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by Mathias Hariyadi | INDONESIA

A viral outbreak has been declared at the John XXIII Seminary in East Java, which hosts major seminarians from ten dioceses. At least 30 people have been infected, 13 of whom have been hospitalised. The Sisters of St Charles Borromeo in Yogyakarta, who have already faced the coronavirus, have come to help.

 

 

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A Christian's mission, Francis said at the Angelus, is "ignite little lights in people's hearts;  be little lamps of the Gospel that bring a little love and hope ".  In Lent a "fast" from gossip.  A prayer for children suffering from rare diseases.

| 28/02/2021
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

 Commentary on the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Mark 9, 2-10).

| 28/02/2021
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by Francis Khoo Thwe

The Mon march together with other ethnic groups in the economic capital. Three reporters detained. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun calls on the international community to "stop the military coup". UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warns every country against recognizing the junta regime.

| 27/02/2021
| MYANMAR
by Paul Nguyen Hung

As local transportation comes to a halt as a result of the pandemic, the sale of vegetables, chickens and eggs in the northern province is disrupted. This is particularly critical for the local economy during the Lunar New Year period. Some firms and individuals have responded by promoting online shopping. But there is a fear that the crisis could spread to neighbouring areas.

| 26/02/2021
| VIETNAM
by Francis Khoo Thwe

Myanmar’s civil society goes on strike: doctors, health staff, teachers, students, bank employees, private sector workers, railway employees, dockworkers. According to the UN rapporteur on Myanmar, three-quarters of state employees are on strike. The junta could be dragged down by economic collapse. Police carry out night arrests, detain protesters. Catholic nuns and Buddhist monks support protesters. A Japanese journalist is arrested. Indonesian minister calls for respect the wishes of the people of Myanmar.

| 26/02/2021
| MYANMAR

The theme from Ps 103: 3: "He forgives all your sins". A guide "to offer some suggestions to allow parishes and Christian communities to prepare themselves to live the initiative 24 hours for the Lord.”

| 26/02/2021
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

In 2021, Papua’s special autonomy law expires. During a three-day meeting, local bishops analysed the problems and needs of a territory marked by violence and a pro-independence movement. The armed struggle is a heavy burden. The prelates call for peace and dialogue. Redemption can come through education and local economic development.

| 25/02/2021
| INDONESIA
by Francis Khoo Thwe

Clashes with residents took place at the Sule pagoda and at the central station. At least 30 junta thugs were handed over to the police. A Democrat demonstrator died in prison yesterday. A man died while patrolling his neighbourhood to prevent arrests of protesters.

| 25/02/2021
| MYANMAR
by Peter Geremia

Police raid San Carlos University in Cebu to “free” children who had found refuge after their village schools were closed, allegedly for supporting communist rebels. Father Peter Geremia (PIME) wonders how children can be seen as terrorists.

| 25/02/2021
| PHILIPPINES

The woman also starved, suffocated and burnt Piang Ngaih Don with a hot iron. Gaiyathiri Murugayan now faces life imprisonment. Defence attorney: the accused suffers from depression. The police suspend her husband. There are several cases of abuse of foreign workers.

| 25/02/2021
| SINGAPORE
by Francis Khoo Thwe

A multi-ethnic rally was held today to show the international community that Myanmar’s many ethnic groups can live together without harsh military rule  Indonesia's foreign minister, Ratno Marsudi, scarps a visit to Myanmar. Protesters gathered in front of the Italian Embassy.

| 24/02/2021
| MYANMAR

The court had asked to delay the repatriation. The UN had asked for a check for the presence of political refugees and asylum seekers. For more than a year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has not been allowed to visit migrant detention centres.

| 24/02/2021
| MALAYSIA
by Kenneth Corbilla

Archbishop Jose Palma is in hospital; the auxiliary emeritus too tested positive. The vaccination campaign has not yet started. The Philippine Labor Department wants to trade nurses for vaccine.

| 23/02/2021
| PHILIPPINES
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by Francis Khoo Thwe
Mya Thwate Thwate Kaing died yesterday after being wounded by police in Naypyidaw. The United Kingdom imposes sanctions on three generals; Canada on nine officials. The United States, India, Japan and Australia are demanding a quick return to democracy. ...
| 20/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The church was built in 2000, with all the permits and praise of the local authorities. There are two reasons for the destruction: the land’s commercial value and erasing the "showy" symbolism of the religious building. The policy of "sinicization" ...
| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
Zdeněk Hřib targeted for having twinned with Taipei and supporting Tibetan dissidents. “No cost” for my commitment to Taiwan and Tibet. China is an “unreliable” trading partner. Alarm raised over Chinese lobbying campaigns in ...
| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Buddhist monks in Pegu and Pakokku pray and march to protect the people from darkness. In Kengtung, Christians in procession with the statue of Our Lady. In Mandalay, the bishop's evening of prayer with priests and sisters. The religious of Saint ...
| 11/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
Erdoğan appears to have traded them for millions of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Protests are taking place in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara. The ratification of an extradition treaty with China faces an uphill battle. Turkish opposition ...
| 10/02/2021
| TURKEY - CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
It will contain all information on religious personnel, including the punishments received and the revocation of their ministry. A document on the management of clergy, monks, priests, bishops, who above all have the obligation to "support the leadership ...
| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
In an audience with the Focolare Movement (Work of Mary), Pope Francis stressed three points: the post-Foundress era, the importance of crises, and living spirituality with coherence and realism. He greeted the movement’s new president, Margaret ...
| 06/02/2021
| VATICAN
 
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Taiwan leads Japan and South Korea. Globally it is 11th. Greater financial transparency in politics and judicial independence are the main factors boosting its ranking. Thanks to hi-tech, the island also ...
| 06/02/2021
| TAIWAN
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