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This year’s largest gathering in the world  started in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, raising fears that a huge increase in infections might follow. The UK variant of the coronavirus has been detected in the country. The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow with a Made-in-India vaccine.

| 15/01/2021
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Following the Julian calendar (and not the Gregorian one, like the West), the New Year was celebrated yesterday. The days between Christmas and the Baptism of the Lord (Theophany), full of dances, traditional costumes and folklore: from the star (of Bethlehem) to the water (of the Jordan). This year swimming in the frozen waters of lakes and rivers will not be held in many parishes due to the pandemic. The patriarchate of Moscow exalts the churches of Turkey under its jurisdiction.

| 15/01/2021
| RUSSIA

In a letter to Francis, Tsai Ing-wen writes that Taiwan has actively embraced a spirit of compassion and empathy since the start of the pandemic, sharing its successful disease management skills with other countries.

| 15/01/2021
| TAIWAN – VATICAN

The choice made by Donald Trump's outgoing administration risks aggravating the humanitarian crisis. It would have "catastrophic" effects on a famine already of vast proportions, because it hinders the distribution of aid. Activists and NGOs ask Biden to revoke the choice "for humanitarian reasons".

| 15/01/2021
| YEMEN - UN

Authorities claim that HKChronicles violated national security laws. Website managers: it is censorship; we will operate on another domain. Democratic field: fears for the freedom of information online. The authorities step up their crackdown.

| 15/01/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The quake, which lasted a few seconds, struck at 2.28 last night, 34 km south of the city of Mamuju. Hours before another quake of magnitude 5.9. Massive damage to 60 homes; the governor's palace and two hotels collapsed. Rescue teams search for survivors under the rubble. There are no heavy vehicles to remove debris.

| 15/01/2021
| INDONESIA

A local Christian sculptor carved the work of art. The church, the biggest in the Nineveh Plain, was devastated, bemoans a local Chaldean priest. Evangelisation in this land “is also done with art.” As reconstruction continues, economic hardships and inflation scare more than COVID-19.

| 14/01/2021
| IRAQ
by Nirmala Carvalho

Fr Purushottam Nayak, AsiaNews contributor, is tasked with the process. A list of 105 martyrs, including seven Catholics, is already ready. The rest are Christians from other denominations, Hindus, Muslims and more, killed because they helped, hosted, and defended their Christian brothers and sisters. Some widows tell their story. One of them is about Rajesh Digal, killed at 26.

 

| 14/01/2021
| INDIA

Tesla sold 114,000 electric cars in China last year. However, its Chinese competitors are growing. Large state-owned enterprises are increasingly indebted. China’s debt-to-GDP ratio hits 275 per cent. Exports are growing, but are bound to slow once public handouts for the Covid-19 emergency end.

| 14/01/2021
| CHINA

Healthcare and public safety personnel, seniors and staff most frequently in contact with the public get priority. Cardinals and retired Holy See officials, as well as their families, will also be vaccinated. Some 5,000 Holy See employees should be vaccinated, including 618 people with Vatican citizenship, 246 of whom are local residents. Overall, some 10,000 people might get the vaccine.

| 14/01/2021
| Vatican
by Shafique Khokhar

In a video message the archbishop said that Saint Joseph contributed to God's work by taking care of Mary and the child Jesus. The father's role is important in every family.

| 14/01/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Cedric Prakash

Suffering from Parkinson's, he is accused of links with the Maoist guerrillas. A renowned Indian jurist says the country's courts lack humanity. Many citizens and the international community lobby for his release.

 

 

| 14/01/2021
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Thanks to Putin's mediation, prospects for the region's economic revival are reopening. Russian soldiers to de-mine the territories and the rebuild the interrupted routes. Pašinyan did not obtain the return of prisoners. Internal opposition is growing.

| 14/01/2021
| RUSSIA-ARMENIA-AZERBAIJIAN
by Fady Noun

Compared to the previous seven days, the latest count saw the number of cases spike by more than 70 per cent. For experts this is due to the relaxed atmosphere of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The lockdown and other bans will remain in place until 25 January, pending the start of the vaccination campaign. People stormed supermarkets and pharmacies. Doubts persist about compliance with the restrictions, especially in the poorest areas.

| 14/01/2021
| LEBANON
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by Vladimir Rozanskij
The Armenian president is in solitary confinement with severe symptoms of COVID-19. Total cases have reached 161,415 with 361 in one day at last count. Under Russian military protection, 50,000 Armenian refugees have returned to Nagorno-Karabakh in recent ...
| 09/01/2021
| ARMENIA – RUSSIA – TURKEY
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The “quote” is found in a syllabus designed to prepare for a national cow exam, raising fears that it might trigger violence against Christians, Adivasis, Dalits, and Muslims. Other claims include: earthquakes are caused by slaughtering cattle ...
| 09/01/2021
| INDIA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The decision was taken despite the fact that religious activities have had “zero infections”. Strict measures and continuous controls have led many priests to close their churches at Christmas. On social media, Catholics are accused of spreading ...
| 09/01/2021
| CHINA
 
China and other hostile powers see the incident as a sign of the decline of US democracy. Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists are not the equivalent of Trump supporters. Dictatorships come out strengthened. About 70 per cent of Americans slams the ...
| 08/01/2021
| ASIA – UNITED STATES
 
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)
Foreign faithful and missionaries are singled out as the source of the new Covid-19 epidemic in Hebei. In reality, the accused villages have no Christians and the Church's religious activities have been blocked since Christmas Eve. Like Nero, looking ...
| 08/01/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
The new apostolic administrator of Minks was auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Pinsk and he turned 75 last May. He too is a witness of the "silent" Church of the Soviet years. He attended clandestine seminaries and was a personal friend of the former ...
| 07/01/2021
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
 
The arrests were made under the national security law. The accused were charged with trying to force Hong Kong’s chief executive to resign and block government's activity. John Clancey, a former Maryknoll missionary, was also taken into custody. ...
| 06/01/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The local archdiocese held the event in lieu of decorations and celebrations. Blankets, towels and protective masks were handed out. For Bishop Mascarenhas, marginalised rickshaw pullers have to fight for their survival. Archbishop Toppo thanked God ...
| 04/01/2021
| INDIA
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