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by Caterina Zakharova | UKRAINE-RUSSIA

The great Ukrainian intellectual explains the reasons that push his people to demand independence from the patriarchate of Moscow. In Russia, state pressures and the exploitation of the Church are the order of the day. An independent Church would be a very important step towards the liberation of Ukraine from its Soviet past. But the problem is above all a spiritual one.

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by Nirmala Carvalho

For the president of the Harmony Foundation, the Yazidi activist is the voice of those who "cannot defend themselves". The agency's fight against "sexual abuse and violations of women and children". Even today, thousands of people are enslaved by jihadists. Murad's appeal they be freed and helped on the path of recovery.

| 22/10/2018
| INDIA - IRAQ

During the Angelus, Pope Francis noted the many "examples of young people who found the meaning and joy of life in Jesus” through other young people. A Hail Mary is dedicated to the missionaries who, “far from their homeland”, spent a lifetime proclaiming the Gospel. “The way to serve is the most effective antidote against the disease of wanting to be first, the medicine for climbers, which infects many human contexts and does not even spare Christians, nor the Church hierarchy.” Jesuit priest Tiburcio Arnaiz Muñoz, who was beatified yesterday in Spain, received an applause.

| 21/10/2018
| VATICAN
by Pierre Balanian

For Syrians, the journalist who went missing (and was possibly decapitated) in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was in favour of beheadings by the Islamic State group because he was in favour of political Islam. Once a supporter of Saudi Arabia, he moved closer to the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey and Qatar. Now the friendship between the Saudi throne and the United States is at risk. Mohammed bin Salman is on his way out.

| 20/10/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA – TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome as a guest of the Youth Synod, met Pope Francis on Friday and Card Koch on Thursday, presenting the reasons for the break-up of the communion between Moscow and Constantinople.

| 20/10/2018
| VATICAN – RUSSIA
by Gaddala Mary Venkulamma

The 22-year-old woman lives in Telangana. She saw her father’s abusive behaviour towards her mother. Her half-brothers forced her to work in cotton fields. The Salesians in Vijayawada gave her a new life through education.

| 20/10/2018
| INDIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Making an appeal for support to the mission to every people that does not know Jesus Christ, we can be a "bridge" between generations, helping to discover one’s task, vocation and missionary consecration in the world. AsiaNews is part of this service to the mission, for young people and others.

| 20/10/2018
| VATICAN – ASIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera

Making an appeal for support to the mission to every people that does not know Jesus Christ, we can be a "bridge" between generations, helping to discover one’s task, vocation and missionary consecration in the world. AsiaNews is part of this service to the mission, for young people and others.

| 20/10/2018
| VATICAN – ASIA
 

The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington.  In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.

| 07/10/2018
| VATICAN
 

Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held  in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.

| 24/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
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