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"Canon law and theology can do much more to promote the role of women in the Church," said Card Gracias. For Sister Roselei Bertoldo, “The fact that we have been called to the Synod not only to participate, but to be an active part of the synodal process stems from the fact that we want to be major players.”

| 23/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Paul Nguyen Hung

Since 1969, Redemptorist priests and laity have baptised 40,000 ethnic Jarai, as well as Bahnar and others. Now the latter have become missionaries among their neighbours and friends.

| 23/10/2019
| VIETNAM
by Mathias Hariyadi

The president has named top military officials to key cabinet positions. The appointment of his main political rival has surprised public opinion. For one political scientist, in doing so, Widodo is pursuing a strategy “to crush enemies of the nation’s ideology”.

| 23/10/2019
| INDONESIA
by Paul Wang

Chan Tong-kai, 20, confessed to killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan, but then fled to Hong Kong. Without a law, he cannot be extradited to Taiwan. An Anglican priest helped Chan redeem himself in prison and beg for forgiveness. New problems have emerged between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

| 23/10/2019
| HONG KONG – TAIWAN – CHINA

The violent crackdown against anti-government protests has caused at least 149 deaths. A committee of inquiry blames snipers who shot protesters in the face and chest. Some fear new violence on Friday. The Iraqi Church calls for respect for the right to protest, urges avoiding all forms of violence.

| 23/10/2019
| IRAQ

"The Church is called to always have its doors open, so that if someone wants to follow a motion of the Spirit and approaches seeking God, he will not meet with the coldness of a closed door." In Chile, a solution to the crisis should be sought in dialogue.

| 23/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Pierre Balanian

Demonstrations continue throughout the country. Reforms proposed by Hariri rejected. Muslims, Christians, Druze, men and women are united by wanting to expel "the thieving and unpunished government". Overcoming confessional divisions. Hezbollah militant criticizes Hassan Nasrallah. Yesterday Central Bank employees worked for four hours, transferring large deposits of many politicians to foreign accounts. The governor of the Central Bank, Riad Salameh, branded as "the manager of US policy" in Lebanon.

| 23/10/2019
| LEBANON

The pact reached yesterday after seven hours of talks between the Russian president and the Turkish counterpart. The two sides have established joint patrols up to 10 km in Syrian territory. For Ankara "there are no reasons" to resume the offensive. Assad thanks Putin and attacks the "thief" Erdogan

| 23/10/2019
| TURKEY - RUSSIA - SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Fr Stan Swamy, 83, is a Jesuit who is fighting for the rights of tribals and against the expropriation of their forests. The confiscation order was justified for his absence at the hearing of the trial against him. Activists: "The government wants to quell dissent".

| 23/10/2019
| INDIA

The tours of Mount Kumgang were erected in 1998 with the improvement of relations between the two Koreas. Discontinued in 2008, they were considered one of the largest inter-Korean cooperative projects.

| 23/10/2019
| KOREA
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by Nirmala Carvalho
The Catholic Nurses Guild of India held its 21st convention in Mumbai. Cardinal urges them to care for the sick who are “an integral part of the Church’s life and mission". Equally, he calls on them to protect “the gift of human life ...
| 13/11/2019
| INDIA
 
On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis visited the Catacombs of Priscilla for the first time. “The identity of the people who met here is the same as that of many of our brothers and sisters who meet today in secret”. For him, “The place ...
| 02/11/2019
| VATICAN
 
Out of 12 small groups, five are in favour, four against, three others would leave the decision to the Pope or to a universal synod. There is agreement over environmental problems and the violence endured by indigenous people. The contribution of women ...
| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
 
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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