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by Shafique Khokhar | PAKISTAN

Minorities are increasingly discriminated. A Christian dies after he was shot for buying a house in a Muslim neighbourhood. The Archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi calls on the authorities to protect all citizens, without distinction of belief. Attempts to block the construction of a Hindu temple are unconstitutional.

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by Sumon Corraya

Videos of their work have gone viral. The country has reported 160,000 cases of infection and 2,000 deaths, including a dozen Christians. Fearing contagion, very few people are willing to touch the bodies of the infected. Catholics are grateful for this service.

| 06/07/2020
| BANGLADESH

Judged in absentia after Riyadh's refusal to extradite them, they include two close collaborators of the Saudi crown prince, who denies all involvement in the journalist’s murder. Turkish investigators: Eliminated for criticizing the al-Saud regime. United Nations labels Saudi process a sham trial.

| 04/07/2020
| TURKEY - SAUDI ARABIA
by Shafique Khokhar

The project is funded by the government. Aournd three million Hindus live in the country; 3,000 in the capital. For some conservative Muslims, members of minority are third-class citizens and do not have the right to build new places of prayer. A High court justice has no objection to construction. For Hindu activist, new mosques built in non-Muslim countries are examples of harmony between the different faiths.

| 03/07/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Dario Salvi

Felix Dawood al-Shabi will lead the eparchy, today distinct from that of Amadiyah on the proposal of Patriarch Sako. A strategic area for trade with Syria and Turkey, as well as being "the heart of the Chaldean world". He asks the faithful to "have courage and hope"; appeals to Western Catholics to "support their suffering brothers".

| 03/07/2020
| IRAQ - VATICAN

The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on the fourth anniversary of the failed coup.

 

| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY

The Iranian Foreign Minister intervenes in the "virtual" Security Council meeting.  A response to the US attacks and pressure for "indefinite" duration of sale ban. Tehran's head of diplomacy lists "numerous acts of US aggression". And hopes for a strong Middle East, capable of ensuring "territorial stability".

| 02/07/2020
| IRAN - UN

Card Sako issued a message for the Chaldean community in the Iranian capital, which is confidently waiting for a bishop. Its most urgent issues are emigration, embargo and the coronavirus emergency. The strength of the community lies in hope and "their faith”. For the prelate, “we need a local clergy who know the local people, culture and language.”

| 01/07/2020
| IRAN – IRAQ
by NAT da Polis

The holiness of Hagia Sophia constitutes a vital centre where west and east can meet; its conversion into a mosque will a drive a wedge between these two worlds.

| 01/07/2020
| TURKEY
by Sumon Corraya

On 1 July 2016, Islamic militants killed 22 people, including nine Italians, at the Holey Artisan Bakery café. Seven terrorists have been sentenced to death. Bangladesh’s counterterrorism police have conducted 395 raids, arresting 1,065 jihadis and killing 25. Radical groups are using social media to recruit young people and university students.

 

| 01/07/2020
| BANGLADESH

According to German researcher Adrian Zenz, Chinese authorities are conducting a sterilization campaign to control the growth of the Uyghur population. The women who refuse are locked up in internment camps. Demographic collapse of the Uyghurs in 2017 and 2018. US and European parliamentarians demand an international investigation.

| 30/06/2020
| CHINA

The Cardinal blames "lack of adequate preparation" for failure of the president's meeting and calls for "shared unity" to "save society from hunger, misery, deprivation", to face challenges and reconcile the nation.  A warning over episode involving US ambassador: the sentence stains the image of the judiciary and is contrary to the Constitution.

| 29/06/2020
| LEBANON

At least 353 migrants are dead. For the Philippine ambassador in Riyadh, most died of "natural causes,” a few from COVID-19. He mocks workers' poverty. The Bishop of Balanga wants to know what really happened to them. NGO complains that Christians are discriminated in access to medical treatment.

| 27/06/2020
| PHILIPPINES – SAUDI ARABIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The bishop died today in Saint Elisabeth Semarang. It is relatively unknown that he has also found ways to find financial sources from foreign donors to help a Muslim scholar obtain a postgraduate diploma. Not only in Islamic studies but also in other social sciences.

| 26/06/2020
| INDONESIA
by Fady Noun

The meeting called by President Aoun to revive the national dialogue failed to meet expectations. On the ground, the divisions that emerged in recent weeks remain, resulting in violent clashes in Beirut Square and Tripoli. The collective responsibilities of the political establishment, unable to reason with a view to unity. The unresolved issue of the Shiite militant Hezbollah.

| 26/06/2020
| LEBANON
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National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
 
The Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), the agency of the Holy See and Vatican City State charged with fighting money laundering and terrorist financing, received 64 suspicious activity reports, took action in four cases, and froze one IOR accoun...
| 03/07/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Paul Wang
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious ...
| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
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| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
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| 02/07/2020
| MYANMAR
 
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| 23/06/2020
| IRAN – ISRAEL
 
by Wang Zhicheng
He had only been released in January. Over past 13 years Msgr. Cui Tai has spent long intervals in detention and is released only for short periods on Chinese holidays. His detention is contrary to the laws of the country. The bishop is "a sacrificial ...
| 23/06/2020
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Peter Tran
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| 22/06/2020
| VIETNAM
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