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The Venerable Pomnyun has worked for peace both on the Korean peninsula and abroad. He has tried to alleviate the suffering caused by famine and natural disasters in North Korea. He has brought humanitarian aid and sustainable development initiatives to India, the Philippines, Indonesia as well as to Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar.

| 17/02/2020
| JAPAN

Msgr. Zhu Baoyu fell ill on February 3, now he is out of danger. The "People's Daily" dedicated an article and a video to him. The memory of a PIME missionary.

| 17/02/2020
| CHINA-VATICAN

Loans worth 200 billion yuan. Chinese stock markets soar. The authorities inject additional liquidity into the system to reboot the economy, falling due to the coronovirus crisis.

| 17/02/2020
| CHINA

It would have been Naruhito's first since his ascent to the throne. The last time the authorities canceled the ceremony was in 1996, in the days of the hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy in Lima.

 

| 17/02/2020
| JAPAN

Pakistan is one of the three countries in the world where the polio virus is still endemic. The door-to-door campaign will be carried out by almost 265 thousand health workers. In the past, Taliban militants attacked groups of vaccinators accusing them of espionage and sterilization.

| 17/02/2020
| PAKISTAN

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.

 

| 16/02/2020
| VATICAN

 Aloma Sarumaha takes over the leadership of the Directorate General for the leadership of the Catholic community.  Before him, the ministry for religious affairs had chosen two officials of Islamic faith because of an error of interpretation of the legislation.

 

| 15/02/2020
| INDONESIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

A Holy See Press office statement was released yesterday evening at 9 pm.  The importance of the provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops and the continuation of dialogue was stressed.  Silence on the difficulties facing the Christian communities and pastors.  Solidarity towards the population affected by the coronavirus.  Boost in international cooperation.  Wang Yi's criticised by the United States and Europe.  A gesture of mercy towards China, often overly "demonized".

 

| 15/02/2020
| VATICAN -- CHINA

 

Africa enters the list of continents infected with the first case found in Egypt.  The death toll is 1,524, including six doctors.  An ordinance imposing a 14-day quarantine on all those returning to the city after the Lunar New Year enters into force in Beijing.

 

 

| 15/02/2020
| CHINA

The truce should precede the signing of a broader agreement.  However, people continue to die in the country.  157,000 victims of the conflict, including 43,000 civilians.  The number of Taliban attacks has grown following the failure of a previous negotiation with Washington.

 

| 15/02/2020
| AFGHANISTAN - USA

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
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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
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