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by Pierre Balanian | LEBANON

A young Druze was killed overnight in Khalde by a soldier. Violence breaks out between soldiers and young protesters in Cola. A remark by Michel Aoun is misunderstood, sparking more unrest. The president backs people's demands but warns against forces manipulating the uprising. Al Jadeed TV is increasingly playing the role that Al Jazeera played in the Arab Spring.

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The probe took the material from the Ryugu asteroid. Scientists with Japan’s space agency are looking for clues about the formation of the solar system. Launched in 2014, the mission will end in November or December next year.

| 13/11/2019
| JAPAN

The Abu Dhabi Declaration plays an important role in the plans of Bishops' Conference. In 2021, Catholics will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.

| 13/11/2019
| PHILIPPINES

At the general audience, Pope Francis warns against the resurgences of anti-Semitism and also remembers that "even today" there are Christians who live the faith "secretly in their homes". An appeal for Burkina Faso, after several attacks cost the lives of 100 people. The audience took place in two places: in the square and in the Paul VI hall where the sick were gathered, due to bad weather.

| 13/11/2019
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The victims are four agents, an employee and a civilian. The attack took place around 8.40 am in a car park near an area where the public waits for documents to be issued. The police are trying to establish the aggressor's identity to clarify if he was part of the terrorist network of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (Jad) or was a lone wolf.

| 13/11/2019
| INDONESIA

The escalation of violence between the Israeli army and Islamic jihad continues after the killing yesterday of a group commander. In two days there are at least 12 victims in the Strip. The UN special envoy in Cairo seeking mediation. The EU Court of Justice demands indication of the origin of goods, specifying whether they are produced in the occupied territories.

| 13/11/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
by Bernardo Cervellera

For five days he has been under the supervision of public security personnel, under pressure. The Party wants to force him to attend a meeting of the "independent" clergy of Fujian. A member of Mindong: Pray for him, because he is very tired.

| 13/11/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN

The economic and migrant crises cut into his support. The anti-Kurdish offensive in north-eastern Syria brushed up his winning image. From an historic low of 33.7 per cent, support for him now stands at 48 per cent, achieved on the backs of Kurds, refugees, Christians, political opponents and victims of his repression.

| 12/11/2019
| TURKEY

The victims of the attack were hospitalised, two with “severe symptoms”. Police arrested an unbalanced 23-year-old. For the authorities, “the lack of family warmth resulted in psychological distortion.” In recent years, Chinese schools have seen a spate of fatal attacks.

 

| 12/11/2019
| CHINA

"And what does the devil envy? Our human nature ”. "And you know why? Because the Son of God became one of us. He cannot tolerate this, he cannot tolerate it ”. "Gossip is a ferocious weapon, it kills". "Gossip kills, slander kills".

 

| 12/11/2019
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The event has been in the making since 2018. A eucharistic adoration was held every Sunday; retreats, vigils and cultural and religious competitions were also organised. The parish of 3,000 highlights the faith and fervour of tribal Christians.

| 12/11/2019
| INDIA

The PIME superior delegate in Thailand speaks about Pope Francis’s apostolic visit. Nearly 70,000 people are expected at the Mass in the Supachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok. For Fr Arioldi, the pontiff’s presence will shake up the Catholic community. For him, “An exclusively devotional faith won’t withstand the impact of secularism, consumerism and globalisation.”

| 12/11/2019
| THAILAND – VATICAN

The effects of rising sea levels, caused by global warming, is more serious than previously thought. About 70 per cent of the populations threatened by displacement live in Asia. According to a new study, 110 million people in the world live in areas below the high tide line.

| 12/11/2019
| BANGLADESH – ASIA

An Armenian Catholic priest and his father were killed in an ambush on the road to Deir el-Zor; a deacon wounded. Car bombs explode near the Chaldean church in Qamishli, seven die and 70 wounded. Behind the violence the hand of the Islamic State. Bishop Georges: "They cut off water and electricity, a script already seen".

| 12/11/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY

Riot police broke into several universities. Yesterday was one of the most violent days in the five months of unrest. The conditions of a young man shot at close range by the police are still "serious". Beijing praises the police for their "control".

| 12/11/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
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On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis visited the Catacombs of Priscilla for the first time. “The identity of the people who met here is the same as that of many of our brothers and sisters who meet today in secret”. For him, “The place ...
| 02/11/2019
| VATICAN
 
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| VATICAN
 
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