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We, Bishops of Congo, in the Year of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, ask the President of the Republic, to free all political prisoners not properly judged".<br />Recalling the riots which have followed since the end of September in the Pool region, between the military and the militia of "Pastor Tumi", alias Frédéric Bitsamou , the Bishops also launch2 an appeal for peace. Addressing the politicians they say: "we want to stress that true dialogue is the corner stone of any genuine democracy. We ask you strongly to work for the return of peace in Congo in general and in particular in Pool. May the State assume its responsibilities as guarantor of peace and national unity". <br />Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:12:16 +0200ASIA/IRAQ - Refugees want to return to Mosul - "The people hospitalized in refugee camps in Erbil, in Dibaga and Kirkuk are concerned: many have friends and relatives forced to stay in Mosul, but many are relieved because they think that one could, with this new advance, try to go home, even if they do not know what they will find. It is feared that homes, businesses, places of worship have been destroyed. There will be a lot of work to be done even after all this": This is what Mustafa Jabbar says in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, coordinator in Erbil of the Federation of Christian Organizations for International Volunteer Service , which brings together 80 NGOs operating in 80 countries of the world.<br />"The day before yesterday - continues Jabbar - many Christians rejoiced when they heard the news of the release of Qaraqosh, a place where, before the war, a large Christian community" lived. There are mixed feelings: "Next to the satisfaction for this solution, which wants to put an end to an unsustainable stalemate, there is fear for the arrival of so many frightened people who have nothing. <br />We fear of not being able to respond adequately to the needs of new refugees". Meanwhile from Erbil one can see at a distance oil wells on fire, "while in Kirkuk, closer to area controlled by the Caliphate, the situation is very tense", he says.<br />For two years CIDSE has been close to the displaced people in the camps of Erbil, in the village of Dibaga and of Ainkawa2 in Kirkuk. The work of volunteers is in particular aimed at children, taking care to set up a nursery for the little ones, so that mothers can work or attend sewing and craft courses. Sport activities for children and young people are organized, along with formation, English and Kurdish courses. Special care is addressed to the most vulnerable, such as women with infants, while special attention, says FOCSIV in a note sent to Fides, is aimed at people with disabilities, with specific treatments and medicines.<br />The commitment is part of the campaign "Humanity. Being human with human beings" for the Middle East, launched on the occasion of the Pope’s message of peace to Syria, in July 2016, to support the campaign of Caritas Internationalis "Syria: Peace is possible". <br />Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:58:30 +0200ASIA/PAKISTAN - Parliament discusses two measures in favor of religious minorities - In the Parliament of Pakistan two bills on issues that touch the lives of religious minorities are being discussed: the first is the establishment of a special "Pakistan Minority Rights Commission" and the second is the "Law for the protection of minorities 2016", which addresses the delicate issue of forced conversions, making it a criminal offense.<br />As Fides learns, the first bill provides for the creation of an independent body, that can ensure respect for human rights, consisting of 11 members of different religions and ethnic groups, without excluding members that represent the majority community. The Commission will work especially for greater integration and equality of all citizens, beyond religious differences, limiting the abuses of human rights and discrimination.<br />The bill to address forced conversions is a very complex project. It states that a minor cannot change religion before reaching 18 years of age, "respecting freedom of religion and the child's interest", says in a statement sent to Fides, the Catholic Peter Jacob, now president of the NGO "Centre for Social Justice". The law takes into account the phenomenon of Christian or Hindu girls underage who are "kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriage or slavery", recalls Jacob. In addition, there is the threat of being accused of "apostasy" in the event that a person freely leaves the Islamic religion. <br />"The bill is therefore a positive development", notes Jacob, recalling that in June 2014 an order of the Supreme Court had imposed on the government to form a commission that could monitor the respect for the rights of religious minorities.<br />"We hope that the government takes advantage of this opportunity for a quick approval of these two bills – says Jacob - to fulfill the country's resolute steps forward to counter the existing discrimination in Pakistani society on the basis of religion". <br />Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:36:58 +0200AFRICA/DR CONGO - Success of the "dead city" protest in Kinshasa - The population of Kinshasa participated en mass to the opposition’s call for a ‘dead city day’ – a stay-at-home strike. The opposition did not sign the agreement with the presidential majority to hold presidential elections in 2018 .