VATICAN - Catholic Church Statistics 2019
22/10/2019

Vatican City - On the occasion of the 93rd World Mission Sunday, October 20, 2019, which is celebrated in the context of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019, announced by Pope Francis in the centenary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter ‘Maximum illud’, Agenzia Fides offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church in the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the "Church's Book of Statistics" published regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and educational. The variation is indicated in brackets, increase or decrease compared to the previous year , according to the comparison made by Agenzia Fides. Finally, the picture of ecclesiastical circumscriptions dependent on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is reported.

Link correlati :Special Dossier Catholic Church statistics 2019 Video with Graphics Elaboration of the statistics (in English)
AFRICA/GUINEA BISSAU - The Bishop of Bissau proposes the creation of a national reconciliation commission
22/10/2019

Bissau - "Many Countries in Africa have already given the example, having created reconciliation commissions and achieved important results. Why do some of our Guinean brothers do not want to believe in the power of forgiveness?" asked His Exc. Mgr. Mons. José Camnate Na Bissing, Bishop of Bissau, launching an appeal for national reconciliation.
Archbishop Camnate addressed this appeal on the occasion of the celebration of perpetual profession, by sr. Eva Sambú and sr. Wally Fernando Cabral in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Brá, on the outskirts of Bissau, on 5 October.
Archbishop Camnate emphasized that if a politician thinks that by dividing the Guinean people he can take advantage of them, he is on the path to civil suicide. The Bishop of Bissau said that it is necessary for Guineans to resolve conflicts through dialogue.
"If we want to help those who are not Christians to understand the true meaning of consecrated, priestly and religious life, we can teach that all ethnic groups in Guinea-Bissau believe in God as the source of life and that every ethnic group tries to thank God for the a gift of life", continued Mgr. José Camnate.
"Consecrated life for the Catholic Church always carries this feeling of gratitude to God, as the Father of infinite goodness and mercy", he concluded.
AMERICA/CHILE - Extraordinary Missionary Month: the international missionary school sows hope in the Diocese of Ancud
22/10/2019

Ancud - The Fazenda International Missionary School has sown hope in the diocese of Ancud, Chile, as witnessed by the Bishops’ Conference of Chile with the note sent to Fides. Among the celebrations promoted for the Extraordinary Missionary Month, the "Fazenda de la Esperanza" dedicated forty days of mission in which it visited several countries, including Chile.
According to the note, 50 volunteer missionaries left on September 20 to "live" the International Missionary School. In this group there are people from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Germany and Mexico. The bus that brought them traveled through Chile, and will now have to go to Argentina, then Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay.
In Chile the missionaries were in the Diocese of Talca and now in Ancud. At each stage of the journey we pray, we celebrate the Eucharist, we share moments of reflection and then exchange experiences.
The Fazenda Missionary School has the characteristics of welcoming people who have suffered for some reason or have had serious problems, and then find the strength to get out.
The practice of service to others, the visit to the elderly, prisoners and the sick in the hospital or to those who live in poverty, mark a type of missionary life that "recovers" people who for various reasons have closed themselves in their existential problem.
La Fazenda has several places that welcome young people or people in situations of need. In Chile there is the Chiloé headquarters, open since April 2018.
OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Resignation of the Bishop of Kimbe and appointment of his successor
22/10/2019

Vatican City - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, presented by His Exc. Mgr. William Regis Fey, O.F.M. Cap.
The Pope has appointed the Reverend John Bosco Auram, of the clergy of Kimbe, currently acting Rector of the Sacred Heart preparatory seminary in Rapolo, as Bishop of the same diocese.
The Reverend John Bosco Auram was born on 19 October 1972 in the village of Kandoka, Province of West New Britain . He began his formation at the Saint Peter Chanel minor seminary in Ulapia, and then completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Sacred Heart major seminary in Rapolo. He was ordained a priest on 17 January 2004, for the clergy of the diocese of Kimbe, the second ordained priest after the creation of the see.
Since his ordination to the priesthood he has held the following positions: parish vicar of Kimbe Cathedral ; vice-rector of the minor seminary of Saint John Vianney of Vanimo ; vice-rector of the major seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo of Vanimo ; six months of pastoral work in the parish of Kaiai ; formator and professor at the Saint Peter Chanel minor seminary in Ulapia and at the Sacred Heart major seminary in Rapolo ; parish priest of Silanga, diocese of Kimbe ; studies at the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha and at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, and pastoral ministry in the parish of Turuk, Kimbe ; formator at the Holy Spirit major seminary in Bomana ; pastoral ministry in the parish of Sara, Kimbe ; studies for the licentiate in pastoral theology at the University of Santo Tomas of Manila, serving as spiritual director in the seminary of Manila ; and since 2019, acting rector of the Sacred Heart seminary of Rapolo, in the archdiocese of Rabaul.
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