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India seized the cargo at the port of Mundra in Gujarat. The drug was being imported as talcum powder. In 2020 Afghanistan’s poppy growing area increased by 37 per cent. As India boosted land border controls, smugglers shifted to sea routes.

 

| 21/09/2021
| AFGHANISTAN – INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The revenue department in a local district sent a letter the members of the clergy of the Shalom Mission Church asking them to present personal documents and certify that their conversion did not take place by force. For Auxiliary Bishop Paul Muniya, “conversion takes place in the mind and the heart; we do not force anyone to become a Christian.”

| 20/09/2021
| INDIA

The brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Christian minister of Minorities assassinated ten years ago, looks at the repercussions of the situation created in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s priority will be to defend itself from terrorism. The region is unstable and the problems of Christians are likely to take a back seat. Interfaith dialogue can be a way. “We want to involve like-minded Muslims,” he said. “And the majority of Pakistan must support them, not the West.”

| 20/09/2021
| PAKISTAN – AFGHANISTAN

The 1,500 members of the committee are practically all loyal to Beijing. Yesterday's elections chosen 364 components; 4,380 citizens participated in the vote: in 2016, before the electoral reform, they had been 246 thousand. Democratic front: the Chinese Communist Party fears public opinion.

| 20/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

In his homily at Sunday Mass, the cardinal criticizes an operation that substitutes Shiite militiamen for the state. The invitation to the new government to address and resolve the "deterioration" of the economy and institutions. We need to fight "smuggling" and begin "reforms" to ensure a future for the country, starting with schools. 

 

 

| 20/09/2021
| LEBANON
by Mathias Hariyadi

Ali Kaliora, leader of a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State, was killed by a joint task force of the police and the army. Four people managed to escape. The area has long been the scene of violence between Christians and Muslim extremists.

 

 

| 20/09/2021
| INDONESIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Patriarch Kirill claims there are those who are determined to destroy the traditions of Orthodoxy and accuses the Ecumenical Patriarchate of wanting to create a rift between the Greek and Slavic Orthodox worlds. The next Synod of Bishops in Moscow will condemn the "canonical innovations" of the Greeks.

 

| 20/09/2021
| RUSSIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Mgr Iosif Staneuski, former auxiliary bishop of Grodno and secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Belarus, replaces Archbishop Kandrusievich, exiled by President Lukashenko for urging the authorities to engage in dialogue with anti-government protesters. State media attack the Belarusian Catholic Church.

 

| 18/09/2021
| BELARUS

Initially the site in al-Jawf was thought to be 2,000 years old. New research found life-size images of camel carved in red sandstone to date back 8,000 years. Increasingly focusing on tourism, Saudi Arabia plans to build a 50,000-square-metre resort in the al-Baha region. The goal is to reach 10 per cent of GDP.   

| 18/09/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA
by Melani Manel Perera

Catholics have called for an investigation into allegations made by Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, general secretary of the nationalist Bodu Bala Sena organisation. Catholic Church official has denied the monk’s claim that he warned Cardinal Ranjith about the Easter Sunday attacks.

| 18/09/2021
| SRI LANKA
by Dario Salvi

Fr Palinuro’s ordination is scheduled for 7 December in a ceremony led by Card Sandri with his entrance in the Cathedral of Holy Spirit 11 days later. Fr Andrea Santoro’s legacy means remembering that evangelization is "a risk" to be taken "without fear" while keeping "doors open". He can start with an established relationship with the ecumenical patriarch while the dialogue with Islam will be a great challenge.

| 17/09/2021
| TURKEY - ITALY

The measure affects some 30 prisoners for crimes of opinion or thought. A recent amendment by the monarch provides for alternative sentences to prison at any time of sentencing. Some detainees had ended up in cells while still underage. Of 3,800 total detainees, at least 1,400 are political prisoners. 

 

| 16/09/2021
| BAHRAIN
by Steve Suwannarat

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his government plan to appeal last week’s High Court ruling overturning a discriminatory law that grants citizenship to children of mixed couples only if the father is Malaysian. For civil society groups, the government’s appeal is a “betrayal of rights”.

| 15/09/2021
| MALAYSIA
by Shafique Khokhar

A Muslim man tried to kidnap Arushma Ejaz in order to convert her and force her into marriage. After a number of intimidatory and violent incidents, her mother turned to the Human Rights Focus Pakistan organisation. The police accepted the First Information Report only after 47 days. The second hearing of the case is set for tomorrow.

| 15/09/2021
| PAKISTAN
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by Vladimir Rozanskij
Mgr Iosif Staneuski, former auxiliary bishop of Grodno and secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Belarus, replaces Archbishop Kandrusievich, exiled by President Lukashenko for urging the authorities to engage in dialogue with anti-government ...
| 18/09/2021
| BELARUS
 
by Dario Salvi
Fr Palinuro’s ordination is scheduled for 7 December in a ceremony led by Card Sandri with his entrance in the Cathedral of Holy Spirit 11 days later. Fr Andrea Santoro’s legacy means remembering that evangelization is "a risk" to be taken ...
| 17/09/2021
| TURKEY - ITALY
 
Conceived in anti-Chinese terms, Trump had rejected it in 2017. Japan is skeptical. The Chinese would have to meet the pact's high standards, especially on the environment, labor rights and state-owned enterprises. Taiwan also wants to join ...
| 17/09/2021
| CHINA
 
by Dario Salvi
WHO director general is in Lebanon today and tomorrow to vet the country’s “unprecedented complex crisis”. In August, dozens of cancer patients protested in front of the UN offices. For Caritas director Fr Abboud, the basic problem ...
| 16/09/2021
| LEBANON
 
Australians will be able to build nuclear submarines with US technology. The agreement includes cooperation on artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technology. Beijing slams move as "irresponsible". Protests from France, which loses a contract ...
| 16/09/2021
| THE WEST-CHINA
 
by Shafique Khokhar
A Muslim man tried to kidnap Arushma Ejaz in order to convert her and force her into marriage. After a number of intimidatory and violent incidents, her mother turned to the Human Rights Focus Pakistan organisation. The police accepted the First Information ...
| 15/09/2021
| PAKISTAN
 
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Christians “are weavers of dialogue where hostility is growing; models of fraternal life where society is experiencing tension and hostility; bringers of the sweet fragrance of hospitality and solidarity where personal and collective selfishness ...
| 15/09/2021
| VATICAN - SLOVAKIA
 
Following an investigation by the Khmer Times, police raided a hotel-casino. A number of people were arrested and two victims released. Firearms were also found. Those arrested will be questioned after a 14-day quarantine. To avoid the crackdown, criminal ...
| 14/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
Right wing Hindu nationalists molesting Christians during prayer
A woman celebrating Independence Day assaulted by nearly 400 men in Pakistan
Man vandalizing the statue of Ranjit Singh, a Sikh leader at Lahore Fort
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