by Nirmala Carvalho | INDIA

On 6 December 1992, the Babri mosque was destroyed by Hindu nationalists, who claimed the site as their own. This sparked a wave of violence that left 2,000 people dead. “Majoritarianism is today's rule,” said Fr Mathew. Christians are working to create an “environment of religious tolerance, peace, and communal harmony,” said Bishop of Lucknow Mathias.


Protesters attempted to storm the government building after reports of a corruption case related to coal exports to China. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, inflation has exceeded 15%, while border closures have reduced trade with Beijing. The president today proposed the dissolution of parliament.

| 06/12/2022
| MONGOLIA
by Fady Noun

Filippo Grandi has concluded a visit to the country, making an "urgent appeal" to the international community. Refugees number almost two million, of which 'only' 830,000 are registered. First openings for an alternative solution to naturalisation of a 'complex and problematic' issue. The problem of security and an end to the war remains, with the threat of a Turkish military ground operation. 

| 06/12/2022
| LEBANON - UN

Seven members of Binh Thuan parish were tried for “resisting on-duty state officials” and clashing with police. They did not benefit from legal counsel nor from the presence of family members during the trial. One of them claims that he was beaten in prison.

| 06/12/2022
| VIETNAM
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Russian ships launch missiles at Ukrainian targets from the sea. According to an agreement, the Caspian should only be used for peaceful purposes. So far no objections from Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Their silence is a form of connivance with the massacre of the Ukrainians.

 

 

| 06/12/2022
| RUSSIA

Iran’s attorney general announced its abolition yesterday, but no official confirmation has come from the government. State media have denied the information, claiming that the minister’s words were taken out of context. Protesters announce a three-day strike. For Iran’s Foreign Minister, “everything is moving forward well in the framework of democracy and freedom.”

| 05/12/2022
| IRAN

Even after “City of Joy” became a worldwide success, the French journalist who died yesterday at the age of 91 continued to support many projects for the poor by the missionaries he had met. In the slums, he found people “with a smile, a dignity, an ability to share and celebrate that I have never seen elsewhere.” He felt a close bond with Mother Teresa.

| 05/12/2022
| INDIA
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| 28/11/2022
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| 25/11/2022
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| 24/11/2022
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| 24/11/2022
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| 22/11/2022
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| 16/11/2022
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| 11/11/2022
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| 10/11/2022
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”