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| VATICAN - ITALY

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.”

 

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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.

| 22/02/2020
| ASIA

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.

 

| 22/02/2020
| THAILAND
by Purushottam Nayak

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.

| 22/02/2020
| INDIA

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.

| 22/02/2020
| CHINA – 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.”

| 21/02/2020
| PHILIPPINES

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.

| 21/02/2020
| AFGHANISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

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.

| 21/02/2020
| INDIA

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.”

| 21/02/2020
| VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

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.

 

| 21/02/2020
| SRI LANKA

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.

| 21/02/2020
| VIETNAM – UNITED KINGDOM

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".

 

| 21/02/2020
| IRAQ - IRAN

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.

 

| 21/02/2020
| TAIWAN - ITALY

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.

| 21/02/2020
| CHINA

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.

| 21/02/2020
| INDIA - USA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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