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The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic has so far left over a thousand victims in China, while the number of people infected is 43,000. Outside China, the country most affected is Japan with 161 infected (of which about 140 are passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship), followed by Singapore (45), Thailand (33) and South Korea (28). In Europe and North America only a few dozen cases have occurred. There are no official confirmations of infections in Africa and Latin America. To counter the spread of the coronavirus, several governments have introduced travel restrictions to and from China.

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“None of us is a criminal, none of us is responsible for big sins like David with Uriah's wife, nobody.  Where is the danger? You don’t notice it when yet let yourself slowly slide because the fall is anesthetised. Yet we slowly slide, relativising things, losing loyalty to God.”

| 13/02/2020
| VATICAN

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" has been published. A Church alongside the oppressed, who are often indigenous, that respects its cultural traditions, safeguards the environment and people at the same time, proposes sustainable development and strives to propose Jesus in an immense and varied territory, also giving lay people , including women, larger spaces within communities.

| 12/02/2020
| VATICAN

Francis uses general audience to speak once again about the war-torn nation. In his continuing catechesis dedicated by the Beatitudes,  "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted". "Understanding sin is a gift from God, it is a work of the Holy Spirit. “We alone cannot understand sin. It is a grace that we must ask for.

| 12/02/2020
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of the Tumour Centre of Wuhan Union Hospital, and Liu Wen of the neurology department of the Red Cross Society Hospital. Doubts are growing about the WHO, which hasn’t conducted any independent check. Western countries have isolated China, but have also kept silent about its actions.

| 11/02/2020
| CHINA

"Jesus invites us not to be afraid to live in the world, even if sometimes there are conditions of conflict and sin in it,” said Pope Francis. “Jesus at the last supper did not ask the Father to remove the disciples from the world, but to keep them from the spirit of the evil one." Through people trafficking, "criminal organisations are increasingly using modern means of communication to entice victims through deception.” For Syria, the pontiff calls for “talks and negotiations, in accordance with international humanitarian law, to safeguard the lives and welfare of civilians.”

| 09/02/2020
| VATICAN

“Concern for education is concern for future generations and for the future of humanity,” said Francis. “Education is not merely about transmitting concepts; it is an enterprise that demands cooperation on the part of all involved – the family, the school and social, cultural and religious institutions.”

| 07/02/2020
| VATICAN

"When we try to boost our visibility, in the Church, in our community, to have a position or something else, that is the way of the world, it is a worldly road, it is not the way of Jesus. And this temptation to be a climber can also happen to pastors”. “But if a shepherd does not follow this path, he is not a disciple of Jesus: he is a climber with a cassock. There is no humility without humiliation. "

| 07/02/2020
| VATICAN

Francis received CEOs and presidents of the most important trade fair and event organizers in the world. "International exhibitions contribute to the growth of a culture of encounter, which strengthens the bonds of solidarity and promotes mutual enrichment between members of the human family."

| 06/02/2020
| VATICAN

“There are those who have the kingdoms of this world: they have goods and they have comforts. But these are realms that end. The power of men, even the greatest empires, pass and disappear. " "Riches too: the old people taught us that the shroud have no pockets." “Whoever loves the true good more than himself truly reigns. This is the power of God. "

| 05/02/2020
| VATICAN

The story of King David who weeps over the death of his son “shows us God’s heart, what the Lord does with us when we move away from Him, what the Lord does when we destroy ourselves with sin, disoriented, lost.” Yet, “In the moment of temptation, in the moment of sin, in the moment in which we distance ourselves from God, let us try to listen to this voice: 'My son, my daughter, why?’”

| 04/02/2020
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

In Vietnam and other Asian countries, celibacy is accepted as a gift and a responsibility. Vocations also grow in the universal missionary dimension. The great value of the book of Card. Robert Sarah and Benedict XVI on ecclesiastical celibacy. The mud-slinging of two groups in the Church: the ‘Team Francis’ and those anti-Bergoglio. It is time to learn from the Churches of Asia.

| 04/02/2020
| VATICAN - ASIA

The masks are a gift from the Holy See and the Chinese Christian communities in Italy. Card. Konrad Krajewski, the papal almsgiver;  director of the Vatican pharmacy, Fr. Thomas Binish; Fr. Vincenzo Handuo, vice-rector of the Pontifical Urbanianum College in charge of organisation. The masks will be distributed in Hubei, Zhejiang, Fujian. China Southern Airlines took care of transporting them for free to China.

| 03/02/2020
| VATICAN-CHINA

At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Day for Life, which this year has as its theme "Open the doors to life". A Haily Mary and an applause for consecrated persons on the day dedicated to them. "Every baptized person has received a vocation to proclaim, to announce Jesus". "The ability to be amazed at the things around us promotes religious experience."

| 02/02/2020
| VATICAN

On the 24th World Day of Consecrated Life, celebrated on the day of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Pope Francis presides over a mass with thousands of representatives of religious orders, communities, societies of apostolic life. "Dear brothers and sisters, we did not deserve religious life; it is a gift of love that we have received". The risk of "seeing things in a worldly way" in religious life. "Do not turn away from the Lord, source of hope".

| 01/02/2020
| VATICAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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