<br />According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, yesterday, 19 October, the streets and squares in many areas of the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo were deserted. Shops were closed, and only public transport circulated, which were empty. Several schools were closed. The initiative was successful also in Mbuji-Mayi, an opposition stronghold, while it seems it was ignored by the population in other cities of the DRC.<br />The "dead city" day was organized by "Le Rassemblement," the group of opposition parties who support candidate Etienne Tshisekedi, to send a warning to President Joseph Kabila, whose second and last term expires in two months time . <br />"Le Rassemblement" wanted to remind the President that from midnight on December 19 he will no longer be the Head of State.<br />The agreement reached with a part of the opposition instead provides for Kabila to remain in office until the presidential elections are held in a still unspecified date in the spring of 2018. <br />Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:27:59 +0200EUROPE/SPAIN - The Capuchin Tertiary support help programs in Equatorial Guinea - The Spanish NGO Promotion and Solidarity with the poor of the Third World , founded by the Congregation of the Capuchin Tertiary, has assisted more than 4,600 children in Equatorial Guinea, as well as being involved in other projects in the African country. Currently, the main project regards the "Luis Amigó" child center in the city of Evinayong, Equatorial Guinea, where 250 children between 2 and 5 years of age are assisted.<br />In CILA three religious women, native teachers and a cook take care of the basic needs related to food, health and the education of children who give them breakfast, lunch and school material. The Luis Amigo child center also has a health care center where 4,500 people are assisted every year, mostly the children of CILA.<br />The health center also takes care of the rest of the population of Evinayong, including in particular chronically ill people with AIDS, diabetes and hepatitis, pregnant women. Also eight villages in a radius of 50 kilometers from Evinayong receive assistance, since Guinea has no system of public health care, and what there is is not within the reach of patients. <br />Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:08:11 +0200VATICAN - The Pope recalls World Mission Sunday and the urgency of the missionary commitment City - During the greetings to the Slovak-speaking pilgrims during his general audience yesterday, Wednesday, October 19, the Holy Father recalled World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated on Sunday, October 23, with these words: "Dear Brothers and sisters, next Sunday the Church celebrates World Mission Day, a precious opportunity to reflect on the urgency of the missionary commitment of the Church and of each Christian. We too are called to evangelize in the environment in which we live and work. With these wishes I bless you and your families". <br />Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:07:19 +0200ASIA/LEBANON - Possible support of the Sunni "Future" Movement to the presidential candidacy of Aoun. Cautious optimism of the Maronite Patriarch - In the Lebanese political scene, paralyzed by a political and institutional crisis which for two and a half years has prevented the election of a new Head of State, there is news of a possible confluence of the Sunni political "Future" Movement, led by Saad Hariri, in the group of political forces willing to support the presidential candidacy of Maronite general Michel Aoun, leader of the "Free patriotic Movement", allied with the Shiite party of Hezbollah.<br />The Sunni Hariri and Maronite Aoun - report Lebanese newspapers - had a private meeting two weeks ago. The rumors of a possible alliance between the two, which would open the path to the Maronite Aoun to the Presidency, have triggered a negative reaction of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri, leader of the Shiite Amal movement, which sees in the possible agreement on a new Sunni-Maronite axis aimed at marginalizing the Shiite political and social forces, recognized as an essential part of Lebanon's delicate political balance by the Taif Accords of 1989.