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A first delegation from the Archdiocese of Seoul  arrives in Central America for the diocesan Youth Day. From here, they will travel to Panama to wait for Pope Francis. Who prays for peace on the Korean peninsula: "Reconciliation and unity".

| 17/01/2019
| COSTA RICA - SOUTH KOREA

The epidemic spreads due to the hygienic conditions in which the animals are kept. The virus is not harmful to humans, but it is deadly to pigs. The Chinese are the world’s largest pork consumers. At present the country is forced to import pork from abroad. Fears also in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan.

| 17/01/2019
| CHINA

The increase over the previous year is 54% and is "destined to rise" on the back of Qatar’s isolation by Arab world over dispute with Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Among the goods traded Turkish food and construction materials for Qatar and natural gas and aluminum for Turkey.

| 17/01/2019
| QATAR - TURKEY

Thirteen of the victims were under the age of one. Eight die in a refugee camp on the Jordanian border. The others died fleeing fighting between the US coalition and the Islamic State group. UNICEF is worried about children’s fate. The new UN special envoy is in Damascus for talks with the government.

| 16/01/2019
| SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "Mass conversions are carried out by right-wing groups, performing ghar-vapasi where extremists claim they are bringing lost sheep back into the fold” who had “allegedly been coerced away from their original religion”. Such “claims are baseless. Many tribal people required to take part in the ghar vapasi programmes were animists and never Hindus.”

| 16/01/2019
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Places of worship, especially non-Islamic ones, are one of the most controversial issues in Indonesia. The dispute began last August. Complaints stem from the lack of permits for the use of residential housing for religious purposes.

| 16/01/2019
| INDONESIA

Fr John’s vocation for the missionary life began with an encounter with a PIME priest. From distant Loikaw, he arrived in Africa "ready and willing to accept any destination". His modus operandi is "listen, see, learn" to overcome the impact with such a different reality.

| 16/01/2019
| MYANMAR – GUINEA-BISSAU

Like the parable of the prodigal son, God is "a father who makes us understand just how much he has missed us". And even if we have wandered far "we find the strength to pray" by starting again "from the word" Abba, Father "," with the tender sense of a child ". Next Friday the Week for Christian Unity begins. "Ecumenism is not something optional".

| 16/01/2019
| VATICAN

On 18 January, the cardinal presides over the episcopal ordination of Fr. Najib Mikhael Moussa, Archbishop of Mosul and Fr. Robert Jarjis, auxiliary in Baghdad. The Muslims are happy for the return of "a Christian leader." Reconciliation, trust and reconstruction the challenges to be faced: the meeting with Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister and the common concern for the embargo.

| 16/01/2019
| IRAQ - IRAN
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| RUSSIA - ITALY
 
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