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by Vladimir Rozanskij

The ecclesiastical court of Ekaterinburg has laicized the starets for accusing Church and the State of having caused a "pseudo-pandemic". Testimonies of child abuse under guise of spiritual education. The starets’ monastery surrounded by the police and guarded by "voluntary militias" of loyalists. Covid-19 spreading in Russia and Central Asia.

| 04/07/2020
| RUSSIA

Terrorist suspects can be placed under surveillance for up to 60 days, detained without a warrant, and imprisoned for up to 24 days. For civil society groups and the Catholic Church, the legislation could be used to limit freedom of expression. Government argues that it will help fight communist and Islamic rebels.

 

| 03/07/2020
| PHILIPPINES

The Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), the agency of the Holy See and Vatican City State charged with fighting money laundering and terrorist financing, received 64 suspicious activity reports, took action in four cases, and froze one IOR account.

| 03/07/2020
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

The project is funded by the government. Aournd three million Hindus live in the country; 3,000 in the capital. For some conservative Muslims, members of minority are third-class citizens and do not have the right to build new places of prayer. A High court justice has no objection to construction. For Hindu activist, new mosques built in non-Muslim countries are examples of harmony between the different faiths.

| 03/07/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Paul Wang

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious freedom is broader.

 

| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The celebration of the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle. "His profession, 'My Lord and my God', Kyrios Theos is the clearest declaration of the divinity of Jesus in Sacred Scripture."

| 03/07/2020
| INDIA
by Dario Salvi

Felix Dawood al-Shabi will lead the eparchy, today distinct from that of Amadiyah on the proposal of Patriarch Sako. A strategic area for trade with Syria and Turkey, as well as being "the heart of the Chaldean world". He asks the faithful to "have courage and hope"; appeals to Western Catholics to "support their suffering brothers".

| 03/07/2020
| IRAQ - VATICAN

A landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains buried the miners. Only the floating bodies have been recovered, many are still under the sea of mud and dirt. At the moment there are also 54 injured, hospitalized in the area. The Burmese mining industry is worth billions of dollars, but the proceeds remain in the hands of the military and the former rulers.

| 03/07/2020
| MYANMAR

His destination is unknown. A few hours earlier he had testified by videoconference before the US Congress. City authorities: Slogans in favor of democracy or independence violate the law. The fears of democracy groups.

| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Secretary of State Card Pietro Parolin met with the US and Israeli ambassadors yesterday. Israel and Palestine have the right to exist and live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.

 

| 02/07/2020
| VATICAN

The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on the fourth anniversary of the failed coup.

 

| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
by Fady Noun

The aim is to keep the flame of the 17 October protests alive. Patriarch al-Rahi urges young people to be free from sectarian and confessional restrictions. In times of crisis, people must make a common commitment to build a better home. The patriarch proposes an educational pact based on respect for diversity, fraternity and service.

| 02/07/2020
| LEBANON

Chinese warships and coastguard vessels are in the waters around the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. For some analysts, Beijing wants to demonstrate its strength by showing they can land and seize islands in the area. Two US aircraft carriers are currently in the Philippine Sea. Australia is boosting its military budget to meet China’s challenge.

| 02/07/2020
| CHINA
by Biju Veticad

A boiler exploded at a state-owned NLC India power plant. “Unfortunately, in our country, many companies underplay the importance of health and safety,” said a fire and safety trainee.

| 02/07/2020
| INDIA
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