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by Paolo Fossati

“It will be a crossroads for missionaries who will be able to talk, tell their stories, express their dreams, mention the miracles they have performed or have witnessed’ said PIME superior general Fr Brambillasca. The facility covers about 1,200 square metres, built in the old cellars of the motherhouse. It will now have a cultural cafeteria, a bookshop and a theatre (with 15 plays scheduled). For the Centre’s director, it will be a place “to meet and listen to the Milanese.”

| 16/09/2019
| ITALY

From Lieberman to Gantz, those who want to end the ten-year rule of the outgoing prime minister are riding high. Trump’s support for Bibi didn’t come this time. A source told AsiaNews that if the PM wins the probe into corruption charges against him will end. There are tensions and concerns over possible vandalism at polling stations.

| 16/09/2019
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

Notan Mal, the principal, has headed the Ghotki public school for 30 years. The father of one of his students reported him to police. He is now kept safe in a secret location and faces the death penalty. Hindu and Muslim activists call for respect for fundamental rights.

| 16/09/2019
| PAKISTAN

Frs Nicolas-Michel Krick and Augustin-Etienne Bourry were killed in 1854 by a Mishmi chief. Although locals have never converted to Christianity, they have preserved the missionaries’ remains, notes Church spokesman in north-east.

| 16/09/2019
| INDIA – VATICAN

Global production dropped by over 5%. The Brent price touches $ 67.77 (+ 11%) after breaking the threshold of 70 and WTI futures have reached $ 59.75 (+ 8.9%). The attack with the drones claimed by the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Washington accuses Iran, which denies involvement. Fears from supply experts for the coming weeks.

 

 

| 16/09/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA - MIDDLE EAST
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Protests against the election winner, Igor Shutenkov, accused of fraud. Arrests and clashes with the police. A shaman wants to go to Moscow to "drive" Putin out with special exorcisms.

| 16/09/2019
| RUSSIA
by Wang Zhicheng

The government wants to destroy the mountain top "Heaven’s Gate". Perhaps a motorway will pass through the area. Great security measures to control thousands of faithful. The sanctuary was built in 1924. Every year, on September 15th, tens of thousands of pilgrims come from all over China.

| 16/09/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN

The Solomon cabinet approved the switch to the mainland with 27 votes for, none against, and six abstentions. The number of countries that still recognise Taiwan is now 16. Since 2016, Beijing stepped up its campaign against Taiwan, following the election of President Tsai Ing-wen.

 

| 16/09/2019
| TAIWAN – SOLOMON ISLANDS – CHINA

In his homily during the Mass he celebrated in Santa Marta this morning, Francis spoke about Italy’s recent "government crisis". "Who among us has prayed for their rulers? Who among us has prayed for parliamentarians? So that they may agree and take their country forward.”

| 16/09/2019
| VATICAN
by Ambrose Pereira*

Sister Teresa Vu Phuong Thuy Trinh is a member of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). Assigned to Sidea until 2018, she served as an interpreter and mediator. Thanks to her help, 105 fishermen were repatriated in June last year. Now in Italy for studies, she continues to her compatriots.

| 16/09/2019
| PAPUA NEW GUINEA – VIETNAM
by Bernardo Cervellera

The police had denied permission, but tens of thousands of people of all ages poured into the center to "walk". Police officers accused of being "mafiosi" and implementing the law in a "selectively". Stones, bricks and Molotov cocktails thrown against the government headquarters. Heavy damage to metro stations. Groups of "Fujian mobsters" clash with protesters and journalists at North Point. Card Zen asks for prayers for Hong Kong.

| 16/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
The Extraordinary Missionary Month in the Archdiocese of Calcutta
Heilongjiang, China
Heavy rains in Sri Lanka, 80 thousands people affected
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