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by Shafique Khokhar | PAKISTAN

The Christian Marriage and Divorce Act 2019 is set to replace two British-era laws. The changes were long overdue, but Christian stakeholders were not consulted. The draft bill has flaws and problems, and leaves too much discretionary power in the hands of the courts.

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by Paul Wang

Yesterday the web giant closed 210 accounts on YouTube that operate in a coordinated way.  Twitter blocked 936 accounts;  Facebook has removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts for their "false and coordinated behavior, part of a small network originating in China and focused on Hong Kong".  The young people taking part in the demonstrations prefer Telegram.

 

| 23/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The feast of Mary "Vsetsaritsa" is celebrated at the end of August.  Miraculous healings of cancer patients and people infected with AIDS.  A prayer for doctors to "become an instrument of the Almighty Doctor, Christ our Savior".  The bishop-doctor Luka, who worked for many years in Soviet lagers, stated that without deep faith people indulge in depression.

 

| 23/08/2019
| RUSSIA
by Melani Manel Perera

According to advocacy groups, Muslim women are treated as second-class citizens. The existing law dates back to 1951. For the past 30 years, attempts have been made to change the law to include a minimum age. Child brides are commonplace. Rape against married teens is not punished.

| 22/08/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Cần Giờ Parish – CSsR

The number of visitors to the shrine has been steadily increasing over the past few years. In his homily, Archbishop Nguyên Chi Linh expressed his desire to see at least 200,000 pilgrims next year. La Vang has seen destruction and persecution following the historical vicissitudes of Vietnam and local Catholics.

| 22/08/2019
| VIETNAM

The Myanmar government today was supposed to accept a first group of 3,454 displaced people. The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister accuses Rohingya leaders and NGOs of discouraging the return of refugees. In Myanmar, Rohingya procrastination reinforces doubts about their actual desire for repatriation.

| 22/08/2019
| BANGLADESH – MYANMAR
by Paul Wang

A month ago, a group of local mobsters attacked demonstrators and underground passengers, injuring 50 people.  The police did not arrest anyone.  Suspicions of collusion between law enforcement and triads.

 

| 22/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The attack took place before the group was able to complete the pilgrimage.  The statue of the Virgin is also desecrated, "decorated" with a garland of slippers.  Police arrest members of Hindi Munnani.

 

| 22/08/2019
| INDIA

The meeting was held yesterday in the summer presidential headquarters of Beiteddine.  Focus on Art.95 of the Constitution on confessionalism and quotas in public institutions.  Cardinal believes the selection criterion based on "experience and competence".  A defense strategy to safeguard the country from external tensions.

| 22/08/2019
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

Tensions continue in the border state after Jammu and Kashmir loses its special status. Christians, Hindus and Baha'is call for peace and pray Indian Prime Minister Modi abandon the idea of ​​war.

 

| 21/08/2019
| PAKISTAN – INDIA
by Paul Nguyen Hung

Students from the dioceses of Mỹ Tho, Phú Cường and Phan Thiết took part in the initiative undertaken by the St Joseph Major Seminary. The group attended some courses on social work theory, practice and methodology. Participants helped take care of hungry children as well as children with HIV and cancer. For Mgr Joseph Đỗ Mạnh Hùng, “We must pray for ourselves to face this huge demand.”

| 21/08/2019
| VIETNAM

The Indian-born TV preacher is thought to have inspired the 2016 Dhaka massacre. Malaysian police received more than a hundred complaints about racially motivated statements attributed to him. Naik has questioned the loyalty of Malaysia’s Hindu minority and claimed that ethnic Chinese people are guests in the country.

| 21/08/2019
| MALAYSIA
by Paul Wang

Former Financial Secretary John Tsang calls for dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation between protesters and government. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she is open for dialogue, but refuses to meet the demands of the anti-extradition movement. Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, is in "administrative detention" in Shenzhen. Yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it knew nothing of his fate; today it confirmed that he was in “administrative detention”. For China, he is Chinese, hence subject to Chinese law.

| 21/08/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Judge S Vaidyanathan had written that mixed classes are "very dangerous" for girls and that Christian missionaries are often accused of carrying out forced conversions.  The objection of Bishops, of the National Commission for minorities, of women's associations.

 

| 21/08/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

For the Court, Christian missionaries are also involved in forced conversions. Christian college educator has been accused of harassment of 34 female students. For Tamil Nadu bishop, such accusations are regrettable in an atmosphere charged with sectarianism.

| 20/08/2019
| INDIA
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