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About hundred women watched a friendly match between Iran and Bolivia. Pictures and videos of happy women spectators made it on the net and into newspapers. For supporters, this is a "step forward". Hard-liners slammed the decision, including Iran’s chief prosecutor who is threatening harsh measures. For critics, women’s presence is harmful and sinful.

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Jesus speaks of leaven "that makes you grow", but there is also a "bad" leaven that "ruins", which makes it grow "inward". It is that "of the Pharisees, of the doctors of the Law". "The leaven of Christians is the Holy Spirit, who pushes us outwards, makes us grow, with all the difficulties of the journey, even with all our sins, but always with hope".

| 19/10/2018
| VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The earthquake caused landslides in at least 16 locations. On the field there is a task force that brings together various organizations. The story of an expedition to bring aid to the villages of Kulawi, about 85 km south of Palu. In the remote village of Sangali, 30 Catholic families in desperate need of assistance reached.

| 19/10/2018
| INDONESIA
by Kamran Chaudhry

Kinza Roma is a 27-year-old educator. In school she was forced to clean bathrooms and was treated like a beggar. Today she lectures against bullying and takes part in meetings to improve knowledge among religious communities.

| 19/10/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The complaint was presented by the minor's father. An anti-conversion law is in force in the state. The Christian will remain in prison for 14 days. Sajan K George: "The arrest is suspect. The Radicals want to polarize society ahead of next year's elections."

| 19/10/2018
| INDIA
by Hocine Drouiche

Muslim immigration in Europe is increasingly fundamentalist and the difference between "moderate" and "jihadist" Islam is getting narrower. The European intellectual world, afraid of inadvertently serving the aims of a xenophobic right, is silent on the violence and on the need for a reform of Islam. There is an urgent need to save young Muslims from fundamentalism. The majority of Muslims are still in a logic of conquest, invasion and Islamization of Europe.

| 19/10/2018
| ISLAM-EUROPE

For the investigators the dismembered corpse was concealed outside the diplomatic representation. US President Trump admits: "His death seems certain". Russian counterpart Putin states that there is no evidence to justify cutting relations with Riyadh. Shadows close in on façade reforms of Mbs.

| 19/10/2018
| TURKEY - SAUDI ARABIA
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The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington.  In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.

| 07/10/2018
| VATICAN
 

Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held  in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.

| 24/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
 
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

 

 

| 22/09/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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