| VATICAN

From the Apostolic Palace, the pontiff issued a new call for peace, while Card Parolin is in Ukraine. “War is a defeat!” the pontiff said, again. With respect to the upcoming Paris Olympics and Paralympics, the Holy Father expressed hope that they will be “a beacon of the inclusive world we want to build". Speaking about the day’s Gospel, he explained that rest is essential for compassion.

by Melani Manel Perera

Following a Supreme Court ruling, the calendar of Sri Lanka’s presidential election is expected in days. The Christian advocacy group urges candidates to limit the powers of the presidency and work on healing the wounds still left open 15 years after the end of the civil war.

| 20/07/2024
| SRI LANKA
by Joseph Masilamany

Elected in January by the Conference of Rulers in one of the few elected monarchies in the world, he will remain in office for five years. This morning’s ceremony was held  in the main square of the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. For Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, the monarchy guarantees equality and justice for all Malaysian citizens. The sovereign is also the head of Islam.

| 20/07/2024
| MALAYSIA

Today's headlines: International Court of Justice calls West Bank settlements "unlawful", while Netanyahu claims that it is the land of the Jewish people. A study reveals that Indian women were much more affected than men by COVID-19 in 2020. Japanese gymnast pulls out of the Olympics because she was caught smoking and drinking, which are banned under Japanese law for people under 20. In Luhansk, the monuments to the victims of the Holodomor, the famine caused by Stalin, have been removed.

| 20/07/2024
| ASIA TODAY
by Santosh Digal

The devastation caused by Typhoon Hayan 11 years ago has strengthened the faith of people in Leyte, which is hosting the 22nd National Conference of Youth Ministers (NCYM) until Sunday. Hundreds of delegates are attending the biennial event to look at the role of youth in the Church. Archbishop John F. Du tells young people: “Hope is present because of you.”

| 19/07/2024
| PHILIPPINES

The general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, the first to obtain three mandates, dies at the age of eighty. His powers were transferred yesterday to the former Minister of Public Security who, through his anti-corruption campaign, has removed his rivals from the succession race. Nguyễn Phú Trọng was the first successor to Hồ Chí Minh to be received at the Vatican by Pope Benedict in 2013, at a key moment in the evolution of relations with the Holy See.

| 19/07/2024
| VIETNAM

Four more students were arrested yesterday, while the Supreme Court said it will order a retest depending on whether the leak was localised or systemic. The agency that drafts the exam will have to post online information that has not yet been made public. Medicine, like engineering, is a highly sought-after profession among young Indians; this year, 110,000 places were available for 2.4 million candidates.

| 19/07/2024
| INDIAN MANDALA
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