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| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

At the rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday, where Palestinian and Israeli flags were waved, those present felt hope. For the director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, “Israelis, Arabs, Jews and Palestinians” can work for “the same purpose and stand together”. Likewise, “The Jews and Arabs who participated [in the rally] saw the notion of state reflected in the event, a state that is inclusive of all its citizens,” said Bernard Sabella.

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An editorial in the state newspaper praises the repressive policies implemented in the region against the Uyghurs. Xinjiang has avoided becoming like "the Syria or Libya of China". Un Commission Report denounces a million Muslims locked up in internment camps.

 

| 13/08/2018
| CHINA

The representatives of the two Koreas announce summit with a joint declaration. The high-level meeting today at the northern border: Apply the Panmunjom declaration.

 

| 13/08/2018
| KOREA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The July meeting between Putin and Trump in Helsinki did not put an end to the "war of sanctions", but it seems to have channeled it into a symbolic route, progressively dissipating the real threat.

| 13/08/2018
| RUSSIA

The investigators ordered the arrest of Wael Saad, expelled from the order in the days following the killing of Bishop Epiphanios. He will remain in pre-trial detention pending the formalization of charges. Motive remains unknown. The man believed to have hit the bishop at the head with an iron pole.

 

| 13/08/2018
| EGYPT

During the Angelus Pope Francis met almost 100,000 young Italians who came to Rome on pilgrimage. “[I]t is necessary to live coherently with the promises of Baptism, renewed in Confirmation, not with hypocrisy: these promises have two aspects: renunciation of evil and attachment to goodness,” he said. “It is good not to do evil, but it is evil not to do good". The pontiff singled out priests and nuns to thank them for their patience with young people. He blessed the images of Our Lady of Loreto and the San Damiano Cross that were handed over to a delegation from Panama, site of the next World Youth Day.

| 12/08/2018
| VATICAN

Francis met 60,000 young people who came to Rome for a gathering titled "Along a thousand roads," an event promoted by the Italian Bishops' Conference ahead of the Synod of Bishops on Youth.

| 11/08/2018
| VATICAN – ITALY
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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
 
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
Attentato di Quetta, morti due giovani cristiani. Proteste contro la pigrizia dei dottori
Pontianak in festa per le nuove vocazioni tra le suore dell’Immacolata
Shandong, per motivi ‘urbanistici’, demolita con la forza una chiesa ufficiale a Liangwang
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