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The Church provides protesters with "food and shelter” every week. Schools and public buildings are closed in several southern cities. Six more people died yesterday in Baghdad in three separate explosions that no one has claimed. For Bishop Habib Jajou, ordinary Iraqis are suffering from poverty, whilst young people want social justice.

| 27/11/2019
| IRAQ
by Mathias Hariyadi

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and Egypt’s Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. The festivities opened with a solemn thanksgiving Mass, during which participants also celebrated some priestly anniversaries.

| 27/11/2019
| INDONESIA
by Sumon Corraya

The incident occurred in the capital's Holey Artisan Bakery Café in 2016 leaving scores of people dead, including many Italians. The accused shouted “Allahu Akbar” when the sentence was read. Death sentences are carried out by hanging.

| 27/11/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Bernardo Cervellera

Chinese authorities and media have fallen silent. Articles praising pro-Beijing winners were scrapped. Patriotic and anti-US media campaigns failed, as did Carrie Lam. Beijing thinks that human rights are just food, clothing and a roof over people’s head. But the people of Hong Kong also love freedom.

 

| 27/11/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Yurie Miyawaki

Katsuzo Ishimaru, a world-famous artist who survived the 1945 atomic bomb, looks at Pope Francis’s visit to Japan. Living with terror has influenced his art, and now he hopes for a "revolution" on the part of young people, who must go back to a life in contact with nature. Artificial intelligence, pollution and global warming are challenges that "must be addressed immediately”.

| 27/11/2019
| JAPAN – VATICAN

Reviewing the stages of his recent trip to Thailand and Japan, Francis reiterated his condemnation of nuclear weapons. " today the serious threat, in more developed countries, is the loss of the meaning of living. The first victims of the void of the meaning of life are young people ”. A prayer for Albania hit by an earthquake. Next Sunday Francis will go to Greccio, the place where St. Francis made the first crib and who will write a letter dedicated to the crib.

| 27/11/2019
| VATICAN

Alqst reports a campaign of arrests, with raids on private homes in Riyadh and Medina. Computers and mobile phones seized. Other people targeted by the authorities. "Shocking" and "vast" repression because it affects people who have "quit" their activism some time ago.

| 27/11/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA

On 23 October, the British police discovered the bodies of 39 illegal Vietnamese immigrants. On board a commercial container from London, 16 bodies arrived today in Hanoi. The families of the victims forced to take out government loans to pay for the transfer.

| 27/11/2019
| VIETNAM - UNITED KINGDOM
by Wang Zhicheng

Already last August 12 "aggressive" plague strains were discovered in mice. But there was no communication to the health authorities. Lack of communication mirrors Sars epidemic (2003). The imbalance between urban and rural health service.

| 27/11/2019
| CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Previously, the Supreme Court had established the release of two other Christians accused without evidence of the murder of the Hindu guru. The accusations against the Christians had triggered the 2008 pogrom. Bishop Barwa: "Happy and sad at the same time, because Christians have suffered through faults not theirs". In 2021 the Plenary of Indian Bishops will be held in Bhubaneswar.

| 27/11/2019
| INDIA
by Paolo Fossati

Born into a family of Muslim origin, the nun was baptised as an adult. Now she is a member of the Missionaries of Mary in Thailand. During her childhood, she attended the Xaverian mission in Kasongo, where she discovered faith and mission. For her, Jesus is already “present in the history of every people.”

 

| 27/11/2019
| THAILAND
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