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by Dario Salvi | IRAQ - VATICAN

The Chaldean patriarch invites us to value the role of young people, especially girls, in ecclesial life. Women and their commitment to society can also be an example for the Muslim world. Counteract clericalism and related abuses. The idea of ​​a youth center in the capital open to sport, culture, meeting and comparison.

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by Wang Zhicheng

Zheng Xiaosong’s suicide is one more “abnormal death” caused by "depression". For the Institute of Psychology of the Academy of Sciences, half of all cadres suffer from this condition. Some 243 deaths by suicide were recorded between 2009 and 2016.

| 23/10/2018
| CHINA – MACAU

A group of hibakusha, survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have protested against the US decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Nuclear war “could imperil all of humanity”.

| 23/10/2018
| JAPAN – UNITED STATES

In the last year at least three cases similar to that of the journalist and intellectual who died at the consulate in Istanbul. From Canada to the United States, to Australia, emissaries of the kingdom approached dissidents trying to lure them into local diplomatic representations. Since the ascent to the throne of bin Salman the demands for political asylum of Saudis abroad more than doubled.

| 23/10/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA - TURKEY
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Gonzalves family remembers Januz, 24, who died during a football match. Taken to the hospital, he "disappeared" in the mortuary. The hospital "apologizes" for an error that "can happen". The funeral "full of color, as was the life of the boy".

| 23/10/2018
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

The impressive construction connects Zhuhai, Macao and Hong Kong in just a few hours. It cost at least 20 billion US dollars and dozens of deaths in the workplace. It should increase tourism and economy. But many doubt. Survival of the white dolphin is at risk.

| 23/10/2018
| CHINA

About 500 units have already been completed, 773 are under construction and 250 are awaiting financial coverage. The Indian government will finance 250. Repatriation, which should have started in January 2018, has raised concerns among refugees about their safety following their return to Rakhine.

| 23/10/2018
| MYANMAR
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by Bernardo Cervellera

Making an appeal for support to the mission to every people that does not know Jesus Christ, we can be a "bridge" between generations, helping to discover one’s task, vocation and missionary consecration in the world. AsiaNews is part of this service to the mission, for young people and others.

| 20/10/2018
| VATICAN – ASIA
 

The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington.  In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.

| 07/10/2018
| VATICAN
 

Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held  in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.

| 24/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
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