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Today the martyr's beatification was celebrated in Crema cathedral. Card Angelo Becciu, Crema’s Bishop Daniele Gianotti, and Taungngu’s Bishop Isaac Danu were present at the ceremony. Today is the 95th anniversary of Fr Cremonesi’s first Mass. Participants made a pilgrimage to the places that marked his life. His testimony “is an incentive for young people to reflect on the beauty of the missionary vocation, experienced with enthusiasm and total commitment”.

 

| 19/10/2019
| VATICAN – MYANMAR – ITALY
by Sergei Chapnin*

For the first time, Orthodox clergymen have shown solidarity to detained activists and a willingness to openly defend, as their Christian duty, the wrongly convicted. No bishop has supported them in the absence of an official position by the Patriarchate. For Chapnin, “The Russian Orthodox Church has been afflicted with an oppressive atmosphere caused by a lack of freedom”.

| 19/10/2019
| RUSSIA

The ethnic group is known for its ceremonies, which can last up to a week. The ruling Communist Party wants to " create awareness among the people about changing or eliminating old customs”. Many Hmong follow Dạo Dương Văn Mình and suspend the bodies of the dead for days.

| 19/10/2019
| VIETNAM

Iwao Hakamada, 83, spent 48 years on death row for a quadruple murder he probably did not commit. For Catholic and civil society activists, the Pope's embrace would put the spotlight on the death penalty in Japan.

| 19/10/2019
| JAPAN – VATICAN

A third of the world's blind people, about 12 million people live in India. Of the nine million people who died in 2018, just over 68,000 people donated their corneas. Rally is held in five countries to raise awareness about organ donation.

| 19/10/2019
| INDIA

At least five mayors in south-eastern Turkey are under arrest. Semire Nergiz and Ferhat Kut are accused of membership in a terrorist organisation. Remziye Yasar and Irfan Sari were taken into custody for articles and interviews. Twenty-four social media users have also been arrested. In two weeks, 186 Internet used have been detained.

| 19/10/2019
| TURKEY - SYRIA

The president of the Eugene Bell Foundation announces new spaces for cooperation with the North Korean authorities.  In 2017, over 130,000 North Koreans were infected, with 16,000 deaths.  However, there is no agreement with the Global Fund, which should finance part of the project.

 

| 18/10/2019
| KOREA

Out of 12 small groups, five are in favour, four against, three others would leave the decision to the Pope or to a universal synod. There is agreement over environmental problems and the violence endured by indigenous people. The contribution of women to evangelisation must be valued. One proposal calls for an "Amazonian rite".

| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The president will take his oath of office, starting his second term, on Sunday. The authorities are deploying some 30,000 soldiers and police in the capital, fearing attacks and violent protests. The Bishops' Conference urges greater vigilance.

| 18/10/2019
| INDONESIA

The Burmese remember "his unconditional love". The PIME priest was killed in hatred of the faith in the village of Donokù on 7 February 1953. Mgr Isaac Danu, bishop of Taungngu, is in Italy for the beatification ceremony.

| 18/10/2019
| MYANMAR
by Nirmala Carvalho

Clare D’Mello is a member of the Catholic Nurses Guild. Her "weapons" are her smile, prayer and blessed hands. The nurse starts her shift every day with a prayer for the sick, even non-Christians: "It is not to convert, but to heal".

 

| 18/10/2019
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

The march, on Sunday, was to challenge the anti-mask law and abuse of power by police. It will likely take place anyway. In recent weeks, the Front has organised rallies that drew millions of people. Flashmobs have occurred at lunchtime today.

| 18/10/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Card Al-Rahi stands with people already burdened by high tariffs and taxes. Action is needed to tackle 40 per cent unemployment. The government must deal with deficits and the causes of the economic crisis. Today’s cabinet meeting was cancelled. Scores of people are injured whilst two foreign workers die.

| 18/10/2019
| LEBANON
by Bernardo Cervellera

In the secular and religious media the sense of mission is reduced to things to do, acts of charity, ideological positions. Silence shrouds the "why" a missionary gives his or her life. The passion and the desire that the peoples know the love of Jesus Christ allows a prophetic impulse capable of perceiving and helping the development and destiny of peoples.

| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
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| VATICAN
 
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