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Speaking to AsiaNews the Chaldean primate describes the "dual responsibility" because it indicates the Pope's closeness to Christians and to all the people. A choice that "surprised" him and attests to Pope’s great care for the Church in difficulty. Congratulations from Christian and Muslim personalities. Shiite leader: "Gift of mercy for Iraq". Al-Sadr wins election but does not have the numbers to form a government.

| 21/05/2018
| IRAQ - VATICAN

Beijing announced the launch of a satellite to serve as a communication link with a probe that should land on the far side of the moon.

| 21/05/2018
| CHINA

Armed with knives, incendiary devices and firearms, four terrorists stormed the church of the Archangel Michael. One faithful and two policemen died. The Chechen president: "The attackers received the order from a Western country".

| 21/05/2018
| CHECHNYA

According to Zarif, the commitments made so far from Brussels are not enough to save the agreement. Political support is insufficient, trade relations must be protected. Tehran's "expectations" towards the EU "have increased." EU Commissioner: the JCPOA "works", it should not be renegotiated.

| 21/05/2018
| IRAN - EU

Three days of protests. At the first of May 18, 21 Israeli Arabs were arrested. The police intervened with excessive use of force. Gaza: the number of victims of the  May protest 14 rises. A 20 year old boy sets himself on fire. UN: "Trapped in a toxic slum from life to death"

| 21/05/2018
| ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Riyaz was 45 and was a tailor. He was beaten along with his friend Shakeel, who is hospitalized. Once discharged, the latter will have to respond to charges of cow slaughter.

| 21/05/2018
| INDIA
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The occasion could be the Island’s Eucharistic Congress. Abp. Hung will see the Pope on May 14th on his ad limina visit. "China and Taiwan are two churches, two nations, two different ways of life". On the island there are 300 priests and nuns from mainland China who study at the Catholic University of Furen.

| 11/05/2018
| VATICAN-TAIWAN
 

Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops.  Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.  

| 05/05/2018
| VATICAN - ITALY
 
by Thomas Han*

The inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un opens up prospects for peace and unity for the entire Korean people. Families divided by the war meet. Opportunity for the Korean Church to offer a greater commitment to aid and interpersonal relations with the North. Seoul has never forgotten to pray for the North and its martyrs. An interview with the archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang.

| 04/05/2018
| KOREA-VATICAN
 
by Liao Yiwu

Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer in exile, appeals for the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo to emigrate to Germany. In one of her last phone calls, the woman cried continuously and said that "it is easier to die than to live". "Dona. Dona ", a Yiddish song, as a symbol of her personal holocaust.

| 03/05/2018
| CHINA
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