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| KOREA – VATICAN

Lee Hae-chan, chairman of South Korea’s Democratic Party, is quoted saying that a visit might be possible. It would the first by a pope to North Korea. South Korea’s Catholic Church is in favour of the initiative but also call for an improvement in freedom of religion in the North.

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They had escaped from a detention center in Thailand after opening a gap in the wall and using blankets to lower themselves to the ground. Malaysia was only a temporary transit point, before clarifying their status as refugees with the UN High Commissioner (UNHRC) and reaching the Uyghur community in Turkey.

 

| 13/10/2018
| MALAYSIA-CHINA

When the demon has been cast out, he returns. "Yes, we have our faults, our sins, but everything seems to be in order. And he is ‘well-mannered ': go, see, look for a nice clique, knock on the door -' May I enter? – He rings the bell. And these well-mannered demons are worse than the first, because you do not even realize they are in your home. "

| 12/10/2018
| VATICAN

Fraternal delegates spoke about the need to foster in young people, through prayer and asceticism, a personal relationship of friendship with Christ in times characterised by "improvised masters who proclaim themselves to be holders of the truth.” God calls on all young people to be mediators and bridges, conscious that "we are all children loved by God".

| 12/10/2018
| VATICAN

They are the bishops of Xian, Haimen, Zhoucun. The three are part of the Church recognized by the government. They had been ordained with a papal mandate. The two bishops invited to the Synod leave for China on October 15th.

| 12/10/2018
| CHINA-ITALY

For Card Becciu, Paul VI “was a heroic and brilliant witness of Christ, light of the world.” He was the pope “of dialogue with everyone: within the Catholic Church, with the brothers of other Christian Churches, with non-Christians and non-believers, always with the passion of evangelisation, to bring to every man the light of Christ, the love of Christ.”

| 11/10/2018
| VATICAN
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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
 
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

 

 

| 22/09/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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