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by Mathias Hariyadi

To curb the spread of the pandemic, travel is prohibited, but there are millions who have escaped control to visit relatives. No religious parade at the end of the fast. Everyone is urged to pray at home. But in Tegal, Kudus, Ciamis, Sidrap will be prayed in public.

| 23/05/2020
| INDONESIA

On the fifth anniversary of the encyclical, the local Church publishes a guide to be distributed to the communities. Inside there are illustrated reflections and directives to fully live the teaching of the pontiff. Bagaforo: the Covid-19 pandemic linked to the destruction of out habitat. Fr. Gariguez: promoting ecological awareness.

| 23/05/2020
| PHILIPPINES
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 "a complete failure". The urgency of a "modern" and democratic system of government. The second part of the open letter of the constitutionalist and human rights hero.

| 23/05/2020
| CHINA
by Biju Veticad

The young girl covered about 100 km per day, reaching her village in 10 days. The man was left without a job due to an accident. The Cycling Federation has invited Jyoti to a selection for its own academy. The drama of many Indians who wander the country after losing their job due to the lockdown.

| 23/05/2020
| INDIA
by Fady Noun

The aim of Pope Francis' gesture was to push other benefactors to support Catholic schools. 80% of them risk not opening their doors for the next school year. There are two problems: an unsustainable increase in wages and the fall in state subsidies. The distribution of scholarships is managed by the nunciature in Lebanon.

| 23/05/2020
| LEBANON - VATICAN

One of the most important dates in Islam will be marked by lockdown, restrictions and social distancing. Most countries have banned lavish communal meals and feasts. In Dubai, the police will carry thermal detectors. People not wearing masks risk hefty fines. Public transit has been banned in Egypt.

| 22/05/2020
| ASIA – ISLAM

Workers forced to work up to 12 hours a day without overtime. Union meetings and collective bargaining have been suspended. Workers no longer can turn to labour courts. In April, 122 million jobs were lost because of the coronavirus.

| 22/05/2020
| INDIA
by Weena Kowitwanij

On 27 May, Thailand’s Parliament will make new decisions about schooling during the coronavirus epidemic. At present, the first semester of the school year is set to start on 1 July until late November. The Education Ministry’s e-learning is not very popular with students.

| 22/05/2020
| THAILAND

The Chinese Communist Party wants to take full control of city affairs. Pro-democracy and anti-government activists could be detained and taken to China. The legislation threatens religious freedom. For Pro-Beijing advocates, the city needs a law to fight terrorists and separatists.

| 22/05/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Archbishop Hinder confirms that the medical emergency linked to the new coronavirus is getting worse. In San’a, Aden and other cities it has reached critical levels. MSF launches an appeal to the UN and donor countries. We need protection and support tools for health workers. High mortality rate, victims between 40 and 60 years old. 68 patients out of a total of 173 hospitalized.

| 22/05/2020
| YEMEN - UAE
by Zhang Xuezhong

The human rights lawyer - former professor of law at a university in Shanghai, later fired - publishes an open letter to the delegates of the National People's Congress, which has already been censored by the regime. For Zhang, the delegates represent no one because they were not elected by anyone; the Chinese constitution is a "pseudo-constitution". Government "for the people" is actually a monster that devours the wealth of society. "Democracy" is not just a "western" ideal, as Xi Jinping says.

| 22/05/2020
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Kirill has also decided to intervene to resolve a sexual harassment scandal involving two young bishops. However, many accuse the patriarch of "abuse of power", and of having waited for the pandemic crisis to operate a "settlement of accounts" within the hierarchy.

| 22/05/2020
| RUSSIA

The North Korean leader hasn't been seen in three weeks. He had already disappeared for 20 days between April and early May. Some reports had even given him up for dead. Kim may have left the capital for fear of contracting the coronavirus and to draw up a program of economic reforms.

| 22/05/2020
| NORTH KOREA

He allegedly violated Article 117 of the Criminal Code, which punishes those who produce documents or writings "against the state". At present there is no official formalization of the charge. The agents broke into his home and confiscated computers and information materials. His wife in shock.

| 22/05/2020
| VIETNAM
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