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89 South Koreans departed this morning. Most are over 80 years old. Many can only bring the memory of a beloved deceased to relatives. The first meeting today at 3 pm. In all, they will have 11 hours together. Since the meetings have begun, most of the people who have applied in South Korea have died without having the opportunity to embrace their families.

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by Mathias Hariyadi

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.

 

| 18/08/2018
| INDONESIA

The Saudi coalition used laser bombs sold by Lockeed Martin to kill passengers on a bus, including many school children under the age of 15. Riyadh is global leader among arms buyers.

 

| 18/08/2018
| US - YEMEN-SAUDI ARABIA
by Lawrence Jangma Gam

Government Advisory Commission on implementation of Kofi Annan's recommendations issues final report. The Independent Commission of Inquiry (ICoE) commissioned by Aung San Suu Kyi begins the investigation into the violence. Progress in relations between Myanmar and Bangladesh: the Foreign Minister of Dhaka visits the refugee and transit centers built for refugees.

 

| 18/08/2018
| MYANMAR

The skin of the pack animal is used to produce ejiao, an elixir able to cure insomnia, chronic fatigue, anemia and boost libido. The donkey population in China has shrunk within a few years. In Africa it has halved in as many years. To produce 5,000 tons of ejiao (the annual requirement in China) 4 million skins are needed.

 

| 18/08/2018
| CHINA

A program records the person's face, voice and habits. After death, a mask is reproduced to be placed on the robot.

 

| 18/08/2018
| JAPAN

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
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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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