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by Paul Wang | HONG KONG - CHINA

On the night of August 31, the police intervened indiscriminately beating protesters and passengers and making dozens of arrests. Three seriously injured persons have disappeared from the list of wounded, compiled by the firemen. The police are accused of killing them and making them disappear. The government denies that there have been victims. A student leader, arrested that night, wants to sue the police.

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Yesterday, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his entourage visited Muslims and Hindus from Yangon. According to analysts, the Army is trying to clean up its image after the Rohingya crisis. In 2020, Myanmar citizens will take part in the second elections since the end of the dictatorship.

| 18/09/2019
| MYANMAR
by Bernardo Cervellera

The government fears that there could be tensions and incidents due to the growing anti-China sentiment. Planned protests of the anti-extradition movement at the race track aimed at Junius Ho, who congratulated members the of Yuan Long triads for beating up young demonstrators and passers-by.

| 18/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Sumon Corraya

An ethnic Orao, the Salesian nun hails from the Diocese of Mymensingh and has always served economic migrants in the big cities. She organises catechism lessons for workers' children, talks to employers to let their workers to attend Sunday Mass, and visits the most remote hill areas.

| 18/09/2019
| BANGLADESH

After months of silence, IS leader spoke, calling for strengthening military action and Jihadi propaganda. For Fr Paul, his words have not had any "vast echo". Everyone hopes to return to “normal". For this to happen, patience, courage and faith are needed.

| 17/09/2019
| IRAQ – ISLAM
by Nirmala Carvalho

Under new Foreign Contribution Registration Rules, members of NGOs must make a notarised statement. For Sajan K George, the goal is to hit Christian minority organisations.

| 17/09/2019
| INDIA
by Felix Machado*

The Archbishop of Vasai supports the ‘Document on Human Fraternity’ signed in Abu Dhabi. Asserting the importance of dialogue between religions "does not mean renouncing one's own identity". Pope Francis "is not changing any Catholic doctrine". At the same time, “The encounter with the religious other is an undeniable reality and it is important to insist on listening to the experience of the other.”

 

| 17/09/2019
| INDIA

The attackers are blamed for damage to places of worship, revolt and complicity. None of these offenses provides for the death penalty. The Hindu principal accused of blasphemy, which the radicals wanted to punish, risks the death sentence instead. Another 150 people investigated for blocking the streets.

| 17/09/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

The Police Association considers the Molotovs life threatening. According to the demonstrators, Hong Kong is slipping into a police state. Every day there is a police press conference, while the governor is silent. Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi, together with Xi Jinping over Macau. Hong Kong crisis treated as a "national security" issue..

| 17/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Paolo Fossati

“It will be a crossroads for missionaries who will be able to talk, tell their stories, express their dreams, mention the miracles they have performed or have witnessed’ said PIME superior general Fr Brambillasca. The facility covers about 1,200 square metres, built in the old cellars of the motherhouse. It will now have a cultural cafeteria, a bookshop and a theatre (with 15 plays scheduled). For the Centre’s director, it will be a place “to meet and listen to the Milanese.”

| 16/09/2019
| ITALY

Notan Mal, the principal, has headed the Ghotki public school for 30 years. The father of one of his students reported him to police. He is now kept safe in a secret location and faces the death penalty. Hindu and Muslim activists call for respect for fundamental rights.

| 16/09/2019
| PAKISTAN

Frs Nicolas-Michel Krick and Augustin-Etienne Bourry were killed in 1854 by a Mishmi chief. Although locals have never converted to Christianity, they have preserved the missionaries’ remains, notes Church spokesman in north-east.

| 16/09/2019
| INDIA – VATICAN
by Wang Zhicheng

The government wants to destroy the mountain top "Heaven’s Gate". Perhaps a motorway will pass through the area. Great security measures to control thousands of faithful. The sanctuary was built in 1924. Every year, on September 15th, tens of thousands of pilgrims come from all over China.

| 16/09/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

The police had denied permission, but tens of thousands of people of all ages poured into the center to "walk". Police officers accused of being "mafiosi" and implementing the law in a "selectively". Stones, bricks and Molotov cocktails thrown against the government headquarters. Heavy damage to metro stations. Groups of "Fujian mobsters" clash with protesters and journalists at North Point. Card Zen asks for prayers for Hong Kong.

| 16/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Sumon Corraya

The sisters of Mother Teresa animate the catechism lessons. The parish is located in the industrial area of ​​Narayanganj, on the outskirts of the capital. The territory is inhabited mainly by internal migrants in search of work. Muslim employers "do not want us to let priests and nuns enter our homes, but we run the risk because we need spiritual care".

| 14/09/2019
| BANGLADESH
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Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church ...
| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
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| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
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| 05/09/2019
| INDIA
 
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| 04/09/2019
| INDIA
 
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