Troops belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have begun retreat. US soldiers leave Syria and reposition themselves in neighboring Iraq. For Ankara the agreement is only a "pause" and intends to continue according to the "plans". High expectations ahead of tomorrow's meeting in Sochi between Erdogan and Putin.
The solemn 30-minute function will take place starting at 13:00 tomorrow. Vestments and items of ceremonial officials vulnerable to rain. Dignitaries from over 170 countries and international organizations expected at the Imperial Palace.
Demonstrations against government and parliament continue. Hariri's speech is expected at 6 pm today. Christians and Muslims united. Shiites criticize Nabi Berri and Hassan Nasrallah. Police block roads to stop the influx of new protesters; the army frees them.
The police opened fire on violent protesters. The alleged author of the post damaging to Islam denounces his profile was hacked. The blasphemy charge raises violent reactions from Islamic radicals. This time the victims are Muslims.
Yesterday's demonstration, although illegal, started peacefully, but then led to clashes with the police. From mid-August to today, at least eight people from the movement have been attacked by strangers. The government’s wall of silence and police violence fueling anger of most radical groups of the movement that are sliding towards an urban guerrilla style
Protests against all politicians have broken out from Tyre to Tripoli, from Nabatiyeh to Baalbek, from Beirut to Sidon. People are saying: "We are one hand: Christians, Muslims, Shias, Druze, Armenians, Alawis ... Confessionalism is dead.” For one Lebanese, “politicians who divide, us are united to steal from us.” Saad Hariri and Gebran Bassil are trying to deal with the situation, whilst Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah issues threats. All ministers with the Christian Forces party have resigned. Patriarch Rahi has called for a “state of economic emergency".
On World Mission Day, Francis said that "believers at this time are called to bring everywhere, with new enthusiasm, the good news that mercy overcomes sin in Jesus, hope overcomes fear, brotherhood overcomes hostility.” PIME missionary Fr Alfredo Cremonesi is remembered. Killed in Burma in 1953, he was a tireless apostle of peace and a zealous witness of the Gospel, until his blood was shed.”
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”.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".