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On the feast day of Saint Charbel, Card Al-Rahi criticises once more Lebanon’s political leaders. Praising the monk as a "model of unity", he warns against the danger of "idolatry" of power and money, which create "dependency". For him, it is necessary to "fight corruption from within".

 

| 22/07/2019
| LEBANON

Mgr Thomas Menamparampil issues a message of peace in connection with the dispute that involves Card George Alencherry. The priests in the diocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly have gone on a hunger strike, then stopped it. For Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati, “There need not be ‘winners and losers’.”

| 22/07/2019
| INDIA

The ruling coalition won 71 seats in the Upper House but sees chances of reforming the constitution to boost military slip away. Abe is only a few months from becoming Japan’s longest-lasting prime minister.

| 22/07/2019
| JAPAN

The Pope’s letter was delivered to the Syrian president this morning. “The Holy See has always insisted on the need to seek an appropriate political solution to end the conflict, overcoming partisan interests,” said Card Pietro Parolin.

| 22/07/2019
| VATICAN – SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

More than 3,000 people are attending the 14th International Youth Conference, currently underway in Kerala. The Archbishop of Mumbai cites the appeal by young people to the Synod asking to be listened to, trusted and accompanied. The prelate calls on young people to dream for “This is a sign that the Holy Spirit is with you.”

| 22/07/2019
| INDIA

Yesterday nearly half a million people took to the streets. The protesters want the Territory government to renounce the notorious extradition law. At the end of the protest, some "bandits" attacked a group of democrats who were returning home: almost 50 wounded.

 

| 22/07/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Negative record freveals peak in trafficking in human lives fueled by demand for cheap labor in neighboring Malaysia. Since the beginning of the year the police have rescued 974 people, already surpassing the 622 of 2018. UN: in Thailand there are about 4.9 million migrants, who make up more than 10% of the workforce.

 

 

| 22/07/2019
| THAILAND - MALAYSIA

Voter turnout was around 27%, lower than the national round in July 2018. The important news is that the vote took place peacefully. Last year the seven tribal districts and the six border regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were annexed to the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tribal areas are fertile ground for fundamentalism.

 

 

| 22/07/2019
| PAKISTAN

The operations concern the area of ​​Sur Baher, on the southern outskirts of the holy city, conquered in the 1967 war. The buildings stand near the protective wall that surrounds the West Bank. For Palestinians, Israel continues to use the pretext of security to expropriate land and expand.

 

| 22/07/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

The wisdom of the heart lies precisely in knowing how to combine contemplation and action.  "If we want to enjoy life with joy, we must associate these two attitudes: on the one hand," standing at the feet "of Jesus, to listen to him while he reveals the secret of everything to us;  on the other, be considerate and hospitable"

 

| 21/07/2019
| VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

The attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels have devastated the country and damaged relations between the communities.  In total, the Catholic Church has raised about 1.77 million euros, which will be used to support orphaned children, the families of the victims and the physical and mental rehabilitation of the survivors.  Also to help the Protestant Church.

 

| 20/07/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Sumon Corraya

Dozens of victims throughout South Asia, millions of displaced people and considerable damage to homes and means of transport.  Caritas is focusing on the districts of Bandarban and Gaibanda, where the situation is dramatic.  At the beginning money will be distributed;  then help to rebuild homes.

 

 

| 20/07/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The feast of Baptism is likely to be a test of strength, hopefully only symbolic, among the various Orthodox jurisdictions, with the Greek-Catholics at the window, also eager to present themselves as an authentic Church of the Ukrainian people.  Clashes (verbal) over the relics of Saint Andrew Protoclyte.

 

| 20/07/2019
| UKRAINE - RUSSIA
by Lu Haitao

Song Yongsheng led the Protestant church in Shangqiu.  He threw himself from the roof of the building and left a letter-testament: "I wanted to work with the government, but it was a failure.  I want to be the first martyr of this terrible situation".

 

| 20/07/2019
| CHINA
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For the PIME missionary, the document released yesterday answers some of the perplexities of conscience of many Chinese priests. But it fails to realise the deep restrictions, which undermine the Catholic faith, to which the Church in China is subjected. ...
| 29/06/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
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| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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