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At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the antitheses present in the "Sermon on the Mount" with the expressions "You understood that it was said ... but I tell you".  Not "formal compliance with the law", but "substantial compliance".  "We can do everything, everything with the grace of God. In fact, holiness is nothing other than guarding this grace". Hatred and passions generate wars: the memory of the Syrian girl who died of cold.

 

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A musical  organized by the company "The Upper Room" in Goa, involving 75 teenagers between 13 and 14 years with a history of drug abuse.  Dialogue and group work to encourage children to tell their experiences and find solutions to problems.

 

| 15/02/2020
| INDIA

58 million people out of a total of over 83 million called to the polls.  Over 7 thousand candidates are competing for the 290 Majlis seats.  Most are an expression of the conservative and radical faction.  Moderates and reformists rejected because accused of corruption or unfaithfulness to Islam.  Khamenei and Rouhani urge participation.

 

| 15/02/2020
| IRAN

After years of bans and restrictions by the religious police, young people can now celebrate this day. The word love is no longer taboo. The kingdom’s newspapers offer tips on gifts and restaurants. Yet, despite the overture, repression remains, especially for women.

| 14/02/2020
| SAUDI ARABIA – ISLAM
by Thanh Thuy

Some 275,000 and 300,000 pregnancies are terminated each year, according to official figures. However, the real number is much higher; between 1.2 and 1.6 million if illegal abortions are counted. Teenagers represent 20 per cent of all pregnant women who abort. In 20 years, a Catholic man has buried over 20,000 foetuses and saved hundreds of children.

| 14/02/2020
| VIETNAM
by Sumon Corraya

One of the country’s most important parishes, Tejgaon, is behind the initiative. Pastor calls for strenghtening the bonds of the sacrament. Couples often don't celebrate anniversaries because of their busy life. Catholic man says he and his wife came “with a heart full of joy”.

| 14/02/2020
| BANGLADESH

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is meeting in Bengaluru on 13-19 February. This year marks the 75th anniversary of its foundation. Dialogue is needed to reach an agreement on citizenship legislation. With respect to the love jihad, everyone has the right to choose their partner. Other issues are abortion and the rape case involving Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

| 14/02/2020
| INDIA

The retirement of one of the women who takes care of the daily running of Casa Santa Marta was an occasion today for the Pope to dwell on “the people who accompany us on the journey of life, in gratitude, and also as a gesture of gratitude towards God. Thank you, Lord , for not leaving us alone. "

| 14/02/2020
| VATICAN

Four bishops, a priest and a man religious were acquitted from the same charges a few days ago. Fr Alejo and fr Villanueva posted a 10,000-pesos (US0) cast bond but are expected to be arraigned on 17 March along with one of the president’s bitter rival.

| 14/02/2020
| PHILIPPINES

According to a senior United Nations official, most are women and children. The exodus is expected to continue with entire villages and communities on the move. Snow and intense cold complicate the situation, tires and waste burnt in search of heat. But toxic fumes are deadly.

| 14/02/2020
| SYRIA - UN

The 13-meter vessel had at least 138 refugees on board. Over the past two years, 25,000 Rohingya have attempted to leave the camps and 713 have been rescued at sea. The preferred routes are to Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

| 14/02/2020
| BANGLADESH

Shanghai and Shenzhen almost recovered to pre-Lunar New Year levels. The Chinese authorities continue to inject liquidity into the system. The country's economy is expected to grow 5.5% in 2020, after a drop in the first quarter.

| 14/02/2020
| CHINA

The confirmed cases of infection are 63,932, the victims 1,381. 6,728 people recovered from hospitals. There is still no agreed estimate of how many fell ill in Wuhan. For the WHO there have been no "dramatic increases" in coronavirus cases outside China. Vietnam isolates a village of 10,000 inhabitants.

| 14/02/2020
| CHINA
by Padre Pietro

The authorities check that nobody leaves their house. Only in the past few days have those who have a job outside been allowed to leave the village. Masses and religious activities canceled until further notice by the Religious Affairs Office. A picture of daily life in a village in central China, at the heart of the coronavirus epidemic.

| 14/02/2020
| CHINA

Police detained Fr Sefer (Aho) Bileçen for sharing food and water with militants. He hasn’t denied the allegations saying that he acted according to his Christian faith. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Meanwhile, the fate of the Christian couple that went missing a month ago remains unknown.

 

| 13/02/2020
| TURKEY
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
At least five parishes have been closed, with electricity and water supplies cut off. These include Fuan, Saiqi and Suanfeng. "Fire safety" measures given as a justification, an excuse for persecution. Some priests have been kicked out. A home for the ...
| 16/01/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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