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by Mathias Hariyadi | INDONESIA

The Indonesian president Joko Widodo officiates the opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium today, in the presence of over 35 thousand spectators. The preparations and the modernization of infrastructure required 16 months of work and a cost of about 461million euros. The archbishops of the two cities invite Catholics to show strong support for the sporting event: "We will be exemplary hosts". The collaboration between the two Koreas.

 

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The updated death toll has reached 173. In the state there are about 223 thousand displaced persons; 80% of the territory has no electricity; the winds have reached up to 60 km / h. Msgr. Mascarenhas calls for an analysis of the causes of the flood: "Often the destruction of the environment is the work of man".

 

| 18/08/2018
| INDIA

Israeli sources mention a six-phase agreement, which Hamas denies. The Kerem Shalom crossing has reopened and Gaza’s fishing area has been extended. Still, life in the Strip remains appalling. People in need of medical have a hard time leaving, including children like Louay, a three-year-old cancer patient.

| 17/08/2018
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

The US Secretary of State sets up a new group to put pressure on Tehran and implement sanctions against the countries that trade with Iran. John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Brian Hook are the "hawks" in the US administration. The day of the announcement falls on the anniversary of the coup against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, raising questions about coincidences and similarities.

| 17/08/2018
| IRAN – UNITED STATES
by Sumon Corraya

The World Health Organisation estimates that about 11,000 Bangladeshis kill themselves each year. In the Christian community, ten young people committed suicide in 2018. The Church in Tejgaon organised a seminar to address the problem. For a Catholic doctor, parents should think more about their children than at work.

| 17/08/2018
| BANGLADESH
by Lawrence Jangma Gam

Listed as a Tier-3 country, Myanmar can be denied aid. Washington accuses the Asian nation of hindering UN measures to fight human trafficking. According to the US State Department, Burmese officials are involved in prostitution and exploitation of people. Child soldiers remain a major issue.

| 17/08/2018
| MYANMAR

Despite high costs, many choose to travel to the former British colony for safe treatment. The Politburo Standing Committee sacks and sanctions 51 top provincial and national officials. Changsheng Biotech employees, including chairwoman Gao Junfang, will be indicted.

| 17/08/2018
| CHINA
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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
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