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by Melanie Manel Perera

Children returned to school today, but the teachers plan to continue protesting against the government, which does not want to grant them higher wages. Many parents are critical of the government’s decision; for them, priority should be given to pupils with exams to take and high school children who have been vaccinated.

| 25/10/2021
| SRI LANKA
by Sumon Corraya

Together, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians call on the government to provide them with greater protection. The Muslim who posted photo on social media that led to clashes was arrested.

| 25/10/2021
| BANGLADESH

According to Israeli Defence Minister Gantz, the targeted groups are linked to the militant group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. His decision has been criticised by international NGOs and human rights groups. For Human Rights Watch, it is a “brazen” attack against freedom. B'Tselem calls it a move worthy of “totalitarian regimes”. Over 1,300 new housing units are slated for construction in the West Bank.

| 25/10/2021
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Lu Haitao

Zhu Xianjian was sentenced to 11 years in prison for robbing and stabbing a woman in 2013. The police are on his trail and have posted a bounty of more than 20,000 euros. In North Korea, the fugitive faces the death penalty.

| 25/10/2021
| CHINA-NORTH KOREA

Activists denounce attacks against civil society and media. At least 77 cases of violations during the electoral round. Protests also on the Christian vote and those elected. Patriarch and prelates relaunch values of "nation and fraternity". Fundamental need to seek public interest, not party politics. 

| 25/10/2021
| IRAQ
by Vladimir Rozanskij

They are protesting the sale of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. In 2017, the archbishopric won partial restitution of the complex. Curia accused of wanting to sell the adjoining buildings to pay its debts and not i norder to buy the historic place of worship.

 

 

| 25/10/2021
| RUSSIA

The military terms it an "incitement to violence" in the country. The United Nations has expressed concern about recent troop movements in north and northwest Myanmar where there are clashes with ethnic militias. Ban imposed on statements by Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers.

| 25/10/2021
| MYANMAR

At the Angelus on World Mission Sunday, the Pope speaks of priests, religious and lay people on the front line of proclamation "in lands that still do not know Jesus". Appeal for migrants in Libya: put an end to the camps. Blind Bartimaeus is a model of prayer to God who can do all things.

| 24/10/2021
| VATICAN

Francis speaks to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation: "Let us return to making the Church's social doctrine known: building a more just and supportive world is not something practical, detached from doctrine, but is giving body to faith".

| 23/10/2021
| VATICAN
by Giorgio Bernardelli

Abandoned among the rice fields during the war years and emptied of its Christians, today it has once again become a missionary frontier in the apostolic prefecture of Battambang. The PIME missionary says: "We wanted to preserve the machine-gun holes on one wall, a symbol of the suffering of our people".

 

 

 

| 23/10/2021
| CAMBODIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

In a video filmed in the state of Chhattisgarh, the swami Parmatmanand, in the presence of local BJP leaders, says: "In our villages we keep hatchets at home". Divine Word Missionary Fr Jospeh: "Every limit has been exceeded".

| 23/10/2021
| INDIA

The Chinese are accused of imprisoning 1.8 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz in camps. The number of signatories has more than doubled since the first official complaint in 2020. They include Turkey, which is suspected of deporting Uyghur refugees to China in exchange for economic aid. Beijing: "groundless" accusations.

| 23/10/2021
| CHINA
by Fady Noun

He passed away suddenly last October 19 from a heart attack. His life and mission in the sign of Therese of Lisieux and St John Paul II. A late vocation born and cultivated (also) against the wishes of his family. The medal of merit of the Lebanese nation placed on his coffin.

 

| 23/10/2021
| LEBANON

In a letter marking the 30th anniversary of the Patriarch’s election, Francis speaks about their “fraternal friendship”. He goes on to say that “the way of dialogue, in charity and in truth, [is] the only possible way for reconciliation between believers in Christ and for the re-establishment of their full communion.” To this end, he notes that he shares with Bartholomew “the understanding of our common pastoral responsibility in the face of the urgent challenges confronting the entire human family today.”

| 22/10/2021
| VATICAN
Editor's choices
 
by Lazarus You Heung-sik
The testimony of the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, former archbishop of Daejeon, during the Moment of Reflection with the pope that launched the synodal process in the Vatican: "Being a priest and bishop for me means walking together with ...
| 09/10/2021
| VATICAN - KOREA
 
The Philippine journalist shares the award with Russian Dmitry Muratov. Founder of the news website Rappler, she has received ten arrest warrants for her coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs". She is the first Filipina to receive ...
| 08/10/2021
| PHILIPPINES
 
Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and UNESCO’s director-general signed the UNESCO Convention for the new cycle of studies on Ecology and Environment at Lateran University. Faced with the "complexity of the ecological crisis", "it is not enough to ...
| 07/10/2021
| VATICAN
 
Israeli NGO Impact-se reports Saudi authorities are continuing their work of "moderation and openness" in school books. The definitions of "infidels" and "enemies of God" have been removed. The society remains traditional, gender discrimination and the ...
| 07/10/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
 
by Emanuele Scimia
Taiwanese Defence Minister warns of "most serious" situation between two sides of straight in 40 years. In the last five days Chinese warplanes have carried out 150 air raids near the island. US expert: China's sorties are a ploy to mask a real attack ...
| 06/10/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
It will gather the Catholic communities of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Kazakh Church consecrated to the special protection of St. Joseph. Steps have been taken to open the process for the beatification of Gertrude ...
| 06/10/2021
| CENTRAL ASIA
 
Prime Minister Barzani made the announcement during a visit to the area. The decision will be implemented following next Sunday’s Iraqi parliamentary elections. For Archbishop Warda, this is an "important" decision, a “strategic" move to ...
| 06/10/2021
| IRAQ
 
Washington outlines its trade strategy toward Beijing. U.S. Trade Representative: open dialogue for full implementation of the January 2020 agreement, largely disregarded by the Chinese. Planned re-booting of targeted exemptions for exports from China. ...
| 05/10/2021
| UNITED STATES-CHINA
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