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The world’s biggest online community is three times that of the United States. The number of people who made purchases online jumped 30.1 per cent over last year. Internet growth grows along with government censorship. In 2017, virtual private networks, which allow access to banned sites in China, have also been blocked.

| 21/08/2018
| CHINA

The climate of detente between the two Koreas continues. The head of the South Korean Red Cross will go to the North: to cooperate on humanitarian issues. Positive signals also from Washington: Trump says he could meet again with Kim Jong-un.

| 21/08/2018
| KOREA

With the introduction of new sanctions, the French energy giant is leaving the 4 billion dollar mega-project. Chinese CNPC, already a partner, ready to take over. The Iranian Foreign Minister slams Trump administration, excluding direct talks in the future.

| 21/08/2018
| IRAN - UNITED STATES - EU

During his lifetime, he was a journalist, a politician and an activist. In his youth, he was a member of the Irgun paramilitary group for three years, dropping out because of the latter’s anti-Arab policy. The war of 1948 convinced him of the need for a Palestinian state. For some, he was a brilliant mind, but for others he betrayed Israel.

| 20/08/2018
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

The trade war with the United States is likely to affect other nations. The drop in the Indian and Indonesian currencies is worrying. The Turkish situation is the result of a series of global factors. Support from Qatar, Russia, China (and the EU) might not be enough.

| 20/08/2018
| TURKEY – ASIA
by John Barwa*

The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar calls on the faithful to take part in the solemn Mass on 25 August. Christians "have no enmity towards anyone" but their fight for justice continues. The local Church is always "close to the victims".

| 20/08/2018
| INDIA
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Holy See Press Office declaration in relation to the report made public in Pennsylvania on August 14, according to which the Catholic Church has covered up sexual abuse committed by more than three hundred priests over the course of 70 years. "By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in the United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse."

| 17/08/2018
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

By the end of August, all the dioceses of China have to present a five-year plan (2018-2022) to the National Patriotic Association (PA) and the Council of Bishops  (BCCCC) on how they can implement the syncization, commissioned by Xi Jinping. The National Five-Year Plan augments the physical control over members of the Church (bishops, priests, laity), also control over culture, theology, social doctrine, art, architecture, liturgy. A political and non-religious document: Jesus Christ is mentioned only once; the Patriotic Association is mentioned 15 times.

 

 

| 17/08/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Sandra Awad*

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.

 

| 17/08/2018
| SYRIA
 
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
| CHINA
Mirpur, festa per i 25 anni della parrocchia di Maria Regina degli Apostoli
Attacco al quartier generale della polizia, Pekanbaru (Riau) 16-05-2018
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