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by Fady Noun

He passed away suddenly last October 19 from a heart attack. His life and mission in the sign of Therese of Lisieux and St John Paul II. A late vocation born and cultivated (also) against the wishes of his family. The medal of merit of the Lebanese nation placed on his coffin.

 

| 23/10/2021
| LEBANON

In a letter marking the 30th anniversary of the Patriarch’s election, Francis speaks about their “fraternal friendship”. He goes on to say that “the way of dialogue, in charity and in truth, [is] the only possible way for reconciliation between believers in Christ and for the re-establishment of their full communion.” To this end, he notes that he shares with Bartholomew “the understanding of our common pastoral responsibility in the face of the urgent challenges confronting the entire human family today.”

| 22/10/2021
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

Those responsible claim as their own the land where the historic cemetery stands. The authorities have not yet intervened. However, Christians in Banawali received support from Muslims fellow villagers.

| 22/10/2021
| PAKISTAN

Joe Biden declares that the United States will defend the island in case of a Chinese attack, distancing himself from Washington’s traditional "strategic ambiguity". The EU Parliament asks to negotiate an investments agreement with Taiwan. London: Chinese air raids along the Taiwan Strait could trigger a conflict. Tokyo supports Taipei's joining the CPTPP

| 22/10/2021
| TAIWAN-CHINA
by Sumon Corraya

Since 13 October, sectarian violence has intensified and now minorities feel endangered. Catholic man sees no room for minorities, and is ready to leave to protect himself and his family. Investigations are ongoing into the clashes in Chandpur which caused seven deaths.

 

| 22/10/2021
| BANGLADESH
by Mathias Hariyadi

The anniversary was celebrated a few days ago with a Mass, whilst a film retracing the history of their presence in the country was screened. For Bishop Mencuccini, the missionaries “have experienced many ups and downs,” but “with the spirit of St. Paul of the Cross”, they were able to cope with them.

| 22/10/2021
| INDONESIA

The university, strongly desired by Archbishop Msgr. Warda, was inaugurated at the end of 2015 under the threat of Isis. A screening of interviews with young students as the recount their dreams and aspirations. Chaldean Primate: University "wonderful forum for culture, education, dialogue".

 

 

| 22/10/2021
| IRAQ

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors detentions and killings in the country, gave the news. Some have been returned to prison on new charges. Several journalists and activists remain imprisoned. 

 

| 22/10/2021
| MYANMAR

Another 11 people will face life imprisonment; at least five minors at the time of the events received sentences of between 10 and 12 years in prison. For the authorities, they committed "terrorist acts", causing the death of three people and the wounding of dozens. Documented 187 fires in 280 towns and villages in less than two months. 

 

 

| 22/10/2021
| SYRIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Awarded for his "courage in the struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights." Collaborator of the imprisoned dissident: "This was really the year of Aleksej". Kremlin on the attack: "A political award, which confirms how Naval'nyj is a pawn in a global anti-Russia plan".

| 22/10/2021
| RUSSIA - EU

Catholics are up by more than 15 million people, almost 2 million in Asia. Worldwide, the number of priests is up (+1.989 in Asia); so is the number of deacons but not in Asia (-11). There are fewer bishops and major seminarians. Mission stations (3,217) with a resident priest are up (+301) in every continent (+88 in Asia).

| 21/10/2021
| VATICAN

The Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions (CELRA) held its 71st plenary assembly in Abu Dhabi from 18 to 21 October. The Synod, COVID-19 and catechist training were some of the topics discussed at the meeting. For the former patriarchal vicar of Jerusalem, it is necessary to rediscover “the dimension of being together”.

 

| 21/10/2021
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis is getting worse. Hospitals are collapsing without humanitarian aid. Public servants have not been paid for months. Diplomatic activity seems to be leading nowhere.

| 21/10/2021
| AFGHANISTAN
by Emanuele Scimia

Standoff over withdrawal of respective forces along the disputed frontier. The Chinese position long-range missile launchers in the region; the Indians deploy M777 howitzers. Indian government: we have the capabilities to face the Chinese army. China is better equipped, but its soldiers are unfamiliar with operations at high altitude.

| 21/10/2021
| CHINA-INDIA
Editor's choices
 
by Lazarus You Heung-sik
The testimony of the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, former archbishop of Daejeon, during the Moment of Reflection with the pope that launched the synodal process in the Vatican: "Being a priest and bishop for me means walking together with ...
| 09/10/2021
| VATICAN - KOREA
 
The Philippine journalist shares the award with Russian Dmitry Muratov. Founder of the news website Rappler, she has received ten arrest warrants for her coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs". She is the first Filipina to receive ...
| 08/10/2021
| PHILIPPINES
 
Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and UNESCO’s director-general signed the UNESCO Convention for the new cycle of studies on Ecology and Environment at Lateran University. Faced with the "complexity of the ecological crisis", "it is not enough to ...
| 07/10/2021
| VATICAN
 
Israeli NGO Impact-se reports Saudi authorities are continuing their work of "moderation and openness" in school books. The definitions of "infidels" and "enemies of God" have been removed. The society remains traditional, gender discrimination and the ...
| 07/10/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
 
by Emanuele Scimia
Taiwanese Defence Minister warns of "most serious" situation between two sides of straight in 40 years. In the last five days Chinese warplanes have carried out 150 air raids near the island. US expert: China's sorties are a ploy to mask a real attack ...
| 06/10/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
It will gather the Catholic communities of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Kazakh Church consecrated to the special protection of St. Joseph. Steps have been taken to open the process for the beatification of Gertrude ...
| 06/10/2021
| CENTRAL ASIA
 
Prime Minister Barzani made the announcement during a visit to the area. The decision will be implemented following next Sunday’s Iraqi parliamentary elections. For Archbishop Warda, this is an "important" decision, a “strategic" move to ...
| 06/10/2021
| IRAQ
 
Washington outlines its trade strategy toward Beijing. U.S. Trade Representative: open dialogue for full implementation of the January 2020 agreement, largely disregarded by the Chinese. Planned re-booting of targeted exemptions for exports from China. ...
| 05/10/2021
| UNITED STATES-CHINA
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