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At the historic meeting in Casablanca, the Polish Pope spoke of the common faith in the one God and also of human rights, which "have their foundation in God": first of all, freedom of conscience and religion, "protected from external constraints" because freedom characterizes "the dignity of man". A religious freedom, he specified, that needs "reciprocity". And he also emphasized the respect due to every human person, "man or woman"

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In a joint statement, Francis and the Catholic Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East note the progress on the path of unity and reiterate that "it is not possible to imagine the Middle East without Christians. This conviction is founded not simply on religious grounds, but also on social and cultural realities, since Christians, with other believers, greatly contribute to the specific identity of the region”.

| 09/11/2018
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

He will be subjected to isolation and indoctrination for 10-15 days. The faithful ask the Church worldwide for prayers. Bishop Shao is recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. In the diocese, official and underground communities are united. Official priests banned from visiting the tombs of underground priests and bishops. Prohibition of participation in mass and catechism for young people under 18 years. The Church must remain "independent" despite the Sino-Vatican agreement.

| 09/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN

"It is true that the celebrations must be beautiful - beautiful - but not worldly, because worldliness depends on the god of money. It is an idolatry like others. This makes us think about our attitude to the house of God, our respect for churches when we enter ".

| 09/11/2018
| VATICAN

"How often is there murmuring in parishes?” he asked, pointing out that whenever “I don’t like the testimony, or there is a person that I don’t like, murmuring immediately breaks out.”". "And in the diocese? The 'intra-diocesan' struggles ... The internal struggles of the dioceses; you know this. And also in politics. And this is bad. When a government is not honest, it tries to dirty the opponents with the murmurings ".

| 08/11/2018
| VATICAN
by Paul Wang

China’s economic slowdown is affecting its neighbours since the mainland is their top trading partners. The list includes Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia. However, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Cambodia are replacing China as export hubs with many Chinese companies delocalising to bypass US tariffs. In the first nine months of the year, Cambodia's exports to the United States grew by 27 per cent.

| 07/11/2018
| ASIA – CHINA

Illustrating the commandment "You shall not steal", Francis recalls the "universal destination of goods" affirmed by the social doctrine of the Church. "If there is hunger on earth, it is not because of lack of food! Indeed, market demands sometimes leads to us destroying it. What is lacking is a free and far-sighted entrepreneurship, which ensures adequate production, and a solidarity approach, which ensures fair distribution.

| 07/11/2018
| VATICAN

"Those who refuse Jesus, Jesus waits, he gives a second chance, maybe a third, a fourth, a fifth ... But in the end he too will refuse". "And this rejection must make us think of us, sometimes that Jesus calls us; he calls us to celebrate with him, to be near him, to change his life ".

| 06/11/2018
| VATICAN

The subject of the Pope Francis message to be on "political responsibility” which “belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern".

| 06/11/2018
| VATICAN

In a meeting with a delegation of rabbis from the World Congress of Mountain Jews, Francis reiterated that a “Christian cannot be an anti-Semite” and that commemorating the Holocaust was necessary. Friendship between Jews and Catholics, he noted, is “based on a fraternity grounded in the history of salvation and it finds concrete expression in concern for one another.”

| 05/11/2018
| VATICAN
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| 09/11/2018
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| 09/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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| 01/11/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
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| 31/10/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
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| 26/10/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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| 20/10/2018
| VATICAN – ASIA
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