On 31 March, Turks will pick their representatives in 81 provinces. The victory of Erdogan's party is expected amid growing voter weariness. Meanwhile, the economy is tanking: falling GDP and double-digit inflation. The opposition seeks to take Ankara.
In just over a month, Indonesians will pick a new president, vice president and members of parliament. The election will be crucial for the future of the young democracy. The Archbishop of Jakarta urges Catholics to choose political programmes that respect pluralistic values. The Bishops’ Commission for the Laity warns against not voting or blank ballots.
Sister Piermaria Kondo Rumiko was born into a Shinto family. During her childhood, her religious experience was influenced by her grandmother. She became a Christian at 24, after a period of personal difficulties and illness. For her, "Faith is a grace” and her vocation has made her happy.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Dnh) and Daman and Diu are both former Portuguese colonies. The local Christian community is made up of about 100 thousand faithful. In all, there are 13 churches. Secretary of the Catholic bishops: " I hope that the majority community will once again stand by us and nullify the discriminatory acts of a small fundamentalist divisive people."
The writer is a pacifist poet. Born into a Christian family, he recounts his personal rediscovery of faith, after a past of full of doubts and spiritual pain. Born in what is now Pakistan, he experienced the division of his family. Today he lives in Canada, where he encountered various religions, until he realised that only Christ is the “Prince of peace".
All nine pastoral sectors of the capital met for catechumens’ decisive call and presentation, including members of the communities in Bati and Tropeang Kragnoun, who recently welcomed their first baptised. Mgr Schmitthaeusler told them “not be afraid to bear witness!"
The Chinese government uses a "technical suspension" to gain another nine months. The United States, Britain and France - under pressure from Delhi - wanted the Pakistani Islamic radical to be included in the list of terrorists worldwide. This would have allowed the freezing of his assets.
According to investigators, a truck dumped toxic waste into the Kim Sungai River. 166 people hospitalized, nine are in intensive care. It is not clear what type of poisonous gas is responsible for the intoxication.
The arrested include Loujain al-Hathloul, who fought for the right of women to drive and the end of male protection. In recent weeks fierce social media campaigns against the defendants. The protection of a lawyer in the courtroom is denied. Families report violence and abuse in prison.
Life in the village of Dhaulapani has changed since last year, with the installation of water pumps powered by solar panels. The project is by the British NGO Practical Action, co-financed by the European Union and Jersey Overseas Aid. The water is extracted from the Tila river and channeled towards the fields.
In the months of January and February industrial production was 5.3%. Unemployment has also increased by 5.3%. Experts await reforms that leadership has yet to set.