Geographical areas
In the foreground
by Sandra Awad* | SYRIA

The daily survival of people displaced  from the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. Rebels and jihadists "live happily" in Turkey, while civilians suffer. Women who give birth on the streets amid garbage; diseases and skin infections; the hunger of children scavaging for sugar and biscuits. They lack food, drinking water and doctors. However, the feeling of abandonment prevails over hunger. "They come to bring us aid, they treat us like insects and look with disgust at us". Part II.



Mgr Lazarus You sees positive and hopeful signs of dialogue. Military communication lines are reopened. Railway links could be the cornerstone for Northeast Asian peace and prosperity. US Secretary Mike Pompeo could return to North Korea in the coming days.

| 16/08/2018
by Melani Manel Perera

After Justice Ministry reassure them, 25 inmates suspend their protest. Prison administration accuse relatives of smuggling drugs in food brought from the outside. The "accusation is false,’ says Anglican clergyman. The prisoners “protested not only for themselves, but for all prisoners."

| 16/08/2018
by Thanh Thuy

Initiatives aimed at teaching the doctrine and values ​​of the Church have been undertaken in the Archdiocese of Hanoi. On 8 August, representatives of local churches and districts took part in a "catechism competition" in Canh Hoạch parish. Seven days before, 400 youths came together for a congress to mark the 11th anniversary of the youth association. Meetings were also held in Phủ Lý-Kim Bảng and Duy Tiên.

| 16/08/2018

The state located in the southern part of India was hit by violent monsoon rains. Hundreds of villages have been wiped out, around 10 thousand kilometers of roads and thousands of houses have been razed to the ground. The provisional estimate of damages is 414.5 million euros. The Archdiocese of Trivandrum is at the forefront to rescue the fishermen left at the mercy of the waves.


| 16/08/2018

They accuse the humanitarian organization of not caring for prisoners on hunger strike. The Red Cross maintains silence on the communiqué and states that it will seek direct dialogue with the Taliban. Fr. Moretti: a very precious body for the country. Violence continues: attack in progress at a training camp. Yesterday, suicide bombing in Kabul in a Shiite educational center. The long shadow of Isis.

| 16/08/2018

Erdogan responds to US tariffs on steel and aluminum with a rise in rates on alcohol, technology, tobacco and automobiles. Behind the clash the arrest and detention of a US pastor in Turkey. Moscow and Beijing ready to rush to Ankara's aid. Qatar launches a $ 15 billion investment plan.


| 16/08/2018
Editor's choices
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.

| 06/08/2018
by Suor Mary Prema

The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.

| 17/07/2018
Qianwang Church demolished 2
Eruzione Monte Merapi 11/05/2018 - 02
Mirpur, festa per i 25 anni della parrocchia di Maria Regina degli Apostoli
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