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| PHILIPPINES

The epicenter of the earthquake is located near the city of Castillejos, about 100km north-west of Manila.  Over 90 people are missing in the collapse of a supermarket in Porac.  A state of calamity was also declared in Floridablanca, Guagua, Sasmuan, Lubao and Sta. Rita.  Damage in 10 churches of historical interest.  PIME missionary: "There is no fear in the country, the Filipinos reacted calmly".

 

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Six blasts hit three churches and three grand hotels in Colombo. The churches are Zion Church in Batticaloa, St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade and St Sebastian inNegombo. Card Malcom Ranjith calls for blood donations and doctors to return to work in hospitals.

| 21/04/2019
| SRI LANKA

Fr.  Vineeth George, 38, is from the Claretian Congregation.  With a brilliant career already started, he abandoned everything and chose the priesthood to serve the least.  He was involved in the education of tribal children.

 

| 19/04/2019
| INDIA
by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

This includes officials born in the 1970s.  One of them will be responsible for taking over the reigns from  Xi Jinping.  The leader can remain party secretary until 2032 and president until 2033. Ten officials seem to have an advantage in running for top party positions.  Xi's first requirement for future leaders is "political morality".

 

| 19/04/2019
| CHINA
by Kamran Chaudhry

The government pledged to create ten million new jobs and build five million houses. With a 4 per cent growth rate, poverty will not be tackled, nor will per capita income increase by much. The government is negotiating a bailout with the International Monetary Fund. Terrorism is driving investors away.

| 18/04/2019
| PAKISTAN

The North Korean leader, who had not attended a test-firing exercise since November, set the "phased and strategic goals" for maintaining his country's munitions production. According to South Korean experts, the new weapon could be a newly developed short-range guided missile. The first meeting between Kim and the Russian president might take place next week.

| 18/04/2019
| KOREA – RUSSIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The eight most important poling companies attribute a range of votes between 54.32% and 55.77% to Widodo.  His rival, supported by the Islamists: "They are trying to make it look like we lost".  Fear of possible street unrest spreads among the population.  The armed forces promise "zero tolerance".

| 18/04/2019
| INDONESIA

The figure refers to 2018, which marks a slight decrease compared to the 9.2 billion dollars of the previous year.  Ministry of Defense says the sector is "exceptionally strong" and represents one of the leading industries.  Most important clients are India, Azerbaijan and Vietnam.

 

| 18/04/2019
| ISRAEL - ASIA

Twenty suspects were detained. The tusks were sent by sea from African countries, crossing the Chinese border hidden in a cargo of timber. Since Beijing banned the sale in 2017, demand has fallen by almost half.

| 17/04/2019
| CHINA

Japanese citizenship is a requirement to become an elder in the Japan Sumo Association (JSA). Mönkhbatyn Davaajarga, the son of a top-ranked legend in Mongolian wrestling, has broken many sumo records. His father won Mongolia’s first Olympic medal.

| 17/04/2019
| JAPAN – MONGOLIA

Over the past five days one church was attacked and another re-opened following the order of a High Court. The Indian state is the most dangerous for Christians. For one activist, some “people think that they can do anything in the name of religion and get away with it without consequences."

| 17/04/2019
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

As in 2014, THE current president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo challenged by Prabowo Subianto. Observers call the election a "critical day" for the future of young democracy. The government has laid out massive security measures.  Widodo has the task of curbing the enormous influence of Islamic fundamentalist groups and movements.

| 17/04/2019
| INDONESIA

The 17 km walk lasted four hours. Catholic youth organised the event via social media whose aim was individual penance and group prayer for India.

| 16/04/2019
| INDIA

The Iranian Foreign Minister: "Our thoughts are with the French and all the Catholics". The Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, expresses "pain". Japan has indicated its willingness to support France in its restoration work. South Korea announces inspections of national monuments. The South Korean Catholic community offers words of consolation and promises solidarity to the French people.

| 16/04/2019
| ASIA-FRANCE
by Bernardo Cervellera

Persecution and martyrdom are signs of today's Christians. In Holy Week, we should remember our commitment to evangelization. Even as a minority.

| 16/04/2019
| EDITORIAL
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In his Urbi et Orbi message, Francis cited conflicts and tensions in the world, from the Middle East and Africa to the Americas. "Christ is alive and he remains with us. Risen, he shows us the light of his face, and he does not abandon all those experiencing ...
| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN
 
The Iranian Foreign Minister: "Our thoughts are with the French and all the Catholics". The Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, expresses "pain". Japan has indicated its willingness to support France in its restoration work. South Korea announces ...
| 16/04/2019
| ASIA-FRANCE
 
At the end of the spiritual retreat in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called on South Sudan’s civil and Church authorities present to pay attention to the gaze of God and the people. He urges them to “reflect on our own lives and the ...
| 11/04/2019
| VATICAN – SOUTH SUDAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
In a long essay published today, the Pope Emeritus highlights the causes of the moral crisis in the Church, which he attributes to the sexual revolution and liberation of 1968, along with a relativism in moral theology and a misunderstanding of the Vatican ...
| 11/04/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The building had an upper floor for the liturgy and a lower one that housed the nuns who offered medical visits and medicines to the population of the very poor area. The parish community is composed of 2 thousand faithful. Motive for destruction unc...
| 04/04/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Felix Machado
Today and tomorrow the pontiff is visiting the North African country at the invitation of King Mohammad VI and the bishops. For the archbishop of Vasai, "religions should be bridges of peace" and "no nation should live with a closed mind" because this ...
| 30/03/2019
| INDIA - MOROCCO - VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The new measures are aimed primarily at Protestant house churches, but it is almost certain that they will be applied to Catholics and other religions and across the country. Clues are worth 3,000 yuan; informing on foreigners can earn up to 5,000 yuan; ...
| 29/03/2019
| CHINA
 
The police also detained the episcopal vicar, Fr. Zhang Jianlin. A priest banned from ministry accused him of "not following the Vatican's instructions" and urged the police to arrest him. The faithful and the priests of the diocese are asking Christians ...
| 29/03/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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