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Msgr. Warduni says this is not the time to "be pessimistic", even if the celebrations "are not the same", "solidarity" is required. Chaldean patriarchate issues indications for Holy Week "adapted" to these "exceptional circumstances". In these dark times, "greater unity" between Christians and Muslims.

| 30/03/2020
| IRAQ
by Trung Tin

To avoid contagions, the Archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City suspended Masses. Churches, chapels and religious communities remain open for prayers and worship. The Pope’s universal prayer and Urbi et Orbi blessing moved many.

| 30/03/2020
| VIETNAM

GDP per capita is growing, but also the destruction and exhaustion of environmental resources. Half of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere are emitted in the region. Woodland continues to be lost. The UN calls for improvements in waste management and defense against natural disasters.

| 28/03/2020
| ASIA
by Fady Noun

A tweet by May Khoreiche sparks tensions between Cpl and the Sunni institution, following publication of controversial volume "The last days of Muhammad", by a Tunisian academic. Leading Muslim personalities critical of the work. The MP's retraction and apology closes the matter.

| 28/03/2020
| LEBANON
by Percival Holt

We speak to the former president of the young Catholics of India. The uncertainty of daily life, the impossibility of going out, concerns ahead of Holy Week. Online Masses a good development, but "we need to rediscover the dimension of personal prayer".

| 28/03/2020
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Celebrations with people have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Three private TV channels will broadcast religious services live. Meetings and negotiations between the authorities and the Catholic association Komunitas Universal (KU) were crucial. Indonesian Catholics will not miss the universal prayer and Urbi et Orbi blessing tonight.

 

| 27/03/2020
| INDONESIA

The devil is responsible for the cruelty against the righteous and for anti-Christian persecution. “Let us think of how the devil treated Jesus with cruelty, but also persecuted Christians; how he tried the most sophisticated means to lead them to apostasy, to move away from God. This is, as we say in everyday language, diabolical; indeed, [it is a] diabolical mind.”

| 27/03/2020
| VATICAN

The apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem reflects on how the emergency has awakened the desire to "seek something more profound". The wish to keep the Holy Sepulchre open for functions, in compliance with the rules. The work of priests for families in need. Reviewing relationships, rethinking relationships.

| 27/03/2020
| HOLY LAND

Many experts concur that the South Korean model of tracing and tracking the coronavirus emergency is a model to be emulated. The bishop of Daejeon praises the actions of the authorities and praises the citizens' response. "They showed great love of neighbor. It was deeply moving to see so many volunteers go to Daegu." The Church expects to resume public masses on April 6, Monday of Holy Week.

| 27/03/2020
| SOUTH KOREA

Health kits distributed to 5 thousand poor people, food to other 5 thousand families of seasonal workers, slum residents, Dalits. The toll of people infected by Covid-19 has risen to 703 and the deaths to 16. Surgical masks packed in the diocese of Miao and donated to doctors. A second priest arrested and released for celebrating a funeral.

| 27/03/2020
| INDIA

Three French and one Iraqi, who disappeared on January 20. France expresses "gratitude" to the Iraqi authorities for contributing to the release. No confirmation of payment of a ransom. Due to the coronavirus emergency, Macron withdraws French troops from the country.

| 27/03/2020
| IRAQ - FRANCE

Armenian, Latin and Greek Orthodox Churches will continue regular celebrations. This follows yesterday’s decision by Israel to close the church to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For Christian leaders, it is time “to intensify” prayers whilst protecting people's health.

| 26/03/2020
| HOLY LAND
by Shafique Khokhar

About 80-90 per cent of sanitation workers are Christian as few other jobs are available to them. The government does not provide them with the safety gear needed to do their work. Women work barefoot. Sanitation workers do not use gloves to empty sewers or manholes. They deserve as much respect asd doctors and paramedical staff. Doctors in Punjab refuse to work for lack of protective measures.

| 26/03/2020
| PAKISTAN

Unofficial bishop from 1983 to 2005, he was interred in a forced labor camp from 1958 to 1969 for his refusal to bow to the Patriotic Association. From 1969 to 1979 he worked as a laborer at a water depot. He translated the Roman Missal into the Mongolian language, but it did not receive approval because no one knew the Mongolian language at the Vatican.

| 26/03/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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| CHINA
 
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| SYRIA
 
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