Large numbers attended his funeral. His work among Catholics increased membership in the local Church. Youth leader remembers that “He called the young salt and light of the world. I still feel this and I personally heard his call and I'm trying to follow his advice in my life.”
He had been released on July 13 after six days in prison for "soliciting prostitution". Punished by the university for "moral corruption". Friends and colleagues: The regime fabricated the accusations to destroy his reputation. Intellectual dissidents targeted by authorities.
The last attempt took place yesterday, with a man who threw himself off a bridge and was seriously injured. Previously, a 61-year-old had shot himself in the center of Beirut, in protest at the institutions. On the same day, a 37-year-old family man had hanged himself. Authorities will not reveal the number of suicides for 2020.
The law cancelling Hong Kong's tax privileges and punishing banks and organizations linked to Chinese personalities who erode the freedom of the territory has been signed. Beijing responds by threatening sanctions "to defend China's legitimate interests". Regina Ip: Trump's decision is "barbaric and unreasonable". The New York Times moves the digital office from Hong Kong to Seoul.
Samson Salamat, president of Rwadari Tehreek, reacts to an Islamic leader who attacked Christians, calling them the worst infidels in the world. Instead, Salamat stresses the religious pluralism defended by Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The activist calls for Prime Minister Imran Khan to act.
Former South Vietnamese soldiers are among the most marginalised people in Vietnam today. The restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic have broken the chain of aid. A Buddhist organised an overseas fundraiser, and the money was given to Redemptorist Fathers to help almost 1,200 needy people.
AsiaNews spoke to Sister Laurentina, of the congregation of Divine Providence in East Nusa Tenggara province where two underage victims of human trafficking were saved and cared for seven months. In the end, they went home refusing to pursue their studies. Charity is stronger than “desolation and distress".
The Brahmaputra has overflowed. Landslides and floods have forced the authorities to move 1.3 million people to safer areas. At least 385,000 people have been displaced in the Barpeta district alone. About 2,100 residents found shelter in 118 rescue camps. The Archdiocese of Guwahati is providing help. Catholics in the Diocese of Tezpur are safe.
Bishop Alwyn Barreto of Sindhudurg on Friday handed out aid to the poor tribal people of Beradki, 34 families in all, mainly landless farm workers. “Two or three families live per mud house,” Bishop Barreto said. “I went into one house. It's all dark because there are no windows.”
The first prayer inside the former Byzantine basilica scheduled for July 24. During the rites Christian mosaics will be covered, including the icons of the Virgin and the archangel Gabriel. The Greek premier speaks of "a bad" choice. Criticism from the USA and the EU. Praise from Muslim scientists for whome the building returns "to its original nature".
"Students and staff must be able to go to school with confidence. That's why the government has decided to close schools," said the statement from the Ministry of Education. The concern of the population grew after hundreds of detainees and staff from a drug rehabilitation center in the north central province tested positive for the virus in the past few days.
Tomorrow Russia will remember the "martyrs of the pandemic". Mother Anastasia, aka Nina Artemeva, continued her dual profession, religious and medical, until the end. She entered the monastery as a 70-year-old. Married twice, she had two children. For her, medicine makes the Gospel current: "love your neighbor, even if he is dirty, injured or bloodied".
Over 600 thousand people voted over the weekend to choose candidates for the city Parliament. Authorities claim vote organized by the Democrats could represent a violation of the security law. Carrie Lam: It's subversion. Democratic activists: All in compliance with the Basic Law.
With the transformation of the Christian basilica into a mosque, "Erdogan, this 21st century Caliph, has secured the support of a religious and fundamentalist electorate nostalgic of the Ottoman era". "A clear new message from political Islam to the West: dominate and subjugate, always and at all times!". The western world does not seem to understand provocation. A system of lighting and veils to hide Christian mosaics and frescoes. "Whenever Islamism comes to power in a democratic and secular state, it declares war on civilizations, cultures and other religions."
Religions for Peace issued an appeal signed by Myanmar’s religious leaders. For them, “To build a nation we need not be afraid of difference, but rather learn to negotiate, compromise, dialogue and rejoice in who we are.”