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For 15 hours in a row, he continued to collect people stuck on rooftops. He decided to intervene following a request for help from a childhood friend. After the rescues, he returned to help as a volunteer cook.

 

| 21/07/2018
| JAPAN

Human rights activists attack bill for undermining democracy and discriminating against minorities. For rabbi, the bill is the right response to the criminalisation of Zionism.

| 20/07/2018
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Nirmala Carvalho

Members of the student wing of a nationalist organisation attacked St Andrew's College, barging into its offices to accuse the dean of corruption. Clashes with college staff followed. "Educational establishments are targeted and attacked in Uttar Pradesh. The Pentecostal church is the most vulnerable to attacks, assaults, arrests, discriminations and humiliation,” Christian leader says.

| 20/07/2018
| INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

An armed group broke into a church in Faisalabad’s Harsa Kot Thesil Samundri District. Some 20 worshipers gathered in prayer were beaten, some sacred objects were vandalised. Police action prevented the worst. For Justice and Peace Commission coordinator, the state should protect minorities amid raising election-related tensions.

| 20/07/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Joseph Ngoc Linh

On 7 July, at least 5 hectares of woodland were destroyed. Police, foresters and thugs videotaped the disaster and then set to plant new trees to claim the land. A police captain from Thủy Bằng is behind the operations of deforestation and reforestation.

| 20/07/2018
| VIETNAM

The 71-year-old Australian missionary is now on a blacklist of personae non gratae. The authorities accuse the nun of joining protest rallies against the government in the cities of Davao and Tagum, in violation with the terms of her visa. The case began last April after the president called for an investigation.

| 20/07/2018
| PHILIPPINES
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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
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