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by Pierre Balanian | LEBANON

Protests against all politicians have broken out from Tyre to Tripoli, from Nabatiyeh to Baalbek, from Beirut to Sidon. People are saying: "We are one hand: Christians, Muslims, Shias, Druze, Armenians, Alawis ... Confessionalism is dead.” For one Lebanese, “politicians who divide, us are united to steal from us.” Saad Hariri and Gebran Bassil are trying to deal with the situation, whilst Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah issues threats. All ministers with the Christian Forces party have resigned. Patriarch Rahi has called for a “state of economic emergency".

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The Burmese remember "his unconditional love". The PIME priest was killed in hatred of the faith in the village of Donokù on 7 February 1953. Mgr Isaac Danu, bishop of Taungngu, is in Italy for the beatification ceremony.

| 18/10/2019
| MYANMAR
by Nirmala Carvalho

Clare D’Mello is a member of the Catholic Nurses Guild. Her "weapons" are her smile, prayer and blessed hands. The nurse starts her shift every day with a prayer for the sick, even non-Christians: "It is not to convert, but to heal".

 

| 18/10/2019
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

The march, on Sunday, was to challenge the anti-mask law and abuse of power by police. It will likely take place anyway. In recent weeks, the Front has organised rallies that drew millions of people. Flashmobs have occurred at lunchtime today.

| 18/10/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Alberto Caccaro

The ceremony will be led by Card Becciu in the cathedral of Crema. Fr Cremonesi spent more than 30 years of his life on mission in what was then Burma. He was called "perpetual motion" because of his restlessness and passion for evangelisation. “if I were born a thousand times, I’d go back on mission a thousand times,” he said. The faithful acknowledged his martyrdom right away.

| 17/10/2019
| VATICAN – MYANMAR – ITALY

Sr Lucy Kalappura was expelled from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation last August. For her superiors, she broke the rules of the community. The Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Giambattista Diquattro delivered the note. Mgr Franco Mulakkal is on trial charged with the rape of a nun.

| 17/10/2019
| INDIA

Adriana Elisabeth, head of the Center for Political Studies at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences, talks about the situation in Papua. In Indonesia, anti-Papuan racism is a widespread. Since 19 August, several protests have turned violent. The government must better understand the human rights situation and not limit itself to political aspects. It must take an interest in local economic realities and socio-cultural issues.

| 17/10/2019
| INDONESIA
by Kamel Abderrahmani

The two buildings are in the same province and are the Church of the Gospel of Tizi Ouzou and the Church of Makouda. Religious leaders: "We remain confident, the Lord is faithful!" Since January 2018, the authorities have sealed 15 Christian places of worship. "Muslim fellow citizens alongside the Christians".

| 17/10/2019
| ALGERIA - ISLAM
by Nirmala Carvalho

The initiative of the Diocese of Sindhudurg is inspired by that of Goa and Daman, who published the first Romi Konkani translation in the language. 8 thousand copies were printed for distribution to villages and cities. The text will renew the spirit of the Christian community in the extraordinary missionary month.

| 17/10/2019
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

He suffered injury to his arms and head. In late August he was attacked in a restaurant with baseball bats and knives. So far at least 9 personalities of the anti-extradition movement have been attacked by unknown thugs. The government condemns the attack as "unacceptable". More insults and interruptions for Carrie Lam.

| 17/10/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Lidwin Fernandes*

Sr Lidwin Fernandes is the executive secretary of the Women’s Commission of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India. She has a long experience in youth outreach. Not worried about taking on great responsibilities, she is interested in making sure that everyone feels precious “in the eyes of God”.

| 16/10/2019
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

The chief executive had to give her speech to the Legco (parliament), but it was interrupted several times. More than 70% of Hong Kong's population wants her resignation.

 

| 16/10/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Abp. Sebastian Shaw made all the country's bells ring for peace. Both India and Pakistan possess the atomic bomb. For years they have threatened to drop it on the neighbor to definitively resolve the dispute over Kashmir.

 

| 16/10/2019
| PAKISTAN

Some 65 Malaysians and "several hundred" Indonesians are still in northern Syria. Before Turkey’s invasion, the Kurds had only 400 men to watch over 12,000 jailed IS fighters. In addition to the latter, there are also some 70,000 family members. Two days ago, 800 of them fled a refugee camp.

| 15/10/2019
| INDONESIA – MALAYSIA
by Melani Manel Perera

The initiative aims to encourage Catholics to pray for the presidential elections on 16 November. The ceremony took place on 13 October at Ekala-Jaela parish. Members of the World Apostolate of Fatima also participated.

| 15/10/2019
| SRI LANKA
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Out of 12 small groups, five are in favour, four against, three others would leave the decision to the Pope or to a universal synod. There is agreement over environmental problems and the violence endured by indigenous people. The contribution of women ...
| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
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