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A report by the Leket organisation shows that two million Israeli lack “sufficient” nutrition. Pandemic and high prices are among the main factors. New support from the government is expected. For Bishop Marcuzzo, it is essential to create jobs, and restart tourism and pilgrimages. Meanwhile, the situation in the West Bank and Gaza is even worse.

| 23/09/2021
| ISRAEL

Francis celebrated Mass with participants at the plenary assembly of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences. The 'dictatorship of consumerism, whimsical but suffocating, attempts to quench' the thirst for Christ. "Leaving behind the conveniences of the immediate in order to return to the farsighted vision of the founding fathers, a prophetic and comprehensive vision, because they did not seek the consensus of the moment, rather they dreamt a future for all".

 

 

| 23/09/2021
| VATICAN

The first problem for Philippine voters is registering for next May’s election. Offices have been closed for weeks due to the pandemic. Ex boxer Manny Pacquaio has announced a run for the presidency, but faces Duterte loyalists. The outgoing president cannot run under current rules.

| 23/09/2021
| PHILIPPINES

The US president spoke to the United Nations General Assembly. India will once again play a role in vaccine production, resuming exports next month. At least 45 per cent of Indians got a first dose.

 

| 23/09/2021
| INDIA

Could be considered a "secessionist" act. Risk of life imprisonment for those who fly the Taiwanese flag. Security Secretary: To be assessed on a case-by-case basis based on "intent"; "dark forces" have yet to be fully eradicated. Tension between Beijing and Taiwan over entry into CPTPP trade bloc.

| 23/09/2021
| HONG KONG-TAIWAN-CHINA
by Giorgio Licini *

The new security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States comes at a time when there is talk of a new US military base on Manus Island (PNG). Meanwhile, container ships deliver Chinese goods to ports, while Beijing has set sights on Daru Island. An increasingly armed balance of power is emerging, raising fears that the ocean might became a theatre for military confrontation between major powers.

| 23/09/2021
| OCEANIA – WEST – CHINA

A report by Save the Children denounces the death of at least 62 children since the beginning of 2021. Among the causes are malnutrition, disease, poor sanitary conditions and arson. Two children have been murdered. In the country, infections from Covid have resumed both in government areas and in rebel-held enclaves. 

 

| 23/09/2021
| SYRIA

At least 5,500 people have fled to the Indian state of Mizoram. The junta has bombed about twenty houses and killed a Baptist pastor. Emergency shelters made of metal sheets and tarpaulins have been set up for the displaced.

| 23/09/2021
| MYANMAR
by Shafique Khokhar

Pakistan’s religious establishment rejects a bill designed to stop kidnappings for the purpose of marriage. For minority leaders, this legitimises coercion and legalises abuses.

 

| 23/09/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Protests over falsification of results, especially those related to electronic voting in the capital. Ukraine and Turkey contest vote in Crimea; Georgia against vote in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Navalnists: "Useful vote" against Putin candidates worked in Siberia. Communists advance.

 

| 23/09/2021
| RUSSIA
Editor's choices
 
by Lazarus You Heung-sik
The testimony of the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, former archbishop of Daejeon, during the Moment of Reflection with the pope that launched the synodal process in the Vatican: "Being a priest and bishop for me means walking together with ...
| 09/10/2021
| VATICAN - KOREA
 
The Philippine journalist shares the award with Russian Dmitry Muratov. Founder of the news website Rappler, she has received ten arrest warrants for her coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs". She is the first Filipina to receive ...
| 08/10/2021
| PHILIPPINES
 
Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and UNESCO’s director-general signed the UNESCO Convention for the new cycle of studies on Ecology and Environment at Lateran University. Faced with the "complexity of the ecological crisis", "it is not enough to ...
| 07/10/2021
| VATICAN
 
Israeli NGO Impact-se reports Saudi authorities are continuing their work of "moderation and openness" in school books. The definitions of "infidels" and "enemies of God" have been removed. The society remains traditional, gender discrimination and the ...
| 07/10/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
 
by Emanuele Scimia
Taiwanese Defence Minister warns of "most serious" situation between two sides of straight in 40 years. In the last five days Chinese warplanes have carried out 150 air raids near the island. US expert: China's sorties are a ploy to mask a real attack ...
| 06/10/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
It will gather the Catholic communities of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Kazakh Church consecrated to the special protection of St. Joseph. Steps have been taken to open the process for the beatification of Gertrude ...
| 06/10/2021
| CENTRAL ASIA
 
Prime Minister Barzani made the announcement during a visit to the area. The decision will be implemented following next Sunday’s Iraqi parliamentary elections. For Archbishop Warda, this is an "important" decision, a “strategic" move to ...
| 06/10/2021
| IRAQ
 
Washington outlines its trade strategy toward Beijing. U.S. Trade Representative: open dialogue for full implementation of the January 2020 agreement, largely disregarded by the Chinese. Planned re-booting of targeted exemptions for exports from China. ...
| 05/10/2021
| UNITED STATES-CHINA
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