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Over 110 thousand police officers, firefighters, soldiers and coast guard personnel in relief efforts. By noon today, about 38,000 people in 17 prefectures had evacuated their homes. 21 rivers flooded in Nagano, Fukushima, Ibaraki and three other prefectures.

| 14/10/2019
| JAPAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Renuka Singh is elected to the ranks of the Hindu nationalist ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh there is a strict anti-conversion law that provides for severe penalties for tribal conversions. Christians in all of India are just 2.3%.

 

| 14/10/2019
| INDIA

Agreement reached between the two former rivals, through Russia mediation. The goal is "to free all occupied cities" starting from Afrin. 800 relatives of "foreign fighters" of the "Caliphate" have escaped. Isis behind the death of a famous Kurdish activist. The United States confirms the disengagement by withdrawing the last thousand remaining soldiers.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Only seven bishops had asked to delay the decision, but the majority of the Greek Synod decided to support Ukrainian autocephaly. The defense of the patriarchate of Constantinople as the only one that can define the legal status of the other Orthodox Churches. A defeat for the Moscow patriarchate. It is likely lead to breaking off of relations with the Orthodox Church of Greece. An invitation to Epiphany of Kiev is expected to concelebrate with Hieronymus in Athens.

| 14/10/2019
| GREECE-RUSSIA-TURKEY-UKRAINE
by Wang Zhicheng

Many Tibetan refugees in Nepal have demonstrated against the visit of the Chinese president. Beijing's wrath against Ted Cruz, who praises the Hong Kong anti-extradition movement. For China, Cruz’s words are "blatant lies" and "nonsense". The military intervention in Hong Kong "is always possible".

| 14/10/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG

Before the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the exodus of the "populations of the northeast" of Syria, among which "there are also many Christian families".  He pleads with "the international community to" sincerely commit to the path of dialogue to seek effective solutions ".  Concern and pain for the clashes, the dead and wounded in Latin American country.

 

| 13/10/2019
| VATICAN - SYRIA - ECUADOR

At Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis canonized Card. John Henry Newman;  the Indian nun Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan;  the Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini;  the Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes;  the Swiss Margherita Bays, a Franciscan tertiary.  They are examples of the "sanctity of everyday life".  The journey of faith must be lived in three stages: crying out, invoking, walking together, thanking.  "A heart that gives thanks remains young".

 

| 13/10/2019
| VATICAN
by John Tong

The Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong publishes an open letter.  "I feel a deep sorrow at seeing young people anxious and worried because of the current social situation, because they not only represent our future but also our present."

 

| 12/10/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The authorities to issue evacuation orders for over 1.6 million people.  The National Weather Agency provides maximum gusts of 216 kilometers per hour.  High tides before a full moon increase the risk of floods.

 

 

| 12/10/2019
| JAPAN
by Paul Wang

There are 750 young people, 104 of whom are under 16 years old.  The government has also released data on the destruction carried out by radical groups on the streets and in the Hong Kong subway.  Xinhua lays the blame at the failure of the Hong Kong education system.

 

| 12/10/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The places of worship are located in the municipality of Chan Aye Tharzan.  The eviction order comes from the local chapter of the Sangha Maha Nayaka State Committee, an institution that oversees and regulates the clergy. Commercial activities discovered in the monasteries include gambling houses.

 

| 12/10/2019
| MYANMAR

The priest is the new executive secretary of the Youth Office of the Indian Bishops' Conference.  He had been set to join the Armed Forces of India, "but the Lord called me to be a priest through a friend of mine, who then got married".  Young people "bring newness, creativity and vitality.  They rivitalise the Church and the country”.  The Church must "encourage vocations and the study of theology".

 

| 12/10/2019
| INDIA

The lack of priests is driving some people towards false promises, other churches. For Sister Weiler, the Church needs “more women in leadership positions, not to exert power, but to share our gifts, talents and charisms.”

| 11/10/2019
| VATICAN

After three days, Turkey’s offensive has already killed hundreds and displace thousands. Many victims are civilians. A church was hit in Tall Jihan. The Middle East Council of Churches expresses its “sorrow”. Kurdish source says developments now depend 99 per cent on Trump. The offensive could destabilise Iraqi Kurdistan if flooded by refugees.

| 11/10/2019
| SYRIA – TURKEY
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