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by Vladimir Rozanskij

He introduced the treasures of Orthodox spirituality to the West. He worked extensively with Pavel Evdokimov and Olivier Clément, and was a great ecumenical figure who studied with the Jesuits, taught Protestants and Catholics, and backed Russia’s religious revival during and after the atheist regime. He recognised the "Babylonian captivity" of the Russian Church (excessive dependence on state power) and the need to let oneself be carried away by the "shocking breath of the Spirit".

| 08/08/2020
| RUSSIA
by Biju Veticad

Rejin Valson, who works at Cochin International Airport, dedicated his effort to the child his pregnant wife is carrying. To achieve his goal, he used 2,755 sheets of A4 size paper and 32 pens.

| 08/08/2020
| INDIA

Protesters besiege a court of the capital. Police arrested Anon Nampa and Panupong Jasnok for their role in recent anti-government demonstrations. Activists want democratic overtures and the reform of the monarchy.

| 08/08/2020
| THAILAND

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader is accused of implementing China’s repressive policies. Ten other senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials are sanctioned as well. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will decide on how to handle constitutional "vacuum" created by the postponement of local parliamentary elections.

| 08/08/2020
| UNITED STATES – HONG KONG – CHINA

The donation is an “initial aid". Catholic organisations are quick to respond. The death toll now stands at 154, including 25 who are unidentified. More than 5,000 people are wounded, 120 in very serious conditions. Some 60 people are still missing. Rescue teams are still digging in the rubble. A protest to "clean up Beirut" from political corruption is scheduled for this afternoon.

| 08/08/2020
| VATICAN – LEBANON
by Wang Zhicheng

The tabloid linked to the People's Daily cites Archbishop Sachez Sorondo, Mgr Zhan Silu and Francesco Sisci who back the renewal of the provisional agreement, but fails to mention any supporter in the Party. For a Vatican official, this agreement is like poison for the Church.

 

| 07/08/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Thanh Thao

As cases mounted, the bishop suspended services. Cultural activities, festivals and meetings with more than 20 people have been banned. Bishop Ðặng appeals to the faithful to follow government preventive measures. Catholics are playing a leading role in promoting pandemic containment practices.

| 07/08/2020
| VIETNAM
by Paul Wang

The episcopal delegate for education sends a letter to principals and school supervisors to make young people understand the value of the Chinese flag and anthem, and avoid unilateral politicisations. Many young Catholics in Hong Kong fear school "normalisation”. The diocese notes that the letter is more of a "suggestion" than an imposition. In any event, developing the "national identity" must take place "following the social teaching of the Church".

| 07/08/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Chaldean patriarch joins the Maronite Church, which will hold a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow. Card al-Rahi urges the faithful to take part in the day of recollection and repentance for a "wounded nation". India offers her solidarity. The Holy Land will send offerings to the needy. The World Council of Churches extends its compassion to the victims. AsiaNews continues its campaign to "Help devasted Beirut".

| 07/08/2020
| ASIA – LEBANON
by Pierre Balanian

Ali Msheik's wife has been waiting for three days in front of the place where he worked as a longshoreman to have news about his fate. Eliane, an artist, asks Christians and Muslims to pray for her son, a dentist, who is in intensive care. Young Christians and Muslims clean up streets and churches, “places of God”. In Beirut, death dis not discriminated. Everything at Holy Rosary Hospital, 300 metres from the site of the blasts, has been destroyed. Patients have been saved and now there is hope to rebuild the hospital. But “we need everything. We have to start from scratch; we need help and the government is unable to help us.”

| 07/08/2020
| LEBANON

The ruling party won two-thirds of the seats. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants to change the Constitution and restore full executive powers to the presidency. According to some analysts, his brother Mahinda, the current prime minister, might oppose the move. The main opposition force has been trounced.

 

| 07/08/2020
| SRI LANKA

On 4 June, at least 115,000 people defied a government’s ban and anti-pandemic rules to commemorate those killed in the massacre. Pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Jimmy Lai have to appear before a court. Activists have been accused of holding and taking part in the demonstration. For the pro-democracy front, Beijing is behind the move.

| 07/08/2020
| HONG KONG - CINA

Osman Aslan was a volunteer, informing Muslims about anti-coronavirus measures in the mosque. He died on August 2 from an apparent heart attack but the authorities kept the news under the wrap for days. The Istanbul Governor’s Office asks for “mercy from God”.

 

| 07/08/2020
| TURKEY - ISLAM

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rectifies some ambiguous formulas, seemingly more democratic and less clerical. Sacramental action takes place in the name of Christ “who acts in his Church”. The ministry is not the “exercise of a power”, nor manipulation of formulas to one’s liking.

| 06/08/2020
| VATICAN
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by Wang Zhicheng
The tabloid linked to the People's Daily cites Archbishop Sachez Sorondo, Mgr Zhan Silu and Francesco Sisci who back the renewal of the provisional agreement, but fails to mention any supporter in the Party. For a Vatican official, this agreement ...
| 07/08/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Pierre Balanian
Ali Msheik's wife has been waiting for three days in front of the place where he worked as a longshoreman to have news about his fate. Eliane, an artist, asks Christians and Muslims to pray for her son, a dentist, who is in intensive care. Young ...
| 07/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rectifies some ambiguous formulas, seemingly more democratic and less clerical. Sacramental action takes place in the name of Christ “who acts in his Church”. The ministry is not the “exercise ...
| 06/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
The blast damaged Caritas headquarters. The charity is “ready to hand out aid,” said Fr Paul Karam, who stresses that “psychological support" to victims’ families is also fundamental. Some 200 employees and volunteers divided ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Pierre Balanian
The toll from yesterday’s blasts now stands at 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, but many people are still missing under collapsed buildings. Some ships in Beirut harbour have dead and injured on board. Hospitals are full, whilst medicine warehouses ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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