<br />Expressions of cautious optimism about possible new developments have been expressed instead by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai: "We hope, as we have always said", reiterated the Primate of the Maronite Church, answering the questions of Lebanese journalists "that all attempts materialize and do good to Lebanon and the Lebanese. I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Saad Hariri, but we hope that contacts are held, because after two and a half years of presidential vacuum, it is time that Lebanon has a President". <br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:36:51 +0200OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - The relics of Padre Pio fly to Australia - The relics of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina arrive in Australia and will be exposed to the devotion of the faithful in St. Mary's Cathedral Perth from October 22 to 26. This was confirmed by Mgr. Michael Keating, pastor of the Cathedral, the relics include a pair of gloves, hair, a linen cloth used to clean the blood from his wound. He was canonized by John Paul II in 2002. The relics are encapsulated in a special showcase. For the occasion, celebrations are being planned like the ritual of the anointing of the sick, prayer vigils and adoration<br />"It will be a very important occasion not only for Catholics throughout Perth, but for all the faithful interested in the life of Padre Pio" said Bishop Keating, who met Padre Pio in 1965, when he visited the town of San Giovanni Rotondo where the Capuchin friar lived. "For many people, this will be an opportunity to experience and learn from the faith of Padre Pio".<br />Capuchin friar Fr. GianMaria Di Giorgio, of the Capuchin convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo will accompany the relics. He was also a pupil of Padre Pio, and, as a seminarian, he was accompanied on his spiritual journey by the Saint. Fr. GianMaria will talk to the Australian faithful of the life and faith of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. <br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:18:08 +0200AFRICA/KENYA - "Be honest and brave": religious leaders to the team that will select the Electoral Commission - "Kenyans expect that this team will be truthful honest and courageous to the course, we know that integrity comes from God and if they rely on the help of God, certainly they should be able to discharge the mandate bestowed on them": said His Exc. Mgr. Alfred Kipkoech Arap Rotich, to the nine people nominated to be part of the body that will select the new Electoral Commission of Kenya. Among these some were appointed by the main Kenyan religious confessions. The Bishops appointed Ms. Bernadette Musundi, as representative of the Catholic Church .<br />"We congratulate you on your selection and appreciate the mammoth task before you. We trust in your ability and dedication for the service to our nation through this crucial exercise. We are fully behind you and we shall continue to accord you the necessary support to ensure that the selection process is carried out seamlessly to the honour of God and all Kenyans", said Sheikh Adan Wachu, Chairman of the Inter-religious Council of Kenya, during the presentation ceremony of the newly-appointed.<br />"We will continue to journey with you not only in prayers, but as a technical team, we will be ready and available to provide advice, and any other materials that you may need in your work, so feel free to consult us", said Fr. Lucas Ong'esa, Deputy General Secretary of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops , speaking on behalf of the Multi-Sectoral Forum, a body created by Kenyan religious leaders to follow the electoral process in which representatives of civil society participate. <br /><br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:06:20 +0200AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - A peace centre opened by the Church in Southern Sudan devastated by civil war - "Good Shepherd Peace Centre". A well-wishing name for a Country torn by civil war like South Sudan. The center was opened on October 15 in kit, in the Archdiocese of Juba, by the Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, assisted by His Exc. Mgr. Paolino Lukudu Loro, Archbishop of Juba, three other Bishops, an Apostolic administrator and a large number of Diocesan and Religious priests. A crowd or more than 800 people, including several ambassadors and local dignitaries, gathered for this joyful occasion.<br />"The Centre will be a positive force for the pursuit of peace in this young Country" said Fr. Daniele Moschetti, President of the Association of Religious Superiors in South Sudan.<br />The initial community to staff the Centre consists of a South Sudanese Comboni Priest, a Vincentian priest from the Philippines, and a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the USA - plus a Jesuit priest from Rwanda and a St Martin De Porres Brother from Uganda.<br />There are forty, en-suite bedrooms each capable of accommodating two beds plus a youth hostel that can accommodate sixty people. With spacious conference and dining rooms, a central chapel and many seminar rooms.<br />"The fact that the Center exists shows that much can be done despite all the difficulties", said Fr. Moschetti. "The Centre is a gift of hope for the people of South Sudan, in particular for those who will receive training from this center. It is also a great sign that the Catholic Church is committed concretely for peace, justice and reconciliation through its own staff and its facilities". <br /><br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:48:07 +0200ASIA/INDIA - Christians and Hindus together for the care of creation - Hinduism and Christianity meet on the value of respect and care for creation: says a seminary organized by the "K.J.Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham" Hindu Institute, an organization that aims to promote and spread the eternal values enshrined in the Indian culture, pledging to cultivate the spirit of peace, harmony and universal fraternity, through education and dialogue.