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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

The Lebanese president has postponed the consultations for a week, from December 9 to 16. A decision resulting from the withdrawal of the candidacy of Samir Khatib. The Sunni front aims again at the outgoing premier. Patriarch Raï to political leaders: do not try to oppose the "popular uprising".

| 09/12/2019
| LEBANON
by Paul Wang

The march was the first after weeks of bans by the police. There were some incidents, but overall it was peaceful. Card Zen and some priests and Catholics among the participants. Nearly 6 thousand arrests; among them many under-18s.

| 09/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

In the prayer composed for the Immaculate, Francis said that "it is not the same to be a sinner and to be corrupt: it is very different. It is one thing to fall, but then, repent, confess and get up again with the help of God's mercy. Another thing is the hypocritical connivance with evil, the corruption of the heart, which is impeccable outside, but inside it is full of bad intentions and petty selfishness”.

| 08/12/2019
| VATICAN

Francis reflects on the spirit of service expressed in Mary’s response to the Angel who asked her to become the mother of Jesus. This afternoon he will pay homage to the Immaculate. At the Angelus Francis invites prayers for tomorrow’s will in Paris to find solutions to the conflict in Ukraine.

| 08/12/2019
| VATICAN

Francis meets  non-governmental organizations of Catholic inspiration, which have gathered in the last two days in Rome.  "We need more imagination, new ways of encountering culture".

 

 

| 07/12/2019
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

The young couple are married with an interreligious rite and each maintain their own faith.  However, the girl's relatives oppose the marriage and accuse the Christian of kidnapping.  The couple is forced to live in a secret location.  He faced trial and their marriage was declared legal.

 

| 07/12/2019
| PAKISTAN

Tomorrow another great human rights march is scheduled in Victoria Park.  The demonstration is organized by the Civil Front for Human Rights and the Territory Police have already declared themselves ready to intervene in case of scuffles.  Beijing Public Security Minister: "We will always be a strong backup force for the Hong Kong police".

 

| 07/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Friar John Peter Savarinayagam was a "model of holiness", with a continuous tension for the contemplative life.  He dedicated his life to the poor and to the spiritual formation of seminarians.  He is remembered for his serene smile, even at the point of death.

 

| 07/12/2019
| INDIA

Archbishop Simon Peter Poh Hoon Seng, Archbishop of Kuching, led a group of 89 Bidayuh ethnic pilgrims to the Holy Land.  The prelate held a blessing ceremony in front of a mosaic with the "Sama koih" written on it

| 07/12/2019
| MALAYSIA - HOLY LAND

Payments made by December 15th.  Minister for Social Affairs: "Christmas Gift" for those who work for people with disabilities.  A thousand gathered in the patriarchal see on the occasion of the World Day.  The cardinal: how we treat the disabled "determines the degree of civilization of a nation".

 

| 07/12/2019
| LEBANON
by Sumon Corraya

Bishop Gervas Rozario calls on the faithful to prepare themselves in spirit and body to welcome the coming of Christ. Advent is a “time of waiting and confession". He urges Catholics in tribal communities to celebrate with neighbours in accordance with their own culture.

| 06/12/2019
| BANGLADESH
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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