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| VATICAN – MYANMAR – ITALY

Today the martyr's beatification was celebrated in Crema cathedral. Card Angelo Becciu, Crema’s Bishop Daniele Gianotti, and Taungngu’s Bishop Isaac Danu were present at the ceremony. Today is the 95th anniversary of Fr Cremonesi’s first Mass. Participants made a pilgrimage to the places that marked his life. His testimony “is an incentive for young people to reflect on the beauty of the missionary vocation, experienced with enthusiasm and total commitment”.

 

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At least five mayors in south-eastern Turkey are under arrest. Semire Nergiz and Ferhat Kut are accused of membership in a terrorist organisation. Remziye Yasar and Irfan Sari were taken into custody for articles and interviews. Twenty-four social media users have also been arrested. In two weeks, 186 Internet used have been detained.

| 19/10/2019
| TURKEY - SYRIA

The president of the Eugene Bell Foundation announces new spaces for cooperation with the North Korean authorities.  In 2017, over 130,000 North Koreans were infected, with 16,000 deaths.  However, there is no agreement with the Global Fund, which should finance part of the project.

 

| 18/10/2019
| KOREA

Out of 12 small groups, five are in favour, four against, three others would leave the decision to the Pope or to a universal synod. There is agreement over environmental problems and the violence endured by indigenous people. The contribution of women to evangelisation must be valued. One proposal calls for an "Amazonian rite".

| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The president will take his oath of office, starting his second term, on Sunday. The authorities are deploying some 30,000 soldiers and police in the capital, fearing attacks and violent protests. The Bishops' Conference urges greater vigilance.

| 18/10/2019
| INDONESIA

The Burmese remember "his unconditional love". The PIME priest was killed in hatred of the faith in the village of Donokù on 7 February 1953. Mgr Isaac Danu, bishop of Taungngu, is in Italy for the beatification ceremony.

| 18/10/2019
| MYANMAR
by Nirmala Carvalho

Clare D’Mello is a member of the Catholic Nurses Guild. Her "weapons" are her smile, prayer and blessed hands. The nurse starts her shift every day with a prayer for the sick, even non-Christians: "It is not to convert, but to heal".

 

| 18/10/2019
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

The march, on Sunday, was to challenge the anti-mask law and abuse of power by police. It will likely take place anyway. In recent weeks, the Front has organised rallies that drew millions of people. Flashmobs have occurred at lunchtime today.

| 18/10/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Card Al-Rahi stands with people already burdened by high tariffs and taxes. Action is needed to tackle 40 per cent unemployment. The government must deal with deficits and the causes of the economic crisis. Today’s cabinet meeting was cancelled. Scores of people are injured whilst two foreign workers die.

| 18/10/2019
| LEBANON
by Bernardo Cervellera

In the secular and religious media the sense of mission is reduced to things to do, acts of charity, ideological positions. Silence shrouds the "why" a missionary gives his or her life. The passion and the desire that the peoples know the love of Jesus Christ allows a prophetic impulse capable of perceiving and helping the development and destiny of peoples.

| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Russian president recommends producing content aimed at the moral and spiritual education of youth. The Orthodox patriarch urges the use of "media activities" to attract people to the charitable actions of ecclesial bodies. Enhance patriotism among the younger generations. Invade the internet with messages, rather than controlls.

| 18/10/2019
| RUSSIA

A pause to allow the withdrawal of Kurdish troops, who denounce the use of chemical weapons. Analysts and experts speak of further capitulation of the United States to Ankara’s ambitions. The death toll worsens: 224 among the Arab-Kurds, 183 in the pro-Turkish groups and 72 civilians. Over 300,000 displaced people.

| 18/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY - USA
by Pierre Balanian

A tax on Whatsapp and Facebook messages has proven the last straw. Arab Spring style demonstrations in Beirut, Nabatiyeh, Dawra, Jal el-Dib, Antelias and Jiye. Schools and universities closed. A transversal movement, uniting all confessions and parties. "Enough with the feudal republic made up of leaders who only think about getting rich!"

 

| 18/10/2019
| LEBANON
by Alberto Caccaro

The ceremony will be led by Card Becciu in the cathedral of Crema. Fr Cremonesi spent more than 30 years of his life on mission in what was then Burma. He was called "perpetual motion" because of his restlessness and passion for evangelisation. “if I were born a thousand times, I’d go back on mission a thousand times,” he said. The faithful acknowledged his martyrdom right away.

| 17/10/2019
| VATICAN – MYANMAR – ITALY

A study of 99 low- and middle-income countries reports that 123 million children died between 2000 and 2017. The main causes vary with age. Overall in 17 years child mortality dropped by half, from 10 to 5.4 million.

| 17/10/2019
| ASIA
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