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Appeal of Francis on the eve of the feast of the Our Lady of Sheshan. Confirmation, the "gift" with which "Christ is to fill us with his Spirit, consecrating us as his witnesses, sharing in the same principle of life and mission, according to the plan of the heavenly Father". "Christian witness consists in doing only and all that the Spirit of Christ asks of us, granting us the strength to do it".

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Confident the summit will go ahead as planned. Pyongyang has not changed its mind, but seeks guarantees for its security. Trump ensures prosperity in the North in the event of an agreement. North Korea accepts South Korean journalists, to witness the destruction of the site.

| 23/05/2018
| US-KOREA

The group of five women and two men was taken into custody on 18 May campaigning for women's right to drive. Deemed a threat to national security, they could get 20 years in prison. For Saudi activist, the arrests were a message to silence critics. Many doubts dog reform plans by Saudi crown prince and the authorities’ real commitment to change.

| 22/05/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA
by Melani Manel Perera

Gusts of wind reached 70 km/h and could get worse in the coming days. In all, 19 districts and more than 9,000 families have been affected with 1,625 finding shelter in temporary camps.

| 22/05/2018
| SRI LANKA

Some 500 people gathered this morning at Thammasat University for a peaceful march. However, the security forces erected some barriers to prevent them from leaving the campus. Government House and surrounding streets have been declared a no-go zone.

| 22/05/2018
| THAILAND
by Peter Hung

With an investment of almost US$ 5 billion, China is set to build the Sambor dam in Cambodia. According to experts, it will have a very negative impact on the natural environment and on the Cambodians and Vietnamese living in the Mekong Delta. The great river provides food security to about 60 million people living in the settlements along its course.

| 22/05/2018
| VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – CHINA

Korean monks recite a joint prayer. In Seoul, 10,000 people prayed in the city’s most important temple. Top monk appeals to South Koreans to become one in bringing peace. President Moon asks Buddhists to pray for the Korean Peninsula.

| 22/05/2018
| KOREA
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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
Pakistan, un pastore protestante denuncia il clima di insicurezza tra i cristiani
Lahore, donne cristiane e musulmane chiedono uguali diritti degli uomini
Cristiani manifestano a Lahore e Karachi
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