<br />These issues will be discussed during the international seminary "The teachings of Pope Francis on ecology and care for nature, in parallel with Hinduism" to be held in Mumbai on November 17. The auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, John Rodrigues will attend the seminary, in addition to Hindu and Muslim leaders.<br />An important reference point will be Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Sì, in which the Pope addressed the issue of environmental and human ecological crisis that threatens the planet. With the Hindus, it is stated, Christians share the need to promote human ecology and to rediscover the existing links in creation, stressing that "human ecology" deals with the relationship and the responsibility of human beings towards the earth and the attention to ecological virtue. <br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:15:35 +0200ASIA/TURKEY - State of emergency, the prohibition against newspapers of minorities increase - As part of the ongoing "State of emergency" declared by the Turkish government after the failed coup of July 15, new rules to regulate the activities of newspapers and publications, where there are articles which are not written in Turkish, a category which also includes newspapers that refer to religious minority communities, were published on the Turkish Official Gazette. The new rules prohibit to republish institutional official announcements and advertisements. MP Selina Doğan, deputy of the Republican People's Party , of Kemalist orientation, submitted an interpellation to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to ask reason for these measures, which in her view contradict the Treaty of Lausanne - which in Turkey represents the reference point for the protection of minorities - and does not correspond to what is established by the Turkish Constitution regarding the right to information. <br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:55:57 +0200AMERICA/ECUADOR - Six months after the earthquake many children still need help to overcome fear - To meet the needs of children who are still living in informal shelters and rural areas six months after the earthquake that devastated the Country, continues to be a major challenge. According to the United Nations Fund for Children, more than 8,800 people live in temporary shelter, with no hygiene and adequate sanitary conditions. In addition, local services that deal with special protection must be strengthened, and many children still need help to overcome the fear that prevents them from attending school after the earthquake. The government has reduced the number of people living in official shelters from 33,000 to 7000, mainly thanks to concessions and family homes. With the support of thousands of donors from around the world, UNICEF has been able to provide micronutrients and vitamin A to 250,000 children and 26,800 pregnant women. In addition, 30,000 zinc treatments were administered to treat cases of acute diarrhea, 40,000 people were provided with drinking water, educational material on the prevention of diseases such as zika were introduced in the programming of schools in areas affected by the virus. <br />The UN agency has distributed educational materials to over 34,000 children and offered temporal shelter to more than 13,000. <br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:49:29 +0200AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Child workers: over 320 thousand in the age group between 5 and 17 Domingo - In the Dominican Republic the phenomenon of child labor is more prevalent among boys and girls who live in urban areas than in rural areas. According to official statistics more than 320,000 children in the age group between 5 and 17, do adult jobs, are exposed to dangers and diseases that prevent them from attending school, deprives them of medical care and to grow as a family. These activities are prohibited in the Country for that age group. "12.8% of all children between 5 and 7 years of age are victims of child labor", says the study A fair opportunity for each child, Dominican Republic in 2016 drawn up by UNICEF. The Country is in the tenth place in Latin America and the Caribbean where there is the highest percentage of working children, with a rate three times higher than the average for the region . <br />Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:48:47 +0200ASIA/INDIA - Resignation of the Bishop of Gwalior, and appointment of successor City - On 18 October 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Gwalior, India, presented by His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Kaithathara. The Holy Father appointed rev. Fr. Thennatt Thomas, S.A.C., Pastor and President of the Pastoral Commission of the Province as Bishop of Gwalior.<br />Rev. Fr. Thomas Thennatt, S.A.C., was born on November 26, 1953, in Koodalloor, in the Diocese of Kottayam. He belongs to the Syro-Malabar faithful group called Canaanites. In 1969 he began his studies at the Minor Seminary of Pallottigiri in Trivandrum, in Kerala. He completed his priestly formation in S.F.S. College , carrying out the novitiate in the Society of Apostolic Life in the years 1974-1975 in Nilya, Bangalore, and made his solemn Profession on May 31, 1975. He was ordained a priest on October 21, 1978.