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by Anna Chiara Filice

The nun is the founder of the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Kerala. Today more than 1,500 women religious work in India, Germany, Italy and Ghana. Of noble origins, the saint chose a life of penance and prayer. She opened the first school for girls in the state. She realised the value of the family to break caste discrimination.

| 14/10/2019
| VATICAN – INDIA
by Viet Hung

Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh, 43, actively participated in social outreach and charity work in various parishes in the Diocese of Vinh. According to the authorities, he is a member of “opposition groups”. For his wife, “My husband does not do wrong things. He also does not violate the laws of Vietnam.”

| 14/10/2019
| VIETNAM

Military and civilian hunters will be sent to Paju, Hwacheon, Inje, Yanggu, and Goseong. So far, South Korea has culled 154,548 pigs at 94 farms. The outbreak is out of control in North Korea, according to South Korean intelligence. As it spreads the virus could jeopardise North Korea’s already precarious food security.

| 14/10/2019
| KOREA
by Paul Wang

He was brought to a staircase, his face slammed against a wall, his arms and legs hit with batons although he continued to shout that he was part of a TV crew. Eventually he was taken to a hospital after two hours. The Indonesian journalist who lost an eye will file a complaint against the police.

| 14/10/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Washington promised independence to the Kurds, and now it has abandoned them to their foe. Europe (and the UN) "have done nothing" concrete other than endorse sanctions. The killings during Turkey’s offensive are similar to the massacres by Islamic extremists. Ethnic cleansing is affecting Christians too.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA – TURKEY

Over 110 thousand police officers, firefighters, soldiers and coast guard personnel in relief efforts. By noon today, about 38,000 people in 17 prefectures had evacuated their homes. 21 rivers flooded in Nagano, Fukushima, Ibaraki and three other prefectures.

| 14/10/2019
| JAPAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Renuka Singh is elected to the ranks of the Hindu nationalist ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh there is a strict anti-conversion law that provides for severe penalties for tribal conversions. Christians in all of India are just 2.3%.

 

| 14/10/2019
| INDIA

Agreement reached between the two former rivals, through Russia mediation. The goal is "to free all occupied cities" starting from Afrin. 800 relatives of "foreign fighters" of the "Caliphate" have escaped. Isis behind the death of a famous Kurdish activist. The United States confirms the disengagement by withdrawing the last thousand remaining soldiers.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Only seven bishops had asked to delay the decision, but the majority of the Greek Synod decided to support Ukrainian autocephaly. The defense of the patriarchate of Constantinople as the only one that can define the legal status of the other Orthodox Churches. A defeat for the Moscow patriarchate. It is likely lead to breaking off of relations with the Orthodox Church of Greece. An invitation to Epiphany of Kiev is expected to concelebrate with Hieronymus in Athens.

| 14/10/2019
| GREECE-RUSSIA-TURKEY-UKRAINE
by Wang Zhicheng

Many Tibetan refugees in Nepal have demonstrated against the visit of the Chinese president. Beijing's wrath against Ted Cruz, who praises the Hong Kong anti-extradition movement. For China, Cruz’s words are "blatant lies" and "nonsense". The military intervention in Hong Kong "is always possible".

| 14/10/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG

"Nearly six million indigenous people have left simply to survive. Not to mention those that were massacred for land exploitation or mining activities. In the Amazon there are 35 multinationals operating without any control or authorization ".

| 14/10/2019
| VATICAN
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| VATICAN
 
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