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by Vladimir Rozanskij

More than 80 clergymen from the Moscow Patriarchate have criticised the police for its violent methods and for the unfair imprisonment of protesters. Oleg Batov, who set up a theology professorship at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, is one of them. Priests inspired by the testimony of the late Fr Alexander Men, the "spiritual father" of dissent in the old atheist regime, did the same. Teachers and lawyers have also issued open letters. The Moscow Patriarchate has reacted with irony, calling for caution.

| 19/09/2019
| RUSSIA

Saudi joins to back "regional and international efforts" to "counter the threats to maritime navigation". Saudis claim 18 drones and at least seven cruise missiles were involved in the attack, excluding Yemen as the place of launch. Growing tensions are pushing China to diversify its oil supplies.

| 19/09/2019
| IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN

The outgoing premier called the centrist rival to propose an alliance. He would also have offered a possible rotating premiership deal with Gantz. With 63% of ballots  scrutinized, the Likud has 32 seats, one less than the "Blue White" coalition (33). But the real kingmaker remains Lieberman.

| 19/09/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

The 2011 nuclear disaster at the Daiichi plant is second only to Chernobyl. The company’s former chairman and his deputies were indicted for not implementing effective measures. Prosecutors asked for a five-year sentence for the death of 44 people and injuries to 13 employees.

| 19/09/2019
| JAPAN
by Paul Wang

On the night of August 31, the police intervened indiscriminately beating protesters and passengers and making dozens of arrests. Three seriously injured persons have disappeared from the list of wounded, compiled by the firemen. The police are accused of killing them and making them disappear. The government denies that there have been victims. A student leader, arrested that night, wants to sue the police.

| 19/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

All minors are under the age of 10. The only identified is Faizan, eight years old, who had a broken neck. It is claimed he was raped. Kasur is the same town hit last year by the pedophilia scandal, which broke out following the murder of little Zainab. The proposals of the National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace.

| 19/09/2019
| PAKISTAN

Measures will focus on schools and Armed Forces. Last year, the total fertility rate reached a record low of 0.98. For the Economy Minister, demographic challenges are a serious threat to growth. The government plans fewer soldiers in service, relying on drones and satellites. Fewer children in schools mean cuts in teacher education.

| 18/09/2019
| SOUTH KOREA

The authorities announced their choice today. The animal symbolising the Games will be dressed in ice to honour the Winter Games. A red lantern will represent the Paralympics. Things will start in Beijing.

 

| 18/09/2019
| CHINA

With 92 per cent votes counted, Likud and the Blue and White party have 32 seats each, down over April vote. Lieberman will play a key role in forming the new government. For the outgoing PM, a fifth mandate appears a very distant possibility. Sobhy Makhoul calls for an end to Israel’s nation-state law and guarantees for equal rights for all citizens.

| 18/09/2019
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

At the general audience, Francis said that those who are "Strengthened by this covenant” with the Holy Spirit are not afraid of proclaiming the Gospel. “Think also today of today's empires,” the pontiff noted, “they will collapse, if God is not with them, because the strength that men have in themselves is not enduring.” The pope also made an appeal for World Alzheimer’s Day.

| 18/09/2019
| VATICAN

According to the Prime Minister of Thailand, the information is needed to create a national database. About 90 per cent of Thais are Buddhists, although Muslims are the majority in three southern provinces bordering Malaysia. The request for information follows a series of explosions in Bangkok in August.

| 18/09/2019
| THAILAND

Fr Binoy John was released for health reasons, but catechist Munna Hasda, who was arrested with him, remains in prison. About 3,000 tribal people demonstrate against the wreckage of a Jesuit college by radical Hindu nationalists.

| 18/09/2019
| INDIA

The circular ordered female students to cover themselves in order “to protect them from any unethical incident.” For Health Minister, “The veil is part of our religion but cannot be forced”.

| 18/09/2019
| PAKISTAN

Yesterday, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his entourage visited Muslims and Hindus from Yangon. According to analysts, the Army is trying to clean up its image after the Rohingya crisis. In 2020, Myanmar citizens will take part in the second elections since the end of the dictatorship.

| 18/09/2019
| MYANMAR
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by Bernardo Cervellera
Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church ...
| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
Peace, xenophobia, interfaith dialogue and globalisation are some of the issues Francis spoke about during a press conference on the flight home from Madagascar.  
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Thomas D’Souza*
Today is the liturgical memory of the woman who dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor. Pope Francis elected her patron saint of voluntary work. A solemn mass celebrated in the Generalate of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor D’Souza: ...
| 05/09/2019
| INDIA
 
PIME’s regional superior was consecrated bishop of Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. Some 8,000 people attended the ceremony. The diocese had been waiting for a pastor for eight years. The new prelate has set his goals for 2020-2022. The first one is ...
| 04/09/2019
| INDIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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Confirmation ceremony at Holy Cross Church in in Luxmibazar of Dhaka
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