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by Vladimir Rozanskij

Twenty years after he became president, Vladimir Putin is proposing changes to the constitution and the power structure. Patriarch Kirill gives the move his seal of approval. Dmitri Medvedev remains Putin’s deputy, but trades in his cap as prime minister for that of deputy chair of the Security Council. An unknown bureaucrat, Mikhail Mishustin, is appointed prime minister.

 

| 16/01/2020
| RUSSIA
by Sumon Corraya

Atiqul Islam is running in North Dhaka. About 300 Protestants and Catholics, clerics as well as lay people, throw their support behind the party of the country’s prime minister. Caritas Asia president backs fast-paced economic development.

| 16/01/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Marian Demir

The Education Ministry wants the ‘Come on Children Mosque Project’’ added as an extra-curricular activity.

 

| 16/01/2020
| TURKEY

According to Verisk Maplecroft, unrest in places like Chile and Hong Kong will continue this year. Taken by surprise, the governments of the world are ill-prepared to deal with social grievances. Repression ends up radicalising protesters and provoking more violent actions.

| 16/01/2020
| ASIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

At least five parishes have been closed, with electricity and water supplies cut off. These include Fuan, Saiqi and Suanfeng. "Fire safety" measures given as a justification, an excuse for persecution. Some priests have been kicked out. A home for the elderly kept by the nuns is also closed. Of the thirty guests, some are hosted by relatives, others are homeless. Official bishop Zhan Silu bypassed by the United Front. Some priests speak of Holy See’s having “too lightly” signed to the agreement.

| 16/01/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

Some 51 people took part in the pilgrimage, which followed a course in English dedicated to the path of faith held at St Joseph parish. The Garden of Gethsemane in Bunan Gega covers almost five hectares of forest. It was inaugurated on 26 May of last year by Archbishop Simon Peter Poh Hoon Seng. “God really opened our eyes to appreciate everyone and everything around us,” said one participant.

| 16/01/2020
| MALAYSIA

"His compassion, He will take upon Himself our problems, our sins, our inner diseases, everything". " “Compassion gets involved, it comes from the heart and gets involved, and it leads you to do something. Compassion is “suffering with”, taking the suffering of the other person upon yourself in order to resolve it, to heal it."

| 16/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The bishops cite official police reports that several converted Christians have joined ISIS. The police must "treat the issue as a problem of public order and not religious".

| 16/01/2020
| INDIA

Great emotion and participation in the funeral. Moments of tension when the relatives of one victim ripped the flag from the coffin. 123 of the 176 passengers on board identified. Police and security forces patrol universities. IMF: if sanctions continue, unemployment will exceed 20% and the economy will drop by 7.2%.

| 16/01/2020
| IRAN

Samina Bibi has a fractured leg but is in good condition. Her home was buried and she lost her brother and sister. The Neelum Valley remains isolated. Recovery and rescue operations take place via helicopters. Tomorrow a more bad weather expected.

| 16/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

The man had been in Wuhan, a city in central China where the new coronavirus originated. It is the second case discovered outside of China after the hospitalization of a woman in Thailand. Asian governments take precautions in anticipation of the Lunar New Year, when the influx of Chinese tourists will increase.

| 16/01/2020
| JAPAN-ASIA
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| SAUDI ARABIA
 
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| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
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