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by Shafique Khokhar | PAKISTAN

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.”

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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

The head of the local government: "Harmony is the key to the development and progress of our country". In the easternmost state of Malaysia, Christianity is the second religion in number of faithful (26.6%), after Islam (65.4%).

| 12/12/2019
| MALAYSIA

With 94 votes in favor and none against, the deputies approved the motion that formalizes the dissolution of Parliament. The situation of uncertainty and fragmentation throughout the political scene is confirmed. TLast minute appeals by Netanyahu and Gantz, joint in the polls, were of no use.

| 12/12/2019
| ISRAEL

In 2018 the fertility rate dropped to 0.98. It could remain under 1 at least until 2024. The economic crisis and the difficulty in finding job security pushes young people not to marry. The costs of raising children and housing prices also contribute to the demographic winter.

| 12/12/2019
| SOUTH KOREA

The lawyers want the facts and justice for the victims of the November protest over fuel price hikes. So far, no official death toll has been released. According to international NGOs, 208 people were killed. For US government, about a thousand were killed. Pro-reform lawmaker decides not to run again to protest against abuses.

| 11/12/2019
| IRAN

The young archer won gold at the South Asian Games in Nepal and is already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics where she could win Bangladesh’s first Olympic medal. Her parents wanted to marry her off when she was 11 but she objected and continued to study.

| 11/12/2019
| BANGLADESH

The two explosives were found near the Jesuit-run college. Weighing about 10 kg, they could have caused damage within a 100-metre range, including dead and wounded. Police are suspicious of Catholic schools.

| 11/12/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

In Faisalabad, two seminars focused on minority protection and social and religious discrimination. Young people need to be heard more in society. Action is needed against custodial torture, extrajudicial murders, and political victimisation.

| 11/12/2019
| PAKISTAN

Officially, the retired teacher died yesterday morning from a stroke at the Friendship General Hospital in Nghệ An. For some time, he had shown signs of illness and had been hospitalised for a week. He was supposed to serve 12 more years of his sentence on “subversion” charges.

| 11/12/2019
| VIETNAM

At the general audience, Francis speaks of persecution "with white gloves, that is, left aside, marginalized ...". "There will always be martyrs among us: this is the signal that we are on the path of Jesus. It is a blessing from the Lord, whether there is in the people of God, some who are witnesses of martyrdom".

| 11/12/2019
| VATICAN
by Peter Geremia

A PIME missionary writes an open letter for the Christmas holidays, noting that “in the areas most affected by years of conflict [. . .] some military and rebel leaders are learning to become peacemakers”. Protestants, members of tribal groups and Muslims are set to attend the "Misa del Gallo" novena.

| 11/12/2019
| PHILIPPINES

Secretary General Antonio Guterres reports to a meeting at the Security Council. At the time bin Salman had spoken of Tehran's "act of war"; accusations confirmed by the USA and Europe. From the analysis of the fragments "it is not possible to say" that the rockets and drones used are of Iranian origin.

| 11/12/2019
| UN - SAUDI ARABIA - IRAN

PM 2.5 reached 118 micrograms per cubic meter in Seoul, 106 in Gyeonggi province and 90 in Incheon. Experts, warn their concentration is "very bad" exceeding 76. Particles of fine dust can cause various disorders and undermine the immune system: the government invites the elderly, children and the sick not to go out.

| 11/12/2019
| SOUTH KOREA
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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