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by Vladimir Rozanskij | RUSSIA

The feast of Mary "Vsetsaritsa" is celebrated at the end of August.  Miraculous healings of cancer patients and people infected with AIDS.  A prayer for doctors to "become an instrument of the Almighty Doctor, Christ our Savior".  The bishop-doctor Luka, who worked for many years in Soviet lagers, stated that without deep faith people indulge in depression.

 

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by Cần Giờ Parish – CSsR

The number of visitors to the shrine has been steadily increasing over the past few years. In his homily, Archbishop Nguyên Chi Linh expressed his desire to see at least 200,000 pilgrims next year. La Vang has seen destruction and persecution following the historical vicissitudes of Vietnam and local Catholics.

| 22/08/2019
| VIETNAM

The Myanmar government today was supposed to accept a first group of 3,454 displaced people. The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister accuses Rohingya leaders and NGOs of discouraging the return of refugees. In Myanmar, Rohingya procrastination reinforces doubts about their actual desire for repatriation.

| 22/08/2019
| BANGLADESH – MYANMAR

The public hygiene rehabilitation plan was launched in 2015 under the title "toilet revolution".  The goal is to reach 12 million public toilets renovated by the end of this year.  Serious deficiencies in sewage disposal system.

 

| 22/08/2019
| CHINA

They are created when artificial materials break down into particles smaller than about 5 millimeters.  People have inadvertently swallowed it for decades without any harm.  For the UN agency, the priority is bacteria that cause typhoid and cholera: "they cause disease and can kill".

| 22/08/2019
| ASIA
by Paul Wang

A month ago, a group of local mobsters attacked demonstrators and underground passengers, injuring 50 people.  The police did not arrest anyone.  Suspicions of collusion between law enforcement and triads.

 

| 22/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The latest in a long series of incidents hit a weapon depot north of Baghdad belonging to the pro-Iranian Hashd ash-Shaʿabi militia. Iraq’s prime minister has banned unauthorised flights and ordered all bases out of cities. Some suspect Israel's anti-Iranian policy.

| 22/08/2019
| IRAK - IRAN - ISRAEL
by Nirmala Carvalho

The attack took place before the group was able to complete the pilgrimage.  The statue of the Virgin is also desecrated, "decorated" with a garland of slippers.  Police arrest members of Hindi Munnani.

 

| 22/08/2019
| INDIA

The meeting was held yesterday in the summer presidential headquarters of Beiteddine.  Focus on Art.95 of the Constitution on confessionalism and quotas in public institutions.  Cardinal believes the selection criterion based on "experience and competence".  A defense strategy to safeguard the country from external tensions.

| 22/08/2019
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

Tensions continue in the border state after Jammu and Kashmir loses its special status. Christians, Hindus and Baha'is call for peace and pray Indian Prime Minister Modi abandon the idea of ​​war.

 

| 21/08/2019
| PAKISTAN – INDIA
by Sumon Corraya

Survivors say they could smell kerosene when their homes were burning. Residents blame Md. Elias Uddin Mollah, an Awami League MP. Caritas will start distributing aid.

| 21/08/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Paul Nguyen Hung

Students from the dioceses of Mỹ Tho, Phú Cường and Phan Thiết took part in the initiative undertaken by the St Joseph Major Seminary. The group attended some courses on social work theory, practice and methodology. Participants helped take care of hungry children as well as children with HIV and cancer. For Mgr Joseph Đỗ Mạnh Hùng, “We must pray for ourselves to face this huge demand.”

| 21/08/2019
| VIETNAM

The Indian-born TV preacher is thought to have inspired the 2016 Dhaka massacre. Malaysian police received more than a hundred complaints about racially motivated statements attributed to him. Naik has questioned the loyalty of Malaysia’s Hindu minority and claimed that ethnic Chinese people are guests in the country.

| 21/08/2019
| MALAYSIA
by Paul Wang

Former Financial Secretary John Tsang calls for dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation between protesters and government. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she is open for dialogue, but refuses to meet the demands of the anti-extradition movement. Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, is in "administrative detention" in Shenzhen. Yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it knew nothing of his fate; today it confirmed that he was in “administrative detention”. For China, he is Chinese, hence subject to Chinese law.

| 21/08/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

At the general audience in the Paul VI hall, Pope Francis highlights the practice of sharing and helping the poor, typical of the first Christian communities.  The positive example of Barnabas;  the negative example of Ananias and Sapphira, marked by hypocrisy.  "A life set only on profiting and taking advantage of situations at the expense of others inevitably causes inner death".  The little girl who played in front of the pontiff.

 

| 21/08/2019
| VATICAN
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