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by Bernardo Cervellera | CHINA - VATICAN

By the end of August, all the dioceses of China have to present a five-year plan (2018-2022) to the National Patriotic Association (PA) and the Council of Bishops  (BCCCC) on how they can implement the syncization, commissioned by Xi Jinping. The National Five-Year Plan augments the physical control over members of the Church (bishops, priests, laity), also control over culture, theology, social doctrine, art, architecture, liturgy. A political and non-religious document: Jesus Christ is mentioned only once; the Patriotic Association is mentioned 15 times.

 

 

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Despite high costs, many choose to travel to the former British colony for safe treatment. The Politburo Standing Committee sacks and sanctions 51 top provincial and national officials. Changsheng Biotech employees, including chairwoman Gao Junfang, will be indicted.

| 17/08/2018
| CHINA

Holy See Press Office declaration in relation to the report made public in Pennsylvania on August 14, according to which the Catholic Church has covered up sexual abuse committed by more than three hundred priests over the course of 70 years. "By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in the United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse."

| 17/08/2018
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The 18th century building was an example of a wooden Orthodox church. Between 50 and 100 thousand people claim to be Satanists in Russia. Under the Soviet Union Satanism was repressed, a symbol of dissidence and criticism of the "collaborative" Church of Bolshevism. Now in Moscow there is an officially registered Satanic Church. Their leader calls himself "Oleg Sataninov".

 

| 17/08/2018
| RUSSIA
by Sandra Awad*

The daily survival of people displaced  from the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. Rebels and jihadists "live happily" in Turkey, while civilians suffer. Women who give birth on the streets amid garbage; diseases and skin infections; the hunger of children scavaging for sugar and biscuits. They lack food, drinking water and doctors. However, the feeling of abandonment prevails over hunger. "They come to bring us aid, they treat us like insects and look with disgust at us". Part II.

 

| 17/08/2018
| SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

He served as prime minister three times. Initially considered radical, he has become the moderate face of the Hindu nationalist party. Under his rule, India became a nuclear power.

 

| 17/08/2018
| INDIA
by Oswald Gracias*

The mourning of the Indian Bishops' Conference expressed by its president. The condolences to the whole political party. Vajpayee was "a great friend of the Christian community" and dreamed of India as "a multi-religious nation". He wanted a country free from discrimination and welcoming towards minorities. The memory of John Paul II's visit to India and the appreciation of Vajpayee.

| 17/08/2018
| INDIA
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by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.

| 06/08/2018
| CHINA
 
by Suor Mary Prema

The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.

| 17/07/2018
| INDIA
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