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by Kenneth Corbilla

In Metro Manila and throughout the country, cemeteries will be closed from October 29 to November 4, to avoid gatherings of large crowds.  Msgr Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Manila, has released a pastoral letter in which he asks the faithful to follow and abide by the rules set by the government.  Faithful advised to offer a mass and pray as a family for the dead, sharing memories of the dearly departed.  At present in the Philippines there are 299,361 Covid positive cases, with 5,196 deaths.

| 26/09/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Adrian Zenz

In 2020, the Communist Party of China "trained" and indoctrinated 543,000 "surplus" rural workers in Tibet. The pattern adopted in the Xinjiang "concentration camps" is repeated. Beijing: Nomadic farmers and herders participate on a voluntary basis to find employment. According to many observers, the regime forces them into a context of strict social control.

| 26/09/2020
| CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The incident occurred overnight on Tuesday in St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Mandapeta. The statues were damaged by hammer blows. CCTV cameras show an unidentified suspect. In recent months, several places of worship, including Hindu temples, have been the target of vandals.

| 25/09/2020
| INDIA

According to ManpowerGroup, 23 per cent of Taiwanese companies are ready to hire new staff. Unemployment in the country is at 4 per cent compared to the 9.4 average in advanced economies. Its recovery is driven by the technology sector. The idea that governments must choose between public health and economy has been disproven.

| 25/09/2020
| TAIWAN

The dean of the Chaldean seminary remembers Fr Ragheed and Archbishop Rahho in relation to his ordination. He repeatedly tells his 15 students to heed Pope John Paul II’s motto “Do not be afraid!”. Instability and insecurity lead to flight. Parents fear that their sons will be killed if he becomes priests. He urges young people to follow “Christ's call”. This is the third and last part of the report on vocations in Iraq.

| 25/09/2020
| IRAQ

Francis speaks to the St Peter’s Circle charity association, urging them to “heart that knows how to 'see' the wounds of society and creative hands in industrious charity. These two elements are important so that a charitable action can always be fruitful ".

| 25/09/2020
| VATICAN

The prelate envisages possible changes to the executive branch but remains firm on the country’s neutrality and on equality between Christians and Muslims. The ‘Help devastated Beirut’ campaign continues.

| 25/09/2020
| LEBANON
by Kenneth Corbilla

The charity organisation of the Philippine Church has responded to the appeal of Caritas internationalis to help Lebanon following the blast that hit the Port of Beirut.

| 25/09/2020
| PHILIPPINES – LEBANON
by Wang Zhicheng

The former human rights lawyer, who became a video reporter, disappeared after two weeks in Wuhan, where he documented what was happening in the city: infections, deaths, collapsing hospitals, crematoria, etc. He is not the only journalist to have disappeared.

| 25/09/2020
| CHINA
by Adrian Zenz

In Tibet, pastoralists and “surplus” farmers are trained and indoctrinated in facilities similar to Xinjiang internment camps. Chinese authorities use the fight against poverty as mechanism of social control to fight "separatism" and stifle the Buddhist religion. Tibetan workers have also been "transferred" to other provinces.

| 25/09/2020
| CHINA

The agreement signed in Turkey, after days of negotiations mediated by the Ankara government. Presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled, as well as the presidency of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas leader: "Real consensus reached". The effects of the "Abraham Agreements" are also on the table.

| 25/09/2020
| PALESTINE - TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Under the changes clergy who study aborad will be subjected to a control to "exclude extremist ideas". The new law is also criticized by Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Protestants, who go abroad for their studies. There is a fear of a resurgence of state control over religions, as in the early 1990s of the last century. The opposition of Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals.

| 25/09/2020
| RUSSIA

The official of the Seoul Ministry of Fisheries was killed by the border forces of Pyongyang: for the Covid-19 emergency, they have orders to "shoot to kill" those who try to cross the border. The apology sent in a letter to the president of the South Moon Jae-in: a rare occurrence in the troubled history between the two countries still at war.

| 25/09/2020
| KOREA

Some 14 Christian homes are almost destroyed. Hindutva followers want to ban Christian residents from their villages in Chhattisgarh unless they go back to Hinduism.

| 24/09/2020
| INDIA
Editor's choices
 
by Wang Zhicheng
At a routine press conference, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman praises the agreement's past, but says nothing about its renewal. Clipped tones on Taiwan. China's main aim is to get the Vatican to cut off relations with Taiwan...
| 23/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Stefano Caprio
After the end of communism, he was among the first to spread the texts of the great Russian philosophers and theologians. In Soviet times he adhered to the so-called "inner dissent". He was a member of the Biblical-Theological Commission of the Moscow ...
| 23/09/2020
| RUSSIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
NGOs will need an Aadhaar card to conduct financial transactions with abroad. To justify the bill, its proponents cite "forced conversions" by missionary Graham Staines, who was murdered with his two sons by Hindu radicals in 1999. Data by the Supreme ...
| 22/09/2020
| INDIA
 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes a document affirming the Church is also opposed to persistent therapeutic treatment, welcoming palliative care, and recommending support for the families of those who are suffering.
| 22/09/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Secretary of State Card. Parolin confirms the Pope is considering a visit. The Belarusian foreign minister, Vladimir Makeev, also invited the pontiff a few days ago. The ordination of the new nuncio Ante Jozic and his dispatch to Minsk, read as a Vatican ...
| 17/09/2020
| BELARUS - VATICAN - RUSSIA
 
by Li Ruohan*
The situation of the Church in China has become increasingly worse since the signing of the agreement. The concordat with Nazi Germany in 1933 gave the Church freedom for a few months. Then crucifixes were removed from the schools; Catholic associations ...
| 16/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
Since the beginning of 2020, at least 25 villages in northern Iraq have emptied. The bombings, followed by heavy fires, destroyed plants, houses and cemeteries. A scenario similar to those of the 1980s. Fr. Samir: Many people killed, just because they ...
| 15/09/2020
| IRAQ -TURKEY
 
by Francis Hu
For Fr. Francis Hu, a priest from central China, the "experts" celebrating the agreement have no idea of the real situation in China and the Church. Since the agreement was signed, the sale of Christian material on the internet has been blocked; churches ...
| 15/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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