Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Alarm in the Christian community in Nigeria after the terrorist group Boko Haram, author of several recent attacks on Christian churches, issued a threat to carry out new attacks in order to make June "the bloodiest month for Christians."
Lomé (Agenzia Fides) - In the phase of social tension that exists in Togo, it is necessary to seek peaceful and constructive confrontation, without degenerating into gratuitous violence: So says the local Church, which is following with great attention the critical institutional phase that the country is facing. The people took to the streets in past days to express dissatisfaction towards the electoral law passed during the National Assembly. A coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups, called "Save Togo", says it will continue to protest, accusing the government of having "trampled the rule of law." According to the coalition, the government reformed the electoral law without consulting the opposition. In the country the general elections should be held in October 2012, but an exact date has not yet been officially published. In recent days, the Episcopal Conference of Togo condemned the violent police raid in a church in Lomé, with the use of tear gas, while some people had sought refuge during the protests. In a statement sent to Fides, the Bishops also controverted the version given by the Government that "the strong wind caused tear gas to enter the church." The Bishops, deploring "the sacrilegious act that desecrated the house of the Lord," call on all citizens and the police to refrain from acts of violence. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 23/6/2012)
Islambad (Agenzia Fides) - Pakistan has a new prime minister: Raja Pervez Ashraf, of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), who yesterday received the positive vote of the Federal Parliament, and has already formed the new government.
Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - "Peace be with you": a strong appeal for reconciliation, solidarity, fraternity comes from the Church of South Korea to the people of "Brothers and sisters in North Korea." This is what is said in the Bishops' message for the "Day of Prayer for reconciliation and unity of the Korean people" which will be celebrated tomorrow, June 24, 2012, in all the Korean dioceses. In churches, says to Fides Fr. John Bosco Byeon, Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Korea, "
Asunción (Agenzia Fides) - "Given the serious political crisis that the Republic is experiencing, as Bishops of Paraguay, we turn to the representatives of the government and all citizens to express once again our exhortation to peace and the safeguarding of human life as a supreme value ". With these words, spread in a statement sent to Fides agency, the Bishops of Paraguay invite to maintain social peace and order in the country.