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In a video, the Chaldean primate praises the document signed by the Pope and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar at a conference sponsored by the French Senate. In Iraq, protesters make unprecedented demands. Confessional conflicts are a "scandal". Constitution, citizenship and infrastructure are needed to revive the country.

 

| 13/12/2019
| IRAQ – FRANCE

"It is decisive for the Church and for the credibility of her proclamation that she be a living firsthand witness to mercy. Her language and gestures must convey mercy to penetrate the hearts of people and spur them on to find their way back to the Father ".

| 13/12/2019
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Orthodox Church speaks out in defense of the embryo as a fundamental right of the person. The topic has been hotly debated in the country for weeks.

| 13/12/2019
| RUSSIA

The faithful will be able to go abroad, but not visit the holy places and holy cities in Israel and the West Bank. Military sources speak of "security issues" behind the decision. The disappointment of the Christians of the Strip. Christian leaders announce an appeal. Israeli activist: strengthening of the "separation" policy between the two Palestinian areas.

| 13/12/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson's party won a large majority in Parliament in yesterday's elections. The spokesman of the Japanese government: "We have asked the United Kingdom and the European Union to avoid a no-deal Brexit ". In 2018, trade between London and Tokyo for 35.47 billion euros.

| 13/12/2019
| JAPAN - UNITED KINGDOM
by Shafique Khokhar

The lawyers ransacked the Punjab Institute of Cardiology to avenge the alleged maltreatment of colleagues by healthcare personnel. The doctors are on strike and the sick are not receiving medicines. They "believe they are above the law".

| 13/12/2019
| PAKISTAN

The role of women in the Church should not be reduced to the functions they perform because such an attitude belittles their nature and calling.

| 12/12/2019
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

To celebrate the 54th Caritas Pakistan Day, the Catholic charity gave farmers in Gadap, one of the poorest areas in the country, 50 kilograms of wheat seeds each. For Caritas’s executive director, “Hunger does not only weigh heavily on the individual, but also imposes a crushing economic burden on the developing world.”

| 12/12/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

The British-born physiotherapist founded the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed. She arrived in the country in 1969. She started without even a wheelchair, seeing the helplessness of the sick. the 100-bed hospital she established now treats 400 patients a year. Over the years, up to 80,000 people received some treatment. Many built a new life after being rejected by their families and society.

| 12/12/2019
| BANGLADESH

Three days of hearings in the case brought by the Gambia against Myanmar ended today. The “troubles of Rakhine State and its population, whatever their background, go back into past centuries and have been particularly severe over the last few years,” said Aung San Suu Kyi. For her, “Can there be genocidal intent on the part of a state that actively investigates, prosecutes and punishes?”

| 12/12/2019
| MYANMAR – GAMBIA – UNITED NATIONS

The government wanted to integrate them into the Independent Council for Complaints Against the Police (IPCC) to give more value and objectivity to the investigation. But for experts, the IPCC does not have sufficient powers to act freely.

| 12/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Protests erupted throughout the country, the army deployed in Assam. Islamic organizations challenge the norm before the Supreme Court. Civil disobedience by state officials. There is the risk of "tearing the country, as with the partition".

| 12/12/2019
| INDIA

Francis' Message for the World Day of Peace. “We need to pursue a genuine fraternity based on our common origin from God and exercised in dialogue and mutual trust. The desire for peace lies deep within the human heart, and we should not resign ourselves to seeking anything less than this". "Paradoxical" build a peace based on fear of others, mutual destruction or a threat of total annihilation.

| 12/12/2019
| VATICAN

Hundreds of businesses are ready to give money to workers to "maintain their livelihood". Unemployment and wage cuts are rising. The Paris international support group calls for an "effective and credible" government. In Beirut Amal supporters and police clash.

| 12/12/2019
| LEBANON
Denise Ho Thanksgiving (credits to Guardians of Hong Kong)
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 3of3
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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