then President of the Ivory Coast, the late Félix Houphouët Boigny, to undertake the construction of the Basilica "a true bond between the sky and the Ivorian land".
The apostolic administrator emphasized that the Basilica with its architecture inspires the inhabitants of the Ivory Coast to rise above all the barriers that can divide them and place them against each other. Mgr. Youlo invited everyone to live in harmony and to overcome ethnic, political, religious or cultural differences.
Consecrated on 10 September 1990 by Pope John Paul II, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro is owned by the Holy See.
With an estimated total cost of 40 billion CFA francs, the building, financed by former President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, has now become a center of tourism and pilgrimage that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
AFRICA/TOGO - Father Luigi Maccalli: authentic missionary, hero of faith
21/09/2019

Kara - "There is no missionary activity without sacrifice and the ultimate gift of oneself. A missionary who does not give a free gift of his life for the fundamental cause of the Gospel cannot be called such. Father Luigi Maccalli, of the Society for African Missions, kidnapped in Niger on September 17th 2018, and many other missionaries in the world are the very principle of missionary activity". This is how Fr. Donald Zagore, Fr. Maccalli’s confrere, sees and lives the missionary spirit, recalling the abduction of Father Maccalli, who has been in the hands of kidnappers for a year.
"When a missionary offers his life and also dies to make the good news of the Gospel triumph, he becomes a hero of faith and mission. Fr. Luigi Maccalli is a hero of the mission", continues Zagore.
"The strongest and most difficult experiences, like the one currently being experienced by Fr. Gigi, far from creating fear and doubt, must open the spirit of the young generations to the fundamental truth of missionary commitment. Today - explains the Togolese missionary - the dynamics of sacrifice that fundamentally nourishes missionary activity is increasingly relegated to the background. Many are missionaries in name only, while in the concrete of daily life they remain confined to their comfort. Missionary life is not embraced to seek honor, power, glory. Missionary life means witnessing the Gospel and above all Christ who died and rose for the salvation of all, even at the risk of life. The sacrifice that Fr. Maccalli is offering is worthy of an authentic missionary. Our commitment is to continue praying so that his faith may become the instrument of conversion and repentance of his kidnappers. God also writes straight on the crooked lines of life", he concludes.
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