NEWS from the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States

Exciting News from our National Director Father Andrew Small

Keeping the World In View

While I have been in Rome for meetings of the Pontifical Mission Societies, our news agency, FIDES, has launched a dynamic new website which brings to life our unique international perspective, one not always easy to capture and communicate. FIDES now provides an invaluable resource for illustrating that we are very much a part of a significant global presence.

What's in FIDES?
While FIDES still features, as it had, news from the Mission Church around the world, with contributions from as well, the new FIDES website now provides:

  • Connection to "breaking news."  For example, just this morning in Rome, as Pope Francis met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, FIDES featured an interview with the National Director in Iran, Father Hormoz Babroudi Aslani, whom I met during meetings of the Superior Council last year. Father Aslani spoke, on the eve of the Pope's meeting, about the "good news" of the end of the embargo against Iran, and particularly about life for the small Catholic population there. (There is one Latin Rite Diocese in Iran, Ispahan, four Chaldean and one Armenian.)
  • In-Depth Analysis section focusing on "human rights" and "emergency and area crisis"
  • News categorized and searchable by continent and country (including Vatican news)

Given the title "Pontifical" in 1922, the Pontifical Mission Societies have special responsibility in the Universal Church. They are under the direct canonical jurisdiction of the Pope, who, together with the entire body of Bishops, remind the faithful of their Baptismal call to mission, as they gather basic support for more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.  The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.