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| BANGLADESH

Last Sunday was the third World Day of the Poor. The Archbishop of Dhaka took part in an event organised by Caritas. Minors told stories of abuse and violence. Homes give new hope in life. The children, mostly Muslims, say "God loves us”.

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by Vladimir Rozanskij

A parliamentary commission will verify the existence of a political plot against patriarch Ilia II. Scandalous accusations by a bishop against the patriarch, considered too pro-Russian and the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow Kirill’s "puppet".

| 18/11/2019
| GEORGIA - RUSSIA
by Paul Wang

Many students and activists arrested. Clashes took place all night and yesterday. At 2 am this morning, Msgr. Joseph Ha and some democratic parliamentarians tried to get the police and students to talk, but without success. The Hong Kong Supreme Court decrees that the anti-mask law is unconstitutional. The articles of the People's Daily.

| 18/11/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Some 50 PLA ​​soldiers “volunteered” to clean up some of Hong Kong streets. They belong to the Xuefeng brigade, which specialises in counter-terrorist actions in Xinjiang and Tibet. For mainland Chinese, they are "good news". For many in Hong Kong, they are a warning.

| 18/11/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Court convicted Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh, 43, over some messages posted on a Facebook account which he says is not his. The trial was postponed for a month because the Court prohibited his lawyers from copying the case files.

| 16/11/2019
| VIETNAM
by Sumon Corraya

The American missionary, founder of the first Christian cooperative credit bank in the country, died in a car accident in 1988. His intuition to provide small bank loans changed the lives of 10 million poor people. A Foundation that bears his name has been set up to conduct market research and provide scholarships.

| 15/11/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Melani Manel Perera

Sri Lankans go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new president. After the two frontrunners – Ranasinghe Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa – a third candidate stands out, Anura Kumara Dissanayaka. The Sirisena administration betrayed all its “electoral promises”. Corruption and debts are up; the economy and poverty are worse; a new civil war is feared; and the country has become the “playground” of world powers.

| 15/11/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Christina Chua

Christina Chua couldn't get pregnant. She was not yet a Catholic when she asked for the intercession of the Mother of Perpetual Help. For a whole year, she participated in the novena despite difficulties and the lack of understanding of Catholicism. Now she has three children, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

| 15/11/2019
| SINGAPORE
by Mathias Hariyadi

Rabbial Muslim Nasution was influenced by Dewi A, who indoctrinated her husband through internet material to carry out a suicide attack. She was also in contact with a detained terrorist. Together, they were planning a new attack. Evidence was found on the social media.

| 15/11/2019
| INDONESIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Gonila Gill is married to Husnain Jamil, a Muslim. Neither the man nor his family ever imposed her conversion to Islam. This is why everyone is persecuted. "I ask the government to protect mixed faith families like ours."

| 15/11/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Paul Wang

Speaking in Brasilia, the Chinese president strongly supports the violent actions of Hong Kong police and urges the judges to punish "those who committed violent crimes". A sort of  "license to kill" for public security officials. Police violence condemned by many civil society organizations. A US Commission threatens to suspend Hong Kong's special economic status in the event of an invasion of the Chinese Liberation Army.

| 15/11/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Rev Basant Kumar Paul heads the Evangelical Church in the village of Parihara. For activist, they were attacked because of their faith in Jesus Christ. The injured are in hospital in critical conditions and must undergo further surgery which they cannot pay for. The anti-conversion law is used to harass religious minorities.

| 14/11/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Dr Pascoal Carvalho addressed the 21st convention of India’s Catholic nurses in Mumbai. He spoke about the ethical aspects of genetic engineering, citing the doctrine of the Church towards human cloning and stem cells. Respect for human dignity must prevail “from conception to natural death”.

| 14/11/2019
| INDIA

Teachers, staff and students issue an urgent appeal. Yesterday, clashes injured at least 60 people. “We strongly demand the Hong Kong Police Force exercise restraint in their operations and cease to use force excessively and unnecessarily,” the statement reads.

| 13/11/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

This is the opinion of a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong after police attacked students, military style. The toll so far is 80 wounded. Local universities have decided to end the semester early. Schools are also closed.

| 13/11/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
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by Nirmala Carvalho
The Catholic Nurses Guild of India held its 21st convention in Mumbai. Cardinal urges them to care for the sick who are “an integral part of the Church’s life and mission". Equally, he calls on them to protect “the gift of human life ...
| 13/11/2019
| INDIA
 
On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis visited the Catacombs of Priscilla for the first time. “The identity of the people who met here is the same as that of many of our brothers and sisters who meet today in secret”. For him, “The place ...
| 02/11/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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