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Pope Francis led Mass today in St Peter, the second World Day of the Poor. Some 6,000 poor people were present, along with volunteers, assistants, and representatives of charities. Working for the poor “is not a sociological option; it is a theological requirement”. For the pontiff, “Injustice is the perverse root of poverty. The daily cry of the poor becomes stronger but heard less.” Conversely, “Jesus demands [. . .] to give to those who have nothing to give back, to love gratuitously.”

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The districts of Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam were the most affected areas. The Basilica of Our Lady of Health in Vailankanni, the largest Marian shrine in India, also sustained damages. Local and church authorities are bringing relief to thousands of displaced people.

| 17/11/2018
| INDIA
by Pierre Balanian

Shalaan Al Shalaan presents a new version that blames intelligence officers who risk the death sentence. A team was supposed to negotiate with Khashoggi to get him to return home. An order was eventually issued to kill him and cut him up. The Saudi statement leaves Turkey’s Foreign Minister unsatisfied.

| 16/11/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA – TURKEY

Mgr Warduni, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, warns that the problem is “real and serious”. The government has so far stopped 50 sham sales, but at least 350 transactions are involved. The Catholic Church has tried to help in getting properties returned but it faces with “powerful people”.

| 16/11/2018
| IRAQ

"The dramatic situation of Christians who are persecuted and killed in ever-increasing numbers is in front of the whole world - which too often turns its gaze away. In addition to their blood martyrdom, there is also their 'white martyrdom' which occurs in democratic countries when freedom of religion is limited. And this is the daily white martyrdom of the Church in those places ".

 

| 16/11/2018
| VATICAN

The Forest Department tore down the homes of the poor but spared those of high castes, forcing those displaced to live in the forest for months. Several have died as a result of the hardships. An NGO pleads with national and international authorities so that the law protects the properties of tribal people.

| 16/11/2018
| INDIA

The monk, who spent 33 years in re-education camps and regular prisons, is refusing invasive medical treatment. At 85, “I am happy and blessed to have lived this long,” he said.

| 16/11/2018
| TIBET – CHINA

Japan and Australia are trying to counter Chinese activism in the Pacific through closer economic and military ties. The Japanese leader pays tribute to the victims of the worst foreign attack against Australia. This was followed by the inauguration of US$ 34 billion pipeline project.

| 16/11/2018
| AUSTRALIA – JAPAN

The campaign plans to destroy crosses, replace crucifixes and images with the photo of Xi and the Chinese flag. The similarities with Mao and with the ancient emperors. By 2030, China will be the country with the largest number of Christians.

| 16/11/2018
| CHINA

Fr. John Lee Tae-seok entered the seminary after his medical studies. Shocked by the war in the African country, he asked to be able to serve as a missionary. He helps all involved, regardless of religion or ethnicity. He died of cancer in 2010 and is the only foreigner to be present in Sudanese school books.

| 16/11/2018
| KOREA - SUDAN
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| PHILIPPINES
 
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| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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| 01/11/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
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| PAKISTAN
 
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