<br />Since his ordination he has served the following roles: Chaplain in the parish, Diocese of Amravati ; Chaplain in the parish, Diocese of Eluru ; Studies for a Licentiate in theology in the Seminary of Poona ; Parish priest in St. Anthony parish of in Mudfort, Archdiocese of Hyderabad ; Director of the Commission on Youth and Young Catholic Student/Young Students' Movement , families and the laity of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad ; Pastor of Pushpanagar, Diocese of Indore ; Regional Director for the laity and families, and for the Small Christian Communities in Madhya Pradesh in Chhattisgarh ; Rector of Khrist Premalaya Theologate, Ashta, and Director of the Regional Commission of Education ; Consultor of the Congregation for the Province of Nagpur ; Pastor in Ishgar, Diocese of Jhabua, President of the Conference of Religious in India , Member of the College of Consultors, Director of the Commission for the Laity, families and Small Christian Communities ;since 2012, parish priest in Mankapur, Archdiocese of Nagpur, Member of the Christian Life Commission, of the group of national resources of the Small Christian Communities , President of the Pastoral Commission of the Province. <br />Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:46:29 +0200ASIA/MYANMAR - Cardinal Bo’s appeal: "Stop conflicts with ethnic minorities, we need to negotiate" - New flare-ups in the civil conflict between armed groups of ethnic minorities and the Burmese army exploded in Kachin and Karen states, as well as new violence in Arakan state exploded right after the national conference on ethnic minorities organized in September by the Burmese government. These circumstances have greatly alarmed Cardinal Archbishop of Yangon, Charles Maung Bo, who has launched an urgent appeal to the nation: "A few months ago - reads the text of the Cardinal’s appeal sent to Agenzia Fides - Myanmar glowed like a city situated on a mountain. For the first time in 50 years all the warring parties came together for the peace conference called the 'Panglong Conference of the 21st century'. The world welcomed the new hopes of peace, and the Church in Myanmar warmly welcomed this conference. But recent events have raised serious concerns that this may be a false dawn".<br />"We are deeply concerned - the Archbishop notes - since the conflict broke out soon after the conference. Is it a war for peace? The war for peace is an illusion. If the army is pursuing the conflict with the aim of weakening the armed groups ... what is there in the mind of generals? And what is in the minds of armed group leaders?".<br />The Cardinal emphasizes the thousands of refugees, in particular "women and children who are starving": "This is not acceptable", he explains, urging to "immediately allow humanitarian organizations to reach the displaced". "We urge all groups to return to peace" in the spirit of encounter and negotiation. "There is only one path to freedom for the nation and peace is the path. The time for violent solutions is over. We are a democracy. Why war? "Asks the Cardinal.<br />"Myanmar is a sacred land where religion remains a beacon for all people. This nation is built on religious foundations. Therefore, to support peace, we need to involve religious leaders as an active part of all peace initiatives", said the Cardinal, inviting them to consider "these leaders as facilitators of peace at a community level" and giving full availability of the Burmese Bishops to promote activities related to negotiations, peace, conflict resolution through peaceful dialogue. "Let the peace pilgrimage, which began with the Panglong conference, continue" the text concludes. <br />Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:36:47 +0200AFRICA/DR CONGO - The majority and a part of the opposition agree: presidential elections in April 2018 - There is no date for the presidential and political elections, but some intermediate election dates for the start of the electoral process, in the meantime a government of national unity led by an opposition Premier will be created, while incumbent President Joseph Kabila will remain in office after the expiry of his mandate, December 19, until a new Head of State is elected. These are the salient points of the agreement reached by the presidential majority and by a part of the opposition that participated in the national dialogue.<br />The agreement highlights that 30 October 2017 is the deadline for the presentation of candidates, while the election must be organized within six months, ie by April 2018. <br />Once all parties have signed the agreement, the government of national unity will be formed within 21 days, while a support committee consisting of seven members of the majority, seven opposition and three from civil society will gather within a month.<br />Members of the majority stressed that President Kabila intends to respect the Constitution "from the first to the last article", suggesting that he will not present himself in the elections for a third term, which is prohibited by the Constitution.