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by Melanie Manel Perera

Gas, milk, and flour cost twice as much. Some women's groups are speaking out against the government's economic policies. At a market in downtown Colombo, kerosene stoves were sold out in two days due to higher energy prices.

| 15/10/2021
| SRI LANKA
by Nirmala Carvalho

An anti-conversion law could come into force in the coming weeks. For the archbishop of Bangalore, the “conversion bogey” is whipping up “anti-religious feelings”. Instead, “Let the government take the count of the educational institutions and health centres run by the Christian missionaries.”

 

| 15/10/2021
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

After an investigation by the Indonesian police, the archbishop of Pontianak released a statement explaining the legality of the Church's microcredit activities. The issue arose following a legal battle between one of the cooperatives and a government-owned bank.

| 15/10/2021
| INDONESIA

Near Falam, a Baptist church and village homes were set on fire in retaliation to an ambush by local ethnic militias. In Phruso artillery shells hit the Immaculate Conception church, the fifth Catholic church in the Diocese of Loikaw to suffer such a same fate in the past few months.

| 15/10/2021
| MYANMAR
by Stefano Caprio

This is the message of the bishops of the region, delivered during a webinar on the mission of evangelization. Bishop Dell'Oro: the local Church has the privilege of experiencing "a totally new hope". Fr. Andrzej Madej: "Christ is risen in Turkmenistan!".

| 15/10/2021
| CENTRAL ASIA

The Prime Minister wants to prevent dual citizenship holders from reaching the country's most important posts. The decision targets the former head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, Sam Rainsy, who is in exile in Paris. 

| 15/10/2021
| CAMBODIA

Security forces allegedly opened fire on a group of young people who were throwing Molotov cocktails on passing cars. In the target a highway near Beit Jala used by Jewish settlers of the area. Even with the Bennet government, the policy of settlement development continues. 

| 15/10/2021
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
by Dario Salvi

The vote marks the victory of the Shiite nationalist leader, the defeat of pro-Tehran movements and the entry of representatives of the protest movement. Saad Salloum: al-Sadr "even more powerful", fundamental in managing "the balance" of the assembly. Civil society and the protest movement in the institutions will have to "assert their seats". 

 

| 15/10/2021
| IRAQ
by Fady Noun

Snipers killed at least five people at the Tayouneh roundabout, one of the hot spots of Lebanon’s civil war. Judge Bitar’s investigation is at the centre of the tensions. His work is bringing to light the responsibilities of the Shia party in the disaster of August 2020.

 

| 14/10/2021
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

The first stone was laid in August 2020. Catholics devoted to the Mother of God gathered in the Church of St Francis Xavier to pray for missionaries as well as peace and prosperity in their country.

| 14/10/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

The violence follows the alleged desecration of a Qurʼān during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. For Bangladesh’s Religious Affairs Minister, restoring peace is the priority, people urged not to take justice in their own hands.

 

| 14/10/2021
| BANGLADESH
by Kamel Abderrahmani

The recipe for the defeat of radicalism in power, is allowing it to reveal its demagogy through a period in government. The example of Morocco, where the Pjd went from 125 to 12 deputies and was beaten at the polls. The end of supremacy after 10 years marked by malfeasance and moralism. The Algerian situation.

 

 

| 14/10/2021
| ALGERIA-MOROCCO
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Putin's opponent, who has been in prison for a long time, managed to update his prison status on Instagram. In case of release, the label of terrorist will exclude him from political and civil life.  The blogger will be released only when the Russian president decides so.

| 14/10/2021
| RUSSIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

As the island reopens today, doubts remain among local residents. It will take several months before things get back to normal. Tourism represents 54 per cent of Bali's economy. Only 21 per cent of all Indonesians have been fully vaccinated.

| 14/10/2021
| INDONESIA
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
Agats Diocese Bishop Msgr Aloysius Murwito OFM commissioned Maria Stella Maris speedboat in service
Shocking video of cold blooded murder by running over jeep on protesting farmers at LakhimpurKheri
Right wing Hindu nationalists molesting Christians during prayer
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