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by Sumon Corraya | BANGLADESH

The sisters of Mother Teresa animate the catechism lessons. The parish is located in the industrial area of ​​Narayanganj, on the outskirts of the capital. The territory is inhabited mainly by internal migrants in search of work. Muslim employers "do not want us to let priests and nuns enter our homes, but we run the risk because we need spiritual care".

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The jihadist militias had destroyed or plundered much of the collection. With the help of the faithful and volunteers, it was returned to the public with the aim of becoming a cultural and educational reference point. Syrian-Catholic priest: "A structure reborn from the rubble and destruction" which today houses 650 volumes.

| 14/09/2019
| IRAQ

The Indian Salesian spent 18 months in the hands of an extremist group. His experience testifies to the value of prayer in hard times and of the importance of standing with those persecuted for their faith. The award will be given next Sunday, two years after the clergyman’s liberation. The current Chaldean Primate and the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong are among past laureates.

| 13/09/2019
| GERMANY – YEMEN – INDIA

Parvati Devi, 23, leaves a three-year-old daughter and her husband, Rohin Oraon. His relatives ostracised the family, jealous of their prosperity and happiness. Dalit activist slams “the mindset of sectarian fascism” that is against the “spirit of freedom, human dignity and hope”.

| 13/09/2019
| INDIA

Francis writes to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the meaning of the gift of relics of St. Peter. It is "a confirmation of the journey that our Churches have made in drawing closer to one another". "The joining of the relics of the two brother Apostles can also serve as a constant reminder and encouragement that, on this continuing journey, our divergences will no longer stand in the way of our common witness".

| 13/09/2019
| VATICAN - ORTHODOX

A lawsuit was filed against the president of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) for telling Trump that Myanmar lacks religious freedom. Armed forces are told to seek civilian support by showing humility and patience. Discussions centred on the return of displaced people.

| 13/09/2019
| MYANMAR

After John Paul II, the second pontiff to visit the two Asian countries. The program of the first stage yet to be defined. The Pope will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where he will pray for the victims of the atomic bomb. Fr. Marco Ribolini, PIME missionary, reflects on the meaning of the visit for Thai Catholics.

| 13/09/2019
| VATICAN-THAILAND-JAPAN

A special inquiry to investigate some agents accused of having started fires by the bishop, who his being sued for defamation as a result.

| 13/09/2019
| PAPUA NEW GUINEA - PHILIPPINES
by Nirmala Carvalho

The two Catholics have been held in Jharkhand since 6 September. A court has rejected their request for bail. In a note, Syro-Malabar Major Archbishop says, “It is clear that those who are not happy with the social and educational activities of the missionaries among the villagers are behind this.”

| 13/09/2019
| INDIA

A 19-year-old who was watching videos of songs in his mother tongue was sentenced to 15 years in prison, in the absence of a lawyer. Beijing suspends retirement for workers returning home from China. Police extort money from families in exchange for the release of a detained relative.

| 13/09/2019
| KAZAKHSTAN - CHINA

It is the first in the world on the subject. The provision must await the approval of the House of Representatives. If the process ends positively, Washington intelligence would be required to produce a report within six months on the repression. China asks US to “return to reason".

| 13/09/2019
| CHINA - USA

The bomb was placed at the edge of the road and exploded yesterday evening as the vehicle passed. According to the Turkish authorities, the Kurdish militia of the PKK are behind the attack. One of the injured has already been discharged while two others are in serious condition. In August three mayors removed and 400 people arrested for alleged links with the independence movement.

| 13/09/2019
| TURKEY
by Bernardo Cervellera

The auxiliary bishop of the territory, who in these months has accompanied and supported the consciences of young people speaks to AsiaNews. After three months of tensions, "the conflict between the demonstrators and the police, as well as the dissatisfaction with the work done by the government" must be addressed. For the mission of the Church, psychological and moral support and a pastoral direction for the parish communities are essential.

| 13/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The visit was scheduled as part of the World Cup qualifying process. Tensions remain high following Sahar Khodayari’s death, who set herself on fire outside a courthouse where she was on trial for violating the ban on women in stadiums.

| 12/09/2019
| IRAN

Armed Shia groups are again trying to achieve a "demographic shift" in the Plain. For the Chaldean primate, it is a moral and national duty to defend the permanence of the Christian community. Armed groups must be pulled from the region and development projects funded.

| 12/09/2019
| IRAQ
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by Bernardo Cervellera
Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church ...
| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
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| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Thomas D’Souza*
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| 05/09/2019
| INDIA
 
PIME’s regional superior was consecrated bishop of Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. Some 8,000 people attended the ceremony. The diocese had been waiting for a pastor for eight years. The new prelate has set his goals for 2020-2022. The first one is ...
| 04/09/2019
| INDIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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