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.
Mengly Quach, who fled to Thailand to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide, stopped at a border town between Italy and France, where he donated 5,000 euros to the local Caritas. After graduating in medicine in the United States, he returned to Cambodia to help the neediest.
A Cambodian delegation is received in audience at the Vatican together with the Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh and the president of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue. The pope calls for an "ecological conversion" that safeguards both the environment and our brothers and sisters. The pontiff praises “metta”, a Buddhist practice of respecting every living thing preached by the Buddha that is similar to the call in Genesis to till and keep the earth.
Elections are scheduled for July, but the prime minister recently explained how he handles dissent, proving once more that the country is not on the path towards democracy. In the past year, Cambodia held ASEAN’s rotating presidency, raising concern in the international community, but little will change with Indonesia now taking over.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the decision today following the death of three Irrawaddy dolphins last week caused by fishing nets. Their number has dropped from 200 to 90 in 25 years. For the prime minister, the dolphins are a major tourist attraction.