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| VATICAN

The law has as a general principle, writes Francis, "the diligence of a good family father". Article 5, listing the fundamental principles, indicates "ethics in the orientation of economic choices and interlocutors on parameters of respect for the Church's social doctrine". There are also measures against conflict of interest, illicit competition agreements and corruption. So as to avoid "any distortion of competition and ensure equal treatment between all economic operators"

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by Purushottam Nayak

Meghanjali Majhi drew the flowers on paper because she could not go to the forest to collect them. Prayers to Mary to intercede to stop the pandemic. Santojini, Majhi's mother: "Thanks to the intervention of Our Lady we saved ourselves from the attacks of Hindu fundamentalists between 2007 and 2008".

| 01/06/2020
| INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Traditionally, many young Catholics are confirmed on Pentecost, but due to the current situation, Confirmation was not possible this time and so it will be done at another time of the year.

 

| 01/06/2020
| PAKISTAN

The decline is principally on the back of fall in foreign demand. However, the manufacturing index of small and medium-sized businesses indicates a growth in activities in May. The government has promised 3600 billion yuan to encourage employment.

| 01/06/2020
| CHINA

Ankara's goal is to present the claims on the area’s natural resources as a "fait accompli" and revive the idea of ​​an "economic caliphate". The agreement establishes "exclusive" research rights. The risk of a clash with Europe that has already threatened sanctions for exploration in Cyprus.

| 01/06/2020
| TURKEY - LIBYA
by Paul Wang

This year, for "health" reasons, a vigil commemorating the dead in Tiananmen has been banned. Hong Kong is the only place in the Chinese world where that event has been remembered for 30 years. Maria Tam, a former member of the British government and now one of the most faithful voices in Beijing, reassures us: if there are no secessionist claims, the vigil can be held. For the Tam, there is no single party in China, or a dictatorship.

| 01/06/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Francis issued a message on the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of the rite of Consecration of Virgins. “The pandemic is teaching us that ‘the time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family!’”

| 01/06/2020
| VATICAN

For the first time since the start of the pandemic crisis, Pope Francis recited the Regina Caeli from his study window. Several hundred people were present in the square. The Spirit is the "fire that burns sins,” that pushes the disciples to "set fire" to the world with the love that “favours the little ones, the poor, the excluded". The pandemic in the Amazon has led to infections and deaths “among Indigenous peoples, who are particularly vulnerable". A silent prayer is offered with "gratitude and admiration" for those who have treated the sick and have given their lives during the pandemic. [W]e cannot come out the same from a crisis like this. We come out either better or worse. We need to be better, to positively build the post-pandemic crisis.”

| 31/05/2020
| VATICAN

Pope Francis celebrated Pentecost Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter's Basilica in the presence of a small number of worshippers because of anti-pandemic rules. The “Spirit guarantees unity to those who proclaim the message.” As “the living memory of the Church,” it “reminds us that we are born from a gift and that we grow by giving”. Narcissism, victimhood and pessimism are the obstacles to giving oneself. Everyone can give themselves during the "famine of hope".

| 31/05/2020
| VATICAN

Scores of women and men recited the decades of the Rosary on behalf of various groups of people particularly affected by the virus.

| 30/05/2020
| VATICAN

Francis wrote to the priests of the Diocese of Rome. “Let us participate with Jesus in his passion, our passion, so as to also experience with him the power of the resurrection: certainty that God’s love can move feelings and go out into the intersections of road to share ‘glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord’ (cf. Lk 4:18-19), with the joy that everyone can actively participate with their dignity of the children of the living God.”

 

| 30/05/2020
| VATICAN
by Stefano Caprio

A great ecumenical soul, he approached the Catholic Church through the "true Ukrainian Orthodox Church". A disciple of Metropolitan Nikodim, he was ordained by the current patriarch, Kirill. In 1992 he decided to take part in ongoing changes by getting involved in social and political activities, joining the many disciples of Father Aleksandr Men, the "spiritual father of dissent," murdered in 1990. At the end of the 1990s, he took a critical position vis-à-vis patriarchal leaders, quitting every position, whilst remaining deeply involved in scholarship. Most recently he was working on an essay about the relationship between the Saint Pope John Paul II and Russia.

| 30/05/2020
| RUSSIA

The US reacts to China's new security law. Washington will penalise Chinese officials who undermine Hong Kong's autonomy. Checks are expected on imports and entry visas expected. For Chris Patten, there will be “a flight of capital and people.” For the EU, sanctions will not solve problems with China.

| 30/05/2020
| UNITED STATES– HONG KONG – CHINA

Since last Sunday, Masses can be celebrated in various parts of the country, including Bangkok. But not in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, where people will have to wait until 7 June. The “new normal" includes masks, distancing and temperature detection. Priest in the capital notes “great enthusiasm", but also a little unease about precautionary measures.

 

| 30/05/2020
| THAILAND
by Melani Manel Perera

Two media outlets undertook a nine-day themed campaign inspired by Pope Francis. A Buddhist activist planted eight trees. The coronavirus shows how “nature is responding to the mistreatment she has suffered from man,” said an environmentalist.

 

| 30/05/2020
| SRI LANKA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The green light for the national security law, has saddened a large part of the Territory's population while the social networks on the mainland celebrate. The "war" between China and the USA, regardless of the rights of the local population. ...
| 29/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
 
The Chinese president had pledged to erase poverty by the end of 2020. Since the start of the year, 380,000 more Chinese are on the edge of poverty. Officially, 5.5 million are poor. Tens of millions of migrant workers have become uneployed because of ...
| 26/05/2020
| CHINA
 
The theme of the rite, which will be broadcast worldwide from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican gardens, at 5.30 pm, will be "Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary (cf. Acts 1:14)". The Virgin will be asked for help and assistance ...
| 26/05/2020
| VATICAN
 
The closures imposed by the virus provide an opportunity for "meditation and reflection" on Christ's teachings to mature "in faith and vocation". The crisis is "violent" but "transitory" and humanity will emerge "stronger". The return to faith, the ...
| 26/05/2020
| IRAQ
 
Starting today, the Christian leaders announce the green light to entrances, for a maximum of 50 people. Respect for social distance and the obligation to wear personal protective equipment are fundamental. In the Islamic Republic, Shiite mosques and ...
| 26/05/2020
| MIDDLE EAST
 
by Stefano Caprio
He was among the most influential personalities in the transition from the Soviet Union to federal Russia. He worked for Tass for 37 years; he was the first Soviet correspondent accredited by the Vatican Press Office. He defended religious freedom in ...
| 25/05/2020
| RUSSIA
 
by Paul Wang
Most of those arrested are accused of illegal gathering. Yesterday was the first mass demonstration during the lockdown, which bans rallies with more than eight people. Wang Yi tries to calm public opinion. But the democratic movement is planning another ...
| 25/05/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
by Zhang Xuezhong
The management of the coronavirus epidemic was far from success that is being propagated in China and in many countries. The silence, the censorship, the neglect of the healthcare of the population, the seizure and stealing of medical material decrees ...
| 23/05/2020
| CHINA
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