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The Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking present guidelines to fight this “atrocious scourge" and get to the roots of the problem, i.e. economic exploitation. This means stressing the legal and moral responsibility of “buyers” as well as convincing states and institutions to help and defend the victims.

| 17/01/2019
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

The Church and the Cecil and Iris Chudhary Foundation (CICF) support the education of Suleman, Sonia and Poonam Shazad. For their grandfather, “the true guardians of the children are the Church and the CICF”.

| 17/01/2019
| PAKISTAN

A referendum is scheduled over the new few weeks in Mindanao to ratify a new autonomy law. The Mindanao Catholic Church Leaders for Peace (MCCLP) believe it will remedy “historic injustices” suffered by the Muslim community. For PIME missionary, “Fear and promises tend to influence the various positions.”

| 17/01/2019
| PHILIPPINES

For Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, the jihadist threat is still present but only the Syrian military should fight it. Jihadism is an ideology that must be eradicated. IS suicide bomber kills 21 people in Mandij. Refugees continue to leave eastern Syria. Erdogan’s attempt to create a buffer zone will likely trigger a new escalation.

| 17/01/2019
| SYRIA - UNITED STATES

Enes Kanter, a centre for the New York Knicks, did not play yesterday in London. Turkish prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest as a member of an "armed terrorist group". For Ankara he belongs to a network of Gülen supporters. The player slams the Turkish president for hunting down and arresting those who criticise him.

| 17/01/2019
| TURKEY – UNITED STATES

May the Holy Spirit, therefore, enlighten us so that no one may have a perverse heart: a hard heart, which will lead you to faintheartedness; a stubborn heart that will lead you to rebellion, that will lead you to ideology; a heart that is seduced, a slave to seduction, that will make you Christians of compromise.

| 17/01/2019
| VATICAN

The Crown Prince will ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1st May. Only the men from the Imperial family and government representatives, including a woman, will be present at the ceremony, the Japanese government announced. The decision respects history but proves controversial in the country.

| 17/01/2019
| JAPAN

The ban would prohibit the sale of chips or other "made in the USA" electronic components to Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecommunications companies. "Huawei is the information gathering arm for the Chinese Communist Party". Ren Zhengfei: We would never do any harm to other nations. Huawei is also accused of stealing trade secrets.

| 17/01/2019
| CHINA-USA

A first delegation from the Archdiocese of Seoul  arrives in Central America for the diocesan Youth Day. From here, they will travel to Panama to wait for Pope Francis. Who prays for peace on the Korean peninsula: "Reconciliation and unity".

| 17/01/2019
| COSTA RICA - SOUTH KOREA

The epidemic spreads due to the hygienic conditions in which the animals are kept. The virus is not harmful to humans, but it is deadly to pigs. The Chinese are the world’s largest pork consumers. At present the country is forced to import pork from abroad. Fears also in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan.

| 17/01/2019
| CHINA

The increase over the previous year is 54% and is "destined to rise" on the back of Qatar’s isolation by Arab world over dispute with Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Among the goods traded Turkish food and construction materials for Qatar and natural gas and aluminum for Turkey.

| 17/01/2019
| QATAR - TURKEY
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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