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‘The Congregation for Religious is examining the religious congregations and associations created in this period.” Among the latter, many have been placed under external control. Positions of governance in lay groups are a “call to serve” that runs up against a hunger for power and disloyalty.

| 16/09/2021
| VATICAN

Telecom company Telenor pulls out of the country refusing to spy on its customers for the ruling military junta. For now, the military regime will not get a seat at the UN General Assembly.

| 16/09/2021
| MYANMAR
by Steve Suwannarat

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his government plan to appeal last week’s High Court ruling overturning a discriminatory law that grants citizenship to children of mixed couples only if the father is Malaysian. For civil society groups, the government’s appeal is a “betrayal of rights”.

| 15/09/2021
| MALAYSIA

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 too often prevails, protectors and guardians of life where the culture of death reigns.”

| 15/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA

“Judgement and prejudice only increase distances. Hostility and sharp words are not helpful. Marginalizing others accomplishes nothing. Segregating ourselves and other people eventually leads to anger. The path to peaceful coexistence is integration,” said Francis. What is more, “Bombarded by virtual messages, we risk losing our real roots,” he added. “To grow disconnected from life, or to fantasize in a void, is not a good thing; it is a temptation from the evil one. God wants us to be firmly grounded, connected to life.”

| 14/09/2021
| VATICAN – SLOVAKIA

"How many generous persons suffered and died here in Slovakia for the name of Christ! Theirs was a witness borne out of love of him whom they had long contemplated. To the point that they resembled him even in their death. I think too of our own time, in which there is no lack of opportunities for bearing witness.”

| 14/09/2021
| 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 activities are being moved away from the coastal city.

| 14/09/2021
| CAMBODIA

The group was trying to reach their homes in Vietnam's central region. Internal flights and road links to the southern provinces, most affected by the pandemic, have been suspended for months. Lack of vaccines: health authorities have authorized diverse second doses.

| 14/09/2021
| VIETNAM

“Even as battles for supremacy are waged on various fronts, may this country reaffirm its message of integration and peace,” said Pope Francis. “[M]ay Europe be distinguished by a solidarity that, by transcending borders, can bring it back to the centre of history.” For the pontiff, the Church must teach “inner and responsible freedom”. She must know “how to be creative by immersing herself in history and culture;” she must know “how to engage in dialogue with the world, with those who confess Christ without being one of ‘us’, with those who are weary of the religious quest, even with those who do not believe.”

| 13/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA
by Davide Cavalleri

The increase in infections has pushed authorities to reinstate a hard lockdown. Schools forced to restart with online teaching, but families cannot afford computers and connections. Father Caelli (PIME): "In Manila children are left on tehir own and many private schools are closing".

 

 

 

| 13/09/2021
| PHILIPPINES

Francis closed the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. "The cross is never in trend of fashion: today as in the past. Rather it it heals within. It is before the Crucified One that we experience a beneficial inner struggle, the bitter conflict between 'thinking according to God' and 'thinking according to men'." "The threat of anti-Semitism still lurks in Europe and elsewhere".

 

 

 

| 12/09/2021
| VATICAN - HUNGARY

A visit among peoples who "have suffered a regime repressive of faith and religious freedom". A journey of a spiritual nature to nations with political policies are far removed from the ideas of Francis, especially with regard to reception of migrants and refugees. In the Hungarian capital the closing of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, with the theme "All my springs are in You".

 

| 11/09/2021
| VATICAN
by Steve Suwannarat

Seventy per cent of Thais wear them, fuelling a trade worth more than a billion euros. And in the age of Covid-19, their online sale is also growing.

 

| 11/09/2021
| THAILAND

The coastal city has received a lot of Chinese investment in recent years. Inside the China Project compound, at least 8,000 people are held prisoner, trained to commit Internet fraud. A Khmer Times investigation found that criminals are moving their activities to other parts of the country.

| 10/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
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by Fady Noun
After 13 months, Lebanon has a new government. For the new prime minister, “we must tighten our belts”. While reiterating Lebanon’s place in the Arab world, he says the country is open to aid from anyone, Syria included. Several highly ...
| 10/09/2021
| LEBANON
 
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| 10/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
 
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| 10/09/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
 
by Dario Salvi
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| 10/09/2021
| GULF - USA
 
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| 08/09/2021
| CHINA - VATICANO
 
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 08/09/2021
| AFGHANISTAN – IRAN
 
by Emanuele Scimia
Beijing asks Islamic fundamentalists for stability, protection for Chinese interests and fight against terrorist groups. Wang Yi: the US witdrawal is against China and Russia. Former Afghan deputy minister: Chinese want to invest in our mines; security ...
| 07/09/2021
| CHINA - AFGHANISTAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Presented at the Vladivostok Economic Forum. Transforming the Kurili Islands into an off-shore area. Urban development of Eastern Siberia, with cities of over a million inhabitants. The Kremlin bets on Chinese and Japanese cooperation. Russians aim to ...
| 06/09/2021
| RUSSIA
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Man vandalizing the statue of Ranjit Singh, a Sikh leader at Lahore Fort
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