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by Pierre Balanian | LEBANON

Protests against all politicians have broken out from Tyre to Tripoli, from Nabatiyeh to Baalbek, from Beirut to Sidon. People are saying: "We are one hand: Christians, Muslims, Shias, Druze, Armenians, Alawis ... Confessionalism is dead.” For one Lebanese, “politicians who divide, us are united to steal from us.” Saad Hariri and Gebran Bassil are trying to deal with the situation, whilst Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah issues threats. All ministers with the Christian Forces party have resigned. Patriarch Rahi has called for a “state of economic emergency".

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On World Mission Day, Francis said that "believers at this time are called to bring everywhere, with new enthusiasm, the good news that mercy overcomes sin in Jesus, hope overcomes fear, brotherhood overcomes hostility.” PIME missionary Fr Alfredo Cremonesi is remembered. Killed in Burma in 1953, he was a tireless apostle of peace and a zealous witness of the Gospel, until his blood was shed.”

| 20/10/2019
| VATICAN

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”.

 

| 19/10/2019
| VATICAN – MYANMAR – ITALY

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 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 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

The parish priest of the diocese of Amadiya confirms the exodus underway from the eastern sector of Syria. The regional government is preparing to welcome them, but lack sufficient resources. Erdogan snubs Trump and his emissaries, but accepts Putin's invitation. Increasingly insistent rumors of a reorganization of the Islamic State, jihadists returning to Mosul.

| 17/10/2019
| IRAQ - SYRIA - TURKEY
by Kamel Abderrahmani

The two buildings are in the same province and are the Church of the Gospel of Tizi Ouzou and the Church of Makouda. Religious leaders: "We remain confident, the Lord is faithful!" Since January 2018, the authorities have sealed 15 Christian places of worship. "Muslim fellow citizens alongside the Christians".

| 17/10/2019
| ALGERIA - ISLAM

An environmental disaster with two faces: solidarity among citizens and the lack of readiness institutions. These are the worst fires since 2007; originating in the western mountains the fires surrounded urban centers, including Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon. The courage and altruism of women religious, students and parents of the Carmelite St. Joseph school in Mechref.

| 17/10/2019
| LEBANON

"Today we ask for the grace to be amazed by the surprises of God, not to hinder His creativity, but to recognize and favor the ever new ways through which the Risen One pours His Spirit into the world and attracts hearts making Himself known as the" Lord of all "(Acts 10:36)".

| 16/10/2019
| VATICAN

Bishop Yaldo confirms the "strong fear" of "a return of the Islamic State". The intervention of the international community "fundamental" to exercise "pressure on Turkey". Erdogan rejects the US request for a ceasefire. From the Chaldean patriarch the appeal for a week of prayer for peace in Iraq and Syria.

| 16/10/2019
| IRAQ - SYRIA - TURKEY

For the experts, the decline is even more significant than the initial 6% estimates. Confirmed data released last week by the World Bank which speaks of a trade volume down by 90%. The Islamic Republic is going through "serious macroeconomic hardship". Inflation at 35.7%.

| 16/10/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES

In his message for today's World Food Day, Francis states that having 820 million hungry people live side by side 700 million overweight people shows the need to return to simplicity and sobriety.

 

| 16/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Emanuele Scimia

The Ankara government says it is conducting an anti-terror campaign against Kurds in Syria, but the opposition CHP believes Erdogan is trying to polish his image amid domestic woes. Erdogan prepares new elections. Western sanctions could severely damage Turkey’s fragile economy.

| 16/10/2019
| TURKEY-SYRIA
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