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The agreement signed in Turkey, after days of negotiations mediated by the Ankara government. Presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled, as well as the presidency of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas leader: "Real consensus reached". The effects of the "Abraham Agreements" are also on the table.

| 25/09/2020
| PALESTINE - TURKEY

Despite a rising number of coronavirus cases, Riyadh has decided to allow pilgrimages. After restricting Hajj, the Saudi government is focusing again religious tourism, despite the great risk of further contagion.

| 24/09/2020
| SAUDI ARABIA

Wameedh Khalid Francis, 21, is one of 15 students attending St Peter’s Chaldean Seminary in Ankawa. He had his first inklings of a vocation when he went to church during childhood. The priest of Telskuf set an example during the early rise of the Islamic State. Service is the heart of the mission. This is the second part of a report on vocations in Iraq.

 

| 24/09/2020
| IRAQ
by Mathias Hariyadi

Indonesia is the tenth Asian country in terms of cases, 252,923 with 9,837 deaths. In Jakarta, the local administration has imposed stricter social distancing rules. Governor Anies Baswedan has been criticised for his inconsistency since he allowed public funerals of government officials in Greater Jakarta. Radical Islamic groups have been forced to go online to hold prayer meetings and gatherings.

| 23/09/2020
| INDONESIA
by Louis Raphael Sako*

Emigration and instability have led to drastic shortages in the number of priests and people dedicated to the consecrated life in Iraq. The patriarch calls on parents to encourage and support their children in this choice. Families are the “first place” in which to instill the seed of faith and “nurture it through prayer and contemplation”.

| 23/09/2020
| IRAQ

At the centre of the dispute is the normalization of relations between Israel and the Emirates (and Bahrain). The decision in protest against the failure to adopt a joint rejection of this position. According to the Palestinian Foreign Minister, it "falls short of the principles and values" that inspire it.

| 23/09/2020
| MIDDLE EAST

Najeeb Moussa Michaeel is one of the candidates for the coveted recognition by the EU Parliament. During the rise of the Islamic State, he saved hundreds of centuries-old manuscripts and documents. For the prelate, citizenship is the basis on which to build coexistence in a nation threatened by foreign forces worse than the Islamic State. Education is the best weapon against obscurantism.

| 22/09/2020
| IRAQ – EUROPEAN UNION
by Shafique Khokhar

The 25-year-old was arrested for possession and sale of drugs. In reality, the police want to eliminate him because he witnessed two murders committed by a group of policemen. The perpetrators of the killers also tried to bribe him by offering him a large sum. The Human Rights Focus Pakistan organization is defending it.

| 21/09/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The motive and the authors of the attack remain a mystery. Jeremiah Zanambani was ambushed on his way to a pig farm. Protestant leader writes to the Indonesian president asking for investigation and justice. The military command accuses the local independence groups. Guerrilla activities hinder the development of the region.

| 21/09/2020
| INDONESIA
by Hocine Drouiche*

Her family includes Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and atheists. Other imams refused to pray for her because they "suspected" that she was not Muslim. For Imam Drouiche, this type of Islam “acts with the aim of separating communities, creating conflicts and ultimately increasing resentments between French citizens with different beliefs.”

| 21/09/2020
| ISLAM – FRANCE
by Biju Veticad

Nine Al Qaeda members were arrested this morning, three in Kerala. Islamic State cells are present in Karnataka, Telegana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu-Kashmir. At least 21 Christian girls and young women have been caught up in IS’s “love jihad": after falling in love and converting to Islam, they engage in active terrorism.

| 19/09/2020
| INDIA

The authorities accuse the lawyers of supporting the Gülen network, which has been blamed for the 2016 failed coup.  In fact, the lawyers’ offence was doing their job representing their clients. For HRW, it is dangerous to equate “lawyers with the profile of those they are defending”. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) also expressed concern.

| 17/09/2020
| TURKEY

Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed a normalisation agreement yesterday. For its backers, it represents an “historic” moment. But the UAE and Bahrain rulers were noticeable by their absence. For Palestinian Presidents Mahmoud Abbas, there is no peace without an end to occupation. In the background, the two-state solution remains unresolved. Netanyahu has also not disowned his annexation plan.

| 16/09/2020
| MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
by Ati Nurbaiti

For Marzuki Darusman, the ethnic group is the victim of atrocities in Myanmar and must be helped to determine its own future. Increased international pressure on Myanmar is needed as is greater support for Bangladesh, which hosts a million Rohingya refugees. Third countries, especially in ASEAN, must welcome the Rohingya.

| 16/09/2020
| INDONESIA
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by Wang Zhicheng
At a routine press conference, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman praises the agreement's past, but says nothing about its renewal. Clipped tones on Taiwan. China's main aim is to get the Vatican to cut off relations with Taiwan...
| 23/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Stefano Caprio
After the end of communism, he was among the first to spread the texts of the great Russian philosophers and theologians. In Soviet times he adhered to the so-called "inner dissent". He was a member of the Biblical-Theological Commission of the Moscow ...
| 23/09/2020
| RUSSIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
NGOs will need an Aadhaar card to conduct financial transactions with abroad. To justify the bill, its proponents cite "forced conversions" by missionary Graham Staines, who was murdered with his two sons by Hindu radicals in 1999. Data by the Supreme ...
| 22/09/2020
| INDIA
 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes a document affirming the Church is also opposed to persistent therapeutic treatment, welcoming palliative care, and recommending support for the families of those who are suffering.
| 22/09/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Secretary of State Card. Parolin confirms the Pope is considering a visit. The Belarusian foreign minister, Vladimir Makeev, also invited the pontiff a few days ago. The ordination of the new nuncio Ante Jozic and his dispatch to Minsk, read as a Vatican ...
| 17/09/2020
| BELARUS - VATICAN - RUSSIA
 
by Li Ruohan*
The situation of the Church in China has become increasingly worse since the signing of the agreement. The concordat with Nazi Germany in 1933 gave the Church freedom for a few months. Then crucifixes were removed from the schools; Catholic associations ...
| 16/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
Since the beginning of 2020, at least 25 villages in northern Iraq have emptied. The bombings, followed by heavy fires, destroyed plants, houses and cemeteries. A scenario similar to those of the 1980s. Fr. Samir: Many people killed, just because they ...
| 15/09/2020
| IRAQ -TURKEY
 
by Francis Hu
For Fr. Francis Hu, a priest from central China, the "experts" celebrating the agreement have no idea of the real situation in China and the Church. Since the agreement was signed, the sale of Christian material on the internet has been blocked; churches ...
| 15/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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