South East Asia

| INDONESIA

The tourist island is host to the forum until Saturday. In yesterday’s opening ceremony, Indonesian President Joko Widodo introduced his successor, Prabowo Subianto. Several sessions are dedicated to water sharing as a way to ensure peace.

by Santosh Digal

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, who chairs the Bishops' Conference, calls on faithful to “accompany" the civilian supply mission promoted by the Atin Ito Coalition NGO. About 200 volunteers, 100 fishermen, and five boats evaded China’s naval blockade reaching the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

| 16/05/2024
| PHILIPPINES – CHINA
by Steve Suwannarat

She was one of the three candidates to succeed Phu Trong at the head of the Party, the most important post. Forced to resign by the 'fiery furnace' anti-corruption campaign, which is intertwined with the manoeuvres ahead of the Congress scheduled for January 2026. Politburo reduced to 12 members from the previous 18 with incumbent Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Security Minister To Lam in the top positions.

| 16/05/2024
| VIETNAM
by Santosh Digal

The situation is reported in a study by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which matters worse in the southern part of the country, especially in Bangsamoro. About 51.3 per cent are male, and 48.7 per cent are female. Through its educational establishments and institutes, the Church helps young people enter the labour force.

| 15/05/2024
| PHILIPPINES
by Steve Suwannarat

Netiporn "Bung" Sanesangkhom, 28, died in hospital after her conditions took a turn for the worse. She had become a symbol for international advocacy groups, cited as evidence of abuses in Western government reports. Nearly 2,000 people are being prosecuted for crimes of opinion, with hundreds facing heavy prison sentences.

| 14/05/2024
| THAILAND
by Mathias Hariyadi

The first meetings between prefects and apostolic vicars took place in 1924, when the country was still a Dutch colony. On the anniversary an extraordinary assembly and the inauguration of the new office building. The government representative for relations with Catholics: ‘Let us work together for the most neglected areas of the country’. 

| 14/05/2024
| INDONESIA
by Steve Suwannarat

Outgoing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 72, is stepping down two years later than planned because of COVID-19. His successor, who will be sworn in on Wednesday, now has to tackle some of the city-state’s toughest issues, like housing, an aging population, and an inadequate welfare system.

| 13/05/2024
| SINGAPORE
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| OCEANIA
 
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| 16/05/2024
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| ASIA TODAY
 
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| CHINA
 
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| 13/05/2024
| VATICAN - INDIA
 
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| INDIA
 
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| 04/05/2024
| CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
 
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| 01/05/2024
| ASIA
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