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by Kamran Chaudhry

Mashal Khan was killed on 13 April 2017 on suspicion of insulting the prophet Muhammad. His is a test case. For one activist, “Swift justice is for politicians and bureaucrats; Khan belonged to a poor family.”

| 24/04/2018
| PAKISTAN

Closure and openness: two opposing poles that describe how man can react before the breath of the Holy Spirit. The second is precisely "of the disciples, of the apostles": the initial resistance is not only human, but it is also "a guarantee that they cannot be deceived by anything and then find their way through prayer and discernment".

| 24/04/2018
| VATICAN

Asthma Yaqood was 25 and worked as a beautician. She rejected Rizwan Gujjar's marriage proposal, who also wanted her to convert to Islam. In recent months, there have been five acid attacks against members of minorities.

| 23/04/2018
| PAKISTAN

Francis ordained 16 priests and called for an end to the violence and unnecessary bloodshed in Nicaragua where "following social protests, clashes occurred, causing some victims".

| 22/04/2018
| VATICAN

In 2016, Tayyaba was brutalised by her employer for misplacing a broom. To avoid being taken into custody, the woman and her husband (an additional session judge) refused to leave the courtroom. Some two million cases are still pending in Pakistan, a country whose justice system protects the upper classes.

| 21/04/2018
| PAKISTAN

In the Mass he celebrated in Molfetta, Francis remembered the bishop who said: “‘Works of charity are not enough, if the charity of works is lacking. If the love from which the works leave is lacking, if the source is lacking, if the starting point that is the Eucharist is lacking, any pastoral commitment is only a stirring of things’.”

| 20/04/2018
| VATICAN – ITALY
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The church of the village of Hutuo has been reduced to a pile of ruins; the tomb of the bishop of Luoyang, not recognized by the government, was desecrated; children are forbidden to enter churches; threats against Catholic parents and seniors: if they continue to believe they will not receive government subsidies or pensions.

| 20/04/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 

The South Korean Church is praying for the success of the event, looking forward to "concrete" solutions to the peninsula’s problems. Hope was reborn with the Olympics. People are waiting for a message from Pope Francis.

| 17/04/2018
| KOREA
 

A harsh exchange between Russia and the United States at the UN. Trump speaks of possible intervention, with the support of London and Paris. Moscow denounces the "campaign of aggression" against a sovereign state. Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen: "there are no certainties" on the Douma attack. The prayers of Christians for peace in the country.

| 10/04/2018
| SYRIA
 

About 158 refugee families live in the parish of Amadiya and surrounding villages. They need food, clothes, shoes, school support, kerosene. Many Christian, Yazid and Arab families returned to Mosul only to turn back. The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign is ongoing.

| 27/03/2018
| IRAQ
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