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In various parts of the country, some churches have been forcibly shut down or incorporated into the official body. Kindergartens have also been closed. Participants in a memorial service for the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake have been arrested. The government fears a religious renaissance.

| 19/05/2018
| CHINA

The papal message is addressed directly to young people so that they can discover that "life is a mission", that Jesus "fills life with joy", and that he allows us to challenge evil, going so far as to give ourselves. People can engage in temporary missionary service so as to better serve others and not to live for their career alone, until you can "decide to make a complete gift of yourselves as missionaries".

| 19/05/2018
| VATICAN

The life of one child in ten is at risk. The worst data come from South and Southeast Asia. About 55 per cent of all stunted children are in Asia. Obesity is also high at 46 per cent.

| 19/05/2018
| ASIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Aman Abdurrahman is the spiritual guide of Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD), the largest terrorist group in Indonesia linked to the Islamic State (IS). He is accused in connection with at least three attacks. He was able to coordinate attacks from prison, where he was serving a previous sentence.

| 18/05/2018
| INDONESIA

Caught between the Taliban and the Islamic State, Afghanistan faces violence on an almost daily basis. Rebels and Afghan forces fight in the capital of Farah province. Few Afghans trust things will change. “In the past years, people who cast their votes lost fingers, hands, lives. But the outcome of the vote was actually zero,” says one observer.

| 18/05/2018
| AFGHANISTAN
by Melani Manel Perera

Eyewitnesses place two senior army officers at the place where the missing disappeared. The military is hostile to the website set up to to make public the names of the missing people.

| 18/05/2018
| SRI LANKA
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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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