Turkey wants a 32-km zone to wrest control of areas currently held by the US-backed, Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG). Ankara considers the latter as allies of the PKK, which it deems a terrorist group.
The Christian Marriage and Divorce Act 2019 is set to replace two British-era laws. The changes were long overdue, but Christian stakeholders were not consulted. The draft bill has flaws and problems, and leaves too much discretionary power in the hands of the courts.
The head of India’s Catholic Church launches two fundraisers. Donations can be sent to the Archdiocese of Mumbai and Caritas India. More than 400 people have died, and more than 4.7 million people have been displaced and now shelter in refugee camps.
Mgr Ivan Pereira says people are affected by unrest in the Indian state. Students have been staying away from schools fearing “nationalists and young activists”. Catholics too are afraid. Christians are appreciated by other religious groups "because wherever we go, we are an instrument of peace".
The meeting of the joint working group concluded at the Vatican. The Vietnamese delegation received by Pope Francis. In a joint statement released today, there is also talk of the establishment "as soon as possible" of the non-permanent papal representative in Vietnam.
In St Joseph parish in Pringsewu, over 200 priests and thousands of faithful attended the service in which ten new fathers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus made their perpetual profession. “Your vital mission is to bring peace and spiritual comfort to others,” Bishop Harun told them. The meeting with a parish priest and a father’s encouragement helped the vocation of two new Jakarta priests.
To protect its producers, the EU has imposed tariffs for three years on Cambodian and Myanmar rice. In just six months, exports to Europe have been halved. For Cambodia, the measure penalises producers of “jasmine and fragrant long grain rice” who “do not compete directly with products grown in the EU”. China is ready to support Cambodia’s economy and agriculture.
Serikzhan Bilash founded a group to document human rights violations against his fellow citizens. Foreign governments estimate that over one million people are held in Xinjang detention camps. The activist accepts a plea agreement for "the good of my family".
Yesterday the web giant closed 210 accounts on YouTube that operate in a coordinated way. Twitter blocked 936 accounts; Facebook has removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts for their "false and coordinated behavior, part of a small network originating in China and focused on Hong Kong". The young people taking part in the demonstrations prefer Telegram.
The feast of Mary "Vsetsaritsa" is celebrated at the end of August. Miraculous healings of cancer patients and people infected with AIDS. A prayer for doctors to "become an instrument of the Almighty Doctor, Christ our Savior". The bishop-doctor Luka, who worked for many years in Soviet lagers, stated that without deep faith people indulge in depression.
The two countries had signed the General Security of Military Information Agreement (Gsomia) in February 2016. The exit of Seoul risks hindering US efforts for cooperation with two important allies in the region. South Korea accuses Japan of using trade as a weapon in a dispute related to colonial rule.