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The reason for the protests is the new citizenship law which excludes Muslims. A peaceful sit-in, started by women has attracted demonstrators of all ages, enlivened every day with songs and poetry readings. The Supreme Court postpones the discussion of petitions against the legislation.

| 22/01/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Overnight hooligans vandalised the altar and destroyed the tabernacle. Hosts were scattered on the ground, dishonouring “Our Blessed Lord and Saviour”. Archbishop Machado proclaimed a day of reparation and prayer for Friday.

| 21/01/2020
| INDIA

Their son, a Chaldean priest in Istanbul, is deeply concerned. He cares for over 7,000 refugees. The last contact dates back to January 7. Neighbors did not report the disappearance for fear of retaliation. A Kurdish activist, who has been in prison and ill for 28 years, commits suicide in protest against abuses and human rights repressions.

| 21/01/2020
| TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

For the first time, a thesis on Islamic theology is accepted in a state university. The faithful of Muhammad in the country could reach 30% by 2030. Islam and the Orthodox Church will have to share loyalty of believers, in competition but also in agreement with Erdogan's neo-Ottoman Turkey.

| 21/01/2020
| RUSSIA

About 100,000 people died during the civil war (1983-2009). President’s announcement dashes any hope thousands of families had about their missing relatives. People now can fill out death certificates to have access to the assets of the missing.

| 21/01/2020
| SRI LANKA
by Sumon Corraya

More than 400 youth attended the 35th National Youth Day. One student from Rajshahi said that she understands that her “life is a gift from God. It is to serve others, not myself.” University vice rector was quite impressed by the meeting. For her, young Christians can “grow through higher education.” She told young people “If you want to reach the highest positions in administration, you must prepare yourself by studying.”

| 20/01/2020
| BANGLADESH

During a meeting with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Francis reiterated the Church's condemnation of anti-Semitism, expressing concerns about “an increase in selfishness and indifference, lack of concern for others and the attitude that says life is good as long as it is good for me, and when things go wrong, anger and malice are unleashed.” For the pontiff, “This creates a fertile ground for the forms of factionalism and populism we see around us, where hatred quickly springs up.”

| 20/01/2020
| VATICAN
by Marian Demir

Thousands of people shouted slogans, placed red roses, and prayed at the exact site and time of his assassination. Nothing is known about his killer. A memorial ceremony was held at his grave and a Mass was held in his memory.

| 20/01/2020
| TURKEY

Located in the village of Raja Ulatu, the St Anne's Hospital and Research Centre has a capacity of 100 beds and will offer cutting-edge health services to the poor and needy. For the superior general of the congregation, “all mankind has the full right to have quality care”.

| 20/01/2020
| INDIA

Police allowed him to spend the holidays with his very elderly sister. Since 2007 the bishop has been under police control and in solitary confinement.

| 20/01/2020
| CHINA-VATICAN
by Paul Wang

The meeting was organized by the Hong Kong Civil Assembly Team. Four policemen were injured; eight protesters arrested; the organizer, Ventus Lau, also arrested. The frustration with the request for universal suffrage expressed since 2007: "Has the government ever listened to us?". Clashes also in Mong Kok.

| 20/01/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

In Kerala, not all Syro-Malabar rite churches have followed the reading of the directive. The Indian bishops are concerned about the alleged conversions forcibly extracted from Christian girls, seduced and then radicalized in the Islamic "holy war".

| 20/01/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The conference took place from 13 to 15 January in Palghar district, sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. The topics covered included the protection and development of tribal rights, women, arts and language. This is “part of the mission of the Church and it is the message of Jesus and the values ​​of the Gospel,” a priest says.

| 18/01/2020
| INDIA

The Chaldean primate led the ceremony in the presence of bishops, priests, nuns and many faithful. In his homily, the cardinal stressed that every priest "must be like" Jesus, a "caring and kind" father. Turning to Frs Hanna and Shamil, he reminded them that prayers help “overcome difficulties".

 

| 18/01/2020
| IRAQ
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