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by Nirmala Carvalho

Brian and Ninette Lobo play an important role in pastoral outreach in the Archdiocese of Mumbai. She heads the local Commission for Human Life. Catholics should put Christian values ​​into practice in the family, at work, in everyday life. The challenges of the modern world include abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, and the role of women. “[O]nly when we exercise our faith and translate it into actionable works of God do we become an extension of Christ and his love for us.”

| 20/08/2018
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Many people hope the sporting event will heal the wounds caused by Islamism. The two Koreas walk together whilst their ambassadors shake hands. The video showing President Widodo entering the stadium on a motorbike is a hit with the public. The day before, the country celebrated its independence amid nationalist feelings and controversy.

| 20/08/2018
| INDONESIA
by Aurelio Porfiri

The five-year plan for the sinicization of sacred art and music is likely to result in non-Catholic cultural artwork. The antagonism between "Chinese" and "Western" is to great. Card. José da Costa Nunes, former bishop of Macao maintains that Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic art is universal, not Western. No Pope mentioned in the document. A comment by the composer Aurelio Porfiri.

| 20/08/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN

89 South Koreans departed this morning. Most are over 80 years old. Many can only bring the memory of a beloved deceased to relatives. The first meeting today at 3 pm. In all, they will have 11 hours together. Since the meetings have begun, most of the people who have applied in South Korea have died without having the opportunity to embrace their families.

| 20/08/2018
| KOREA

The annual pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, began yesterday. Maximum security alert, but there are no particular fears of attacks. Riyadh has allocated 30,000 health workers and alerted 25 hospitals to respond to emergencies. Doha accuses: the Saudi government has blocked the participation of the faithful of Qatar.

| 20/08/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Yesterday greetings to young Ukrainians. On August 8th a meeting with other young Ukrainians and Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin. The ideal of peace and the search for support on the Crimea and on the fate of the director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for about 80 days. The solidarity of the Greek Catholics in Ukraine, USA and Canada.

| 20/08/2018
| UKRAINE-VATICAN
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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 Bernardo Cervellera

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.

 

 

| 17/08/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
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 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
Shandong, per motivi urbanistici, demolita con la forza una chiesa ufficiale a Liangwang
Punjab, demoliti un centro di preghiera e una casa della comunità ahmadi
Mons. Coutts, futuro cardinale: In Pakistan non sono tutti barbari e terroristi
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