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Across China, multiple celebrations mark the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Catholics and other believers can choose among a panoply of seminars, conferences, trips, visits, and exhibits. For Mgr Ma Yinglin, without the Communist Party there would be no New China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and no happy life for people today.

| 19/04/2021
| CHINA

The pontiff expressed his “concern” for what is happening in eastern Ukraine with “the increase in military activity”. He hopes to see actions that promote peace and “avoid rising tensions”. He is worried about the “serious humanitarian situation” facing the population.

| 18/04/2021
| VATICAN

Hope is needed most to cope with today’s suffering and angst. Transcending human optimism, it “has its basis in something religious: God loves us, and therefore cares for us through his providence”.

| 16/04/2021
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

India’s Supreme Court put on hold the arrest of two nuns and a nurse working at a hospital in Ashta run by the Sisters of St Joseph. However, the facility remains closed after a woman and her baby died last December. Hindu extremists have put pressure on a facility that has cared for thousands of people.

| 16/04/2021
| INDIA

The daily toll tops 200,000 cases a day. The pandemic is spreading rapidly even outside Maharashtra, the most affected state. A curfew will come into force in the capital on the weekend. Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine gets the green light. Local production of AstraZeneca is far below three 3 million doses a day.

| 15/04/2021
| INDIA

Organised by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura and STOQ foundations, the meeting will look at medical innovation and the possibility of creating new approaches and interdisciplinary partnerships to cure diseases and improve health, well-being and understanding of human uniqueness. A message from Pope Francis is expected to conclude the event.

| 15/04/2021
| VATICAN
by Sumon Corraya

For a second time in a row, Pahela Baishakh was celebrated without outdoor activities. The latest surge in the pandemic is putting a strain on hospitals. On the day that symbolises harmony in the country, all religions prayed for the end to the pandemic.

| 15/04/2021
| BANGLADESH

In New Delhi, Muslims turn to the High Court to reopen a mosque for Ramadan. Uttarakhand's chief minister dismisses comparisons, claiming that the sacred Ganges will stop the virus.

| 14/04/2021
| INDIA
by P. Wendao

Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed in the name of politics.

| 14/04/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN

"We see it in certain groups that come to an agreement to bring about changes in the life of the Church, all the media that inform ... But prayer is not seen". General audience dedicated to "The Church teacher of prayer". Monasteries "vital cells, not only for the ecclesial fabric but for society itself".

| 14/04/2021
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

Samson Salamat, president of the Rwadari Tehreek movement, calls the late rights advocate “a mentor, a guide and a father to countless human rights defenders in Pakistan and around the world.”

| 13/04/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Hindu pilgrimage is taking place without social distancing and with few people wearing masks while schools and shops are closed. For Father Mathew, the government’s hypocrisy is evident.

 

| 13/04/2021
| INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Cardinal Coutts welcomed the new archbishop who is taking over from him. Humility and love for those living on the margins will guide the new shepherd.

 

| 12/04/2021
| PAKISTAN
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by Margaret Ng
The lawyer and pro-democracy activist tells the court why she took part in an unauthorised protest. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the most precious rights the people of Hong Kong have. Defending the rule of law may even mean taking ...
| 16/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The accused were convicted of organising and taking part in a large anti-government protest on 18 August 2019. Media mogul Jimmy Lai and barrister Margaret Ng are given a one year sentence; Martin Lee, 11 months. Former lawmaker “Long Hair” ...
| 16/04/2021
| CHINA – HONG KONG
 
by P. Wendao
Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed ...
| 14/04/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Hindu pilgrimage is taking place without social distancing and with few people wearing masks while schools and shops are closed. For Father Mathew, the government’s hypocrisy is evident.  
| 13/04/2021
| INDIA
 
Sisters and staff will be banned from visiting children and young people under the age of 18. The reasons: The dismantling of the structures of the unofficial Church and the prohibition of evangelization for minors under the age of 18.
| 13/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
The holy month begins tomorrow and will end on 12 May with the feast of Eid al-Fitr. This year the COVID-19 pandemic will impose restrictions again. Religious leaders support vaccination, which does not violate the fast. The Chaldean Patriarch extends ...
| 12/04/2021
| MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
 
by Lu Haitao
In observance of the local government's pandemic health measures, the diocese of Shanghai cancelled all pilgrimages in May. Msgr. Taddeo Ma Daqin remains under house arrest in the seminary. In Sheshan, the “Valley of Happiness” park and ...
| 12/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Lee Cheuk-yan
One of Hong Kong's main political figures pleads guilty, but says he did no wrong. Political prisoners are pioneers of freedom. “I do not want to see Hong Kong rule[⒯] on the basis of such systemic violence.”
| 08/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
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