At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that "the life of a person is a gift from God", even if today "we are led to plan everything, even the characteristics of our children". Every family "a sanctuary of life". Applause for beatification of "la Chiquitunga", the discalzed Carmelite girl Maria Felicia Guggiari Echeverrìa, yesterday in Asuncion (Paraguay).
A study by the National Audit Office denounces the proliferation of hydraulic works along the Blue River. About 300 rivers and tributaries dry up due to the use of dams. Irregularities in the use of funds allocated for environmental care.
Set for tomorrow, the general elections will renew parliament and choose the next president. The economy, war in Syria and Kurdish issue hot topics among voters. Analysts and experts speak of the "most important" vote in the modern history of the country. Erdogan focuses on nationalist leverage. The oppositions seek unity to stop the domination of the "sultan".
"Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities,” says the democratic leader. UN special envoy visits Rakhine State, meets victims of violence. Buddhist leaders reject the number of Muslim refugees. Myanmar lacks “credibility or impartiality”, says High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Islamist infiltrations in the educational systems of more and more Southeast Asian countries is a problem. Sarah L. Handang approves the government's policy of supervising what is taught in the country’s Islamic schools. This way radicalism and extremist ideologies will not be taught to children. Filipino Muslims are used to living together with Christians.
The solidarity of the whole Catholic world "has come to meet the emergencies of wars and migrations, but above all it has been able to guarantee the life of the Churches, pastoral and evangelization activities, social and welfare works". The distinctive identity and vocation of Jerusalem "must be preserved beyond the various tensions and disputes".
Countries making "intermediate goods" like Taiwan, South Korea and South-East Asian nations are the hardest hit. Experts note that the trade war is having ripple effects across the region. Local currencies fall. After Turkey India announces duties on US food imports worth US$ 240 million.
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".
One hundred families went back to the eastern sector of the northern metropolis. A Chaldean priest talks about reconstruction. In addition to houses, social and economic life must be rebuilt. For Muslim leaders, there is no rebirth without Christians.
With today's signature, the two leaders commit to a lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. The deal calls for the recovering the remains of prisoners of war. Kim makes an "Unwavering commitment" to denuclearise the peninsula. Trump offers security guarantees to North Korea. China approves; France has doubts. South Koreans “hope” for peace. North Korean refugees are concerned.
The civil war in the northern state has entered its seventh year. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has exceeded 150,000. Some tell of their flight from their homes and of their life in the reception facilities.