| CHINA

The Edelman Trust Barometer found that trust in China’s government stood at 83 per cent. In liberal democracies, public support for leaders has plunged, except in India, largely due to the way they tackled the COVID-19 pandemic and handled the economy. Among advanced economies, only Singapore and Greece see China more favorably than the United States.

by Guido Alberto Casanova

Parliament is debating the rules for dynastic succession. Today, out of 17 members, only three have the right to succeed Naruhito. Despite the fact that the majority of the population supports the opening up of the imperial family to women, the government party maintains the current principle of patrilineal succession.

| 18/01/2022
| JAPAN
by Dario Salvi

More deaths follow tragedy of the mother who froze to death to warm her children. The rise of the Taliban coincides with a rise in the flow of migrants from Afghanistan to Turkey in a (vain) attempt to enter Europe is growing. The work of Caritas: meals, accommodation, language and vocational courses to promote integration. The story of Shayan, fleeing for freedom.

| 18/01/2022
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Alexandrians condemn the invasion of their canonical territory by the Russians. The Muscovites boost their presence in Africa. Russian Exarch Leonid: in Orthodoxy tradition is respected, not a question of racism.

 

 

| 18/01/2022
| RUSSIA - EGYPT
by Nirmala Carvalho

While India grapples with the Omicron variant, the Cardinal Gracias Memorial Hospital has installed equipment for new emergencies. Archbishop Machado urges federal minister “to tell the central government” that Christians “are an integral part of building the nation,” not its enemies.

| 17/01/2022
| INDIA

A rebel spokesman said the group launched an operation "deep in the UAE”, killing two Indians and a Pakistani. In Yemen government forces reported military progress earlier this month.

| 17/01/2022
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The task of the Holy Land Editions is the dissemination of the “Fifth Gospel”, i.e., “the historical and geographical environment in which the Word of God was revealed and took on the flesh in Jesus of Nazareth, for us and for our salvation.” This “also means talking about the people who live there at present, the life of Christians of the various Churches and denominations, but also that of Jews and Muslims, in an attempt to build, in a complex and difficult context such as the Middle East, a fraternal society.”

| 17/01/2022
| VATICAN

Buddhist clerics have been forced to abandon their shrines, usually considered safe havens. Some NGOs put the number of people displaced over the past week at 170,000. For Myanmar’s Catholic bishops, it is necessary “to facilitate humanitarian access to suffering and internally displaced people”.

 

| 17/01/2022
| MYANMAR
by Shafique Khokhar

A Catholic from Karachi has been bringing friends of all faiths to the Salvation Army Church for months to distribute food to day labourers brought to their knees by pandemic. One of the people helped: "This place is different from other centres, because everyone is served with respect and a smile".

 

 

 

| 17/01/2022
| PAKISTAN

Around 10 million children born in 2021, just 480,000 more than the number of people who have died. The population may have reached its peak. The demographic slowdown is being affected by high cost of living and new social habits. The situation is a further threat to the country's economic growth.

 

| 17/01/2022
| CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

A Muslim believer later identified as H.F. threw away a traditional Hindu religious offering. The video of the gesture went viral. Protests and demonstrations have been organised against radical groups, which consider sesajen illegal. 

 

| 17/01/2022
| INDONESIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Russia ranks 7th in the world in terms of the number of Jewish citizens; Ukraine 12th. The Chief Rabbi of Russia extols the role of religions in Russian society. Russian, Ukrainian and Polish Jews want to be protagonists of a new Europe of peace.

 

| 17/01/2022
| RUSSIA - UKRAINE

Today's headlines: Beijing cuts interest rates, retail sales fall; first North Korean goods train since the start of the pandemic returns from a lightning trip to China with 'emergency materials'; Manila says Aung San Suu Kyi is 'indispensable' to restoring democracy in Myanmar; Naval'nyj collaborators blacklisted as terrorists. 

 

| 17/01/2022
| ASIA TODAY
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| CHINA
 
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