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by Nirmala Carvalho

Overnight hooligans vandalised the altar and destroyed the tabernacle. Hosts were scattered on the ground, dishonouring “Our Blessed Lord and Saviour”. Archbishop Machado proclaimed a day of reparation and prayer for Friday.

| 21/01/2020
| INDIA

Francis' message to the World Economic Forum. "We are all members of one human family", from which derives "the moral obligation to take care of each other", as well as the principle "to place the human person and not the search for power or profit, at the center of politics ".

| 21/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Sumon Corraya

More than 400 youth attended the 35th National Youth Day. One student from Rajshahi said that she understands that her “life is a gift from God. It is to serve others, not myself.” University vice rector was quite impressed by the meeting. For her, young Christians can “grow through higher education.” She told young people “If you want to reach the highest positions in administration, you must prepare yourself by studying.”

| 20/01/2020
| BANGLADESH

Located in the village of Raja Ulatu, the St Anne's Hospital and Research Centre has a capacity of 100 beds and will offer cutting-edge health services to the poor and needy. For the superior general of the congregation, “all mankind has the full right to have quality care”.

| 20/01/2020
| INDIA

In Kerala, not all Syro-Malabar rite churches have followed the reading of the directive. The Indian bishops are concerned about the alleged conversions forcibly extracted from Christian girls, seduced and then radicalized in the Islamic "holy war".

| 20/01/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The conference took place from 13 to 15 January in Palghar district, sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. The topics covered included the protection and development of tribal rights, women, arts and language. This is “part of the mission of the Church and it is the message of Jesus and the values ​​of the Gospel,” a priest says.

| 18/01/2020
| INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Many Pakistanis, both Christians and Muslims, back the appeal by the family of the 14-year-old girl. The latter was forcibly converted and married to her captor. In Pakistan, only Sindh province has banned underage marriages. A Catholic activist urges Muslim clerical authorities to protect minorities.

| 17/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

The suicide rate fell to 15.8 people per 100,000, a decline of 0.7 over 2018. Increased psychological services and hotlines played a key role in the improvement. So has a law limiting overtime and requiring a government-imposed annual stress tests on business with over 50 employees.

| 17/01/2020
| JAPAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The bishops cite official police reports that several converted Christians have joined ISIS. The police must "treat the issue as a problem of public order and not religious".

| 16/01/2020
| INDIA

Huma Younus was abducted last October and forced to marry her kidnapper. “Today it happened to Huma, tomorrow it can happen to any other girl,” said the victim’s lawyer.  Meanwhile, her parents are being threatened with blasphemy accusations if they continue their lawsuit.

| 15/01/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Congregation of the Humble Sisters of St Joseph lacked the money to finish the construction of the hospital. After two years, Catholics from across the country expressed their solidarity. For a member of the organising committee, the event “was a true experience in discipleship.”

| 15/01/2020
| INDONESIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The event is planned by the local diocese and dozens of Christian groups. This year the Week of Prayer is set for 17-25 January. For local priest, “Peace is the need of the hour and we need a miracle to happen.”

| 15/01/2020
| INDIA

A report published by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea (CPIK) shows that the Diocese of Suwon led the way with plus 89.1 per cent. However, the annual growth rate has slowed down to less than 1 per cent. For the bishop of Daejeon, the Church is committed to fighting materialism and selfish competition.

| 15/01/2020
| SOUTH KOREA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The piece of music has been performed since 1950. During the parade of the armed forces, about 35 songs are played. A Delhi official: "In recent years, we have been replacing western songs."

| 15/01/2020
| INDIA
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