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Fr Romanelli notes that the Strip’s lockdown has favoured “greater control" over crossings. So far, 12 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Palestinian territory, all people crossing the border from Egypt. Gazans have been used to restrictions for years. Masses are streamed online. Families received pastoral visits and the Eucharist.

| 01/04/2020
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

“Now we realise that we don’t have enough masks but there are more than enough bullets,” said Card Tagle. “We don’t have enough supplies of ventilators but we have millions of pesos, dollars or euros spent on one plane that could attack people.”

| 01/04/2020
| VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

Western companies have over the years outsourced many activities to Indian companies, especially call centres. In India, many companies remain open despite a government lockdown. India has half of the global outsourcing market, but now some western companies are backsourcing.

| 01/04/2020
| INDIA

Being a disciple means letting oneself be guided by the Holy Spirit. For this reason, a disciple of Jesus is someone of Tradition and novelty, a free person, never subject to ideologies.

 

| 01/04/2020
| VATICAN

“We cannot forget the tragedies of our day, because the Passion of the Lord continues in the suffering of men. May your hearts find, in the Cross of Christ, support and comfort in the midst of the tribulations of life".

| 01/04/2020
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

To date, official data reports 1637 positive cases and 38 deaths. But experts predict up to 300 million infected people. Migrant day laborers left without work, without home, without food. Frederick D’Souza and his faithful offer money and food to the bricklayers in the slum near the parish. “A vast and unprecedented migration. I fear it will cause a tragedy, a human catastrophe. "

| 01/04/2020
| INDIA
by Samir Youssef*

The Iraqi priest draws a parallel between the limits imposed by the pandemic and Christ’s exile before Easter. He holds Masses and prayers for Italy. At a time of suffering, faith is an element of support. The outbreak is damaging the economy, shutting down factories. The authorities must provide support. The second part of his testimony follows.

 

| 01/04/2020
| IRAQ – ITALY
by Helena Xiang - Teresa Grazia Xiao

No funeral in the city martyred by coronavirus. Elders who mourn dead children. Children who sign their parents' death certificates. The generosity of ordinary people and Catholics. Disabled people who collect money for the inhabitants of Wuhan. The Chinese want to live again.

| 01/04/2020
| CHINA

 

Germany, France and Great Britain have sent a shipment of medicine to Iran. The two fronts to work together for "other transactions and to improve the mechanism". Dozens of US MPs write to the White House to ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic. In Iran 45 thousand Covid-19 cases and 2900 victims.

 

| 01/04/2020
| IRAN - USA - EU

The National Health Commission reports over 1500 cases on 30 March. Domestic and foreign pressure changes the regime's approach. WHO calls for all positive patients to be counted. Between 18% and 31% of infected patients in China are healthy carriers of the virus; 60% in Wuhan. Sino-American study: asymptomatic cases could increase the calculation of coronavirus-positive cases by 59%.

| 01/04/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

Dozens of people gathered to remember the victims of the violence of August 31st. For the coronavirus emergency, gatherings with more than four people have been banned for four days. Police accused of abusing emergency law. 58% support the democratic movement born out of resistance to the extradition law. 63% want the resignation of Carrie Lam, chief executive.

| 01/04/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Samir Youssef*

Iraqi Christians are pained by the tragic images coming from Italy. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the authorities too have ordered a lockdown, closed places of worship and forced people to stay at home. A "third generation" of war, a "biological" one, is underway. Protection is both spiritual and medical.  

| 31/03/2020
| IRAQ - ITALY

Usually the school year starts in March, but the authorities were forced to postpone it three times for five weeks because of the COVID-19. It remains uncertain when students will be able to return to class. The virus has infected 9,786 people so far with 163 deaths.

| 31/03/2020
| SOUTH KOREA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Sisters warn that medical staff risk their lives. Only state hospitals and other public facilities are supposed to treat coronavirus patients. Catholic facilities will not turn away people who come for help. An Anti-COVID-19 Catholic Network is set up in Jakarta. Buddhists help. In Wedi, young parishioners hand out free packages.

| 31/03/2020
| INDONESIA
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Millions of people made unemployed, return to their villages of origin. Premier Modi apologizes for the difficulties caused by the total blockade. Parishes, dioceses and Christian associations assist migrants, Dalits and refugees. Priest: "They call ...
| 30/03/2020
| INDIA
 
by Papa Francesco
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| 27/03/2020
| VATICAN
 
Many experts concur that the South Korean model of tracing and tracking the coronavirus emergency is a model to be emulated. The bishop of Daejeon praises the actions of the authorities and praises the citizens' response. "They showed great love ...
| 27/03/2020
| SOUTH KOREA
 
by Lu Haitao
During the epidemic, the dead were cremated immediately, without ceremonies and without specifying the cause of death. Now family members are waiting to bury the urns containing the ashes of their loved ones. About 45,000 urnes will be distributed in ...
| 27/03/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
Papers and new broadcasts give ample space to the so-called Chinese “aid” to Italy to counter the coronavirus epidemic. Angela Merkel: It is reciprocity. A massive advertising campaign with China victorious over Covid-19, leaving aside the ...
| 18/03/2020
| ITALY - CHINA
 
As the country enters its tenth year of civil war, the situation remains critical. Hospitals are on their knees, hundreds of thousands of people are dead, and new humanitarian emergencies unfold. Fr Georges, a Blue Marist, a month ago thought that the ...
| 18/03/2020
| SYRIA
 
by Renzo Milanese
There is no irrefutable evidence, but signs, rumors, testimonies and coincidences. For the US, the virus is a "Chinese coronavirus", or "Wuhan", the work of laboratories in China. Beijing’s counter charge: It was brought to Wuhan by US military ...
| 13/03/2020
| CHINA - USA
 
by Fady Noun
Christians and Muslims trust the saint to be spared from illnesses. Devotees have been taking the earth that covers his ancient sepulchre. A young woman claims that he appeared to her in a dream and entrusted her with a mission. Thanks to her, people ...
| 10/03/2020
| LEBANON
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