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The visit was scheduled as part of the World Cup qualifying process. Tensions remain high following Sahar Khodayari’s death, who set herself on fire outside a courthouse where she was on trial for violating the ban on women in stadiums.

| 12/09/2019
| IRAN

Armed Shia groups are again trying to achieve a "demographic shift" in the Plain. For the Chaldean primate, it is a moral and national duty to defend the permanence of the Christian community. Armed groups must be pulled from the region and development projects funded.

| 12/09/2019
| IRAQ

The Court is in favour of interfaith marriage as long as they are “under the law rules". For Dalit activist, “killing and social boycott” still occur against lower caste grooms. For Catholic activist, there is “fear of miscegenation, of polluting pure upper caste bloodlines.”

| 12/09/2019
| INDIA

Francis invites the representatives of the main religions, the exponents of international organizations and the various humanitarian institutions, from the academic, economic, political and cultural world to sign the "Global Compact on Education". The event scheduled for May 14, 2020 in Rome, in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican.

| 12/09/2019
| VATICAN

China has announced a one-year postponement of duties on some American assets and Trump's two-week shift in the increase in customs duties to $ 250 billion of Chinese products.

| 12/09/2019
| CHINA - USA
by Sumon Corraya

The diocesan priest headed the Department of World Religions and Culture for three years. The latter has 120 students and 19 professors. Antor Tripura is the only Christian student. For Muslim student, “all religions speak of human well-being."

| 12/09/2019
| BANGLADESH

On 1st September, police set fire to 19 houses. Archbishop Santos posted the story of what happened online. Three days later, he was arrested and released on bail. "I am not worried,” he said. “So many have shown me great support, especially the Lord who is my protector.”

| 12/09/2019
| PAPUA NEW GUINEA – PHILIPPINES

Shinjiro Koizumi is among 13 new ministers brought in yesterday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a cabinet reshuffle. Many of Japan’s nuclear plants are closed due to strict safety regulations introduced after the tragedy. At present, Japan can count on six operating reactors.

| 12/09/2019
| JAPAN

The St. John Berchmans Inter College in Mundli was destroyed and raided by a crowd of 500 people. The pretext of the attack was a quarrel between students and tribal boys hosted in the hostel adjacent to the school. The management asks for help from the National Commission for Human Rights and the Commission for Minorities.

| 12/09/2019
| INDIA

Fires have been raging in the archipelago for more than a month. They are often malicious and set in forests to make way for oil palm and acacia plantations. Activists denounce that small farmers are blamed for fires caused by large corporations.

| 12/09/2019
| INDONESIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church is a national church that belongs only to the state.

| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church ...
| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
Peace, xenophobia, interfaith dialogue and globalisation are some of the issues Francis spoke about during a press conference on the flight home from Madagascar.  
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Thomas D’Souza*
Today is the liturgical memory of the woman who dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor. Pope Francis elected her patron saint of voluntary work. A solemn mass celebrated in the Generalate of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor D’Souza: ...
| 05/09/2019
| INDIA
 
PIME’s regional superior was consecrated bishop of Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. Some 8,000 people attended the ceremony. The diocese had been waiting for a pastor for eight years. The new prelate has set his goals for 2020-2022. The first one is ...
| 04/09/2019
| INDIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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Confirmation ceremony at Holy Cross Church in in Luxmibazar of Dhaka
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