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by Shafique Khokhar

Saima Sardar, 30, was set to marry her Christian fiancé in November. The threats of a former boyfriend led her to ask for greater security at the hospital where she worked. Activist calls for a law “to punish violence against women" and ban forced marriages.

| 16/07/2019
| PAKISTAN

The missionary has been involved for years in helping people with Hansen’s disease and spreading the PIME charisma. "I'm happy but at the same time I am a bit afraid,” he said. “I hope I can lead the diocese with God’s help."

 

| 16/07/2019
| VATICAN – INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Protests break out in Russian capital after most opposition candidates are excluded from the upcoming municipal elections. Almost 40 people are arrested amid police violence and threats. The head of the Moscow Election Commission tells complainants to go to court.

 

| 16/07/2019
| RUSSIA

The number of immigrants, especially from Asia, is rising in the Land of the Rising Sun. More people die each people than are born. Under new employment regulations that came into effect last April, the country will accept more foreign workers.

| 16/07/2019
| JAPAN

Auxiliary bishop of Manila hopes it will help put an end to extrajudicial killings and guarantee justice to the victims and their families.  If the government does not cooperate, the prelate warns, "it has something to hide".  The Philippine government remains (for now) within the UN Human Rights Council, but attacks Iceland.

 

 

| 16/07/2019
| PHILIPPINES - UN

Saudi Arabia has signed a letter sent to the United Nations in which support is expressed for security policies.  In reality they mask persecution and abuse against the Muslim minority.  The signatories also include the Philippines, Myanmar, Russia and the Gulf countries.

 

| 16/07/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA - CHINA - ISLAM

Weather alert continues in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.  The torrential rains occur every year and force millions of people to flee their homes abandoning everything.

 

| 16/07/2019
| SOUTH ASIA
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The blast damaged Caritas headquarters. The charity is “ready to hand out aid,” said Fr Paul Karam, who stresses that “psychological support" to victims’ families is also fundamental. Some 200 employees and volunteers divided ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Pierre Balanian
The toll from yesterday’s blasts now stands at 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, but many people are still missing under collapsed buildings. Some ships in Beirut harbour have dead and injured on board. Hospitals are full, whilst medicine warehouses ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
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; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Marian Demir
Since yesterday, pro-Erdogan Turkish media are reporting that the Council of State has already "unanimously" decided to transform the Christian basilica into a mosque. But the legal reasons for the "right of the sword" are not "Islamic". Pro-Kurdish ...
| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
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