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Announced by Pope Francis, the international rendezvous is set for October 2019. Diocesan coordinators held their first meeting yesterday in Vijayawada, Andhra-Telangana. Renewing the mission starts with the parishes. Catholics must abandon provincialism and caste divisions.

| 22/02/2019
| INDIA

Saudi Arabia is turning east because of difficult relations with the West, following the Jamal Khashoggi murder. The two countries plan to build an oil refinery and a petrochemical plan in Liaoning. Riyadh is silent over the fate of the Uyghurs.

| 22/02/2019
| CHINA - SAUDI ARABIA

Erfan Hezim is a young promise of Chinese football. He reappeared on social media with a message of thanks for the Chinese government. It is estimated that at least one million people are being held in Xinjiang detention centres.

| 22/02/2019
| CHINA

In Rakhine, soldiers fired indiscriminately hitting Ma Ye Ye Soe, 18, in the face. A four-year-old girl was also injured in the incident. In northern Shan, soldiers gunned down Mai Aike Zaup, 17, who was running away from a checkpoint thinking the armed men were rebels.

| 22/02/2019
| MYANMAR

The discovery was made over a year after the city’s liberation. Eight other mass graves have already been identified near the former Islamist stronghold. A Rapid Response Division team is engaged in the difficult task of identifying the victims. Out of 3,800 bodies exhumed since January 2018, 560 have been identified.

| 22/02/2019
| SYRIA

Second report of the day dedicated to "accountability" (having to give an account) to the meeting on "Protection of minors in the Church". The cardinal represents a Church, that of the United States, long struck by accusations of abuse and the silence of the hierarchy. He himself is suspected of silence on the McCarrick case. Structural, legal and institutional reform is necessary.

| 22/02/2019
| VATICAN

In January daily rations were cut from 550 to 300 grams per person per day. In 2018, food production was 4.95 million tonnes, 503,000 less than in 2017. North Korea blames UN sanctions for negatively impacting its agricultural sector. A second Trump-Kim summit is set for five days from now, centred on economics and denuclearisation.

| 22/02/2019
| NORTH KOREA – UNITED NATIONS

The Archbishop of Mumbai, accused yesterday by the BBC of superficiality against some abuses, calls on bishops to work in a collegial and synodal manner. No bishop can say: This abuse does not concern me. To favor "fraternal correction", "intercultural communication", "speed of information exchange" to "elaborate opinions and start discussions". What the Church is experiencing is useful for the world. Face the persecution together.

| 22/02/2019
| VATICAN

The article was published yesterday on the English agency. The Archbishop of Mumbai emerges as being negligent in reporting cases of child abuse by a priest. The official note instead publishes the names of all those involved in the story. The local Church has offered help to the victim's family several times, but has always been told that they did not need it.

| 22/02/2019
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Despite the worst fears, the transition is taking place in a non-violent way. The exodus is decided by the parish assembly. But there are attempts at state interference. The question of monasteries and places of pilgrimage, a reference point for Orthodox and Catholics. So far in 10 dioceses, only two have passed to Kiev: Vinnitsa and Odessa.

| 22/02/2019
| RUSSIA - UKRAINE

The two girls have been hiding for six months in Hong Kong and are likely to be returned to Riyadh within a week. The father and the uncle - senior officials of the Saudi government - have reported their disappearance. The Saudi consulate has tried to stop them and bring them back home. The two sisters report abuse by their father and brothers.

| 22/02/2019
| HONG KONG - SAUDI ARABIA
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| 06/04/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
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| 03/04/2020
| INDIA
 
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| CHINA
 
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| 30/03/2020
| INDIA
 
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| 27/03/2020
| VATICAN
 
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Easter is the feast

of tombstones taken away,

rocks rolled aside.

God takes away even the hardest stones

against which

our hopes and expectations crash:

death, sin,

fear, worldliness.

 

(Pope Francis)

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