Commentary on the Gospel of the second Sunday per year, B (John 1, 35-42).
CCP members and the media must increasingly align themselves with the dictates of the Chinese president. Hi-tech giants are a danger and need to be brought under control. Strategies to prevent US-orchestrated international containment. Everything will depend on the economic results.
The population hopes that restrictions for gyms, karaoke and schools will soon ease. But authorities will maintain limit of 4 people per gathering. Special quarantine rules for the Lunar New Year. Out of a population of 51 million, the country had 71,241 cases and 1217 deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.71%.
After completing a deradicalisation programme run by the country’s anti-terrorism unit, they will start a new life with the support of the state. Their desire is to return to normality. Most Bangladeshis are in favour of the fight against extremism.
The traditional harvest festival is an opportunity to meet. Tamil Catholics, who go to church to celebrate Pongal, are Catholic by faith but Tamil by ethnicity. “Just as Tamil Hindus are grateful for the sun, cow and nature, so for us Christians Jesus is our sun, our nature,” says one participant.
The Maronite patriarch is pushing the president and the prime minister-designate towards reaching an agreement. The relationship between Card Sako and the Shia leader al-Sadr is an example. Public service and political responsibility should overcome personal disagreements. However, acrimony seems to have taken over.
The new coronavirus pandemic has not stopped a trade marked by abuse, violence and exploitation, largely towards China. 90% of the victims are women or girls, even very young; of these, 80% belong to ethnic minorities. Caritas and parishes build awareness campaigns and offer aid to the victims.
State enterprise administrators, members of the Chinese Communist Party, military officials and large companies such as CNOOC and Xiaomi targeted. Those who contribute to China's "coercive" actions in the South China Sea also on the list. Xi asks US multinationals to favour commercial relations between the two countries.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.