Religions for Peace issued an appeal signed by Myanmar’s religious leaders. For them, “To build a nation we need not be afraid of difference, but rather learn to negotiate, compromise, dialogue and rejoice in who we are.”
The legal scholar was arrested for soliciting prostitutes. For his friends and colleagues, he is the victim of trumped up charges, brought against him because of his criticisms of the regime. Meanwhile, the authorities continue to crack down on dissent with sham trials. Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is appealing his conviction.
The funeral celebrated today at the church of Tejgaon (Dhaka), presided over by Msgr. Paul Ponen Kubi. The messages of Card. Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, and of Msgr. D’Souza, Archbishop of Kolkata. Abp. Costa was the architect of the meeting between Pope Francis and the Rohingya refugees in December 2017.
For Li Ruohan, a scholar from northern China, the "enthusiasts" over dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See should remember the teaching of Pius XI and John Paul II ("Do not have any illusions about communism"). The Chinese Communist Party is a successor to Marx-Leninism and its aim is to destroy religions.
Munshi Dev Tado, 28, was shot dead, presumably by a Naxalite (Maoist) activist, who falsely accused him of being a police informant.
In an era of pandemic, the world needs "human solidarity,” not "further conflict," said Card Sako. After the Armenian genocide, Atatürk sent a strong signal of "coexistence and safeguarding the common heritage;” now his choice has been disowned. Political leaders of the Christian West have shown weakness.
Over the weekend, Rabin Square was filled with demonstrators against economic policy and emergency management. Led by young people and small business holders, for months without wages. At least 20 people stopped by the police. Contagions are growing again in the country.
The democratic opposition has chosen candidates for the September elections for the renewal of the local Parliament. Organizers: The high turnout represents a rejection of Beijing's security law. Benny Tai: the pro-democracy front can win more than 45 seats. If disqualified by the authorities, the primary winners will appoint their replacement.
A month ago he contracted Covid-19. His death follows a rapid deterioration in the past 48 hours. Abp. Costa was secretary of the Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh and responsible for youth ministry. The condolences of Sr Prema, of the Missionaries of Charity, and of the Movement of Catholic students.