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The "guardian of Jesus," "reminds us that all those who are seemingly hidden or in the 'second line' have an unparalleled protagonism in the history of salvation" and that they "sustain the lives of us all."

 

| 24/11/2021
| VATICAN

Today's headlines: A 20-year-old Hong Kong student activist Tony Chung will have to serve three years and seven months in prison; China's birth rate plummeted in 2020, marriages also at a low; Pakistan grants transit to Indian aid to Afghanistan; Tokyo and Hanoi strengthen military cooperation to counter Beijing. 

| 24/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Soldiers stormed the health facility in Karuna, Diocese of Loikaw, stole medical supplies, and arrested 18 doctors and medical staff. Police seized five Sisters of Mary Child along with a parish priest and health volunteer in the same diocese. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

| 23/11/2021
| MYANMAR

The worst of the pandemic in Vietnam seems to be over, but during the summer workers at electronics plants were forced to eat, sleep and work on site to contain the virus. Some were accommodated in hotels, others in tents. The experience has been alienating and analysts wonder to what extent it can be considered forced labour.

 

| 23/11/2021
| VIETNAM
by Emanuele Scimia

Xi Jinping told ASEAN countries that China does not seek hegemony in the South China Sea. For Washington, Vietnam "will define the future of Asia". Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese are boosting their presence on disputed atolls in the region. For expert Carlyle Thayer, conflict between Hanoi and Beijing is extremely unlikely.

| 22/11/2021
| VIETNAM – CHINA - UNIETD STATES
by Mathias Hariyadi

Dozens of houses in six districts of the diocese have been flooded and more than 245 hectares of farmland submerged. About 54,000 people have been affected, including 12,000 displaced. Some 11 churches have become unusable. Bishop Samuel Oton Sidin launches an appeal for aid in response to the emergency. President Jokowi speaks of “extreme” rainfall.

| 22/11/2021
| INDONESIA
by Steve Suwannarat

An online petition has collected so far over 20,000 signatures. Critics slam extra-busy exam schedule as well as back-to-back papers in different subjects. The Education Ministry’s timetable might be driven by the government’s wish to capitalise on recent political success.

| 22/11/2021
| MALAYSIA

In today's headlines:  Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai holds video call with the IOC president saying she is safe; in India, a 45-year-old man survives night in a mortuary freezer; Jerusalem, a march of support for the Hamas bomber who killed an Israeli and wounded three others; in Uzbekistan, 26,000 people suspended from work because they were not vaccinated. 

| 22/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Stefano Vecchia

It was founded in 1861 by the Discalced Carmelites of Lisieux. Before dying, St. Therese of the Child Jesus said, "I will go there one day.  Sister Benedicta: "For us, this is a promise that becomes concrete every day, when her example of holiness inspires many young Vietnamese to give their lives in the service of God and humanity." 

| 20/11/2021
| VIETNAM
by Mathias Hariyadi

This year’s RUN4U, which was held online due to the pandemic, raised 3.8 billion rupiahs for projects dedicated to people with disabilities, education and health. Cardinal Suharyo also joined in running on his treadmill.

| 19/11/2021
| INDONESIA

Today's headlines: Burmese junta arrests former Democratic MP and hip-hop star. Japan launches record 431 billion euro stimulus. Military talks between China and India on border issue resume. Alibaba's stock market plunge. Moscow wants to send prisoners to work at the North Pole. Collapse of the Turkish lira: the opposition calls for early elections.

| 19/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Today's headlines: Chinese coast guard blocks Philippine ships in the South China Sea. Gang smuggling lumber between Russia and China busted. Taiwan launches upgraded version of F-16 fighter jet. Covid-19 infection spike in South Korea. Explosion with riots in Shiite neighborhood of Kabul. Egypt and Qatar in aid of Gaza.

| 18/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

The sportswear brand claimed Indonesia’s traditional puppet shadow play as Malaysian. After setting off an angry reaction to its online ad, the company apologised and changed the ad’s caption.

| 18/11/2021
| INDONESIA – MALAYSIA
by Steve Suwannarat

While boasting about its interethnic harmony, the Singaporean of Indian origin and immigrants with an Indian background are refused housing by Chinese landlords because of their “smelly” cuisine. Members of Singapore’s ethnic minorities complain of hidden racism. Indo-Singaporeans represent 9 per cent of the country’s population.

| 17/11/2021
| SINGAPORE
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