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The aid worker and his staff were travelling in the eastern province of Nangarhar where they were ambushed on 4 December. Seven to eight assailants took part in the attack, three of them armed with automatic guns and other firearms. The attack had been planned for some time.

| 10/12/2019
| AFGHANISTAN – JAPAN

Msgr. Thomas Menamparamil, 83, is the emeritus of Guwahati, in Assam. Sr. Rose Tom is a gynecologist who has left a prominent place in a large Kerala hospital to serve the sick and the Church in Arunachal Pradesh. The prizes are for "the collaborators who work behind the scenes".

| 10/12/2019
| INDIA

In the beginning, the demonstrations in the former British colony were against the extradition bill (now withdrawn); now they call for democracy and an independent investigation into police abuses. 4,474 men and 1,548 women were arrested, aged between 11 and 84 years. The Office for Internal Complaints Against the Police has received over 1,300 complaints.

| 10/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Syrian lira is exchanged one to one to the dollar, never so low. In the past Lebanese institutions were the only entry channel for foreign currency. Transition restrictions block its circulation. Capital of wealthy Syrian businessmen frozen. And the population is increasingly worried. Maronite Archbishop of Damascus: "Pray for us".

| 10/12/2019
| SYRIA - LEBANON

Tomorrow evening the deadline for the formation of a majority in the Knesset expires. The possibilities for agreements are practically nil. The country is heading towards the third election in less than a year, in a climate of persistent uncertainty. Netanyahu gives the green light for the party primaries ahead of the vote.

| 10/12/2019
| ISRAEL

Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly have been granted political asylum but risk being sent back to China. The Kazakhs are the second largest Turkic and Muslim ethnic group in the Chinese autonomous region.

| 10/12/2019
| KAZAKHSTAN - CHINA
by Louis Raphael Sako*

For Advent, Card Sako calls on people to pray for Iraq and its northern region, the cradle of the country's Christians. He appeals to those who have fled in recent years to come back and rebuild in order to "live happily and peacefully”. He stresses the need for an overall development plan, starting from health.

| 09/12/2019
| IRAQ
by Yesudas*

The sick need only one language: love. Christmas “reminds us that we are a family”. For missionary, “if we allow the light of God to penetrate our hearts and see the other in the divine light - it is Christmas.”

| 09/12/2019
| INDIA

Gambia has filed a lawsuit against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. In Myanmar, rallies have been held in favour of the government. The first court hearings will start tomorrow until Thursday.

| 09/12/2019
| MYANMAR

The four "neighborhoods" of diocesan priests.  "Being close to God in prayer", "being close to the bishop, always close to the bishop: without the bishop the Church does not move forward, without the bishop the priest can be a leader but he will not be a priest.  Third closeness: to be near fellow priests, near to eachother”.  "And the fourth closeness: closeness to the people of God".

 

| 09/12/2019
| VATICAN

The archbishop of Manila is the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. “As Filipinos, we are happy to contribute to the glory of the Church through the task given to our beloved cardinal,” said Mgr Mangalinao. For PIME Missionary, “the pontiff’s choice is providential and inspired".

| 09/12/2019
| PHILIPPINES
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Members of the city’s small Russian Orthodox community meet every Sunday to pray listening to taped songs. Many belong to mixed Russian-Chinese and Russian-Uyghur families.

| 09/12/2019
| RUSSIA – CHINA

The fire broke out in the old quarter of the capital, made up of narrow streets and alleys. Relief efforts were hampered, but they saved 58 people. The workers were mostly migrants from Bihar; paid less than 13 euros per month.

| 09/12/2019
| INDIA

Pyongyang did not provide details on the tests. The regime points out that in the future the results "will have an important effect on the strategic position" of the country. For experts, the North has tested a new type of engine for long-range rockets or intercontinental ballistic missiles. The UN Security Council resolutions prohibit similar experiments.

| 09/12/2019
| KOREA-USA
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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