ACN: almost 300 million Christians persecuted in 21 countries

Some 61% of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not respected; in other words, 6 out of every 10 people around the world cannot express their faith with total freedom.   Among them are almost 300 million Christians, or 1 out of 7, who live in a country of persecution, subject to violence, arrest, and human rights violations.  

Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar new president of FABC

Myanmar’s first cardinal has been elected the next president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC).  

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon was elected the new FABC president at the FABC Central Committee meeting on November 16.  He will assume office on January 1, 2019.

Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Meets Crown Prince of Bahrain

Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Meets Crown Prince of Bahrain
Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Meets Crown Prince of Bahrain
Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Meets Crown Prince of Bahrain
Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Meets Crown Prince of Bahrain

On November 21, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Crown Prince of Bahrain His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifah, at the Crown Prince’s palace in Manama, Bahrain.

Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamp issue Centenary of the Great Union

To celebrate the great historical achievements of Romanians of 100 years ago, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamp issue Centenary of the Great Union.

The philatelic issue consists of a perforated souvenir sheet with the face value of lei 28.50, illustrated with a picture of King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie, in a intimate posture, looking at a vase with flowers, Romfilatelia informs.

Pope appoints bishop in Ilagan, Philippines

Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed a bishop to the Diocese of Ilagan in the northern Philippines.  Bishop David William Valencia Antonio, the Auxiliary of Segovia is the new Bishop of Ilagan.  However, he will continue as Apostolic Administrator of San Jose in Mindoro, a task he was entrusted with in March 2018.