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The 83-year-old new leader succeeds Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 91, who died yesterday in the United States where he had been hospitalised since July. Considered the "dean of Arab diplomacy,” the late emir was able to maintain relations with Washington, Riyadh, Tehran and Doha, a path the new leader is likely to follow. However, he is not expected to join the Abraham Accords.

| 30/09/2020
| KUWAIT

In his Apostolic Letter Scripturae Sacrae Affectus, published today, 16 centuries after the death of the author of the Vulgate, Francis emphasises the great relevance for 21st century Christians of a text that “leads every reader to the mystery of Jesus.” Thanks to the anniversary, Christians turn “to the extraordinary missionary vitality expressed by the fact that the word of God has been translated into more than three thousand languages.”

| 30/09/2020
| VATICAN

The aim is to assess the Vatican’s compliance with international rules against money laundering and the financing of terrorism by examining its legislative framework and programmes. The visit comes a few days after the Becciu affair.

| 30/09/2020
| VATICAN

In the capital and in the big cities, Christians can live their faith freely, but the situation is different in rural areas, where abuses and persecution are commonplace. A new law aims to promote a better understanding of the religious minority, often incorrectly associated with Western imperialism.

| 30/09/2020
| LAOS
by Paul Wang

The government is allowing religious and sporting gatherings. Some restrictions remain in place until 8 October. So far, Hong Kong has reported 5,079 cases with 105 deaths.

| 30/09/2020
| HONG KONG

“We cannot expect the economic model that underlies unfair and unsustainable development to solve our problems. He did not and he will not ". The normality to which we are called is that of the Kingdom of God, where "the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are purified, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor are preached the Gospel" (Mt 11: 5).

| 30/09/2020
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The government wants to bring revenue levels back to pre-pandemic levels within two years. GDP is expected to drop by 6 per cent this year. Recovery will focus on human capital through investments in welfare and education. Opinions differ over the revival of East Timor’s economy.

| 30/09/2020
| EAST TIMOR

The first debate for the presidential elections gives the US president another platform to again blame Beijing for the Covid-19 emergency. Joe Biden, Democratic challenger: In the early days of the health crisis, Trump praised Xi Jinping's "great job". The condemnation of Chinese policies is transversal in the US public debate.

| 30/09/2020
| UNITED STATES - CHINA

The norm, proposed by the executive, gets a green light at the end of a marathon meeting of Parliament. It bans demonstrating beyond one kilometre away from one's home. For the opposition, the directive violates the rights of citizens. According to a survey, only 25% approve of the government's work.

| 30/09/2020
| ISRAEL
by Nirmala Carvalho

The 19-year-old girl was cremated overnight; relatives were not allowed to take the body home. The perpetrators are allegedly four high caste men who also strangled her. A long list of violence against Dalit women and girls. Bishop Mathias: "The caste system is so deeply rooted in society that too many crimes committed against Dalit women and girls are passed over in silence".

| 30/09/2020
| INDIA

The announcement was made at 12 in Rome and at 16 in Dhaka. The new pastor succeeds Card. Patrick D’Rozario. Msgr Bejoy, 64, was bishop of Khulna and Sylhet. He is Secretary General of the country's Episcopal Conference.

 

| 30/09/2020
| BANGLADESH
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by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
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| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
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