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At the general audience, Francis retraces the stages of the trip to Budapest and Slovakia, "a pilgrimage of prayer, a pilgrimage to the roots, a pilgrimage of hope." Roots "not as museum exhibits, not ideologized and instrumentalized for interests of prestige and power, to consolidate a closed identity. No." "Violence against women is an open sore. It’s everywhere."

| 22/09/2021
| VATICAN

The 1,500 members of the committee are practically all loyal to Beijing. Yesterday's elections chosen 364 components; 4,380 citizens participated in the vote: in 2016, before the electoral reform, they had been 246 thousand. Democratic front: the Chinese Communist Party fears public opinion.

| 20/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Cambodia extends vaccination campaign to children under six. The aim is to immunize 91 per cent of the population and reopen the tourism sector. China and the UAE plan to vaccinate three-year-old. Hong Kong lawmakers turn to Pfizer for a third jab after no antibodies detected from Chinese vaccine.

| 17/09/2021
| ASIA

Conceived in anti-Chinese terms, Trump had rejected it in 2017. Japan is skeptical. The Chinese would have to meet the pact's high standards, especially on the environment, labor rights and state-owned enterprises. Taiwan also wants to join the CPTPP. Consumption languishes in China, Xi still relies on exports for recovery from pandemic.

 

| 17/09/2021
| CHINA

‘The Congregation for Religious is examining the religious congregations and associations created in this period.” Among the latter, many have been placed under external control. Positions of governance in lay groups are a “call to serve” that runs up against a hunger for power and disloyalty.

| 16/09/2021
| VATICAN

Australians will be able to build nuclear submarines with US technology. The agreement includes cooperation on artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technology. Beijing slams move as "irresponsible". Protests from France, which loses a contract for the sale of submarines to Canberra. New Zealand also distances itself.

 

| 16/09/2021
| THE WEST-CHINA

Christians “are weavers of dialogue where hostility is growing; models of fraternal life where society is experiencing tension and hostility; bringers of the sweet fragrance of hospitality and solidarity where personal and collective selfishness too often prevails, protectors and guardians of life where the culture of death reigns.”

| 15/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA

For the past two years, authorities have banned events commemorating the 4 June 1989 massacre. Sentences of between six and 10 months were imposed. Some defendants are already in prison for other sentences. The executive continues to target Apple Daily and the local journalists association.

| 15/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

“Judgement and prejudice only increase distances. Hostility and sharp words are not helpful. Marginalizing others accomplishes nothing. Segregating ourselves and other people eventually leads to anger. The path to peaceful coexistence is integration,” said Francis. What is more, “Bombarded by virtual messages, we risk losing our real roots,” he added. “To grow disconnected from life, or to fantasize in a void, is not a good thing; it is a temptation from the evil one. God wants us to be firmly grounded, connected to life.”

| 14/09/2021
| VATICAN – SLOVAKIA

This is the latest outbreak in the country, following those in Jiangsu, Guangdong and Yunnan. Events and celebrations for the Mid-Autumn Festival cancelled. Some cities in partial lockdown; public places and schools closed. Health experts: new wave of infections will be contained within a month.

| 14/09/2021
| CHINA

"How many generous persons suffered and died here in Slovakia for the name of Christ! Theirs was a witness borne out of love of him whom they had long contemplated. To the point that they resembled him even in their death. I think too of our own time, in which there is no lack of opportunities for bearing witness.”

| 14/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA

Following an investigation by the Khmer Times, police raided a hotel-casino. A number of people were arrested and two victims released. Firearms were also found. Those arrested will be questioned after a 14-day quarantine. To avoid the crackdown, criminal activities are being moved away from the coastal city.

| 14/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Siberian entrepreneurs seeking investment from China. Moscow needs to boost energy supplies between Lake Bajkal and the Amur River. The Chinese want control of the new facilities.  Russian critics say opening the doors to Beijing's money goes against the national interest.

 

| 14/09/2021
| RUSSIA-CHINA

“Even as battles for supremacy are waged on various fronts, may this country reaffirm its message of integration and peace,” said Pope Francis. “[M]ay Europe be distinguished by a solidarity that, by transcending borders, can bring it back to the centre of history.” For the pontiff, the Church must teach “inner and responsible freedom”. She must know “how to be creative by immersing herself in history and culture;” she must know “how to engage in dialogue with the world, with those who confess Christ without being one of ‘us’, with those who are weary of the religious quest, even with those who do not believe.”

| 13/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA
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by Vladimir Rozanskij
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| 18/09/2021
| BELARUS
 
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| 17/09/2021
| TURKEY - ITALY
 
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| 17/09/2021
| CHINA
 
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| 16/09/2021
| LEBANON
 
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| 16/09/2021
| THE WEST-CHINA
 
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| 15/09/2021
| PAKISTAN
 
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| 15/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA
 
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| 14/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
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