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For the city’s Chaldean archbishop, Iraq’s southern metropolis is facing a major environmental crisis. Half of the population has no access to water, whilst oil wells poison the air. Hospitals are overcrowded and drugs are in short supply. The river that runs through the city is the sick child of the country. Local leaders are not "in step" with science and modernity, relying instead on religious decrees.

| 30/09/2019
| IRAQ
by Paolo Fossati

Editorial writer Anil Netto looks at 'Old vs New politics' in Malaysia. Parties that represent the past emphasise identity. But it is in economic inequalities that threaten national unity.

| 30/09/2019
| MALAYSIA

In his meeting with the delegations of missionary institutes of Italian foundation, Francis, said: “Do not be afraid to bear witness to Jesus even where it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. Witness Him with your whole life.”

| 30/09/2019
| VATICAN
by Paul Wang

The Civil Human Rights Front warns that ban on peaceful demonstrations could lead to even greater violence. Yesterday, protests were held to commemorate Occupy Central. For Xinhua, the latter was the starting point of the collapse of the rule of law in Hong Kong. Protesters and police clashed violently. A plainclothes officer fired lived ammunition.

| 30/09/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

With the People's Republic of China getting ready for its 70th anniversary, Xi this morning honoured the Monument of Heroes, in Tiananmen Square, scene of the 1989 massacre. A spectacular military parade will take place tomorrow with new, Made-in-China weapons on display. Symbols of the one-party state are shown at St Paul’s Church in Macau. The national flag is waved and anthem is sung in the cathedral in Heilongjiang.

 

| 30/09/2019
| CHINA

The children are cared for by the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, which, together with the Archdiocese, want to dispel the false belief that Catholics must pay for the sacraments. “Being simple and poor are never obstacles to receiving the grace of God,” said the archbishop.

| 30/09/2019
| PHILIPPINES

Francis established the "Sunday of the Word of God". It will be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, "at that time of the year, when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. ". "The day dedicated to the Bible  should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers".

| 30/09/2019
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Pope Francis will elevate the religious to the altars of the saints on October 13th. The Indian nun is the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family. Of noble origins, she dedicated her life to the poor. The prime minister's positive comment is an opening towards the Christian minority, the target of the Hindu radicals especially since he is in power.

| 30/09/2019
| INDIA

The Saudi crown prince invites the international community to take action before oil reaches "unimaginable prices". A crisis in the Middle East endangers the global economy. He finally admitts indirect responsibility in the Khashoggi murder, but denies being the instigator.

| 30/09/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA - IRAN
by Yeni K

The fire in the overcrowded Moria camp caused the death of a woman and a child, at least five people badly burned. Hundreds of refugees revolted in the asylum center. Every day there are about 900 arrivals. Human trafficking facilitated by NGOs and corrupt Turkish military police. At least 4 million refugees are waiting on the Turkish coasts to pass through some Greek islands. Even intellectuals and academics opposed to the Erdogan regime are fleeing - and dying.

| 30/09/2019
| GREECE-TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The vast majority of priests in Europe have asked to be welcomed by  Kirill. Fears of "normalization". The Russian Church of England, shaped by the famous Metropolitan Antony of Surozh (Antony Bloom), was annihilated by Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeev), who was also Bloom’s disciple.

| 30/09/2019
| RUSSIA-TURKEY-EUROPE
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The Holy See and Beijing have announced the extension of the agreement for another two years. China’s apparent dissatisfaction at continued relations with Taiwan. The Vatican is content with the fruits: no illegitimate bishops. But there are no ...
| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
It has "great ecclesial and pastoral value". An Osservatore Romano article states “there is a need to recognise that there are situations of great suffering. The Holy See is deeply aware of this, takes it into account and does not fail to draw ...
| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
Catholics number 1.328.993.000, 17.73 % of the global population. Archbishop Rugambwa: "The mission touches and transforms all sectors and areas of life in order to save humanity and creation". Msgr. Dal Toso: the fund to help local Churches cope with ...
| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
“Leaving” one's culture and one's country is possible only if one is rich in faith in Jesus Christ. This makes the difference. For many, the pandemic has meant closure, isolation, fear of contagion, disinterest, depression, nihilism. ...
| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
For Msgr. Abou Khazen the document is an act in defence of a people "wounded and attacked by thieves on the way to Jericho". Syria is also waiting for a Good Samaritan "to save us". But the West in recent years has betrayed hopes. A text "to be explored ...
| 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
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