Coming into effect on 1 July, the new measure imposes a 10 per cent tax on freebies and perks given to social media glitterati. The Indian government wants to broaden its tax base in a fast-growing industry. About 71 per cent of young people say they bought at least one product on the suggestion of an influencer on social media.
Dr Sasa, a minister with the exiled National Unity Government, calls on the military regime to stop committing atrocities against civilians and attacking places of worship. His government is proposing turning Myanmar into a federal state. Since the coup, more than 20,000 homes and places of worship have been set on fire and destroyed.
More than 200 bishops, priests and lay people gathered in Tagaytay City for the last phase of the National Synodal Consultation called for by Pope Francis. Meanwhile, the Bishops' Conference plans to discuss a proposal to ask the Vatican to set up a "personal prelature” for 10 million Filipinos who work outside the country.
The prelate took over the vicariate, concelebrating his first Mass in St Joseph's Cathedral in Abu Dhabi. He thanked his predecessor, Bishop Hinder, for his “great work”. He also stressed the role Catholic parishes and schools play and noted that the document signed by Pope Francis and Grand Imam el-Tayeb should not be forgotten.
By the end of the year, developing nations must repay foreign debts amounting to billion: 40% is owed to China. Dialogue between the Chinese, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on debt cancellation or restructuring is difficult. Beijing risks losing face (or a crisis of its state-owned banks).
Abortion is a crime under Indonesian law. In recent days, the Communication Forum of Life Protectors held a two-day seminar to train volunteer counsellors. Fr Aristanto of the Commission for the Family of the Indonesian Bishops' Conference: "Jesus would have done anything to save the lives of others".
For the past two years, the global pandemic had limited the number of pilgrims and blocked entry. For the first time, women will be able to participate without the presence of a male 'guardian'. In the past, the major pilgrimage has been the scene of incidents, attacks and used by Riyadh as a political weapon.
Today's headlines: Israel wants to take part in the US study of the bullet that killed the Christian journalist; in India, the death toll in a landslide in Manipur State rises to 37; the Iraqi premier inaugurates a 750 megawatts power plant; Tibetan monk Jigme Gyatso, who was arrested several times by Beijing, dies; Russian raid against illegal Chinese workers.
Prime Minister Garibašvili says Georgia is loyal to the values of the Atlantic Alliance and Europe. Members of his party, however, attack the West. Expert: Georgian Dream trying to juggle pro-Russian and pro-European sentiments in Georgian society to stay in power.
At the Angelus and the Mass for Rome’s DR Congolese community whose country he was supposed to be visiting today. Francis focused his thoughts on missionaries’ equipment, message and style. He issued a fresh appeal for peace in Ukraine and other countries. He said no to a world divided between conflicting powers, and yes to a united world in which peoples and civilisations respect each other.
On 3 July, feast day of Saint Thomas, Indian Christians of all denominations celebrate a day to remember that Christianity is not a foreign religion in their country. This year takes on a special significance since it is the 1,950th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Apostle in Chennai. “May Saint Thomas the Apostle help us to be strong in our faith,” said Archbishop Poola, chosen by Pope Francis to be a new cardinal.
This is the conclusion reached by a United Nations investigation. If confirmed, this would breach Security Council Resolution 2231. However, the UN team could not determine whether the weapons were transferred directly from Iran.
Archbishop Moolachira makes an appeal. So far, some 31,000 people have been affected by the floods in 25 districts with 159 reported deaths. Displaced people have found shelter in Catholic parishes, schools and other facilities. The aid has gone especially where government assistance has not yet arrived.
Celebrations took place on 29 June, Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, two days before the Party’s official “birthday”. Catholics are urged to "listen to the word of the Party, feel the grace of the Party, and follow the Party”. Politics has entered the Chinese Church. The regime's control over Catholic clergy is getting tighter.
