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Oil prices rebound today, with WTI at US$ 21.5 and Brent at US$ 23.5, after dropping below US$ 20 a barrel yesterday. Demand for crude oil decreased by at least a quarter from 100 million barrels average per day. Saudi Arabia wants to export 10.6 million barrels by May. Iraq wants to review payments and contracts. Iran looks to Russia and China to save exports.

| 31/03/2020
| MIDDLE EAST

In the worst-case scenario, the poor will increase by 11 million in in Asia-Pacific region. Some 35 million were expected to be lifted out of poverty before the pandemic struck, 25 million in China alone. Now regional growth is set to slow to 2.1 per cent or contract by 0.5 per cent if the pandemic gets worse. The region’s countries should coordinate their action and invest in healthcare to overcome the crisis.

 

| 31/03/2020
| ASIA

Jesus came into the world to take our sins on himself and on the cross he really suffered and died. "We have to get used to looking at the crucifix in this light, which is the truest, it is the light of redemption".

| 31/03/2020
| VATICAN

It is the first time that the Games have been postponed in peacetime. The International Olympic Committee and Japan had been insisting the sports event go ahead. New dates overturn organization plans. The event was expected to cost US $ 12.6 billion.

| 31/03/2020
| JAPAN

In a video interview, a senior executive from the organization refuses to discuss Taipei. The Chinese regime boycotts the island internationally. The Taiwanese success story in fighting coronavirus. The "rebel province" cannot access sensitive information on possible pandemics.

| 31/03/2020
| TAIWAN
by Melani Manel Perera

Sri Lanka has 122 coronavirus cases. Next Friday, Card Malcolm Ranjith will ask Our Lady of Lanka to protect the country and the whole world to. People are asked to light a candle at 11 am when the bells begin to toll.

| 31/03/2020
| SRI LANKA
by Pierre Balanian

Christians and Muslims shut churches and mosques to pray at home. Medical staff cheered for a minute. Lebanon has many doctors but few medical facilities. The poor (70 per cent of the population) and two million Syrian and Palestinian refugees are at risk. Curfew from 7pm to 5am. Lebanese abroad (especially in Africa) kept away for fear of infections. Students in Europe are unable to receive money from banks. Hezbollah leader makes historic speech, slamming banks for clinging onto money that could become waste paper as a result of the world crisis.

| 30/03/2020
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

The Saylani Welfare International Trust was founded in 1999 to support homeless people and seasonal workers. For Muslim, turning non-Muslims away goes “beyond the limits”. Hindu lawmaker donates her salary to emergency fund.

 

| 30/03/2020
| PAKISTAN

Complaints come from the Philippines, Malaysia, Spain and Czechia. The accuracy of the Chinese kits is around 30-40 per cent when it should be 80 per cent. Chinese diplomats go into a defence mode. The Netherlands pulls 600,00 defective masks.

 

| 30/03/2020
| CHINA

Msgr. Warduni says this is not the time to "be pessimistic", even if the celebrations "are not the same", "solidarity" is required. Chaldean patriarchate issues indications for Holy Week "adapted" to these "exceptional circumstances". In these dark times, "greater unity" between Christians and Muslims.

| 30/03/2020
| IRAQ
by Nirmala Carvalho

Millions of people made unemployed, return to their villages of origin. Premier Modi apologizes for the difficulties caused by the total blockade. Parishes, dioceses and Christian associations assist migrants, Dalits and refugees. Priest: "They call them 'rat eaters'. Our help is a blessing”.

| 30/03/2020
| INDIA
by NAT da Polis

A travel ban has been imposed in the country. Schools, universities, mosques, restaurants, hammams and coffee shops were closed ten days ago. The death toll (130) is rising. Out of a population of 80 million, 10,000 people have tested positive so far. Many Turks have doubts about official figures.

| 30/03/2020
| TURKEY
by Trung Tin

To avoid contagions, the Archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City suspended Masses. Churches, chapels and religious communities remain open for prayers and worship. The Pope’s universal prayer and Urbi et Orbi blessing moved many.

| 30/03/2020
| VIETNAM

“Each of us has our own sins. And if you don't remember them, think a little: you will find them. Thank God if you find them, because if you don't find them, you are corrupt. Each of us has our own sins. We look to the Lord who does justice but who is so merciful ".

| 30/03/2020
| VATICAN
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by Nirmala Carvalho
Millions of people made unemployed, return to their villages of origin. Premier Modi apologizes for the difficulties caused by the total blockade. Parishes, dioceses and Christian associations assist migrants, Dalits and refugees. Priest: "They call ...
| 30/03/2020
| INDIA
 
by Papa Francesco
The pontiff holds an "extraordinary moment of prayer" for the end of the coronavirus epidemic. "The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest,” urges to show solidarity and have hope, above all to be converted. “It is a time to get our ...
| 27/03/2020
| VATICAN
 
Many experts concur that the South Korean model of tracing and tracking the coronavirus emergency is a model to be emulated. The bishop of Daejeon praises the actions of the authorities and praises the citizens' response. "They showed great love ...
| 27/03/2020
| SOUTH KOREA
 
by Lu Haitao
During the epidemic, the dead were cremated immediately, without ceremonies and without specifying the cause of death. Now family members are waiting to bury the urns containing the ashes of their loved ones. About 45,000 urnes will be distributed in ...
| 27/03/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
Papers and new broadcasts give ample space to the so-called Chinese “aid” to Italy to counter the coronavirus epidemic. Angela Merkel: It is reciprocity. A massive advertising campaign with China victorious over Covid-19, leaving aside the ...
| 18/03/2020
| ITALY - CHINA
 
As the country enters its tenth year of civil war, the situation remains critical. Hospitals are on their knees, hundreds of thousands of people are dead, and new humanitarian emergencies unfold. Fr Georges, a Blue Marist, a month ago thought that the ...
| 18/03/2020
| SYRIA
 
by Renzo Milanese
There is no irrefutable evidence, but signs, rumors, testimonies and coincidences. For the US, the virus is a "Chinese coronavirus", or "Wuhan", the work of laboratories in China. Beijing’s counter charge: It was brought to Wuhan by US military ...
| 13/03/2020
| CHINA - USA
 
by Fady Noun
Christians and Muslims trust the saint to be spared from illnesses. Devotees have been taking the earth that covers his ancient sepulchre. A young woman claims that he appeared to her in a dream and entrusted her with a mission. Thanks to her, people ...
| 10/03/2020
| LEBANON
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