The adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples: "Missionaries given to the world, a living presence even where numbers are small, dialogue with the great religions: the prophecy of John Paul II on the continent of the third millennium is coming true".
As complaints rise, crisis centres are overwhelmed. Because anti-COVID-19 measures discourage overnight stay at shelters, victims are often forced to return to abusive homes.
After the attack against the Kabul airport, ISKP carried out more bomb attacks in Jalalabad. Taliban leaders are divided over the group’s dangerousness. The latter can field 2,000-3,000 fighters (against 100,000 for the Taliban). Meanwhile, the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan are putting pressure on Afghanistan’s new rulers.
Born into a diaspora family, the new patriarch lost his grandparents in the 1915genocide. His orphaned father was welcomed at Castel Gandolfo at the behest of Benedict XV. Raphaël Bedros welcomed Francis during his visit to Armenia in 2016, stressing Armenians’ "debt of gratitude” to the pontiff. When the Pope received the new patriarch, he emphasised the "joy" of the Armenian people.
The great free trade agreement, boycotted by Trump, is the heir to the TPP promoted by Obama in an anti-Chinese key. China asks member countries to reject the Taiwanese application for entry. Taipei: the Chinese are "arch-bullies", without the requirements to join the trade pact. Japan welcomes Taipei's request. Beijing will have difficulty being accepted.
The 15-year-old was on her way home from school. A man dragged her into the forest to rape her. She was rescued by a rickshaw driver. The community took to the streets demanding greater safety for youth and severe penalties for those who commit such crimes.
In a small town in the district of Kandhamal, they were prevented from accessing the well and their homes were ransacked. Some have returned to live in the forest. The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Msgr John Barwa: "Discriminatory, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song rejects Seoul's offer. Leader Kim Jong-un's sister speaks instead of an "admirable idea," but the right conditions are lacking.
Islamic Republic and Azerbaijanis deploy troops and armaments on the border. Tensions resurfaced in 2018 after US withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal. Wave of refugees amass at border with Azerbaijan. Turkey ready to help Baku 'brothers'. The shadow of tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. Azeris want a leading role in the Caucasus.
Negotiations are expected to close by the end of 2021. The signing of the agreements at the beginning of the new year. Petrochemicals, textiles, jewelry and medical equipment areas of interest. Minister of the Emirates: the aim is to "strengthen our position as a global gateway to Africa, Asia and Europe".
A report by the Leket organisation shows that two million Israeli lack “sufficient” nutrition. Pandemic and high prices are among the main factors. New support from the government is expected. For Bishop Marcuzzo, it is essential to create jobs, and restart tourism and pilgrimages. Meanwhile, the situation in the West Bank and Gaza is even worse.
Francis celebrated Mass with participants at the plenary assembly of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences. The 'dictatorship of consumerism, whimsical but suffocating, attempts to quench' the thirst for Christ. "Leaving behind the conveniences of the immediate in order to return to the farsighted vision of the founding fathers, a prophetic and comprehensive vision, because they did not seek the consensus of the moment, rather they dreamt a future for all".
The first problem for Philippine voters is registering for next May’s election. Offices have been closed for weeks due to the pandemic. Ex boxer Manny Pacquaio has announced a run for the presidency, but faces Duterte loyalists. The outgoing president cannot run under current rules.
The US president spoke to the United Nations General Assembly. India will once again play a role in vaccine production, resuming exports next month. At least 45 per cent of Indians got a first dose.
Could be considered a "secessionist" act. Risk of life imprisonment for those who fly the Taiwanese flag. Security Secretary: To be assessed on a case-by-case basis based on "intent"; "dark forces" have yet to be fully eradicated. Tension between Beijing and Taiwan over entry into CPTPP trade bloc.