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At least 36 young men and women from refugee families were preparing to join Pope Francis but visa problems and lack of funds are preventing them. Instead, meetings and moments of prayer will be held to show union with Pope Francis. The situation among refugees remains critical as limited resources cannot meet their many needs.

| 21/01/2019
| IRAQ – WYD PANAMA
by Melani Manel Perera

The mega project is financed by Beijing. The Chinese ambassador praised the investment, which created more than 4,000 jobs. However, the facility has had serious repercussions on the coastal environment and the marine ecosystem.

| 21/01/2019
| SRI LANKA

The abbot of Wat Rattananuparb Temple and his deputy die and two other monks were wounded in attack. Muslim leaders are worried about tensions between Buddhists and Muslims. Since 2004, about 7,000 civilians have died, including about 23 monks.

| 21/01/2019
| THAILAND

Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin will meet tomorrow in the Russian capital. Both are ready to discuss the disputed islands, but nationalists in both countries disagree. Some fear Russia’s seeming international weakness.

| 21/01/2019
| RUSSIA – JAPAN

Voters go the polls today to cast their ballots on the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Turnout is expected to reach 75 per cent with final results available in four days. Some 20,000 soldiers and police officers are ensuring security. For PIME Missionary, in many Muslim-majority areas, many are against the proposal.

| 21/01/2019
| PHILIPPINES

It is "meekness, humility, patience in suffering, love for justice, ability to endure persecutions, not to judge others ...". The "accusatory style", the "mundane style" and the "egoistic style" are non-Christian.

 

| 21/01/2019
| VATICAN
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

In the diocese of Lanzhou (Gansu), a priest was transferred with an order not from the bishop but from the local Department for Religious Affairs. Yet there are those who continue to defend the concept that the Church in China "is independent". The risks for the Church and for the Sino-Vatican agreement.

| 21/01/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The five religious belong to the Congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus. They are witnesses in the rape trial against Msgr. Franco Mulakkal, former bishop of Jalandhar. The nuns are opposed to the transfer order to other convents imposed by the mother superior.

| 21/01/2019
| INDIA
by Xiang Songzuo

According to government institutions, growth in 2018 was 1.67% or even negative. The stock market sinks and private and state companies go bankrupt. The speculative bubble of China is about to burst. The speech of prof. Xiang Songzuo, from Renmin University, who has been censored on the internet.

| 21/01/2019
| CHINA

Official figures published today say that in 2018 the growth was 6.6. In 2017 there was a growth of 6.8. Among the causes: Trade war between China and the US, but also the lack of economic, political and government reforms. Doubts about the veracity of official statistics. According to some economists, in 2018 the growth was only 1.67% or even negative.

| 21/01/2019
| CHINA

Israeli missiles would hit a weapons depot and a military post of Iranian special forces and Hezbollah on the outskirts of Damascus. The operation is a response to the launch of rockets (Iranian) from Syria to the Golan Heights. Yesterday deaths and injuries in two attacks on Damascus and Afrin.

| 21/01/2019
| SYRIA - ISRAEL - IRAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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