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WYD: Success of Missionary Week and in particular the meetings on peace
July 22, 2013, Petropolis (Agenzia Fides) – There were about 1,800 young people from El Salvador, Guatemala, the Philippines, Venezuela and Colombia who reached the parish of Guapimirim in the Diocese of Petrópolis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro and actively participated in the Missionary Week, which mobilized the entire Brazilian Church. Missionary Week (see Fides 19/07/2013) was the event in preparation for World Youth Day, which officially begins on Tuesday, July 23 with the presence of Pope Francis. Click here to find out more.
WYD and the New Evangelization
July 22, 2013, (Vatican Radio) – What does the New Evangelization and World Youth Day have in common? According to Fr Eugene Silva, English language official at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, “the World Youth Days are wonderful opportunities for New Evangelization”. “New Evangelization again is the way we help people encounter Jesus Christ…” Click here to read more.
Emergency Refugees: Mostly Children Orphaned or Separated from their Parents
July 19, 2013, N’Djamena (Agenzia Fides) – Thousands of Chadians, most of them children, are returning to their Country of origin in order to escape the insecurity and instability of the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR), Darfur, Libya and Nigeria. Many children arrive alone, because orphaned or separated from their parents. Click here to learn more.
Water Pollution in Bangladesh Threatens Human Health and Agriculture
July 16, 2013, OMI JPIC Office- Rivers and canals in Bangladesh are becoming increasingly polluted from industrial wastewater dumped by factories, many of them in the textile industry, The New York Times has reported. Leather tanneries are also a significant source of toxic pollutants to the air and water. The water pollution threatens food production and is raising both environmental and human health concerns. Click here to learn more.