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The US President's state visit will also touch Agra, where the marshy area surrounding the Taj Mahal has been cleared. About $ 4.2 million used to clean up the area around the new cricket stadium, which Trump will inaugurate. Economic agreements are not expected to be signed.

| 21/02/2020
| INDIA - USA

In May 2017, the eight Christians were arrested while accompanying 60 children to a summer camp. Lawyers had to appeal to the High Court to reunite children and parents. Activist lawyer: "We must not forget the impact that similar false cases have on families."

| 19/02/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India ends tomorrow in Bengaluru. “I am at the service of God and the Church,” said Archbishop of Vasai. Dialogue is the "way chosen by God to reveal himself to us".

| 18/02/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The 32nd Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India-Latin Church is underway. The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India condemns a new abortion bill. Bishop of Lucknow reiterates the importance of dialogue. A new English Lectionary and Querida Amazonia are presented.

| 17/02/2020
| INDIA

A musical  organized by the company "The Upper Room" in Goa, involving 75 teenagers between 13 and 14 years with a history of drug abuse.  Dialogue and group work to encourage children to tell their experiences and find solutions to problems.

 

| 15/02/2020
| INDIA
by Purushottam Nayak

Participants observed a minute's silence. The Marian shrine, which is located in the Diocese of Berhampur (Odisha), draws the faithful of all religions. “The only source of true happiness is the Lord,” says the local bishop.

 

| 13/02/2020
| INDIA

The anti-corruption party won 62 seats out of 70. Hindu nationalists get the other eight; the increasingly irrelevant Congress, nothing. Voters rewarded the winner for its social policies, which have increased access to schools and healthcare. Christian calls on the chief minister to include Christians in his administration.

| 12/02/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Archbishop Machado led the Mass at St Philomena's Hospital. “We are all sick,” he said in his homily, “one way or another. But Jesus is our comfort and our refuge. Jesus invites us all to rest in his hands.”

| 11/02/2020
| INDIA

The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic has so far left over a thousand victims in China, while the number of people infected is 43,000. Outside China, the country most affected is Japan with 161 infected (of which about 140 are passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship), followed by Singapore (45), Thailand (33) and South Korea (28). In Europe and North America only a few dozen cases have occurred. There are no official confirmations of infections in Africa and Latin America. To counter the spread of the coronavirus, several governments have introduced travel restrictions to and from China.

| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

A special celebration was held for those suffering. The shrine’s history is linked to the fate of a statue of the lost Virgin found in a Tamil Nadu forest.

 

| 10/02/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Such a "blessing" is a typical purification ritual used against untouchables, deemed impure from birth. In Uttar Pradesh, ultra-nationalists are targeting 30 places of "forced conversions". Whilst “Conversions do take place,” and it is “a right,” said a priest. People “leave behind witchcraft and the worship of evil spirits.”

| 08/02/2020
| INDIA
by Purushottam Nayak

The village where Uglu Sandi Majhi lived was sacked and burnt by Hindu radicals. His two-year-old son died of hunger, thirst and cold in the jungle. For Kotagargh’s parish priest, “No sword or physical threat can stop them from believing in Christ, our Redeemer.”

| 07/02/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Justice Coalition of Religious group represents 16 religious congregations. It upholds the Constitution’s principle of equality. India must respect its commitments to the international human rights treaties and conventions it signed.

| 06/02/2020
| INDIA

This morning the ceremony in the general house of the Congregation, in Kerala. The members of the congregation carry out charitable apostolate in the educational and social fields, they help the poor in their integral development. The Vincentians charism is to become part of the spirit of Christ.

| 05/02/2020
| INDIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
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| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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