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“Jesus teaches us a simple thing when he goes to the essentials. The essential is health, overall [health]: that of the body and that of the soul. Let us protect that of the body, but also that of the soul. And let's go to that Doctor who can heal us, who can forgive sins. Jesus came for this, [and] gave his life for it.”

| 17/01/2020
| VATICAN

Receiving an ecumenical delegation from the Lutheran Church of Finland, Francis said that "hospitality is likewise part of our shared witness of faith in daily life". The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins tomorrow, "shows us this ecumenical virtue, and above all recommends it to us".

| 17/01/2020
| VATICAN

"His compassion, He will take upon Himself our problems, our sins, our inner diseases, everything". " “Compassion gets involved, it comes from the heart and gets involved, and it leads you to do something. Compassion is “suffering with”, taking the suffering of the other person upon yourself in order to resolve it, to heal it."

| 16/01/2020
| VATICAN

Great emotion and participation in the funeral. Moments of tension when the relatives of one victim ripped the flag from the coffin. 123 of the 176 passengers on board identified. Police and security forces patrol universities. IMF: if sanctions continue, unemployment will exceed 20% and the economy will drop by 7.2%.

| 16/01/2020
| IRAN

Jeanelyn Villavende was raped before her employers beat her to death. Manila condemned her murder, describing it as a "clear violation" of the agreement signed by the two countries in 2018 that ended a diplomatic crisis.

 

| 15/01/2020
| PHILIPPINES – KUWAIT

The authorities released the monk Sefer (Aho) Bileçen, from the church of Mor Yakup. He had been arrested on charges of "terrorism" for giving bread to a PKK member. In the province of Şırnak, two elderly spouses disappear into thin air. They were the last two Christians left in the village of Meer.

| 15/01/2020
| TURKEY

The Church "although persecuted, misunderstood and chained, never tires of welcoming every man and woman with a motherly heart to announce to them the love of the Father who made himself visible in Jesus".

| 15/01/2020
| VATICAN

Citizens anger at authorities admission of responsibility, after days of denials. A video would show two, not one, missiles launched by the Iranians against the aircraft. Rouhani: the culprits of the "tragic event" will be punished, the government is "responsible" for the victims.

| 15/01/2020
| IRAN

"Inconsistent" Christians and "schizophrenic" pastors who say one thing and do another harm the community. "Those who have responsibility for the people - in this case pastoral responsibility - but are not consistent are guilty of hypocrisy, they are not gentlemen, they have no authority".

| 14/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Pierre Balanian

Two days after Vladimir Putin visited the war-torn country, Russia and Turkey reach a truce in Idlib, but one full of contradictions according to various observers. Jihadi mercenaries leaving Idlib and east of the Euphrates continue to move to Libya via Turkey.

| 14/01/2020
| SYRIA

Hossein Karoubi was arrested two days after his father, also under arrest for criticizing the supreme guide.  For the third consecutive day in Tehran and Isfahan, in the south, young people in the square against the shooting down of the Ukrainian plane.  UN secretary general spokesman calls the reports of violence "worrying".

 

| 14/01/2020
| IRAN

The monarch, who passed away at the age of 79, modernised his country and mediated in reginal conflicts. Christians praise the “unique leader”. His successor Haitham ben Tarek pledges to follow in his footsteps and promote peaceful solutions to regional crises.

| 13/01/2020
| OMAN

The meeting in Abu Dhabi between the Indonesian president and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was decisive. About US$ 12.6 billion in Gulf money will go to the energy sector. Indonesia’s new capital could be included.

| 13/01/2020
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – INDONESIA

For the second consecutive day yesterday, demonstrators poured into the streets and squares of Tehran and other cities. Moderate newspaper calls for "apologies and resignations" of those responsible. Unconfirmed videos show gun shots in the vicinity of the protesters. For young people, the enemy is not America, but "it's here".

 

 

| 13/01/2020
| IRAN
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