Xi Jinping is using this opportunity to go after China's nascent civil society and to favour his protégés. Intellectuals and activists are speaking out. Whenever the one-party state makes a mistake, it gives the Chinese people a chance for greater emancipation.
No funeral in the city martyred by coronavirus. Elders who mourn dead children. Children who sign their parents' death certificates. The generosity of ordinary people and Catholics. Disabled people who collect money for the inhabitants of Wuhan. The Chinese want to live again.
Dozens of people gathered to remember the victims of the violence of August 31st. For the coronavirus emergency, gatherings with more than four people have been banned for four days. Police accused of abusing emergency law. 58% support the democratic movement born out of resistance to the extradition law. 63% want the resignation of Carrie Lam, chief executive.
Sisters warn that medical staff risk their lives. Only state hospitals and other public facilities are supposed to treat coronavirus patients. Catholic facilities will not turn away people who come for help. An Anti-COVID-19 Catholic Network is set up in Jakarta. Buddhists help. In Wedi, young parishioners hand out free packages.
Fear during the Lunar New Year. Then the shattering tragedy: elderly mourned dead children; nurses watched their parents die; people committed suicide throwing themselves from their balconies. Families disintegrated. People became homeless so as not to infect loved ones. The loss of hope and refuge in prayer.
Sri Lanka has 122 coronavirus cases. Next Friday, Card Malcolm Ranjith will ask Our Lady of Lanka to protect the country and the whole world to. People are asked to light a candle at 11 am when the bells begin to toll.
Msgr. Warduni says this is not the time to "be pessimistic", even if the celebrations "are not the same", "solidarity" is required. Chaldean patriarchate issues indications for Holy Week "adapted" to these "exceptional circumstances". In these dark times, "greater unity" between Christians and Muslims.
To avoid contagions, the Archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City suspended Masses. Churches, chapels and religious communities remain open for prayers and worship. The Pope’s universal prayer and Urbi et Orbi blessing moved many.
GDP per capita is growing, but also the destruction and exhaustion of environmental resources. Half of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere are emitted in the region. Woodland continues to be lost. The UN calls for improvements in waste management and defense against natural disasters.
A tweet by May Khoreiche sparks tensions between Cpl and the Sunni institution, following publication of controversial volume "The last days of Muhammad", by a Tunisian academic. Leading Muslim personalities critical of the work. The MP's retraction and apology closes the matter.
We speak to the former president of the young Catholics of India. The uncertainty of daily life, the impossibility of going out, concerns ahead of Holy Week. Online Masses a good development, but "we need to rediscover the dimension of personal prayer".
Celebrations with people have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Three private TV channels will broadcast religious services live. Meetings and negotiations between the authorities and the Catholic association Komunitas Universal (KU) were crucial. Indonesian Catholics will not miss the universal prayer and Urbi et Orbi blessing tonight.
The devil is responsible for the cruelty against the righteous and for anti-Christian persecution. “Let us think of how the devil treated Jesus with cruelty, but also persecuted Christians; how he tried the most sophisticated means to lead them to apostasy, to move away from God. This is, as we say in everyday language, diabolical; indeed, [it is a] diabolical mind.”
The apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem reflects on how the emergency has awakened the desire to "seek something more profound". The wish to keep the Holy Sepulchre open for functions, in compliance with the rules. The work of priests for families in need. Reviewing relationships, rethinking relationships.
Many experts concur that the South Korean model of tracing and tracking the coronavirus emergency is a model to be emulated. The bishop of Daejeon praises the actions of the authorities and praises the citizens' response. "They showed great love of neighbor. It was deeply moving to see so many volunteers go to Daegu." The Church expects to resume public masses on April 6, Monday of Holy Week.