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by Peter Tran

The anniversary of his death remembered in Rome and at home. On the 16th of each month, the parish of Giang Xá celebrates mass for the Cardinal’s canonization process. Giang Xá Parish is known as the place where Cardinal Văn Thuận was under house arrest for four years from 1978 to 1982.

| 21/09/2020
| VIETNAM

At least 50,000 people attended two anti-government protests over the weekend. For participants, the country belongs to the people and not to the monarch. Whilst the king has remained silent, the prime minister has called for unity to fight COVID-19. New rallies and a general strike are planned. The student movement is growing, getting support from partisans of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

| 21/09/2020
| THAILAND
by Hocine Drouiche*

Her family includes Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and atheists. Other imams refused to pray for her because they "suspected" that she was not Muslim. For Imam Drouiche, this type of Islam “acts with the aim of separating communities, creating conflicts and ultimately increasing resentments between French citizens with different beliefs.”

| 21/09/2020
| ISLAM – FRANCE

Without naming them, the cardinal attacks the groups that block the formation of the new executive by demanding certain ministries. He recalls Article 95 of the Constitution which establishes equality between Christians and Muslims, but "does not assign a ministry to a certain sect". Shiite Superior Council responds: "confessional provocations" from a highlevel religious leader.

| 21/09/2020
| LEBANON
by Nirmala Carvalho

Seven of the victims are children. Another 20-25 are still trapped in the rubble. The building was over 40 years old and needed to be renovated. A building under construction also collapses in New Delhi. Accidents often caused by landslides due to monsoons. Msgr. D’Silva: The Catholic Church will do everything necessary to alleviate the suffering of the affected families.

| 21/09/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Message from the Archbishop of Minsk to Msgr. Ante Jozic: "We are witnesses of bloodshed on the streets and squares of our cities ... We need your support, as the Holy See representative, and we look forward to your arrival in our country". Police unleash violence against opposition marches, led by women. Lukashenko claims Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and the West want to reduce Belarus "to a state similar to Venezuela". The igumena Gavriila (Glukhova), superior of the patriarchal convent of the Mother of God in Grodno, terms the opposition "a crowd of idiots".

| 21/09/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA - VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera
| 20/09/2020
|

During the Angelus, Pope Francis noted that "God calls everyone and calls always, at any time". “The Church must be like God, [and] always go out,” he added. God's action "goes beyond justice". He "gives us more than we deserve". The International Eucharistic Congress has been postponed to next year, in the same venue in Budapest.

| 20/09/2020
| VATICAN

Pope Francis met with the members of the organisation that is celebrating its 20 years. the foundation is present in several countries like Afghanistan, Lebanon, Niger, Libya, Kosovo, Djibouti, Somalia, Venezuela, South Sudan and Syria, supporting medical aid projects. Pope calls for action against “pharmaceutical marginality”.

| 19/09/2020
| VATICAN
by Pierre Balanian

A ship with some 50 Lebanese migrants drifted in the Mediterranean waters for seven days without food, water or baggage. Since July, human traffickers have been exploiting a new sea route to reach Europe (Cyprus), charging a thousand dollars per person per trip. Due to the tragic state of Lebanon’s economy, almost everyone wants to emigrate, starting the country’s fourth mass exodus.

| 19/09/2020
| LEBANON

The South Korean president points out that “There has since been not a single armed clash between South and North”. However, denuclearisation and demilitarisation are stalled because talks between the US and North Korea have failed.

 

| 19/09/2020
| KOREA
by Biju Veticad

Nine Al Qaeda members were arrested this morning, three in Kerala. Islamic State cells are present in Karnataka, Telegana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu-Kashmir. At least 21 Christian girls and young women have been caught up in IS’s “love jihad": after falling in love and converting to Islam, they engage in active terrorism.

| 19/09/2020
| INDIA

With no ferry traffic since March, the pink dolphin population rose by 30 per cent in the Pearl River estuary to about 2,500. In recent years, the species has experienced a worrying decline. Overfishing, pollution, coastal development and marine traffic threaten its survival.

| 19/09/2020
| HONG KONG

The 93-minute film was shot during the lockdown in Wuhan, the epicentre of the pandemic. it premiered on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Using the cinema-vérité style, it shows, unvarnished, sickness, death and sometimes the healing of COVID-19 patients, as well as the dedication of the medical staff. It is unclear if the film will be shown in China.

| 19/09/2020
| CHINA
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by Vladimir Rozanskij
Secretary of State Card. Parolin confirms the Pope is considering a visit. The Belarusian foreign minister, Vladimir Makeev, also invited the pontiff a few days ago. The ordination of the new nuncio Ante Jozic and his dispatch to Minsk, read as a Vatican ...
| 17/09/2020
| BELARUS - VATICAN - RUSSIA
 
by Li Ruohan*
The situation of the Church in China has become increasingly worse since the signing of the agreement. The concordat with Nazi Germany in 1933 gave the Church freedom for a few months. Then crucifixes were removed from the schools; Catholic associations ...
| 16/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
Since the beginning of 2020, at least 25 villages in northern Iraq have emptied. The bombings, followed by heavy fires, destroyed plants, houses and cemeteries. A scenario similar to those of the 1980s. Fr. Samir: Many people killed, just because they ...
| 15/09/2020
| IRAQ -TURKEY
 
by Francis Hu
For Fr. Francis Hu, a priest from central China, the "experts" celebrating the agreement have no idea of the real situation in China and the Church. Since the agreement was signed, the sale of Christian material on the internet has been blocked; churches ...
| 15/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
The meeting to resolve issues in investment agreement between China and the European Union. EU: We want an agreement, but only if it's worth it. The Union presses on respect for human rights. Chinese President: We don't accept lessons from Eu...
| 15/09/2020
| EU-CHINA
 
by P. Dominic Gomes
For the anniversary, a Mass was celebrated in the chapel of the Motherhouse of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, next to the tomb of the Mother. The homily of Fr. Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the archdiocese. "Mother Teresa highlighted the deepest ...
| 26/08/2020
| INDIA
 
"The pandemic has highlighted and aggravated social problems". "When the obsession with owning and dominating excludes millions of people from primary goods; when economic and technological inequality is such as to tear the social fabric; and when dependence ...
| 26/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Shafique Khokhar
The video of the incident, which went viral, sparked a lot of criticism. Despite threats, the man says it is his right to keep his faith and that he is ready to suffer all the consequences, that he will not abandon his religion. The Pakistani Telecommunications ...
| 25/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
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