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by Bernardo Cervellera | CHINA-VATICAN

The Jesuit missionary from Macerata inaugurated an era that lasted for centuries and helped China to modernize and emerge from isolation. The 800 missionaries - including those from PIME - brought Western medicine, hospitals, girls schools, new agricultural crops, universities to China. Why Xi is not going to the Vatican. During the Cultural Revolution, the left-wing Italian parties praised Mao, hiding his massacres and failures. The fragility of Xi Jinping, opposed in China by the "leftist" fringes.

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by Andrea Lembo

PIME’s regional superior highlights the latest projects realised thanks to PIME’s charity body. A visit with young people in Tokyo is a stimulus for dialogue and meditation. He thanks those “in whose hearts grace works in an unseen way.”

| 19/03/2019
| JAPAN
by Kunpen Rinpoche

The Bishop of Davenport personally presented the award to the Tibetan spiritual leader in Dharamshala. The award states: " Your leadership to promote respect for the dignity and culture of the Tibetan people fills all oppressed people with hope that peace can overcome injustice". For China he is "a wolf in sheep's clothing". The future Dalai Lama will emerge from "a free country", not from China, "without freedom".

| 19/03/2019
| CHINA-TIBET

As the country reels in shock, people gather at makeshift memorials outside the Al Noor mosque and the botanical garden. The stories of some victims take centre-stage in the international media. Western leaders express solidarity, whilst some Muslim countries slam Islamophobia. The Islamic State promises revenge.

| 18/03/2019
| NEW ZEALAND
by Sumon Corraya

Two Bangladeshis are among the dead. Thousands of Muslims stand in front of Dhaka’s press club to protest. The bishop of Rajshahi, who harshly condemned the attack by the Australian supremacist, wishes eternal rest to the dead.

| 18/03/2019
| BANGLADESH – NEW ZEALAND

The Rock Church’s pastor, Rev Dou Shaowen, received a one-year prison sentence in 2009 for illegal activities. Since February 2018, at least 4,000 Protestant churches have been vandalised or shut down across China.

| 18/03/2019
| CHINA

The BJP politician studied in the Catholic state schools. Card. Gracias: "We can sincerely say that Goa and India have lost a great leader and that the Christian community has lost a sincere and honest friend". His death reopens political dispute with the Congress.

| 18/03/2019
| INDIA

The president of the Indian bishops appeals to the faithful and pastors. The general elections will take place on seven dates, from 11 April to 19 May. The secretary of the Bishops' Conference asked for voting not to be hold on  Holy Thursday. Card Gracias emphasizes: "India needs leaders who understand that authority is a service".

| 16/03/2019
| INDIA

There are now 783 ecclesiastical buildings that have received legal status after the passage of the 2016 law that governs the construction of churches.

| 16/03/2019
| EGYPT

Pope Francis expresses his closeness to the victims relatives. Indonesian Catholics condemnation joined by Synod of Protestant Churches (PGI), the Archdiocese of Singapore, the Indian Bishops Conference and the Union of Indian Christians (Protestants and laity). Archdiocese of Singapore: "We must teach young people tolerance, mutual respect and appreciation of other faiths in every way".

| 16/03/2019
| ASIA - NEW ZEALAND - VATICAN

“We are keeping an eye on them,” said Malaysia’s counter-terrorism chief. An estimated 102 Malaysians joined the Islamic State group. Some 51 are still in Syria, 40 have died, nine as suicide bombers. Fighters are now turning their attention to the Philippines.

| 15/03/2019
| MALAYSIA – SYRIA

The verdict is at the end of February, but the news emerged only in these hours. Defendants will have to serve sentences from one year to a maximum of 10 years in prison. Guilty of "kidnapping and torture of innocent citizens". The arrests took place during a protest rally against the extradition of the Ayatollah Isa Qassim.

| 15/03/2019
| BAHRAIN
by Mathias Hariyadi

In just over a month, Indonesians will pick a new president, vice president and members of parliament. The election will be crucial for the future of the young democracy. The Archbishop of Jakarta urges Catholics to choose political programmes that respect pluralistic values. The Bishops’ Commission for the Laity warns against not voting or blank ballots.

| 14/03/2019
| INDONESIA

Sister Piermaria Kondo Rumiko was born into a Shinto family. During her childhood, her religious experience was influenced by her grandmother. She became a Christian at 24, after a period of personal difficulties and illness. For her, "Faith is a grace” and her vocation has made her happy.

| 14/03/2019
| JAPAN

Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Dnh) and Daman and Diu are both former Portuguese colonies. The local Christian community is made up of about 100 thousand faithful. In all, there are 13 churches. Secretary of the Catholic bishops: " I hope that the majority community will once again stand by us and nullify the discriminatory acts of a small fundamentalist divisive people."

| 14/03/2019
| INDIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
Since the signing of the agreement, members of the non-official communities have been forced to join the PA and its "independent" Church project. It is said that the underground Church "must disappear". But Pope Francis’ message  speaks only ...
| 11/03/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
The decision is taken on the 60th anniversary of the 1959 uprising. Tibetans in exile mark the event with protests. Xinhua uses the argument of economic growth, increased life span and better education to refute the critics' claims that the Tibetans ...
| 11/03/2019
| CHINA
 
by Emanuele Scimia
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| 11/03/2019
| CHINA-VENEZUELA
 
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| 11/03/2019
| ASIA
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