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"Saying 'thank you' to God is a beautiful prayer. God likes this way of praying. You can also add a small question”, like “Jesus, please help the Pope lead the Church well. If you ask with faith, the Lord will certainly listen to you.”

| 21/09/2020
| VATICAN

For the Temple, it is a clear case of intellectual theft. The monastery is the birthplace of kung fu, made famous by Bruce Lee. Despite criticism, Abbot Shi Yongxin has turned the complex into a global enterprise. For the Semir Group, the charge comes on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

| 21/09/2020
| CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

The 25-year-old was arrested for possession and sale of drugs. In reality, the police want to eliminate him because he witnessed two murders committed by a group of policemen. The perpetrators of the killers also tried to bribe him by offering him a large sum. The Human Rights Focus Pakistan organization is defending it.

| 21/09/2020
| PAKISTAN

Four out of five priests contracted the virus and two, Fr Edward Tamar and Fr Firas Hejazin, have died. At the peak of the emergency, up to ten Christians died a day. International sanctions hinder testing and medical imports needed to fight the pandemic. The situation is worse than during the war.

| 21/09/2020
| SYRIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The motive and the authors of the attack remain a mystery. Jeremiah Zanambani was ambushed on his way to a pig farm. Protestant leader writes to the Indonesian president asking for investigation and justice. The military command accuses the local independence groups. Guerrilla activities hinder the development of the region.

| 21/09/2020
| INDONESIA
by Peter Tran

The anniversary of his death remembered in Rome and at home. On the 16th of each month, the parish of Giang Xá celebrates mass for the Cardinal’s canonization process. Giang Xá Parish is known as the place where Cardinal Văn Thuận was under house arrest for four years from 1978 to 1982.

| 21/09/2020
| VIETNAM

At least 50,000 people attended two anti-government protests over the weekend. For participants, the country belongs to the people and not to the monarch. Whilst the king has remained silent, the prime minister has called for unity to fight COVID-19. New rallies and a general strike are planned. The student movement is growing, getting support from partisans of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

| 21/09/2020
| THAILAND
by Hocine Drouiche*

Her family includes Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and atheists. Other imams refused to pray for her because they "suspected" that she was not Muslim. For Imam Drouiche, this type of Islam “acts with the aim of separating communities, creating conflicts and ultimately increasing resentments between French citizens with different beliefs.”

| 21/09/2020
| ISLAM – FRANCE

Without naming them, the cardinal attacks the groups that block the formation of the new executive by demanding certain ministries. He recalls Article 95 of the Constitution which establishes equality between Christians and Muslims, but "does not assign a ministry to a certain sect". Shiite Superior Council responds: "confessional provocations" from a highlevel religious leader.

| 21/09/2020
| LEBANON
by Nirmala Carvalho

Seven of the victims are children. Another 20-25 are still trapped in the rubble. The building was over 40 years old and needed to be renovated. A building under construction also collapses in New Delhi. Accidents often caused by landslides due to monsoons. Msgr. D’Silva: The Catholic Church will do everything necessary to alleviate the suffering of the affected families.

| 21/09/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Message from the Archbishop of Minsk to Msgr. Ante Jozic: "We are witnesses of bloodshed on the streets and squares of our cities ... We need your support, as the Holy See representative, and we look forward to your arrival in our country". Police unleash violence against opposition marches, led by women. Lukashenko claims Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and the West want to reduce Belarus "to a state similar to Venezuela". The igumena Gavriila (Glukhova), superior of the patriarchal convent of the Mother of God in Grodno, terms the opposition "a crowd of idiots".

| 21/09/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA - VATICAN
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| CENTRAL ASIA
 
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