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"The Spirit chooses the small, always", Francis said. “It cannot enter the big, the proud, the self-sufficient". Theologians "know everything, but are incapable of doing theology because theology is done on the knees, becoming small.”

| 03/12/2019
| VATICAN

From 30 November to 2 December, the movement celebrated a quarter century in the Gulf with meetings, stories, Masses and confessions. The Pope granted Participants a special indulgence. “We are alive because we bring the joy of our encounter with Jesus to others,” said Bishop Padilla.

| 03/12/2019
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Archbishop of Mumbai wants his message to reach every parish. The archdiocese’s social work office is coordinating projects aimed at child and youth mental and vocational development. About 1,400 minors, including some disabled, are involved in 127 groups.

| 03/12/2019
| INDIA
by Peter Tran

The French Jesuit was a missionary in Vietnam between 1625 and 1645. Until the early 17th century, the Vietnamese language was based on Chinese characters. The new script became an effective tool for evangelisation. More than 320,000 people were converted after 50 years.

| 03/12/2019
| VIETNAM
by Shafique Khokhar

Huma Younus went missing from her home on 10 October. She was taken 600 km from her home city. Her abjuration was recorded on the same day of her kidnapping. Justice and Peace Commission backs the family’s legal case.

| 03/12/2019
| PAKISTAN

Francis’ Message for World Day of Persons with Disabilities, which this year has as its theme "The future is accessible". "I think of people of every age, especially the elderly who, also due to disabilities, are at times considered a burden, a “cumbersome presence”, and risk being discarded, of being denied concrete job prospects for the construction of their future".

| 03/12/2019
| VATICAN

Arrested a year ago, Rev Wang Yi, the pastor who leads the community, is still waiting for his trial. He could get ten years in prison. At the end of November, one of the community's elders, Qin Defu, was sentenced to four years. The adopted children of a Christian couple have been taken away because “trapped by an evil religion”.

| 03/12/2019
| CHINA

This is what emerges at the end of the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Muscat and Tehran. The Islamic Republic is also in favor of reducing tension in the area, resurrecting the Hormuz peace initiative. The Sultanate is ready to deploy its own means to "launch a constructive dialogue".

| 03/12/2019
| IRAN - OMAN - GULF

Thousands of people are going to the village of Bariyarpur where the temple dedicated to the goddess of power is located. In 2015, the temple committee banned bloodshed, but the law was rejected.

| 03/12/2019
| NEPAL
by Pierre Balanian

Naji Diab Al Fliti, 40, was unemployed and didn't even have 50 cents in his pocket to pay for his daughter's school snack. The country is in full economic collapse: hunger, unemployment and high prices are raging. According to the World Bank, in 2020 over 50% of the Lebanese population will live below the poverty line.

| 03/12/2019
| LEBANON
by Marian Demir

The Pastor's bride, Jung In Jiang, wrote to the 16-year-old young man who killed her husband asking him why and promising she will prayer for him. The woman decided to stay in Diyarbakir and to bury her husband's ashes there.

| 03/12/2019
| TURKEY
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