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Abdel Latif Derian reminded Muslim students of the importance of the Christian presence in the region. Attacks against them are a crime against the entire population. Muslims and Christians share "the same fate". For Mgr Gemayel, the Mufit’s words echo John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation. Supporting and nurturing this voice is a must.

| 19/07/2018
| LEBANON
by Nirmala Carvalho

Rev Thomas George and his wife were released yesterday. The police had arrested them on 13 July on charges of forced conversions. On 15 July, Hindu radicals attacked a church during a service, and beat up the faithful. For Christian leader, "Using conversion to scare people is just an excuse to mobilise Hinduvta groups.”

| 19/07/2018
| INDIA
by Wang Zhicheng

The judges were caught gambling and spending time with mistresses, which Party members are not allowed to do under the ongoing anti-corruption drive. Meanwhile, the businessman who reported them was sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of 30,000 yuan for " illegally obtaining a citizen’s personal information".

| 19/07/2018
| CHINA

The ferry sank in 2014, causing the death of 304 people, mostly young. The captain and crew members are in jail, but the company that owned the ship and the state had managed to avoid any liability until now. Poor maintenance and overcrowding were among the causes of the disaster.

| 19/07/2018
| SOUTH KOREA

Police went to the house of party founder Andy Chan, who has 21 days to justify why it should not be banned. The decision is based on an ordinance adopted in the 1990s that bans associations that undermine public order.

| 19/07/2018
| CHINA - HONG KONG

The canonisation ceremony will be held on 14 October. Paul VI – who beatified the young worker on 1 December 1963 during the Council - and Mgr Romero will be canonised on the same day, as will Fr Francesco Spinelli, founder of the Institute of the Adorers Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament; Fr Vincenzo Romano, and Sister Maria Caterina Kasper, foundress of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

| 19/07/2018
| VATICAN
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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
| INDIA
 
by Shafique Khokhar

Many Pakistanis are in Rome for the official celebration of his elevation. Political leaders, members of civil society groups and community leaders appreciate him. “He is a leader who has lived through the different and tormented phases of Pakistani history,” said one observer. He “is a strong voice for minorities in Pakistan,” said another.

| 29/06/2018
| PAKISTAN - VATICAN
 

On the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the metropolitan archbishops appointed during the year (including three from Asia). He prayed together with the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the tomb of Peter. “We too have been brought back to life, healed, renewed and filled with hope by the anointing of the Holy One,” he said. “Like Peter, we [. . .] will always be tempted to hear those “whisperings” of the evil One, which will become a stumbling stone for the mission." He warned against "empty forms of triumphalism". Meanwhile, “millions of people continue to ask the question: “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?

| 29/06/2018
| VATICAN
 

Pope Francis is hopeful about relations with China, which are not just based on diplomatic talks but also on cultural exchanges and friendship. For him, Card Zen is "a little scared".

| 20/06/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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