On 19-21 November, economists and entrepreneurs under 35 from around the world will meet online. More than 40 countries will be connected, with live streaming from Assisi. Some 2,000 people have registered with at least 12 link-ups to 115 countries, four hours a day plus a 24-hour marathon on the second day, and contributions from more than 20 countries.
The meeting with the president of the German Bishops Conference, in all likelihood touched upon the assembly with "deliberative power" convoked by the Germans to address issues such as the separation of power in the Church, priestly life, women's access to ministry and to offices in the Church and sexual morality.
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Dedicated to St Augustine, the church will be consecrated tomorrow by the Apostolic Vicar Olivier Schmitthaeusler. For Fr Gianluca Tavola, the local parish priest, it “marks the community’s coming of age” where no Catholic dwelled 20 years ago. Some 200 children go to the local school. On Sundays, both local Cambodians and Vietnamese migrants attend Mass.
COVID-19’s economic impact aggravated a trend created by China’s infamous one-child policy. Intermediaries earn US$ 20,000 to US$ 40,000 per marriage. Women and girls enticed with a promise of work often complain that they end up married in violent or dangerous environments.
The aim of microfinance should be to guarantee access to financial services even for the poorest people. In Cambodia, however, the lack of control policies has led to a debt crisis in rural areas.