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Abdul Somad’s sermon goes viral online. He later claimed that “The Quran reciting session was held in a closed Mosque”, “for Muslims” only. Christians are urged not let emotions prevail. Extremists are increasingly resorting to hoaxes, fake news and controversy over religion to feed divisions.

| 20/08/2019
| INDONESIA
by Wang Zhicheng

Li spent eight months in prison. The place of detention of the Church leader remains unknown. For Li, “Persecution is a price worth paying for the Lord.”

 

| 20/08/2019
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

On the feast the "metamorphosis" from paganism to Christianity is remembered.  Even the social changes of the revolution are seen as a "taboric renewal".  Patriarch Kirill in St. Petersburg,

 

 

 

| 20/08/2019
| RUSSIA

The resumption of lessons is disputed by parents who do not want to endanger their children's lives.  After the revocation of the special status of semi-autonomy, the Indian state is militarized.  Internet and transport suspended: shops closed and commercial production blocked.

 

| 20/08/2019
| INDIA

Cardinal calls on population to "abandon" the dominant logic of self and reach out to eachother.  This is the "key" of dialogue "in the family" and in "social and national life".  The government must implement an economic and financial recovery plan, targeting "smuggling".  Support for struggling teachers and pursuing the goal of "justice in truth" against torture and violence.

| 20/08/2019
| LEBANON

The new airfield, which comes with a US$ 3.5 billion price tag, would be built 80 km south of the capital. Activists complain the project would drive 500 families out of their homes. Nepal has only one international airport that sometimes shuts down during the monsoon season.

 

| 19/08/2019
| NEPAL

The fire broke out in Mirpur 7, home to about 100,000 people. No casualties were reported because residents were out to celebrate the Eid al-Adha. Some suspect the blaze was deliberate to leave room for the underground metro rail and residential development.

| 19/08/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Mathias Hariyadi

Tensions rise in Sorong, Jayapura and Manokwari. Protesters attack and set fire to some public buildings. Two days ago, 43 Papuan students were arrested for not celebrating Indonesian independence.

| 19/08/2019
| INDONESIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The nuns belong to the Congregation of the Pious disciples of the Divine Master. The Prarthanalaya Chapel was decorated with gold-coloured streamers, symbolising the fire of love for Christ. For their superior, the two sisters “built their house on the Rock".

| 19/08/2019
| INDIA

Myanmar authorities will accept up to 300 people a day in two camps for displaced people. The first attempt at voluntary refugee repatriation failed in November 2018. For the Bishop of Pyay, some "stress that the humanitarian crisis guarantees generous profits”. Repatriation raises fears of possible ethnic tensions.

| 19/08/2019
| MYANMAR – BANGLADESH
by Carlos Cheung

The reflection of Fr.  Carlos Cheung, a Salesian, at the prayer meeting before the big demonstration in Victoria Park.  A heavy judgment against the government:  people "are abused by the government, falsely arrested by the police, unfairly prosecuted by the Justice Department, threatened with white terror".  The memory of Tiananmen and the appeal for moderation.

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Islamic State claims the massacre that killed 63 people.  The Taliban distance themselves from the atrocity committed by the rival group.  Peace talks in crisis.  Fr. Moretti: "The word "God" on the mouth of the attackers is blasphemy".

 

| 19/08/2019
| AFGHANISTAN

The boats left the western province of Canakkale and were intercepted during seven patrol operations.  On board people from Afghanistan, Syria and Palestinians.  The migration flow from Turkey to Europe has increased in recent weeks.  Since August 10th, about 700 people have been intercepted.

 

| 19/08/2019
| TURKEY - EU

Church faithful in Vancouver, who had prayed for Hong Kong, escorted by police because they were besieged by a pro-Beijing group.  Events also in Toronto and Calgary.  In Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne, pressure against students from Hong Kong.  Tensions also in London and Paris.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG
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