Category: World Report

Lockdown ‘increasing grooming risk of children online’

The increased screen time and isolation due to quarantine measures or restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic have put vulnerable minors at greater risk of grooming and abuse online, a Jesuit safeguarding expert said. Almost every nation that has had lockdowns or other restrictions has had similar consequences in which young people are spending a lot…

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BLM movement inspires Myanmar anti-racism campaign

With anti-racism protests gripping the United States and other countries, young activists in Myanmar see it as the right time to challenge racism in the Buddhist-majority country. Launching a campaign called ‘Don’t call me ‘Kalar’’ on Facebook, the effort seeks to end the use of a term that historically referred to people from the Indian…

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 The coronavirus pandemic and ongoing global crises clearly indicate that Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation urgently needs to be implemented worldwide, a panel of church leaders said. “After Covid-19, nothing will be the same,” Aloysius John, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, said last week at a Vatican news…

In Brief

Covid-19 hits Yemen’s hospitals hard CAFOD and other humanitarian agencies warn that Yemen’s health care system, already ravaged by five years of civil war, is collapsing, while its people risk famine as the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. “Yemen is desperate for peace,” Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen,…

India Church leaders seek government consultation on worship in lockdown

India’s leading lay organisation has urged the prime minister’s office to consult religious leaders before radical decisions are taken on worship during the Covid-19 lockdown period. At a webinar hosted by the All-India Catholic Union (AICU) last week, Catholic leaders discussed a guideline that the government issued for opening religious places. The guideline allowed opening…

Third Chinese bishop installed in state ceremony

An 83-year-old Chinese bishop has been installed as the third bishop to be recognised by the Communist regime since the Vatican-China 2018 agreement on the appointment of bishops. Bishop Peter Lin Jiashan was officially appointed as head of the Fuzhou Diocese in Fujian province last week. Since 1997, Bishop Lin had refused to register with…