<br />"Le Rassemblement", the group of opposition parties who support candidate Etienne Tshisekedi did not participate in the agreement reached yesterday, 17 October, while the Congolese Bishops had abandoned national dialogue "to seek broader consensus" . <br />Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:25:00 +0200ASIA/HOLY LAND - "Personal contribution" of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas for the restoration of the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre - Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has offered a donation as a "personal contribution" to support the restoration of the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre. The news, reported by the official Palestinian media, was widespread during the visit on Monday, October 17 to President Abbas by Church representatives who administer the Holy Sepulchre. Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, Apostolic Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian and father Francesco Patton OFM, Custos of the Holy Land were part of the delegation in Ramallah. <br />"The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre", said Palestinian President during the meeting with the delegation of Christian Churches "is a national and religious symbol for the Palestinian people. We have the duty to take care of it, to protect it and to contribute to its restoration. Therefore we have decided to offer a personal contribution to the ongoing restoration of the Tomb of Christ". The meeting in Ramallah was also attended by Mr. Issa Kassissyeh, Palestinian ambassador to the Holy See.<br />The restoration of the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre began on 8 May. Most of the noisiest work takes place at night, with the use of drills and hammers. The redevelopment project, with a cost of $ 3.3 million, is supported by the Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church. In April, the King of Jordan Abdallah II had already sent a substantial personal donation to the project. The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, through its official channels, provides regular updates on the progress. <br />Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:43:05 +0200AFRICA/MALAWI - The President returns from America, but there remain doubts about his health - "After so many broken promises on the return of the President, Sunday’s promise, October 16 was fulfilled", writes Fr. Piergiorgio Gamba from Malawi, where President Arthur Peter Mutharika finally returned to his homeland, who since the end of September had no longer appeared in public, ever since he had gone to New York to attend the UN General Assembly . "At the international airport of Lilongwe, loyalists of the Democratic Progressive Party Party – DPP gathered" says the missionary. <br />"First a jet of the US Air Force arrived with some passengers who were escorted to the presidential palace - perhaps the medical staff -. Then a plane chartered by Qatar Airlines carrying the President. Everything was in order. The only false note was the President’s left arm raised. The President could not move his right arm".<br />There are concerns about the 76-year-old President’s health conditions, writes Fr. Gamba, "people are beginning to believe that the President is a puppet in the hands of party made up of corrupt and incapable people".<br />And this is dramatic in a Country where there is no electricity for 20 hours a day. "It is a Country where small factories are closing, devaluation exceeds 25% and there is hunger", concludes the missionary. <br />Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:27:50 +0200AMERICA/MEXICO - More than 175 women disappeared or murdered in the last three years Luis Potosi - Last week three cases of missing women were reported which provoked the reaction of an association for the defense of women's rights and the intervention of the Archbishop of San Luis Potosi, His Exc. Mgr. Jesús Carlos Cabrero Romero: one was found dead on highway 57, the second was killed by her husband, while we do not have any news about Cinthia Paola Castro Rodriguez.<br />Mgr. Cabrero Romero accused the misinformation by the authorities with regard to these cases, which shows the lack of coordination and interest on their part to investigate, said the Archbishop on Sunday, after Mass. "If there are complaints and demonstrations on behalf of the relatives of these women, it means that something is true, they are true cases. These cases exist and are real cases", reiterated Mgr. Cabrero Romero.<br />Authorities must look into these cases, he continued, concluding with these words: "As a Church we welcome the tears of family members and the despair of those who do not find a relative. Woman is an essential part of family life and society".<br />In San Luis Potosi, according to data collected by Fides, we do not know exactly the total number of missing women or victims of femicide, however, according to information made public by the State Commission of Human Rights , in November 2015, more than 175 women disappeared and/or murdered in the past three years.<br />A local association for the defense of women asked to thoroughly investigate these cases, because many times it has to do with the "recruitment of young women who refuse to join criminal or trafficking networks and then are killed". <br />Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:52:50 +0200