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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
by Nirmala Carvalho

At 12 noon next Sunday, bells will ring followed by a prayer in Mavelikara cathedral (Kerala). The Orthodox Church, the Church of Mar Thomas, the Church of South India, the Salvation Army and Syro-Malankara Church will participate. The service will be broadcast live on TV.

| 29/05/2020
| INDIA

For Fr Samir hunger “could be worse" than the coronavirus. Unemployed youth and families without resources could be targeted for jihad recruitment. In Kurdistan churches were closed again after a partial easing. Young Christians died in Baghdad from the coronavirus.

| 29/05/2020
| IRAQ

China claims the right to fish in the waters of some Indonesian islands. After the Philippines, Indonesia is the second country to back a 2016 ruling that rejected China’s claims. For Jakarta, Beijing’s Nine-Dash line is contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Negotiations for a code of conduct for navigation in the area have dragged on since 2016.

| 29/05/2020
| INDONESIA-CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

At the press conference marking the end of the National People's Congress, Premier Li listed policies designed to boost the economy, such as special government bonds, tax breaks, lower business expenses, cuts in bank interest rates, and more welfare spending. Xi Jinping's "dream" of beating poverty by the end of 2020 remains valid. Li’s speech was nice but was thin on relations with the US and Taiwan.

| 29/05/2020
| CHINA

Since the anniversary of the encyclical, a special year to "encourage and promote concerted individual and community actions for the care of our common home" and to "promote good practices".

| 29/05/2020
| VATICAN
by Biju Veticad

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), unemployment reached 27.52 per cent in the first week of May, up from 8.54 per cent in March before the lockdown.

| 29/05/2020
| INDIA
by Sumon Corraya

Local authorities blame the massacre on traffickers holding the workers hostage. At least 12 million Bangladeshis live abroad, just over 21,000 in Libya. In 2020, 654 Bangladeshi illegally entered Europe from Libya. Caritas Bangladesh notes that migrants pay more than 10,000 euros to end up in the hands of unscrupulous criminals.

| 29/05/2020
| LIBYA – BANGLADESH
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The 75 years since the Great Patriotic War will be celebrated on June 24 and July 26. Preparations for vote on changes to the constitution that will give power to Putin's regime for life. Sergij, a rebel igumen, who refused the safety instructions on the coronavirus, has been suspended. He often urged the faithful to "ignore the self-isolation imposed by satanic authorities".

| 29/05/2020
| RUSSIA

Police identified centers that offered treatment to people with symptoms related to coronavirus. The patients were all foreigners, mainly Chinese. The fear is that the sick could still be infected and spread the virus. In the archipelago over 15500 infections and 921 official victims.

| 29/05/2020
| PHILIPPINES
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. The law will stifle the catalytic function of Hong Kong towards China. Dreams of political and social reforms stopped by Xi Jinping. Doubts about the "China model": is freedom of trade possible without civil liberties?

| 29/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG

The United Kingdom, Australia and Canada are also part of it. For these, the measure is contrary to the international commitments made by the Chinese government. USA and Great Britain threaten retaliation. European Union: Basic Law violated.

| 29/05/2020
| USA-EU-HONG KONG

Last Saturday, a man attacked the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church in Galata, Istanbul’s oldest Armenian Apostolic church. For an Armenian member of the Turkish parliament, attacks against Christian places of worship continue. Hate speech by those in power is normalising criminal behaviour. Earlier this month, the door of another Armenian church was set on fire.

| 28/05/2020
| TURKEY

Taipei plans to offer humanitarian assistance to Hong Kong citizens. Japan and South Korea have expressed concern. The Chinese embassy in Seoul is the scene of protests. India and ASEAN members have not yet reacted.

| 28/05/2020
| ASIA – HONG KONG
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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
 
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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
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| 23/05/2020
| CHINA
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