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On the first Sunday of the Word of God, Francis urged the faithful to make room in their daily life for the teaching of Jesus, who urges conversion. “‘Change your life’. Change your life, for a new way of living has begun. The time when you lived for yourself is over; now is the time for living with and for God, with and for others, with and for love.”

| 26/01/2020
| VATICAN

At the end of the 53rd Week of Prayer for Christian unity, Francis calls on the faithful “not to devote ourselves exclusively to our own communities, but to open ourselves to the good of all, to the universal gaze of God who took flesh in order to embrace the whole human race and who died and rose for the salvation of all.”

| 25/01/2020
| VATICAN

Three Frenchmen and one Iraqi man linked to a Christian charity went missing on Monday, last seen near the French embassy in Baghdad. No ransom or claim have been made. The four are “experienced staff members who have been working with us for years,” said the charity’s director.

| 25/01/2020
| IRAQ

Francis met with Iraqi President Barham Salih. During the visit, discussions centred on “promoting stability and the reconstruction process, encouraging the path of dialogue” as well as “preserving the historical presence of Christians in the country, of which they are an integral part”.

| 25/01/2020
| VATICAN – IRAQ

The patient is a 30-year-old woman from Wuhan. It is not clear whether she is Japanese or Chinese. Fearing xenophobic reactions, the authorities are maintaining maximum confidentiality about those infected. Fear hasn’t stopped lunar New Year celebrations. Yesterday thousands of people watched the Tokyo Tower lit in red to usher in the Year of the White Rat.

| 25/01/2020
| JAPAN
by Wang Zhicheng

Dr Liang Wudong is the first victim among medical staff. As of 11 am today, some 1,326 cases of infection have been reported, 729 in Hubei alone. The death toll has risen to 41, doubling in a single day. In Guangxi, a two-year-old girl is the youngest patient. Three cases have been confirmed in France, one in Australia and one in Nepal. Hospitals are having to cope with shortage of beds.

 

| 25/01/2020
| CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Hindu student, Dileshwar Marawi, was in grade 9. His teachers describe him as “a good student, calm and quiet”. His family don’t blame the school, but some radical elements want to implicate the latter in the suicide.

| 25/01/2020
| INDIA

In his “inner chatter", the jealous "is unable to see reality", and only “something really formidable” can open his eyes. “In the end it is a grace of God when the jealous person meets reality as Saul did: jealousy bursts like a soap bubble because jealousy and envy have no consistency”.

| 24/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

Built in 1928, St Joseph’s Catholic Church needs to be renovated and enlarged. Originally it could accommodate 100 people, but now it has more than 700 members. Despite having all the permits, the project is opposed by a small group of young Muslims who threaten action against public order. For the first time, Indonesian Catholics openly criticise local authorities for their incompetence and inability to uphold the country’s values.

| 24/01/2020
| INDONESIA

Supporters of the Shia cleric respond to his appeal for a “million strong” march. Many people dressed in white, ready to die for the country. Anti-government protests continue in Tahrir square. In his Friday's sermon, al-Sistani appeals again to politicians to form a new government as soon as possible.

| 24/01/2020
| IRAQ – UNITED STATES
by Sumon Corraya

Fr Mintu L Palma, vicar at the Inter-diocesan Marriage Tribunal, authored the book. For one reader, the latter lays down "the pillars of a good married life: faithfulness, responsibility, honesty and patience". Card Patrick D’Rozario, head of the Church of Bangladesh, penned the preface. For the author, “rows between parents have a negative impact on children.” The book is meant “to help families”.

| 24/01/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Nirmala Carvalho

The song was a favourite of the Mahatma Gandhi, and has been always played to mark Republic Day. The cancellation of the tune drew criticism, not only from Christians.

| 24/01/2020
| INDIA

Francis’ message is dedicated "to the theme of narration". God himself is both creator and narrator. "In fact, he pronounces his Word and things exist." "Even the Gospels are stories." The story of Jesus, then, shows how God took man to heart and that for Him "there are no insignificant or small human stories".

| 24/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

The origin of the virus lies in the consumption of wild animals, in particular that of "flying foxes", known as "fruit bats". For China's wealthy elite, eating rare and unusual things has become fashionable. Eight people reported the epidemic as early as January 1, but were arrested for "spreading fake news".

| 24/01/2020
| CHINA
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