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| VATICAN

On 19-21 November, economists and entrepreneurs under 35 from around the world will meet online. More than 40 countries will be connected, with live streaming from Assisi. Some 2,000 people have registered with at least 12 link-ups to 115 countries, four hours a day plus a 24-hour marathon on the second day, and contributions from more than 20 countries.

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by Biju Veticad

A group of young Muslims, descrated and danced on the cross, an act causing widespread concern. According to Msgr. Pamplani, Church leaders fear possibility of ISIS supporters being groomed in Kerala.

 

| 27/10/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, leader of the opposition in exile, has called on the whole of society to strike. Participation throughout the country, including workers from state industries, universities and schools, religious associations. Sunday 25 October, demonstration of 100-200 thousand people, repressed by the police and the security forces. Putin condemns the "state violence" as "unnecessary". Mike Pompeo calls for the release of Vitalij Škljarov, an American political scientist of Belarusian origin who had joined the protests.

| 27/10/2020
| BELARUS-RUSSIA
by Dalù*

A Chinese journalist, a Catholic from Shanghai and a refugee in Italy, describes the situation of the Church in China and the impact that the agreement may have on the appointment of bishops. The wisdom of Pope Francis in attempting dialogue; China's reputation for violating international agreements. The communist regime despises all religions. The faith of the Chinese continues to grow among thorns.

| 27/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

The activist is one of the founders of the "Studentlocalism" group, dissolved before the implementation of the security law. Police suspect Chung wanted to take refuge in the US consulate and flee abroad.

 

| 27/10/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Thousands gather in front of the German embassy. They accuse the sovereign of exercising his prerogatives from Bavaria, where he spends most of his time. German authorities: We are examining the activities of the Thai monarch; in case of violations there will be immediate consequences.

| 27/10/2020
| THAILAND-GERMANY

Manila and Hanoi on maximum alert, with the passage over the ocean it should acquire greater strength and reach its peak within 24 hours. In the Philippines it has already caused nine deaths and 12 missing, more than 70,000 displaced. Vietnam is preparing to evacuate 1.3 million inhabitants to central regions. A toll that is destined to worsen.

| 27/10/2020
| PHILIPPINES - VIETNAM
by Hosein Alizade

Iran’s social and economic conditions prevent new graduates from finding employment in their area of expertise. Between 150,000 and 180,000 leave the country every year. The educated are losing confidence. Government aid plans have failed so far to stop the flight, damaging an already weak economy.

 

| 26/10/2020
| IRAN
by Kenneth Corbilla

A bill has been presented to dedicate San Francisco del Monte Avenue to Fernando Poe Jr., the "King of Philippine Movie". Franciscan missionaries want Congress to choose another street for the movie celebrity. As far as they know, Poe's family lived on Roosevelt Avenue.

| 26/10/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Sumon Corraya

Some 65 people took part in the event, including housewives, students, and various professionals. “We taught how to share the Bible, gave people a free Bible, and encouraged them not just keep it at home, but to study it every day and encourage other family members to read it,” said Bishop James Romen Boiragi.

| 26/10/2020
| BANGLADESH

Some 3,000 people took part in a protest in Taiwan, including Lam Wing-kee, a former bookseller seized by China in 2015. Protest organisers fear that the young prisoners will suffer oppression, torture, and forced confessions. This might be a test case to see how far the mainland will go to implement its new security law.

| 26/10/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Dario Salvi

Mgr Pizzaballa talks to AsiaNews about the crisis and uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus and political and economic difficulties. The Patriarchate is a “pluralistic” reality that needs strengthening through “work and collaboration with the clergy, the seminary and all the faithful.” The Patriarch calls for bearing witness among Jews and Muslims at a time with no “great agreements" but favourable to “sowing”.

| 26/10/2020
| HOLY LAND – ITALY
by Paul Nguyen Hung

Several areas of Vietnam hit by the worst floods in decades. In the last month, torrential rains have caused 113 deaths and 20 missing, and created hardship for 240 thousand families. Taiwanese entrepreneurs and NGOs mobilized. The strengthening of relations between the two countries can be linked to the US's anti-Beijing strategies.

| 26/10/2020
| VIETNAM - TAIWAN
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

A first comment arrives from China on the Agreement’s renewal. The ambiguities over civil unions and the similarity with expectations over the Agreement. The author is a blogger priest, a member of the official Church.

| 26/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The auxiliary bishop of Bombay talks about his days in intensive care. “Every time I breathed in, I would say in my mind 'Jesus in me' and when I exhaled 'and I in Him'. This made me aware of God’s presence in my life and around me.”

| 26/10/2020
| INDIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The Holy See and Beijing have announced the extension of the agreement for another two years. China’s apparent dissatisfaction at continued relations with Taiwan. The Vatican is content with the fruits: no illegitimate bishops. But there are no ...
| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
It has "great ecclesial and pastoral value". An Osservatore Romano article states “there is a need to recognise that there are situations of great suffering. The Holy See is deeply aware of this, takes it into account and does not fail to draw ...
| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
Catholics number 1.328.993.000, 17.73 % of the global population. Archbishop Rugambwa: "The mission touches and transforms all sectors and areas of life in order to save humanity and creation". Msgr. Dal Toso: the fund to help local Churches cope with ...
| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
“Leaving” one's culture and one's country is possible only if one is rich in faith in Jesus Christ. This makes the difference. For many, the pandemic has meant closure, isolation, fear of contagion, disinterest, depression, nihilism. ...
| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
For Msgr. Abou Khazen the document is an act in defence of a people "wounded and attacked by thieves on the way to Jericho". Syria is also waiting for a Good Samaritan "to save us". But the West in recent years has betrayed hopes. A text "to be explored ...
| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
by Vincenzo Guo Xijin
The speech given by the bishop of Mindong announcing his resignation from all public office, retiring to a life of prayer. Now the diocese is entrusted to Msgr. Zhan Silu, known to be very ambitious.
| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The pontiff's attempt is to push everyone towards universal fraternity. The pivot is the image of the Good Samaritan, which affects many Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The "dream" and the proposals on the UN, foreign debt, the universal destination ...
| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
“Fratelli Tutti”, Pope Francis' social encyclical, was released today. In it, the pontiff advocates overcoming the dominant profit-driven market model. Human rights know no boundaries. He says no to war and the death penalty, warns against ...
| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
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