| VATICAN - MONGOLIA

Francis welcomes a delegation of Buddhist leaders from Mongolia on their first official visit to the Vatican. Accompanying them was the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Monsignor Giorgio Marengo. At a time of conflict, they look to the example of Jesus and Buddha "the first builders of peace and promoters of non-violence". 

 


For the members of the Holy Land Coordination, who came from Europe, America and South Africa, the Holy City is Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Christians are tasked with upholding the “city's openness and universality.” The prelates met with the family of slain Christian Palestinian journalist. They also expressed hope that pilgrimages will restart for they represent a crucial resource.

| 27/05/2022
| HOLY LAND
by Melani Manel Perera

Father Jeevantha Peiris was sanctioned along with other activists for filing a complaint in connection with violence by pro-government supporters on 9 May at the protest camp set up near the Presidential Secretariat. The government wants “to make the victims more vulnerable,” the priest told AsiaNews, but “the struggle cannot be stopped”.

| 27/05/2022
| SRI LANKA

Arrested in 2011, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and released early thanks to appeals from the US State Department. In an interview with Radio Free Asia, the activist talks about his experience. Despite serious health problems, he will continue to pray for the other prisoners.

| 27/05/2022
| VIETNAM
by Alessandra De Poli

In 2012, Delhi and Islamabad struck a deal to let seniors reunite with family members left on the other side of the border during the violence of 1947. In fact, it was never implemented and getting a visa to meet loved ones still takes months. However, over the past year, a YouTube channel and an open crossing for religious pilgrimages have given some hope to the people of Punjab.

| 27/05/2022
| INDIAN MANDALA

The ruling will be used to prevent the Chinese from trampling on Manila's maritime rights. It is a change compared to the policy of outgoing Head of State Duterte. However, Marcos Jr does not want to take sides in the geopolitical confrontation between China and the US, like most leaders in Southeast Asia.

| 27/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES - CHINA
by Chiara Zappa

For the head of the Afghan Missio sui iuris, "the world is forgetting the country, which is in a desperate condition". While the Jesuits aim to restart their activities, the only church - located in the capital - has not been touched. Italian cooperation operates from Pakistan, "we need to reopen in Kabul".

| 27/05/2022
| AFGHANISTAN
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by Chiara Zappa
For the head of the Afghan Missio sui iuris, "the world is forgetting the country, which is in a desperate condition". While the Jesuits aim to restart their activities, the only church - located in the capital - has not been touched. Italian cooperation ...
| 27/05/2022
| AFGHANISTAN
 
by Steve Suwannarat
Retired Thai teacher Niwat Roykaew is among this year's recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize. In his country, he successfully battled a Chinese project that would have blasted rocky islets to allow commercial and tourist navigation on a ...
| 26/05/2022
| THAILAND
 
According to the Hong Kong Democracy Council, more than three-quarters are under the age of 30, more than 15% are under the age of 18. At least 179 opponents are in custody; 1,159 are on trial. Yesterday, well-known jurist Benny Tai was sentenced. While ...
| 25/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
by Giorgio Licini *
Canberra's U-turn with the defeat of conservative Scott Morrison and Labor's return to government is being watched closely outside the country as well. Newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong - an ethnic Han Chinese originally from Malaysia ...
| 24/05/2022
| OCEANIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Indian Church's joy for the former 18th century dignitary that Pope Francis will canonise on 15 May. Killed because he preached the fraternity of the Gospel beyond caste barriers. Syro-Malankara native Baselios Cleemis: "Witness in society of ...
| 14/05/2022
| INDIA
 
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem expresses “shock” over her death, calling for an urgent and thorough investigation. Latin Patriarch Pizzaballa sends a message and offers prayers to the family. Israelis and Palestinians blame each other. ...
| 12/05/2022
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
 
The prelate was arrested ostensibly in connection with an investigation into the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped people involved in the 2019protests. Other trustees of the charity have also been detained. Released on bail at 11pm local time. The ...
| 11/05/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The Cayetanos, the Binays and the Villars are but some of the rich clans that run the country. After yesterday's elections, a quarter of the Senate is controlled by only three families. Leni Robredo pledges firm opposition. Nobel Peace Prize laureate ...
| 10/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES
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