The other news of the day: Russia arrests scientist accused of spying for China. North Korea blames the South for the spread of COVID-19. New Philippine foreign minister signals a “more inclusive” approach. Inflation skyrockets in Sri Lanka. Putin was not met by local authorities upon his arrival in Turkmenistan. Belarus arrests people helping Ukrainian refugees.
Moscow today is complaining that its culture is being ostracised. Yet as early as during Kyivan Rus’, the Russians have removed any reference to the “Mother Church” in Byzantium, already victim of an ancient “cancel culture”. East and West, Russia, America and Europe, are all united by the self-destructive madness of “rewriting history”, and the ongoing war is nothing more than everyone punishing everyone else.
Scores of YouTubers, influencers, artists and prominent figures from the Arab world and beyond have visited the country and praised its features. For experts, the pope’s apostolic journey also had a great impact. To boost the industry, the government has taken steps to ease entry, lifting visa requirements for travellers from 36 nations.
Ejaz Masih, a father of three, found himself in debt and forced to close his business. Thanks to the charity he was able to reopen a shop and supply it with goods. The charity is “converting jobless people into business people and borrowers into givers,” says the charity’s president, Rehan Farooq. Help goes to the marginalised with skills “without distinctions of faith, caste or social origin”.
Mohammad Zubair is co-founder of AltNews, a fact-checking website created in 2017. Multiple criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes back to the pogrom of 2002. Twitter is struggling with India’s requests to block tweets and accounts.
The Indonesian president just concluded a trip to Ukraine and Russia in an attempt to overcome the wheat blockade. Putin denies restricting exports from Ukrainian ports. Indonesia remains available to act as a "bridge" between the two warrying countries.
The Chinese president is in the city for the 25th anniversary of the city's handover to China and the inauguration of its new chief executive. Entire neighbourhoods were closed off and strict restrictions were imposed on media coverage. Xi listed the goals the city’s new administration must achieve.
In recent days a teacher was bludgeoned to death, while the principal of a school was evacuated by police and forced to resign for his own safety. A dozen pupils have begun a hunger strike in solidarity. Catholic teacher: "We demand exemplary punishment."
On June 28, Pope Francis accepted Msgr. Abou Khazen's resignation upon reaching the age for retirement. He has firsthand experience of the conflict, rampant poverty and emigration that afflict the nation. In reflections shared with AsiaNews he recounts the "darkness of death," which is countered by "commitment to our neighbor" even among Christians and Muslims. The call to continue the witness of faith and connection to the land.
Due to Western sanctions, ExxonMobil and Shell withdrew their investments in the local oil industry. They were not only funding mining, but also projects in education, health and culture. Residents speak of contribution to the growth of local civil society.
Today's headlines: Chinese Communist Party members reach record level of 96.7 million; Myanmar military planes encroach on Thai territory; Pakistan ready to block internet after series of power outages; Turkey awaits Taliban response to bid for Kabul airport operations; Russian censors target culture.
During a meeting with a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Francis called for “weeping, for helping others and for experiencing conversion ourselves” at a time when “our world is disrupted by a cruel and senseless war of aggression.” Christian unity is an “essential condition” for peace.
Due to the situation, many Sri Lankans can no longer afford even one meal a day. Between 600 and 700 people show up at the community kitchen run by Rev Geeth Chamara De Silva. Talks for a credit line continue between Sri Lanka and the International Monetary Fund.
In Manila, in taking the oath of office the new president is back in Malacanang Palace together with his mother Imelda. Marcos Jr appoints himself Secretary of Agriculture. In his maiden speech, he slammed the mechanisms of global trade. He praised Duterte for infrastructure development, but pointed to shortcomings in the fight against COVID-19.
EU mediation allowed the two delegations to communicate with each other in the capital of Qatar. For the EU, negotiations will continue until the JCPOA, a key agreement, is revived. US blacklisting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is a major stumbling block.
At a meeting held on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on the Oceans, which ends tomorrow, Indigenous and Church representatives from Pacific Island countries discussed how to defend the seas from a Christian perspective. For the archbishop of Suva (Fiji), an anthropocentric paradigm should replace the economic one.