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"When we are overtaken by lukewarmness, by this attitude of spiritual tepidness, we transform our life into a cemetery: there is no life. There is only closure to keep out problems, like those people that says ‘yes, yes, we are in ruins but we are not at risk: it is better this way. We are already used to living like this."

| 26/09/2019
| VATICAN

The pontiff met with the delegates of the worldwide network of consecrated life dedicated to the fight against human trafficking who have gathered for the organisation’s first general assembly. In his address, Francis appealed to other religious congregations, both female and male, to join its missionary work.

| 26/09/2019
| VATICAN

The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament proposes legalisation, stressing that cannabis can be used for medical purposes. In the Beqaa, the plant was grown in Ottoman times. Production costs are low, and the local variety is among the best in the world. Farmers today are facing a collapse in prices and difficulties in trade with neighbouring Syria.

| 26/09/2019
| LEBANON – SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Sr Martha Mondal is the founder of the Helper of Jesus Sisters and the Sneha Sagar (Ocean of Love) Society, which takes in street children, HIV-positive children, and women with mental disorders. Novices "read and meditate on the Word of God, moulding themselves to be followers of Jesus.”

| 26/09/2019
| INDIA

The patrimonial transition in the religious organisation sparked controversy in Protestant community and civil society. With some 100,000 members, the Myungsung Church is one of the largest Presbyterian Churches in the world. The founder's son will now be able to take over the congregation in 2021.

| 26/09/2019
| SOUTH KOREA
by Paul Wang

The US Congress is set to vote on the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 shortly after 14 October. The laww would impose sanctions against the Hong Kong government and Chinese officials who undermine human rights in the territory. For China, those in Hong Kong who support the law are "traitors".

| 26/09/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA – UNITED STATES
by Bernardo Cervellera
| 26/09/2019
| EDITORIAL

The updated toll is 50 dead. Caritas Pakistan and the Islamabad-Rawalpindi diocesan office are visiting the affected areas and bringing assistance to the wounded. Head of the Pakistani bishops: "Let us pray for life to return to normal".

| 26/09/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

Three days ago, 30 people died in clashes in Wamena, including 27 civilians and three members of a separatist group. Anti-government protesters set some buildings, houses and shops on fire. The governor visits the displaced: "We are all Indonesians and in Indonesian territory".

| 26/09/2019
| INDONESIA

The Likud took 32 votes, one less than its Blue White rival (33). But in terms of a coalition the outgoing premier has 55 seats, against 54 in Gantz. Now the prime minister has 28 days to look for the seats needed for a parliamentary majority. But the rival has already ruled out the prospect of an alliance with a government led by Netanyahu.

| 26/09/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Vsevolod Chaplin was president of the social sector in the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. He was dismissed in 2015 for overly extremist positions. His revelation is an attempt to stop the meeting between the Pope and Kirill. For him, "the current pope has consciously decided to be the fifth column of the globalist project, which wants to destroy Christianity". In June 2018, Nazerbaev, then president, invited Pope Francis to the Inter-religious World Congress.

| 26/09/2019
| RUSSIA - VATICAN-KAZAKHSTAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The Holy See and Beijing have announced the extension of the agreement for another two years. China’s apparent dissatisfaction at continued relations with Taiwan. The Vatican is content with the fruits: no illegitimate bishops. But there are no ...
| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
For Msgr. Abou Khazen the document is an act in defence of a people "wounded and attacked by thieves on the way to Jericho". Syria is also waiting for a Good Samaritan "to save us". But the West in recent years has betrayed hopes. A text "to be explored ...
| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
by Vincenzo Guo Xijin
The speech given by the bishop of Mindong announcing his resignation from all public office, retiring to a life of prayer. Now the diocese is entrusted to Msgr. Zhan Silu, known to be very ambitious.
| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The pontiff's attempt is to push everyone towards universal fraternity. The pivot is the image of the Good Samaritan, which affects many Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The "dream" and the proposals on the UN, foreign debt, the universal destination ...
| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
“Fratelli Tutti”, Pope Francis' social encyclical, was released today. In it, the pontiff advocates overcoming the dominant profit-driven market model. Human rights know no boundaries. He says no to war and the death penalty, warns against ...
| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
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