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Fr. Vendramin, the first PIME Missionary in Phnom Penh after Pol Pot

By AsiaNews In 1990, Mother Teresa’s nuns asked him to stay with them to celebrate Mass. The PIME Missionary, as soon as he arrived he wrote, “The whole of Cambodia has been reduced to a forced labor camp.” For 30 years, he accompanied the rebirth of the small local Church. The Catholic Church of Cambodia […]

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From the World, For the World

By Gabriele Monaco This year’s new PIME Missionaries – some will be ordained on Saturday June 12th in the Milan Cathedral with the rest in their own dioceses – they come from Africa, South America, and Asia. Two of these new missionaries are originally from Myanmar and are destined for China. They tell us their […]

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Guinea Bissau Mourns Bishop Zilli

By Giorgio Bernardelli COVID-19 has also taken away Msgnr. Pedro Zilli, a 66-year-old Brazilian missionary who John Paul II had called to become the first bishop of Bafatà, the second diocese created in Guinea Bissau, in 2001. He was the Bishop of the suburbs, in a land of first Christian proclamation. A year ago, together […]

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Patience and Hope Even in the Face of COVID-19

By the PIME General Directorate The General Directorate of PIME, on the confrere-victims of the pandemic from the House of the Senior Missionaries in Rancio di Lecco. “We share the fate of all humanity’s suffering. Let us strengthen our fraternity and ask the Father to accomplish His will, even at this hour.” In recent days, […]

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All Brothers

By Fr. Ace Valdez, PIME What follows happened to Fr. Ace Valdez, a PIME Missionary in São Paulo, Brazil. “On Sunday, a young man tried to rob me. It was from my chance meeting – which took place on the feast day of St. Francis – that I understood something more about my being a […]

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PIME Mourns Fr. Nelson

Father Nelson Meshian, a young Indian PIME Missionary, died this past Sunday in India. Just as he was preparing to leave for Brazil in 2013, he discovered he had a brain tumor. His life was committed to the mission, within his suffering from a serious illness. PIME mourns the death of one of its young […]

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Coronavirus in Rural India

By Giorgio Bernardelli  Where are the thousands of rural, Indian migrants forced to leave the city because of the lockdown? Bishop Vijay Rayarala, PIME Missionary and Bishop of the Diocese of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, India, explains the situation. “There are families from our parishes who arrived here on foot after having traveled thousands of […]

Fr. Gian Paolo Gualzetti, PIME, works with rural communities, but he primarily serves in the city of Dhaka.

The Coronavirus in the Bangladeshi Megalopolis

By Fr. Gian Paolo Gualzetti, PIME What follows is the testimony of Fr. Gian Paolo Gualzetti, who stands beside the young workers in the industrial suburbs of Dhaka, Bangladesh. “The economic pressure and hunger here are stronger than any other country in lockdown. We try to help those facing the most difficulty. Medicine here? The […]

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The Unequal Fight Against the Virus in The Amazon

By Emanuela Citterio Sister Laura Cantoni recounts the drama of the fight against Covid-19 from the Diocesan Hospital of Parintins. It is a struggle with very few means and a great deal of dedication in the Amazon, which has been increasingly affected by the virus. “The great concern these days is that the virus is […]

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Hong Kong, Security and Appeals

By Fr. Gianni Criveller, PIME Even after SARS – in 2003 – Beijing tried in vain to introduce a “national security law” that would gag Hong Kong’s democracy. Today, Xi Jinping is trying to empty the local parliament, where the opposition will have a majority in September. Carrie Lam says she will help implement the […]