by Dario Salvi | GATEWAY TO THE EAST

The flag affair dominates the pre-match phase after the US Soccer Federation posts an Iranian flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic. Iran’s revolutionary guards tell the Iranian team to “behave”. The protests that followed the death of Mahsa Amini are overshadowing the sporting event. The two teams met once before, in France 1998, ending in an Iranian victory. Qatar is using the event to boost its regional role as a mediator.

by Sumon Corraya

In Barishal, celebrations were held to honour the arrival of English missionary William Carey, who authored the first translation of the Bible in the local language. For Archbishop Bejoy N' D'Cruze, “we are baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. This brings us together. Therefore, let us work to create deeper relationships between us.”

| 29/11/2022
| BANGLADESH

In Beit Ommar one person died after being shot in the head. Two brothers aged 22 and 21 killed by the military near Ramallah. PM Netanyahu signs a coalition agreement with Avi Maoz, leader of Noam, an anti-Arab and nationalist party. 

| 29/11/2022
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
by Mathias Hariyadi

The perpetrators have already been identified and questioned by the police after they removed the banner of the Reformed Methodist Church from tents for displaced people. Local authorities expressed concern, but also stated that displaying the church logo was unwise.

| 29/11/2022
| INDONESIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Children have died from lack of access to treatments for rare diseases such as epileptic encelopathy. They need drugs distributed by foreign companies, which abandoned the country after the invasion of Ukraine. The war not only causes extermination and destruction on Ukrainian soil, but also suffocates the lives of the weakest and most fragile in Russia.

 

 

| 29/11/2022
| RUSSIA

The Maronite archbishop of Damascus talks about the suffering of people forgotten by the international community. Their faces are sad, worried, melancholic, and anguished. A UN report warns of "catastrophic risks” ahead of winter. The UN has raised  so far only 42 per cent of the funds needed to help at least six million people at risk.

 

| 28/11/2022
| SYRIA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

Some lawmakers are sceptical about the president’s sincerity. Wickremesinghe calls on Tamil parties to solve the ethnic issue before February 2023. At the UN Human Rights Council, India said that Sri Lanka did not make sufficient efforts. The Tamil National Alliance is ready to cooperate.

| 28/11/2022
| SRI LANKA
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by John Ai
Protests against the zero-COVID policy have spread across the country, including university campuses, becoming the most impressive since 1989. Despite the impact on the economy and household income, Chinese authorities have ignored people’s demands. ...
| 28/11/2022
| CHINA
 
Accused along with five pro-democracy figures of failing to register the charity in accordance with the law. The cardinal refused to accept a lighter sentence than his co-defendants. The maximum sentence imposed is €492. According to the defence, ...
| 25/11/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
The prelate, who was secretly ordained with a papal mandate in 2014 and arrested for this reason, took office as auxiliary bishop in a ceremony held today in Nanchang.  The boundaries of his new diocese were drawn by the authorities. In Yujiang, ...
| 24/11/2022
| CHINA
 
Anwar Ibrahim took the oath of office today before King Abdullah. Forming a working majority among the various political factions will not be easy. For Archbishop Simon Poh of Kuching, “Seek harmony, mutual respect and acceptance. Religious extremism ...
| 24/11/2022
| MALAYSIA
 
Myanmar and Russia are the only two countries to use the bombs systematically. A report confirms the atrocities committed by Myanmar’s junta with anti-personnel mines placed around people killed during an air raid. The anti-junta resistance controls ...
| 22/11/2022
| MYANMAR
 
6,500 migrant workers have died on stadium and infrastructure construction sites. But violence also affects domestic workers, exploited or abused by their bosses. The German Church is promoting a campaign, relaunched by the Benedictine nun and activist ...
| 16/11/2022
| QATAR - PHILIPPINES
 
A congregation of Italian nuns tonight commemorates the 90th anniversary of the departure for China of six sisters who, in today's Mindong diocese, lived alongside abandoned girls in their mission for 17 years, before having to leave everything ...
| 11/11/2022
| CHINA-ITALY
 
An ancient structure from the probable pre-Islamic era has been discovered off the coast of the Emirates. Inside is a church, a refectory, water cisterns and individual cells used by the monks. For scholars it is a confirmation of a period of at least ...
| 10/11/2022
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”