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Pope Francis intervenes at the 75th General Assembly of the UN with a video message, extolling the United Nations as a "bridge between peoples". The pandemic is "a concrete opportunity for conversion, for transformation, for rethinking our way of life and our economic and social systems". At the root of everything is the "throwaway culture", which determines exploitation, marginalization, humiliation of human dignity and even abortion and violations of religious freedom. It is time to move from "declarationist nominalism" to the effectiveness of solidarity.

| 26/09/2020
| VATICAN - UN
by Biju Veticad

For decades, the two Orthodox communities have been fighting for ownership of churches and property. The Jacobites are excluded because they are followers of a "foreign" rite (the Antiochene one). The dispute over the Church properties involves 1700 sacred buildings. After clashes, demonstrations and hunger strikes, the Keralan government has now opened a negotiation table to resolve the situation. The Catholic Church has opened its churches to the Jacobites.

| 26/09/2020
| INDIA
by Marian Demir

The results of the report on "hate speech in the media" by the Hrant Dink Foundation. In national and local newspapers, every day at least 17 "hateful" articles against minorities, despising religious and ethnic identity.

 

| 26/09/2020
| TURKEY
by Kenneth Corbilla

In Metro Manila and throughout the country, cemeteries will be closed from October 29 to November 4, to avoid gatherings of large crowds.  Msgr Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Manila, has released a pastoral letter in which he asks the faithful to follow and abide by the rules set by the government.  Faithful advised to offer a mass and pray as a family for the dead, sharing memories of the dearly departed.  At present in the Philippines there are 299,361 Covid positive cases, with 5,196 deaths.

| 26/09/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Adrian Zenz

In 2020, the Communist Party of China "trained" and indoctrinated 543,000 "surplus" rural workers in Tibet. The pattern adopted in the Xinjiang "concentration camps" is repeated. Beijing: Nomadic farmers and herders participate on a voluntary basis to find employment. According to many observers, the regime forces them into a context of strict social control.

| 26/09/2020
| CHINA
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
by Vincenzo Guo Xijin
The speech given by the bishop of Mindong announcing his resignation from all public office, retiring to a life of prayer. Now the diocese is entrusted to Msgr. Zhan Silu, known to be very ambitious.
| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The pontiff's attempt is to push everyone towards universal fraternity. The pivot is the image of the Good Samaritan, which affects many Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The "dream" and the proposals on the UN, foreign debt, the universal destination ...
| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
“Fratelli Tutti”, Pope Francis' social encyclical, was released today. In it, the pontiff advocates overcoming the dominant profit-driven market model. Human rights know no boundaries. He says no to war and the death penalty, warns against ...
| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
At the conference on "The other China" marking the 150th anniversary of the presence of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in China, the Vatican Secretary of State highlighted the "ecclesial and pastoral" value of the Sino-Vatican Agreement, ...
| 03/10/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
by Ati Nurbaiti
People trying to stop expropriations approved by the authorities for plantations, ports and other maritime structures endure intimidation and arrests. The Church is helping victims. Offers of compensation for seized land is pitiful. The authorities are ...
| 03/10/2020
| INDONESIA
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