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The ordained ministry is a gift from the Lord, "who looked upon us and told us ‘Follow me’." The failure to contemplate the gift leads to "all the deviations we know".

| 19/09/2019
| VATICAN

In 2011 the Missionary Servants of the Holy Spirit opened the mission in Goeka Baria, which includes eight villages. They taught irrigation and new crops, created support groups for women, and taught personal hygiene. Local leaders accused them of religious conversions but change their minds when they saw that their work was beneficial.

| 19/09/2019
| INDIA

The old limit was 16 years. Every year, one in six Indonesian girls (340,000) gets married before they turn 18. Religious courts have already granted a15-year-old a dispensation to be legally married.

| 19/09/2019
| INDONESIA

Catholic commitment starts first of all with unity with other Christian confessions. For Visitation church pastor, "The power of dialogue advocated by Christians lies in the friendships created between people of different religions, both in everyday life and in the workplace.” In recent years, building a church, buying land or raising a cross has become more difficult in Malaysia.

| 19/09/2019
| MALAYSIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

More than 80 clergymen from the Moscow Patriarchate have criticised the police for its violent methods and for the unfair imprisonment of protesters. Oleg Batov, who set up a theology professorship at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, is one of them. Priests inspired by the testimony of the late Fr Alexander Men, the "spiritual father" of dissent in the old atheist regime, did the same. Teachers and lawyers have also issued open letters. The Moscow Patriarchate has reacted with irony, calling for caution.

| 19/09/2019
| RUSSIA

The meeting with the president of the German Bishops Conference, in all likelihood touched upon the assembly with "deliberative power" convoked by the Germans to address issues such as the separation of power in the Church, priestly life, women's access to ministry and to offices in the Church and sexual morality.

| 19/09/2019
| VATICAN

Saudi joins to back "regional and international efforts" to "counter the threats to maritime navigation". Saudis claim 18 drones and at least seven cruise missiles were involved in the attack, excluding Yemen as the place of launch. Growing tensions are pushing China to diversify its oil supplies.

| 19/09/2019
| IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN

The outgoing premier called the centrist rival to propose an alliance. He would also have offered a possible rotating premiership deal with Gantz. With 63% of ballots  scrutinized, the Likud has 32 seats, one less than the "Blue White" coalition (33). But the real kingmaker remains Lieberman.

| 19/09/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

The 2011 nuclear disaster at the Daiichi plant is second only to Chernobyl. The company’s former chairman and his deputies were indicted for not implementing effective measures. Prosecutors asked for a five-year sentence for the death of 44 people and injuries to 13 employees.

| 19/09/2019
| JAPAN
by Paul Wang

On the night of August 31, the police intervened indiscriminately beating protesters and passengers and making dozens of arrests. Three seriously injured persons have disappeared from the list of wounded, compiled by the firemen. The police are accused of killing them and making them disappear. The government denies that there have been victims. A student leader, arrested that night, wants to sue the police.

| 19/09/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

All minors are under the age of 10. The only identified is Faizan, eight years old, who had a broken neck. It is claimed he was raped. Kasur is the same town hit last year by the pedophilia scandal, which broke out following the murder of little Zainab. The proposals of the National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace.

| 19/09/2019
| PAKISTAN
Vatican, canonization Mass of St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
The Extraordinary Missionary Month in the Archdiocese of Calcutta
Heilongjiang, China
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