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At the Angelus, Pope Francis remembers the end of the Great War, and asks everyone to "reject the culture of war". The gesture of St. Martin, of sharing with the poor, "shows everyone the way to build peace". The "poor and generous widow as a model of Christian life to be imitated". "To give to the Lord and our brothers and sisters not something of ours, but ourselves". Thirteen consecrated men and three lay faithful, martyrs of the Spanish civil war, beatified in Barcelona. Next Sunday, November 18, the second World Day of the Poor is celebrated.

 

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The survey is the most complete ever carried out in the world, with samples and data collected in 146 countries. It is the work of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, of the Gates Foundation. Between 1950 and 2017, the global population grew by 197%. Niger is the most "prolific" country; Cyprus has fewest children per woman.

| 10/11/2018
| ASIA

Suicide is one of the most serious social problems in Japan. The number of adults committing suicide has generally declined, but there is a marked increase in the number of young adults. Most young people leave no explanation as to why they make the ultimate gesture. Experts: School pressures and bullying possible triggering factors.

| 10/11/2018
| JAPAN
by Fady Noun

Five years after he went missing, an event still shrouded in mystery, a seminar was held in Beirut dedicated to the Jesuit missionary in Syria who challenged the country’s regime and tried to deal with jihadis. His parents “call for every effort to be made to know his fate”.

| 09/11/2018
| LEBANON – SYRIA

In a joint statement, Francis and the Catholic Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East note the progress on the path of unity and reiterate that "it is not possible to imagine the Middle East without Christians. This conviction is founded not simply on religious grounds, but also on social and cultural realities, since Christians, with other believers, greatly contribute to the specific identity of the region”.

| 09/11/2018
| VATICAN

After coming to Saudi Arabia on fake passports during Hajj, many Rohingya have been held in detention centres for years. The Saudi government is planning to forcibly repatriate them. The kingdom has no refugee plan nor signed the 1951 Refugee Convention.

| 09/11/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA – BANGLADESH
by Melani Manel Perera

The National Social Justice Movement supported the current president in his 2015 election bid. Now its members feel betrayed after Sirisena allied himself with former dictator Rajapaksa.

| 09/11/2018
| SRI LANKA
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by Fady Noun

Five years after he went missing, an event still shrouded in mystery, a seminar was held in Beirut dedicated to the Jesuit missionary in Syria who challenged the country’s regime and tried to deal with jihadis. His parents “call for every effort to be made to know his fate”.

| 09/11/2018
| LEBANON – SYRIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

He will be subjected to isolation and indoctrination for 10-15 days. The faithful ask the Church worldwide for prayers. Bishop Shao is recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. In the diocese, official and underground communities are united. Official priests banned from visiting the tombs of underground priests and bishops. Prohibition of participation in mass and catechism for young people under 18 years. The Church must remain "independent" despite the Sino-Vatican agreement.

| 09/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Kamran Chaudhry

The Pakistani prime minister attacks radical Islamic groups who want to kill the justices and bring the country to a halt with their demonstrations. “These rogue elements are not serving Islam. They are merely playing politics to increase their vote bank,” he said. Christian schools are still closed today due to fears of violence. Security for churches is also a concern. Leftist Muslims defend Asia Bibi.

| 01/11/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
by Kamran Chaudhry

Police set up roadblocks on Punjab highways as radicals protest in the province and the capital Islamabad. The authorities are monitoring the situation from a central control centre, including "red zones" in sensitive areas.

| 31/10/2018
| PAKISTAN
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