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Francis released a message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Society and the Church must promote "active" participation, not just assistance. Parishes too must remove obstacles and encourage training so that the disabled too can teach catechism.

 

| 03/12/2020
| VATICAN

Founded in 1980 by the then bishop of Hong Kong, Msgr. Giovanni Battista Wu Cheng-Chung, the Centre has nurtured relations with China, collected information, carried out studies, given subsidies and fostered friendship with the Church and Chinese society. The future prospects of a more academic focus.

| 03/12/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

The Christmas Cross Challenge 2000 opened with a solemn Mass on Tuesday. Several Catholic associations and at least 3,000 people have joined the initiative, including 900 priests and religious. Sporting events and competitions throughout December include running, walking, and cycling.

| 03/12/2020
| INDONESIA

Members of various parties confess shame at the video that the torturers shot and demand justice for the victim. Qamar Bhatti is a victim of usury. His loan sharks include three Christians. Warning: the video contains scenes of violence.

| 03/12/2020
| PAKISTAN

A confirmation of expectations.  So far, the Chinese have imported only 56% of the products they committed to purchasing under "phase one" of the trade agreement.  The elected president will oppose China's "abusive practices".  Trade decision only after consultation with allies.  Pressures from Congress.

 

 

| 03/12/2020
| USA-CHINA

The Iranian leader is opposed to a parliamentary law that aims to block UN inspections and revive uranium enrichment.  A "harmful" norm for dialogue, a political maneuver in view of the presidential elections in June.  The future tenant of the White House ready to revive the JCPOA, the "best way" to ensure "stability" in the region.

 

| 03/12/2020
| IRAN - USA

New negotiations are set for next week, but major disagreements remain. For German Ambassador, without open markets to European companies, the deal will not be signed. The EU also wants progress on human rights and pandemic. Biden is another factor.

| 02/12/2020
| CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION

Many Thais hoped the Constitutional Court would remove him from office. Living at an army house goes against the constitution, but it is allowed by army rules. Thailand’s “civilian” government actually depends on the military.

 

| 02/12/2020
| THAILAND

Questions are being raised about the arrest of Alfredo Mapano, a former peace talk consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). He was taken into custody at work at a government corporation in Misamis Oriental province.

| 02/12/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Mathias Hariyadi

Since Monday, columns of smoke and ash have risen up to three kilometres. For experts, this is an ever-increasing threat. Requests for masks and emergency equipment come from the affected areas. With many villages evacuated, the situation remains precarious.

| 02/12/2020
| INDONESIA

The patriarchal vicar describes a climate of expectation and participation, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Only 50 people will be present at the Holy Sepulchre. Previously the administrator, now he will be a real pastor. The Holy Land without pilgrims is "a desolation", the hope pilgrimages will start again "after Easter".

| 02/12/2020
| HOLY LAND
by Nirmala Carvalho

Farmers are camped just outside the capital. Police have used water cannons and tear gas to stop protestors. Talks between government and protest leaders have stalled. Farmers are against full liberalisation. A minimum price for agricultural products will be guaranteed, Prime Minister Modi says.

| 02/12/2020
| INDIA
by Brother Yesudas

A Missionary of Charity, the male branch of the order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, recounts his experience during the lockdown, in paying attention to little things, in spending time with the poorest of the poor. The discovery of inner beauty and goodness in the leper and in the mentally ill. And this is Christmas.

| 02/12/2020
| INDIA

"The hope of the world lies completely in the blessing of God" who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. The 4 sisters killed in El Salvador 40 years ago "lived their faith with great generosity: they are an example for all to become faithful missionary disciples".

| 02/12/2020
| VATICAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
In addition to masks, social distancing and hand washing, there is the risk of an "afternoon" Christmas Mass, or indeed none altogether: The European Union is suggesting the elimination of all liturgical celebrations, replacing them with online events! ...
| 01/12/2020
| EDITORIAL
 
by Emanuele Scimia
Tensions between the two countries will remain, but managed by prioritizing diplomacy. Competition in trade, technology and security; collaboration on climate, Covid-19 and nuclear proliferation. The Taiwan problem. Critical observers: Biden will re-propose ...
| 26/11/2020
| USA-CHINA
 
A pastoral letter from the bishops. We ask "our two canonized ‘foreign’ missionary saints, Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, to intercede for us so that our loving God will always abundantly bless our Church in the Philippines and all her ...
| 26/11/2020
| PHILIPPINES
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The new regulations require total separation between foreign and Chinese religious groups. They demand total submission to China's laws, regulations, and policies. Membership (names, visa, residence), materials (books, brochures, audio-visual), and ...
| 25/11/2020
| CHINA
 
by Fady Noun
The Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in defence of the Christian population of Artsakh, who must be protected from possible abuse and reprisals, whilst ensuring their freedom of worship. The agreement reached does not guarantee a true ...
| 25/11/2020
| LEBANON – ARMENIA – AZERBAIJAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The armed attack unleashed last night at 2 am and continued until morning. The Christians who had gathered since yesterday slept in a common tent and were attacked. The village is isolated and no one is allowed to enter. The police deny all violence. ...
| 25/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop Machado: Violence against women and girls has become a chronic disease and a spiritual failure. Two days ago, two other 8 and 12-year-old girls were found dead with rape marks and eye injuries.
| 18/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Lukashenko stated this in an interview on the Tut.by website yesterday. Protests against fraud in presidential elections exceede 100 consecutive days. Police continue arrests even in private homes. New economic sanctions are on the way against Belarusian ...
| 18/11/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
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