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"Inconsistent" Christians and "schizophrenic" pastors who say one thing and do another harm the community. "Those who have responsibility for the people - in this case pastoral responsibility - but are not consistent are guilty of hypocrisy, they are not gentlemen, they have no authority".

| 14/01/2020
| VATICAN

Fr. Sefer (Aho) Bileçen, of the church of Mor Yakup in the province of Mardin. The prosecutor did not formalize the charge, nor did he provide explanations. According to local sources, he distributed bread to members of the PKK. For the crime of "terrorism" he faces up to 10 years in prison.

| 14/01/2020
| TURKEY
by Shafique Khokhar

Muslim extremists have accused Shahbaz Masih and Muhammad Ishaq of burning pages of the Qurʼān over a “grudge” against the Christian. their respective families have had to flee out of fear and are hiding at a secret location.

| 14/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

The Taiwanese president acts as a bulwark for Taiwan's liberal values ​​against mainland interference. Beijing claims the island. For China’s foreign minister, elections do not change the principle of one China.

| 14/01/2020
| CHINA – TAIWAN
by Pierre Balanian

Two days after Vladimir Putin visited the war-torn country, Russia and Turkey reach a truce in Idlib, but one full of contradictions according to various observers. Jihadi mercenaries leaving Idlib and east of the Euphrates continue to move to Libya via Turkey.

| 14/01/2020
| SYRIA

The initial petition was filed in 2004. For Mgr Sarat Chandra Nayak, “The issue of Dalit Christians is organically connected to the mission of Catholic Church” which exists “to continue the very mission of Christ who was anointed to preach good news to the poor”.

| 14/01/2020
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Since its release, the document signed by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar has been widely circulated in Indonesia. In the world’s most populous Muslim country, Catholics are spreading its message of tolerance. For Bishop Sudarso, “fraternity is essential to guarantee pluralism.”

| 14/01/2020
| INDONESIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

During the Christmas liturgies, Church attendence fluctuates between 1 and 3%.  This is the lowest figure found in all Christian countries, including secularized France.  The government praises the results of Moscow's "Journey into Christmas", but some emphasize its commercial and popular character.

 

| 14/01/2020
| RUSSIA

The statue was to be installed on Kapala Betta Hill.  For Hindus, it is a place sacred to the god Shiva.  The Archbishop of Bangalore explains that "Betta" means "ordeal".  The hill is the Via Crucis of the Christian community.  Msgr. Machado: "We will not make it a matter of faith".

 

| 14/01/2020
| INDIA

Hossein Karoubi was arrested two days after his father, also under arrest for criticizing the supreme guide.  For the third consecutive day in Tehran and Isfahan, in the south, young people in the square against the shooting down of the Ukrainian plane.  UN secretary general spokesman calls the reports of violence "worrying".

 

| 14/01/2020
| IRAN

The South Korean president speaks at the New Year's press conference.  His government's push for cooperation with the North has made little progress because of sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.  But if the Kim Jong-un regime takes "substantial" steps towards denuclearization, the international community should enact corresponding measures.

 

 

| 14/01/2020
| KOREA
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At least five parishes have been closed, with electricity and water supplies cut off. These include Fuan, Saiqi and Suanfeng. "Fire safety" measures given as a justification, an excuse for persecution. Some priests have been kicked out. A home for the ...
| 16/01/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Melani Manel Perera
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| 20/12/2019
| SRI LANKA
 
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| 20/12/2019
| CHINA
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