The pontiff makes a new appeal for peace in Syria: “On the other side of this sea, especially in north-western Syria, an immense tragedy is taking place.” He notes that the Lord asked us to engage in “the extremism of charity. It is the only kind of Christian extremism: the extremism of love.”
In South Korea, 229 new cases were reported, the largest single-day rise since late January. Japan has lost track of the path of some cases, which tripled to 90 last week. For the WHO, the situation in Iran is "very concerning” with 18 cases and four deaths in the last two days.
The Future Forward Party (FFP) is dissolved because it accepted illegal funding from its founder and leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Main party leaders have also been banned from political life for ten years. In parliament, opposition forces have been weakened.
About 700 children who survived the 2008 massacres will take this year’s Grade 10 examination. Christian and Hindu pray at a shrine destroyed during the pogrom. Bishops wish good luck to all students.
Beijing is cutting tariffs on many US imports to meet its commitment to buy US200 billion in US products and services. Imports are also needed to face the coronavirus outbreak. Doubts remain about its ability to buy US.5 billion in agricultural products from the United States.
“We are a Church called together by God, not a self-organized mutual admiration club,” writes the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in his letter for Lent. “The breaking of the Bread is a commemoration of the violent death that the Lord went through. Who claps while others are in pain? It is pain with love; yes, but it still pain.”
US and Taliban agree to a seven-day truce as a first step towards peace; however, conflict between Afghan leaders threatens the deal. The death toll from the Afghan war has topped 150,000 since it started in 2001.
The prelate, 94, worked for 50 years with Alcoholics Anonymous helping people, including non-Christians, kick the habit. Head of the Catholic Nurses Guild of India for more than 20 years, he promoted a culture of life. He founded a college in Bandra with Mother Teresa.
Francis mentions “the witness given by your Oriental Orthodox Churches. For yours are Churches that have sealed their faith in Christ in blood and that continue to sow seeds of faith and hope, even in areas often, tragically, scarred by violence and war.”
This follows the US decision to bar Sri Lankan army chief accused of war crimes. The UNHRC commissioner calls for compliance with international rules. Local NGO calls on the authorities to admit to past crimes.
The accused assisted the illegal immigration of 67 people to the UK and Europe. On 23 October, British authorities found the bodies of 39 people in a refrigerated lorry.
The measure follows the news of the first two victims registered in the Islamic Republic. It is an elderly couple from Qom with past immune problems. Iraqi Airways has also suspended all air connections with the country. The entry ban in force "until further notice".
The ban is based on scientific considerations, says the island government. Taiwan opposed by Rome's decision to suspend flights between the two countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The presence of African swine fever in Sardinia at the basis of the import ban.
It is the second day in a row that the province records fewer than 1,000 new cases, after nearly a month of daily four-digit increases. In China, the total number of total infections is 75,567. So far, 18,264 people have recovered. Critical day in South Korea: 52 infections confirmed, 29 of which related to a sect.
The US President's state visit will also touch Agra, where the marshy area surrounding the Taj Mahal has been cleared. About $ 4.2 million used to clean up the area around the new cricket stadium, which Trump will inaugurate. Economic agreements are not expected to be signed.