by Dario Salvi | HOLY LAND – VATICAN

The Latin patriarch received his cardinal's biretta from Pope Francis. The presence of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch was a sign of progress in ecumenism. Christians in the Holy Land face the problems and challenges of the West (the family) and the East (the exodus). The patriarch expressed proximity to Card Sako and stressed Jerusalem’s role as a bridge with Asia’s Churches and faiths.

Today's headlines: at least 10 dead in clashes between rival factions in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon; Runoff between Solih and Muizzu scheduled for Sept. 30 to decide next president of the Maldives; Sexist behavior toward women in the workplace persists in South Korea; Kuala Lumpur wants to halt rare earth exports; Delhi ready to reintroduce firecracker ban for Diwali to try to curb air pollution in the capital.

| 12/09/2023

Today's headlines: 2 dead in typhoon in Hong Kong, controversy over no text alert; In Mindanao, two Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) factions agree to work together for the Bangsamoro; New clashes in Ein al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp; Appeal by Armenian Prime Minister Pašinyan against troops massed by Azerbaijan at the border.

| 09/09/2023

The steep decline is indicated in a report by the Ministry of Finance. The country saw a 34 per cent drop in foreign direct investment, with exit transactions down by 80 per cent (from US$ 307 to US$ 56 million). The main factors are the decline in the value of many US-based tech companies, the Ukraine war, inflation, and the contentious reform of the justice system.

| 08/09/2023

Today's headlines: Aung San Suu Kyi has been refused outside doctor; Two giant pandas from Edinburgh Zoo will return to China by the end of the year; The president of Taiwan on official visit to eSwatini; Israel blocks the export of goods from Gaza; The border markets between Tajikistan and Afghanistan reopen; The Ukrainian Orthodox Churches adopt the Gregorian calendar instead of the Julian calendar.

| 05/09/2023

Today's headlines: Pyongyang launches two short-range missiles "to simulate a nuclear attack"; Sixteen die in T-shirt printing lab fire in the Philippines; A Palestinian teenager dies and three Israelis injured in new violence in the Middle East; A 90-year-old Japanese mountaineer on the summit of Mount Fuji in a wheelchair.

| 31/08/2023
by Fady Noun

The vicar of the Latin patriarchate for Israel looks back on his first 16 months as bishop and delves into the tension around the Carmelite monastery. Peace and confessional balance endangered by a sect linked to Hasidism. The escalation degenerated into physical clashes between the parties, the police arrested a Christian leaving the provocateurs unpunished. The visit of President Herzog.

| 28/08/2023
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| 25/09/2023
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| 21/09/2023
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The cardinal relects on the the tumultuous weeks since the withdrawal of the presidential decree under pressure from self-styled leaders (in the pay of Tehran). A  "more subtle" threat hangs over the community, but with the same logic as Isis: drive ...
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