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by Mathias Hariyadi | INDONESIA

Fleeing from Mamuju on the night of January 15, after the strong quake, they returned a few days later to organize food aid for the survivors, while aftershocks continue. Provisional toll of 81 dead, 554 injured, 1150 houses badly damaged or destroyed, 15 schools in danger. The hospitality of a Muslim family and a Catholic family. The commitment of the local Caritas. Mount Merapi and Mount Semeru erupt.

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Highly toxic PFAS are present in great levels. China has no national safety standards. Levels are higher in the industrial areas of southern and eastern China. Chinese company is building drinking water plants in developing countries.

| 18/01/2021
| CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

Among many cases, that of a woman who was the victim of a campaign against her beauty salon and a man who was told that his shop had been emptied by thieves, but then his Muslim partner reopened in the same location.

| 18/01/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Paul Nguyen Hung

The new bishop was born in 1953 and ordained priest in 1992. “May God bless me to be able to live my holy ministry according to God's will.”

| 18/01/2021
| VIETNAM

Beijing is the only G-20 country to record positive growth. Among the advanced economies, only Taiwan has done better. The problem of debt. Domestic consumption and the number of migrant workers dropps. Collapse of investments in the Belt and Road Initiative.

| 18/01/2021
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

A "preventive cleansing" of Putin's opponents is underway, in view of the parliamentary elections that will take place this year. Avksentieva, mayor of Yakutsk (Eastern Siberia) is known for her battle against corruption, in contrast to the Putinians. Alexei Naval’ny was arrested last night as he landed at the airport. Amnesty International declares him a "prisoner of conscience".

| 18/01/2021
| RUSSIA

The Maronite primate denounces the "state of regression" enveloping Lebanon, after five months of political crisis. The government is "immobile", justice "exposed to political and sectarian interference", the economy is "paralyzed". The need for an "salvation" executive comprising leading personalities.

| 18/01/2021
| LEBANON
by Bernardo Cervellera

Commentary on the Gospel of the second Sunday per year, B (John 1, 35-42).

| 17/01/2021
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Pope Francis comments on Jesus' meeting with the first disciples before the Angelus prayer. “Their hearts grow warmer and warmer as the Master speaks. They sense the beauty of words that respond to their greatest hope”. “The light that only God can give explodes in them … this light overflows from their hearts like a raging river”. The Day for the deepening of dialogue between Catholics and Jews. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

| 17/01/2021
| VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

On the day of the feast of the first Sri Lankan saint, Msgr. Vianney Fernando recalls his "unparalleled holiness" and "burning missionary zeal". An invitation to the Church of the country not to be "a static church, which only cares about bureaucracy, but a true missionary Church".

| 16/01/2021
| SRI LANKA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Said Nursi (1878-1960) sought a modernization of Islam through Sufism, in dialogue with science and with other religions. He also inspired Fethullah Gülen, now despised by the Turkish political leadership. The incomprehensible charge of "extremism" used to ban his works. In the past he had proposed an alliance with the patriarch of Constantinople against atheism.

| 16/01/2021
| RUSSIA

A man lit a fire and cooked kebabs in the church of the Virgin Mary in Germuş. The building dates back to the 1800s, but has been unavailable to Christians for over a cebtury, subject to excavations and looting. The condemnation of local groups and opposition deputies. In Turkey, hostility towards Armenia and the Armenians continues, considered unwanted neighbors, intensifies.

| 16/01/2021
| TURKEY
by Willy Lam

CCP members and the media must increasingly align themselves with the dictates of the Chinese president. Hi-tech giants are a danger and need to be brought under control. Strategies to prevent US-orchestrated international containment. Everything will depend on the economic results.

| 16/01/2021
| CHINA

The population hopes that restrictions for gyms, karaoke and schools will soon ease. But authorities will maintain limit of 4 people per gathering. Special quarantine rules for the Lunar New Year. Out of a population of 51 million, the country had 71,241 cases and 1217 deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.71%.

| 16/01/2021
| SOUTH KOREA
by Sumon Corraya

After completing a deradicalisation programme run by the country’s anti-terrorism unit, they will start a new life with the support of the state. Their desire is to return to normality. Most Bangladeshis are in favour of the fight against extremism.

| 15/01/2021
| BANGLADESH
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by Vladimir Rozanskij
The Armenian president is in solitary confinement with severe symptoms of COVID-19. Total cases have reached 161,415 with 361 in one day at last count. Under Russian military protection, 50,000 Armenian refugees have returned to Nagorno-Karabakh in recent ...
| 09/01/2021
| ARMENIA – RUSSIA – TURKEY
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The “quote” is found in a syllabus designed to prepare for a national cow exam, raising fears that it might trigger violence against Christians, Adivasis, Dalits, and Muslims. Other claims include: earthquakes are caused by slaughtering cattle ...
| 09/01/2021
| INDIA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The decision was taken despite the fact that religious activities have had “zero infections”. Strict measures and continuous controls have led many priests to close their churches at Christmas. On social media, Catholics are accused of spreading ...
| 09/01/2021
| CHINA
 
China and other hostile powers see the incident as a sign of the decline of US democracy. Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists are not the equivalent of Trump supporters. Dictatorships come out strengthened. About 70 per cent of Americans slams the ...
| 08/01/2021
| ASIA – UNITED STATES
 
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)
Foreign faithful and missionaries are singled out as the source of the new Covid-19 epidemic in Hebei. In reality, the accused villages have no Christians and the Church's religious activities have been blocked since Christmas Eve. Like Nero, looking ...
| 08/01/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
The new apostolic administrator of Minks was auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Pinsk and he turned 75 last May. He too is a witness of the "silent" Church of the Soviet years. He attended clandestine seminaries and was a personal friend of the former ...
| 07/01/2021
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
 
The arrests were made under the national security law. The accused were charged with trying to force Hong Kong’s chief executive to resign and block government's activity. John Clancey, a former Maryknoll missionary, was also taken into custody. ...
| 06/01/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The local archdiocese held the event in lieu of decorations and celebrations. Blankets, towels and protective masks were handed out. For Bishop Mascarenhas, marginalised rickshaw pullers have to fight for their survival. Archbishop Toppo thanked God ...
| 04/01/2021
| INDIA
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