The Congregation’s Indian province celebrates its first 50 years. Increasingly, its missionaries reach Europe. In India, they are active in youth ministry, social work, education, charity and health services for the poor. In Kerala they still follow the Syro-Malabar rite.
Hundreds of Dalits live near the Marian shrine in Periyanayagi, in Konankuppam parish. Under quarantine for a long time to contain the coronavirus, “many are more afraid of famine than of the virus.” Unemployment is causing depression and increasing domestic violence. The Catholic Church and Legio Mariae are helping out respecting people’s dignity.
Lo Kin-hei was taken into custody for his role in the anti-extradition movement. Released on bail, he is set to appear in court in August. To avoid arrest, some pro-democracy politicians have adopted a low profile. For Chinese state media, this will not save them from prosecution as the case of pro-democracy icon Anson Chan shows.
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; China is likely to do the same if for no other reason than to use it against the US. The non-ideological question about religious freedom remains.
Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi had been convicted for involvement in the November protests against inflationary cost of living. The Persian hashtag #do_not_execute used 7.5 million times in a few hours. Activists and NGOs speak of a farce trial, with confessions obtained by force.
It is a purely symbolic act in response to the destruction of the Kaesong Inter-Korean Office. But it is also an absolute first: Kim Yo-jong. The young marshal's sister had never been targeted by Seoul. The tension between the two Koreas continues, after a period of thaw that had made the international community hope.
Dead at the borders for no apparent reason, but the tension in the two countries is very high. In Baku demonstrations and invasion of parliament. Azerbaijani defense minister Ragim Gaziev, arrested for "treason". Armenia tries to involve Russia; Azerbaijian Turkey in an attempt to give a "confessional" color to the war. Russia and Hagia Sophia.
Between April and June, the Asian giant’s economy grew by 3.2%, recovering from the collapse following pandemic at the beginning of the year. But the data clashes with unemployment figures set at 5.7%. The per capita income of the Chinese also falls. Mounting strikes over non-payment of wages.