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by Melani Manel Perera

According to advocacy groups, Muslim women are treated as second-class citizens. The existing law dates back to 1951. For the past 30 years, attempts have been made to change the law to include a minimum age. Child brides are commonplace. Rape against married teens is not punished.

| 22/08/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Cần Giờ Parish – CSsR

The number of visitors to the shrine has been steadily increasing over the past few years. In his homily, Archbishop Nguyên Chi Linh expressed his desire to see at least 200,000 pilgrims next year. La Vang has seen destruction and persecution following the historical vicissitudes of Vietnam and local Catholics.

| 22/08/2019
| VIETNAM

The Myanmar government today was supposed to accept a first group of 3,454 displaced people. The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister accuses Rohingya leaders and NGOs of discouraging the return of refugees. In Myanmar, Rohingya procrastination reinforces doubts about their actual desire for repatriation.

| 22/08/2019
| BANGLADESH – MYANMAR

The public hygiene rehabilitation plan was launched in 2015 under the title "toilet revolution".  The goal is to reach 12 million public toilets renovated by the end of this year.  Serious deficiencies in sewage disposal system.

 

| 22/08/2019
| CHINA

They are created when artificial materials break down into particles smaller than about 5 millimeters.  People have inadvertently swallowed it for decades without any harm.  For the UN agency, the priority is bacteria that cause typhoid and cholera: "they cause disease and can kill".

| 22/08/2019
| ASIA
by Paul Wang

A month ago, a group of local mobsters attacked demonstrators and underground passengers, injuring 50 people.  The police did not arrest anyone.  Suspicions of collusion between law enforcement and triads.

 

| 22/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The latest in a long series of incidents hit a weapon depot north of Baghdad belonging to the pro-Iranian Hashd ash-Shaʿabi militia. Iraq’s prime minister has banned unauthorised flights and ordered all bases out of cities. Some suspect Israel's anti-Iranian policy.

| 22/08/2019
| IRAK - IRAN - ISRAEL
by Nirmala Carvalho

The attack took place before the group was able to complete the pilgrimage.  The statue of the Virgin is also desecrated, "decorated" with a garland of slippers.  Police arrest members of Hindi Munnani.

 

| 22/08/2019
| INDIA

The meeting was held yesterday in the summer presidential headquarters of Beiteddine.  Focus on Art.95 of the Constitution on confessionalism and quotas in public institutions.  Cardinal believes the selection criterion based on "experience and competence".  A defense strategy to safeguard the country from external tensions.

| 22/08/2019
| LEBANON
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by Bernardo Cervellera
Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church ...
| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
Peace, xenophobia, interfaith dialogue and globalisation are some of the issues Francis spoke about during a press conference on the flight home from Madagascar.  
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Thomas D’Souza*
Today is the liturgical memory of the woman who dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor. Pope Francis elected her patron saint of voluntary work. A solemn mass celebrated in the Generalate of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor D’Souza: ...
| 05/09/2019
| INDIA
 
PIME’s regional superior was consecrated bishop of Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. Some 8,000 people attended the ceremony. The diocese had been waiting for a pastor for eight years. The new prelate has set his goals for 2020-2022. The first one is ...
| 04/09/2019
| INDIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
Demonstration in Hong Kong September 15, 2019 - Video 2nd
Demonstration in Hong Kong September 15, 2019 - Video 1st
Confirmation ceremony at Holy Cross Church in in Luxmibazar of Dhaka
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