| VATICAN

The second in July marks Sea Sunday dedicated to maritime pastoral care.  Francis asks for prayers for those who "take care" of workers in the sector. He recalls the people oppressed by war: "May the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel give comfort". The Vatican Press Office on the attack on Trump: "Wound to democracy, let us pray that violence will not prevail".

by Shafique Khokhar

The Christian community celebrates the 'historic' appointment of the soldier as a division general. An occasion of celebration for a prestigious role also shared by ecclesiastical personalities and Muslim intellectuals. Vicar of Faisalabad: the State "has begun to reward the Christian community for its services to the progress of the country".

| 13/07/2024
| PAKISTAN
by Stefano Caprio

Just as the bombing was underway on the treatment site for young Ukrainian cancer patients, the exhibition extolling 'Russia without end' closed (to reopen in permanent form) in Moscow. While internal successes are praised, external extermination is commented on with cynical indifference: 'It's war, there's nothing special about it'.

| 13/07/2024
| RUSSIAN WORLD

In Nepal, dozens of people are missing after their buses were swept into a river due to landslides caused by torrential rains. In China, concern is mounting about the Yangtze. Six fatalities have been reported in Chongqing, but record levels in the Three Gorges reservoir have raised the alert. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by the structure’s construction.

| 12/07/2024
| NEPAL – CHINA

Elliptic, a British blockchain analysis company, exposes a marketplace called HuiOne Guarantee, which also involves Hun To, cousin of current Prime Minister Hun Manet. Chinese groups are involved in the illicit business. Worth US$ 11 billion dollars, it ranges from money laundering to pig butchering scams.

| 12/07/2024
| CAMBODIA

India’s Ministry of External Affairs announced the repatriation of Indian nationals fighting in Ukraine after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Russia. Attracted by high salaries, the possibility of obtaining Russian citizenship, and traveling to countries in Europe’s Schengen area, hundreds of South Asian men have embarked on the journey to Russia. In many cases, they did so without knowing that they would be sent to the front.

| 12/07/2024
| INDIAN MANDALA

A report by the Freedom of Belief Initiative shows the extent of the problem. After Christians come Jews, Alevis, Yazidis, and atheists. Especially targeted are cemeteries, places of worship, homes, and schools linked to religious groups. Anti-Jewish violence has escalated since Israel's war in Gaza.

| 12/07/2024
| TURKEY
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| JAPAN . VATICAN
 
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| 02/07/2024
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
 
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| 01/07/2024
| MALAYSIA
 
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| 27/06/2024
| RED LANTERNS
 
The news of the horrific death in Italy of Satnam Singh, abandoned with a severed arm while employed under a gangmaster system, has reached his home village in Punjab, an Indian state second only to Kerala in terms of emigration. What until the 1980s ...
| 25/06/2024
| INDIA
 
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| 18/06/2024
| CHINA
 
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 17/06/2024
| MYANMAR
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