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Huma Younus was abducted last October and forced to marry her kidnapper. “Today it happened to Huma, tomorrow it can happen to any other girl,” said the victim’s lawyer.  Meanwhile, her parents are being threatened with blasphemy accusations if they continue their lawsuit.

| 15/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

Jeanelyn Villavende was raped before her employers beat her to death. Manila condemned her murder, describing it as a "clear violation" of the agreement signed by the two countries in 2018 that ended a diplomatic crisis.

 

| 15/01/2020
| PHILIPPINES – KUWAIT
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Congregation of the Humble Sisters of St Joseph lacked the money to finish the construction of the hospital. After two years, Catholics from across the country expressed their solidarity. For a member of the organising committee, the event “was a true experience in discipleship.”

| 15/01/2020
| INDONESIA

Mongolian scholars will have access to the Vatican Secret Archive. The Vatican will teach Latin to Mongolian scholars so that they can better understand the documents. In May, a photo exhibition will be held at the Holy See to mark 800 years of Mongolia’s ancient imperial capital.

 

| 15/01/2020
| VATICAN – MONGOLIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The event is planned by the local diocese and dozens of Christian groups. This year the Week of Prayer is set for 17-25 January. For local priest, “Peace is the need of the hour and we need a miracle to happen.”

| 15/01/2020
| INDIA

A report published by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea (CPIK) shows that the Diocese of Suwon led the way with plus 89.1 per cent. However, the annual growth rate has slowed down to less than 1 per cent. For the bishop of Daejeon, the Church is committed to fighting materialism and selfish competition.

| 15/01/2020
| SOUTH KOREA

The authorities released the monk Sefer (Aho) Bileçen, from the church of Mor Yakup. He had been arrested on charges of "terrorism" for giving bread to a PKK member. In the province of Şırnak, two elderly spouses disappear into thin air. They were the last two Christians left in the village of Meer.

| 15/01/2020
| TURKEY

The Church "although persecuted, misunderstood and chained, never tires of welcoming every man and woman with a motherly heart to announce to them the love of the Father who made himself visible in Jesus".

| 15/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The piece of music has been performed since 1950. During the parade of the armed forces, about 35 songs are played. A Delhi official: "In recent years, we have been replacing western songs."

| 15/01/2020
| INDIA

Citizens anger at authorities admission of responsibility, after days of denials. A video would show two, not one, missiles launched by the Iranians against the aircraft. Rouhani: the culprits of the "tragic event" will be punished, the government is "responsible" for the victims.

| 15/01/2020
| IRAN

The authorities have arrested the bus owner and the driver, but they will only be investigated for "transporting goods of unknown origin". There are no laws in the country that prohibit the killing, sale and consumption of dog or cat meat.

| 15/01/2020
| VIETNAM
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by Bernardo Cervellera
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
The Archbishop of Colombo calls for greater protection of Masses on Christmas eve and day. He urges the faithful to avoid lavish celebrations out of respect from those who lost family and friends. Rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas is about ...
| 20/12/2019
| SRI LANKA
 
A priest of the unofficial community tells of the Christmas celebration in a house, secretly, without decorations and without pomp.  The official community suffers  government controls.  Part II of a series of testimonies. &nbs...
| 20/12/2019
| CHINA
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