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Millions of deaths from poor hygiene and health could be avoided each year. We should not “project our priorities onto populations who live on other continents, where other needs are more urgent; where, for example, drinking water and daily bread are in short supply”.

| 27/09/2021
| VATICAN

Francis' message for the 36th World Youth Day. Some find "in the virtual environment and social networks the new battlefield, unscrupulously employing the weapon of fake news to spread venom and to wipe out their adversaries ". "Stand up and defend social justice, truth and righteousness, human rights, the persecuted, the poor and vulnerable, those who have no voice in society, immigrants."

| 27/09/2021
| VATICAN

"Don't close the doors to hope". "The Holy Spirit does not want closures; he wants openness, welcoming communities where there is room for everyone". "Every closure, in fact, keeps at a distance those who do not think like us. This - we know - is the root of so many great evils in history: of the absolutism that has often generated dictatorships and so much violence towards those who are different".

 

| 26/09/2021
| VATICAN

Postponed due to the pandemic, it is being celebrated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Emirates. Running from 1 October to 31 March, it offers over 60 events each day. The Apostolic Vicar of Arabia invited among speakers. Doha and Riyadh vying for leadership in the region. Migrants from East and West. 

 

 

| 25/09/2021
| UAE - GULF
by Giorgio Bernardelli

 

The adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples: "Missionaries given to the world, a living presence even where numbers are small, dialogue with the great religions: the prophecy of John Paul II on the continent of the third millennium is coming true".

 

 

| 25/09/2021
| VATICAN - ASIA

Francis celebrated Mass with participants at the plenary assembly of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences. The 'dictatorship of consumerism, whimsical but suffocating, attempts to quench' the thirst for Christ. "Leaving behind the conveniences of the immediate in order to return to the farsighted vision of the founding fathers, a prophetic and comprehensive vision, because they did not seek the consensus of the moment, rather they dreamt a future for all".

 

 

| 23/09/2021
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Protests over falsification of results, especially those related to electronic voting in the capital. Ukraine and Turkey contest vote in Crimea; Georgia against vote in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Navalnists: "Useful vote" against Putin candidates worked in Siberia. Communists advance.

 

| 23/09/2021
| RUSSIA
by Emanuele Scimia

The Xiaomi cell phones focus of concerns: they censor expressions like "free Tibet" and "democratic movement". Lithuanian cyber analysts: at the moment there are 449 expressions censored. High tension between the Baltic Republic and Beijing. Lithuanian diplomacy seeks to downplay situation.

| 22/09/2021
| LITHUANIA-CHINA

At the general audience, Francis retraces the stages of the trip to Budapest and Slovakia, "a pilgrimage of prayer, a pilgrimage to the roots, a pilgrimage of hope." Roots "not as museum exhibits, not ideologized and instrumentalized for interests of prestige and power, to consolidate a closed identity. No." "Violence against women is an open sore. It’s everywhere."

| 22/09/2021
| VATICAN

Former French Defence Minister Alain Richard will lead a delegation despite an attempt by the Chinese embassy in Paris to block the trip. Meanwhile, China’s “intimidation” against European governments continues as evince by the Lithuania case.  The EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific also stems from an interest in Taiwanese microchips.

 

| 21/09/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA – FRANCE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The president's United Russia is in decline, but has managed to retain a constitutional majority in the Duma. Rise of the Communists, helped by the useful vote of the navalnists. Oppositions: online vote rigged. Claims of fraud through "Lukashenko method" in the provinces. Putin's civic list may create problems for the Tsar.

| 21/09/2021
| RUSSIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Patriarch Kirill claims there are those who are determined to destroy the traditions of Orthodoxy and accuses the Ecumenical Patriarchate of wanting to create a rift between the Greek and Slavic Orthodox worlds. The next Synod of Bishops in Moscow will condemn the "canonical innovations" of the Greeks.

 

| 20/09/2021
| RUSSIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Mgr Iosif Staneuski, former auxiliary bishop of Grodno and secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Belarus, replaces Archbishop Kandrusievich, exiled by President Lukashenko for urging the authorities to engage in dialogue with anti-government protesters. State media attack the Belarusian Catholic Church.

 

| 18/09/2021
| BELARUS

Conceived in anti-Chinese terms, Trump had rejected it in 2017. Japan is skeptical. The Chinese would have to meet the pact's high standards, especially on the environment, labor rights and state-owned enterprises. Taiwan also wants to join the CPTPP. Consumption languishes in China, Xi still relies on exports for recovery from pandemic.

 

| 17/09/2021
| CHINA
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by Vladimir Rozanskij
Mgr Iosif Staneuski, former auxiliary bishop of Grodno and secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Belarus, replaces Archbishop Kandrusievich, exiled by President Lukashenko for urging the authorities to engage in dialogue with anti-government ...
| 18/09/2021
| BELARUS
 
by Dario Salvi
Fr Palinuro’s ordination is scheduled for 7 December in a ceremony led by Card Sandri with his entrance in the Cathedral of Holy Spirit 11 days later. Fr Andrea Santoro’s legacy means remembering that evangelization is "a risk" to be taken ...
| 17/09/2021
| TURKEY - ITALY
 
Conceived in anti-Chinese terms, Trump had rejected it in 2017. Japan is skeptical. The Chinese would have to meet the pact's high standards, especially on the environment, labor rights and state-owned enterprises. Taiwan also wants to join ...
| 17/09/2021
| CHINA
 
by Dario Salvi
WHO director general is in Lebanon today and tomorrow to vet the country’s “unprecedented complex crisis”. In August, dozens of cancer patients protested in front of the UN offices. For Caritas director Fr Abboud, the basic problem ...
| 16/09/2021
| LEBANON
 
Australians will be able to build nuclear submarines with US technology. The agreement includes cooperation on artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technology. Beijing slams move as "irresponsible". Protests from France, which loses a contract ...
| 16/09/2021
| THE WEST-CHINA
 
by Shafique Khokhar
A Muslim man tried to kidnap Arushma Ejaz in order to convert her and force her into marriage. After a number of intimidatory and violent incidents, her mother turned to the Human Rights Focus Pakistan organisation. The police accepted the First Information ...
| 15/09/2021
| PAKISTAN
 
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Christians “are weavers of dialogue where hostility is growing; models of fraternal life where society is experiencing tension and hostility; bringers of the sweet fragrance of hospitality and solidarity where personal and collective selfishness ...
| 15/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA
 
Following an investigation by the Khmer Times, police raided a hotel-casino. A number of people were arrested and two victims released. Firearms were also found. Those arrested will be questioned after a 14-day quarantine. To avoid the crackdown, criminal ...
| 14/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
Right wing Hindu nationalists molesting Christians during prayer
A woman celebrating Independence Day assaulted by nearly 400 men in Pakistan
Man vandalizing the statue of Ranjit Singh, a Sikh leader at Lahore Fort
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