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Pope Francis intervenes at the 75th General Assembly of the UN with a video message, extolling the United Nations as a "bridge between peoples". The pandemic is "a concrete opportunity for conversion, for transformation, for rethinking our way of life and our economic and social systems". At the root of everything is the "throwaway culture", which determines exploitation, marginalization, humiliation of human dignity and even abortion and violations of religious freedom. It is time to move from "declarationist nominalism" to the effectiveness of solidarity.

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According to ManpowerGroup, 23 per cent of Taiwanese companies are ready to hire new staff. Unemployment in the country is at 4 per cent compared to the 9.4 average in advanced economies. Its recovery is driven by the technology sector. The idea that governments must choose between public health and economy has been disproven.

| 25/09/2020
| TAIWAN

The prelate envisages possible changes to the executive branch but remains firm on the country’s neutrality and on equality between Christians and Muslims. The ‘Help devastated Beirut’ campaign continues.

| 25/09/2020
| LEBANON
by Wang Zhicheng

The former human rights lawyer, who became a video reporter, disappeared after two weeks in Wuhan, where he documented what was happening in the city: infections, deaths, collapsing hospitals, crematoria, etc. He is not the only journalist to have disappeared.

| 25/09/2020
| CHINA
by Adrian Zenz

In Tibet, pastoralists and “surplus” farmers are trained and indoctrinated in facilities similar to Xinjiang internment camps. Chinese authorities use the fight against poverty as mechanism of social control to fight "separatism" and stifle the Buddhist religion. Tibetan workers have also been "transferred" to other provinces.

| 25/09/2020
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Under the changes clergy who study aborad will be subjected to a control to "exclude extremist ideas". The new law is also criticized by Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Protestants, who go abroad for their studies. There is a fear of a resurgence of state control over religions, as in the early 1990s of the last century. The opposition of Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals.

| 25/09/2020
| RUSSIA

The official of the Seoul Ministry of Fisheries was killed by the border forces of Pyongyang: for the Covid-19 emergency, they have orders to "shoot to kill" those who try to cross the border. The apology sent in a letter to the president of the South Moon Jae-in: a rare occurrence in the troubled history between the two countries still at war.

| 25/09/2020
| KOREA

Some 14 Christian homes are almost destroyed. Hindutva followers want to ban Christian residents from their villages in Chhattisgarh unless they go back to Hinduism.

| 24/09/2020
| INDIA

Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong are doing well; Tibet, Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai are not. According to the China Beige Book, Chinese authorities are lying. Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to struggle. Protests flare up in the construction industry.

| 24/09/2020
| CHINA

Despite a rising number of coronavirus cases, Riyadh has decided to allow pilgrimages. After restricting Hajj, the Saudi government is focusing again religious tourism, despite the great risk of further contagion.

| 24/09/2020
| SAUDI ARABIA

At the United Nations General Assembly, Antonio Guterres warns of the risk of dividing the planet according to the two great economies, which can lead to geostrategic and military divisions. The speeches of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: the challenge between "two bullies". The United States and China will not participating in an alliance of 156 nations for the creation of an anti-Covid vaccine even for poor countries.

| 24/09/2020
| UN - CHINA - ASIA

The "piecemeal third world war" denounced by Pope Francis is increasingly taking shape. A South Korean official was killed by the Pyongyang border forces. High tension along the Sino-Indian border: An Indian paramilitary of Tibetan origin has died. Clashes over fishing rights in the South China Sea.

| 24/09/2020
| ASIA

Sister Marissa Viri elected president of CEAP during a conference, held online due to the pandemic. Her swearing in scheduled for tomorrow, in a closed-door ceremony. Founded in 1941 and with 1524 connected schools, CEAP is one of the most important institutions in the field of education, Catholic and otherwise.

| 24/09/2020
| PHILIPPINES

The swearing-in ceremony in the presidential palace defended by deployed soldiers and with the city centre closed to the public. In the evening, demonstrators in different cities marched with banners and words: "We have not chosen you!". Germany and the United States have decided not to recognize his presidency due to a lack of "democratic legitimacy".

| 24/09/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Indonesia is the tenth Asian country in terms of cases, 252,923 with 9,837 deaths. In Jakarta, the local administration has imposed stricter social distancing rules. Governor Anies Baswedan has been criticised for his inconsistency since he allowed public funerals of government officials in Greater Jakarta. Radical Islamic groups have been forced to go online to hold prayer meetings and gatherings.

| 23/09/2020
| INDONESIA
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by Wang Zhicheng
At a routine press conference, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman praises the agreement's past, but says nothing about its renewal. Clipped tones on Taiwan. China's main aim is to get the Vatican to cut off relations with Taiwan...
| 23/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Stefano Caprio
After the end of communism, he was among the first to spread the texts of the great Russian philosophers and theologians. In Soviet times he adhered to the so-called "inner dissent". He was a member of the Biblical-Theological Commission of the Moscow ...
| 23/09/2020
| RUSSIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
NGOs will need an Aadhaar card to conduct financial transactions with abroad. To justify the bill, its proponents cite "forced conversions" by missionary Graham Staines, who was murdered with his two sons by Hindu radicals in 1999. Data by the Supreme ...
| 22/09/2020
| INDIA
 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes a document affirming the Church is also opposed to persistent therapeutic treatment, welcoming palliative care, and recommending support for the families of those who are suffering.
| 22/09/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Secretary of State Card. Parolin confirms the Pope is considering a visit. The Belarusian foreign minister, Vladimir Makeev, also invited the pontiff a few days ago. The ordination of the new nuncio Ante Jozic and his dispatch to Minsk, read as a Vatican ...
| 17/09/2020
| BELARUS - VATICAN - RUSSIA
 
by Li Ruohan*
The situation of the Church in China has become increasingly worse since the signing of the agreement. The concordat with Nazi Germany in 1933 gave the Church freedom for a few months. Then crucifixes were removed from the schools; Catholic associations ...
| 16/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
Since the beginning of 2020, at least 25 villages in northern Iraq have emptied. The bombings, followed by heavy fires, destroyed plants, houses and cemeteries. A scenario similar to those of the 1980s. Fr. Samir: Many people killed, just because they ...
| 15/09/2020
| IRAQ -TURKEY
 
by Francis Hu
For Fr. Francis Hu, a priest from central China, the "experts" celebrating the agreement have no idea of the real situation in China and the Church. Since the agreement was signed, the sale of Christian material on the internet has been blocked; churches ...
| 15/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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