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| FRANCE - ISLAM

They reportedly helped the killer to recognize the victim, upon payment of a reward. Among those arrested is the father of a student, who launched an internet campaign against the professor and a famous radical Salafist Islamist, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, who allegedly launched a kind of fatwa against Samuel Paty. Islamic organizations under control. The Sorbonne chosen as the place for the national homage to the teacher's remains.

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by Melani Manel Perera

Trade union and human rights activists speak out against this. The authorities are urged to see how employees of apparel firms, like Brandix, live. People suspected of contagion are crammed untested in quarantine centres. Activists want an independent investigation and the intervention of the Court of Appeal.

| 19/10/2020
| SRI LANKA
by Ngoc Lan

This is the project that animated the annual meeting of the Vietnamese Bishops' Conference. Msgr. Alphongso Nguyễn Hữu Long wants to rebuild a work started in 1971 and interrupted due to the war. Among the examples of youth mission is the Italian Carlo Acutis, the first blessed of the digital age.

| 19/10/2020
| VIETNAM

Since a truce was agreed in October 2019, Turkey’s military and allied militias have attacked Syrian (and Iraqi) territory hundreds of times, an average of 2.3 violations per day, including battles, bombings, looting and drone strikes. Tel Tamer, a largely Christian area, is one of the affected areas. The goal is demographic change.

| 19/10/2020
| TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ
by Nirmala Carvalho

The imam of the Nakhoda mosque: "if one brother is facing an injustice, the other brothers will not be silent spectators ...". Archbishop Thomas D'Souza: "He is a champion for human rights and the dignity of the poor and tribals ... therefore, we are here in solidarity, to tell him that he is not alone, we are with him". Father Felix Raj: Prophets Speak for the Poor, so does Fr. Stan. He has a spirit like Mother Teresa.

| 19/10/2020
| INDIA

The signing took place yesterday in Manama, in the context of an official visit by a mixed Israeli-US delegation. The goal is to strengthen the regional alliance in an anti-Iranian key. Major agreements in trade, telecommunications, financial, banking and agricultural sector.

| 19/10/2020
| ISRAEL - BAHRAIN

However, the figure is lower than analysts’ forecasts (between 5.3 and 5.5%). Recovery driven by exports and tourism. Slow growth of investments and consumption. Doubts about employment data. The reopening to street vendors in Beijing suggests that the working environment is still difficult.

| 19/10/2020
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

In a videoconference between foreign ministers of the five Central Asian states and Russia, the proposal of closer relations between the Russian Federation and the region as a single bloc. Common positions in the political-diplomatic sphere; no demand for improvement of human and minority rights. Attempt to steal airspace from the US.

| 19/10/2020
| RUSSIA-CENTRAL ASIA
by Hocine Drouiche*

The hatred shown in the beheading of Prof. Samuel Paty is cultivated in Islamic schools and in French mosques by self-proclaimed imams. A reform of Islam is urgently needed: real elections for the French Council of Muslim worship: elimination of hadiths; erode the Islamist ghettos in the peripheries; launch a conference of all Muslims to fight terrorism. Islam is used as a political tool to put pressure on the country

| 19/10/2020
| FRANCE - ISLAM

During the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke of missionaries as "weavers of fraternity". He encouraged and expressed his support for Italian fishermen detained for more than a month in Libya and their families. A long prayerful moment silence expressed support for dialogue and peace in Libya. In differentiating between God and Caesar, Jesus cites " criterion for the distinction between the political sphere and the religious sphere; clear guidelines emerge for the mission of all believers of all times.” the baptism calls on everyone “to be a living presence in society, inspiring it with the Gospel and with the lifeblood of the Holy Spirit.” Believers are the protagonists “in a service of love for the common good.”

| 18/10/2020
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera
| 18/10/2020
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The meeting, held from 12 to 16 October, saw Vietnam’s 27 bishops cite Blessed Carlo Acutis as a model for evangelisation via the internet. Some 60 years since the end of the apostolic vicariates, the work of evangelisation in Vietnam still faces many limitations. Next year will dedicated to "Walking with young people in the family".

| 17/10/2020
| VIETNAM
by Sumon Corraya

Muslims groups are putting pressure. Justice and Peace is calling for justice, trials and convictions. “In our country, rapists are never punished; for this reason, the number of acts of sexual violence is increasing,” Catholic official says. Between January and September 2020, 975 cases of rape were reported in Bangladesh causing the death of 43 women, 12 by suicide.

| 17/10/2020
| BANGLADESH

The 47-year-old teacher of history and geography showed some satirical cartoons about Muhammad during a lecture on freedom of expression. The young murderer, of Chechen origin, shouted "Allah Akhbar" before beheading the teacher. He was killed by the police a few hours later.

| 17/10/2020
| FRANCE – ISLAM

On the 75th anniversary of the UN body, Pope Francis addresses world leaders noting that the number of people starving is growing due to the pandemic. He calls for facts beyond ideologies. He proposes to redirect military spending to set up a “Global Fund" to overcome hunger and underdevelopment.

| 17/10/2020
| VATICAN
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
by Vincenzo Guo Xijin
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| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 03/10/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
by Ati Nurbaiti
People trying to stop expropriations approved by the authorities for plantations, ports and other maritime structures endure intimidation and arrests. The Church is helping victims. Offers of compensation for seized land is pitiful. The authorities are ...
| 03/10/2020
| INDONESIA
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