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by Bernardo Cervellera | CHINA-VATICAN

At the general audience yesterday, Pope Francis asked for prayers for the Church in China on the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan. And he cited the "difficulties" in which the faithful live. The persecution does not overwhelm only Catholics, but also Protestants, Muslims and Buddhists. Defending religious freedom also serves the economy. The forecasts of sociologists: by 2030, China will be home to the world’s highest number of Christians.

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The Shiite leader calls for protection of oil sales and for safeguarding trade. And EU countries must not ask for negotiations on the ballistic missile program or on activities in the region. The distance between Washington and Brussels remains deep. German Minister: we are following "two different paths".

| 24/05/2018
| IRAN - UNITED STATES - EU

Dushanbe sides with anti-Iranian rhetoric, accusing Tehran of having played a role in the civil war of the 1990s and of supporting militants of the banned Islamic party. Saudi investment in the country.

| 24/05/2018
| TAJIKISTAN-IRAN

About 328,000 hectares are under opium cultivation, enough to produce 550 to 900 tonnes of heroin, at a value of US$ 6.6 billion. In the south four villages in five are involved in production, with 354,000 people working in the harvest as a way out of rural poverty. Opium finances rebel forces and destabilises the region.

| 23/05/2018
| AFGHANISTAN
by Melani Manel Perera

People protest because of the rising cost of basic goods, power shortages, and racial hatred. "People expect quick, fair and practical solutions to the burning issues of the day,” said one observer. Ordinary Sri Lankans are generally peaceful, using protest as a last resort. Violent reactions are due to frustrations caused by unmet demands and broken promises.

| 23/05/2018
| SRI LANKA

Around 8 am on 25 August, ARSA attacked the village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik, killing 20 men, 10 women and 23 children, 14 of whom under 8. All 46 inhabitants of the village of Ye Bauk Kyar have also disappeared. Some 99 people are thought to have been killed. Myanmar complains about the failure of the international community to condemn the violence.

| 23/05/2018
| MYANMAR
by Mathias Hariyadi

Delegations from different countries take part in workshop that confronted them with local communities and humanitarian issues. Local government officials also took part in the event. The emigration of husbands allowed local women to become key players in local business endeavours. The Church has human and spiritual development programmes for them.

| 23/05/2018
| INDONESIA
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The occasion could be the Island’s Eucharistic Congress. Abp. Hung will see the Pope on May 14th on his ad limina visit. "China and Taiwan are two churches, two nations, two different ways of life". On the island there are 300 priests and nuns from mainland China who study at the Catholic University of Furen.

| 11/05/2018
| VATICAN-TAIWAN
 

Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops.  Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.  

| 05/05/2018
| VATICAN - ITALY
 
by Thomas Han*

The inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un opens up prospects for peace and unity for the entire Korean people. Families divided by the war meet. Opportunity for the Korean Church to offer a greater commitment to aid and interpersonal relations with the North. Seoul has never forgotten to pray for the North and its martyrs. An interview with the archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang.

| 04/05/2018
| KOREA-VATICAN
 
by Liao Yiwu

Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer in exile, appeals for the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo to emigrate to Germany. In one of her last phone calls, the woman cried continuously and said that "it is easier to die than to live". "Dona. Dona ", a Yiddish song, as a symbol of her personal holocaust.

| 03/05/2018
| CHINA
Cristiani manifestano a Lahore e Karachi
Lahore, donne cristiane e musulmane chiedono uguali diritti degli uomini
Pakistan, un pastore protestante denuncia il clima di insicurezza tra i cristiani
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