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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

Some 51 people took part in the pilgrimage, which followed a course in English dedicated to the path of faith held at St Joseph parish. The Garden of Gethsemane in Bunan Gega covers almost five hectares of forest. It was inaugurated on 26 May of last year by Archbishop Simon Peter Poh Hoon Seng. “God really opened our eyes to appreciate everyone and everything around us,” said one participant.

| 16/01/2020
| MALAYSIA

"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

The man had been in Wuhan, a city in central China where the new coronavirus originated. It is the second case discovered outside of China after the hospitalization of a woman in Thailand. Asian governments take precautions in anticipation of the Lunar New Year, when the influx of Chinese tourists will increase.

| 16/01/2020
| JAPAN-ASIA

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
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Congregation of the Humble Sisters of St Joseph lacked the money to finish the construction of the hospital. After two years, Catholics from across the country expressed their solidarity. For a member of the organising committee, the event “was a true experience in discipleship.”

| 15/01/2020
| INDONESIA

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

The authorities have arrested the bus owner and the driver, but they will only be investigated for "transporting goods of unknown origin". There are no laws in the country that prohibit the killing, sale and consumption of dog or cat meat.

| 15/01/2020
| VIETNAM

"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 Mathias Hariyadi

Since its release, the document signed by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar has been widely circulated in Indonesia. In the world’s most populous Muslim country, Catholics are spreading its message of tolerance. For Bishop Sudarso, “fraternity is essential to guarantee pluralism.”

| 14/01/2020
| INDONESIA

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
by Peter Tran

Catholics are a small minority and represent only 1.38 of the province’s population. For decades, priests were in short supply. However, “the faithful are very religious, they engage in works of charity and show mutual affection,” noted the bishop. As the Year of the Rat approaches, Bishop Hoàng calls for greater attention for young people.

| 13/01/2020
| VIETNAM

Over 23 thousand people have already left their homes, but their number is likely to reach 200 thousand. 73 evacuation centers set up by the authorities. Manila airport closed. Taal is one of the most deadly volcanoes in the world. In 1754, it erupted for seven months.

 

 

| 13/01/2020
| PHILIPPINES
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