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by Sumon Corraya | BANGLADESH

“Unproven accusations of blasphemy have led to extrajudicial killings, mob lynching and violent protests targeting minority community members,” said a rights advocate. “We believe the blasphemy law is in conflict with the fundamental rights of Pakistani citizens guaranteed in the constitution.”

 

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by Hocine Drouiche*

The hatred shown in the beheading of Prof. Samuel Paty is cultivated in Islamic schools and in French mosques by self-proclaimed imams. A reform of Islam is urgently needed: real elections for the French Council of Muslim worship: elimination of hadiths; erode the Islamist ghettos in the peripheries; launch a conference of all Muslims to fight terrorism. Islam is used as a political tool to put pressure on the country

| 19/10/2020
| FRANCE - ISLAM

During the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke of missionaries as "weavers of fraternity". He encouraged and expressed his support for Italian fishermen detained for more than a month in Libya and their families. A long prayerful moment silence expressed support for dialogue and peace in Libya. In differentiating between God and Caesar, Jesus cites " criterion for the distinction between the political sphere and the religious sphere; clear guidelines emerge for the mission of all believers of all times.” the baptism calls on everyone “to be a living presence in society, inspiring it with the Gospel and with the lifeblood of the Holy Spirit.” Believers are the protagonists “in a service of love for the common good.”

| 18/10/2020
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera
| 18/10/2020
|

On the 75th anniversary of the UN body, Pope Francis addresses world leaders noting that the number of people starving is growing due to the pandemic. He calls for facts beyond ideologies. He proposes to redirect military spending to set up a “Global Fund" to overcome hunger and underdevelopment.

| 17/10/2020
| VATICAN

The logo illustrates the theme “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk, 1,39) chosen by Pope Francis. The passage is the theme of the WYD Lisbon 2023 and indicates that Mary was ready to live according to God’s will to serve Elizabeth. This highlights the call to young people to renew their vitality, dreams, enthusiasm, optimism and generosity (Christus Vivit 20).

| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN

Catholics number 1.328.993.000, 17.73 % of the global population. Archbishop Rugambwa: "The mission touches and transforms all sectors and areas of life in order to save humanity and creation". Msgr. Dal Toso: the fund to help local Churches cope with this period of pandemic to date has financed 250 projects for a total of 1, 299, 700 US Dollars and 473,410 Euros.

| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

“Leaving” one's culture and one's country is possible only if one is rich in faith in Jesus Christ. This makes the difference. For many, the pandemic has meant closure, isolation, fear of contagion, disinterest, depression, nihilism. For many others it has meant reaching out, nurturing, comforting, consoling, crying, hoping. Missionaries are not just humanitarian workers. The greatest gift we can give to the world is not a little of our well-being, but faith itself.

| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN

"Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to be left aside."

| 15/10/2020
| VATICAN

Francis urges faithful to respect the measures adopted against coronavirus contagion. "I would like to, as I usually do, walk among you and greet you, but with the new measures, it is better to keep our distance. You are at a prudent distance, as should be done". And reiterating the importance of using all the precautions, which allow us to move forward with the audiences ", he concluded by reiterating that "if we all, as good citizens, comply with the measures enacted by the authorities, we will help to end this pandemic".

| 14/10/2020
| VATICAN

A letter from the president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences to the bishops and churches of Asia. Will Asia choose individual greed or will it strive for the common good? Much depends on how we rebuild society after the coronavirus".

| 13/10/2020
| ASIA - VATICAN

The UN body makes a complete U-turn after advising the adoption of Chinese-style restrictive measures. WHO expert Dr David Nabarro says that restrictions could double poverty and child malnutrition. A group of scientists warn that current coronavirus policies will cause irreparable damage.

| 13/10/2020
| UNITED NATIONS

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis, beatified yesterday, "shows today's young people that true happiness is found by putting God first and serving Him in one's brothers and sisters, especially the least".  Pope Francis also calls for a resumption of the truce between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

 

| 11/10/2020
| VATICAN

The WFP was “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict” reads the motivation. With the COVID-19 pandemic, 132 million more people could go hungry by the end of 2020. WFP supports some 97 million hungry people in 88 countries.

| 09/10/2020
| NORWAY – UNITED NATIONS

In an audience with the Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe (Moneyval), Francis reiterates that  the worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose".

| 08/10/2020
| VATICAN
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Catholics number 1.328.993.000, 17.73 % of the global population. Archbishop Rugambwa: "The mission touches and transforms all sectors and areas of life in order to save humanity and creation". Msgr. Dal Toso: the fund to help local Churches cope with ...
| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
“Leaving” one's culture and one's country is possible only if one is rich in faith in Jesus Christ. This makes the difference. For many, the pandemic has meant closure, isolation, fear of contagion, disinterest, depression, nihilism. ...
| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
For Msgr. Abou Khazen the document is an act in defence of a people "wounded and attacked by thieves on the way to Jericho". Syria is also waiting for a Good Samaritan "to save us". But the West in recent years has betrayed hopes. A text "to be explored ...
| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
by Vincenzo Guo Xijin
The speech given by the bishop of Mindong announcing his resignation from all public office, retiring to a life of prayer. Now the diocese is entrusted to Msgr. Zhan Silu, known to be very ambitious.
| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The pontiff's attempt is to push everyone towards universal fraternity. The pivot is the image of the Good Samaritan, which affects many Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The "dream" and the proposals on the UN, foreign debt, the universal destination ...
| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
“Fratelli Tutti”, Pope Francis' social encyclical, was released today. In it, the pontiff advocates overcoming the dominant profit-driven market model. Human rights know no boundaries. He says no to war and the death penalty, warns against ...
| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
At the conference on "The other China" marking the 150th anniversary of the presence of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in China, the Vatican Secretary of State highlighted the "ecclesial and pastoral" value of the Sino-Vatican Agreement, ...
| 03/10/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
by Ati Nurbaiti
People trying to stop expropriations approved by the authorities for plantations, ports and other maritime structures endure intimidation and arrests. The Church is helping victims. Offers of compensation for seized land is pitiful. The authorities are ...
| 03/10/2020
| INDONESIA
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