The murder of the Saudi journalist re-ignited the power struggle for King Salman’s succession. Dozens of Al Saud family members support the return of the king’s brother, Prince Ahmed. For now, the White House backs MbS, but Trump is waiting for the intelligence report.
He replaces Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay (India), who will finish his second term on 31 December. Member of the Salesian Society of St John Bosco, Bo is the first bishop of Lashio and the first Myanmar cardinal in history.
Despite her release after being cleared of all blasphemy charges, she cannot leave Pakistan because of protests by radicals. The British Association of Pakistani Christians wants her to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, noting the silence of prominent Muslims, like Malala.
An exceptional exhibition of paintings opens in the Vatican, 54 of the most famous works of Russian art. Another step forward - after the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill - towards a new friendship between the two Churches.
The goal set in the meeting between Rouhani and Salih is to move from the current 12 billion to a total volume of 20 billion. Iraq is Iran's second largest trading partner after China. The new president of Iraq launches the idea of a "new regional system".
Eight members of the religious minority to run in the vote, scheduled for December 30, 2018. Christians demonstrate a renewed interest in political issues. The Catholic Church encourages lay people to participate actively "to affirm Christian values".
The Philippines, a historical ally of the United States, represents a fundamental front in the struggle between Beijing and Washington. Xi's visit emphasizes the relaxation of relations with Manila, tense during the Aquino administration for a dispute in the South China Sea. Manila hopes to sign agreements and obtain the 24 billion US dollars in investments and loans promised by China two years ago.
Some communication channels have prevented the useless escalation in Gaza. Local Christians are active boosting interfaith and social relations. The unity among Churches is "fundamental" to ensure a future in the region. The apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchy of Jerusalem bears witness.
The monks of Tibhirine, Mgr Pierre Claverie, other members of the clergy and the laity will be beatified on 8 December in Oran (Algeria). This can help the Lebanese rediscover the Christian mission and their own land, which is also loved by Muslims. It can also help build an Islamic-Christian nation and a national culture.
A group of 24 young people took part in the ASEAN Youth Interfaith Camp (AYIC) 2018. The goal, an official of the Office for Religious Harmony, was to "introduce Southeast Asian youth to the true pluralist face of Indonesian society” and “prepare future leaders with a deep interfaith spirit”. For one participant, “the Indonesian experience can be a lesson for ASEAN countries.”