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by Nirmala Carvalho | INDIA - IRAQ

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.

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At least 2,565 candidates are running for the 249 seats in the lower house of Parliament, including 400 women. Taliban claim responsibility for the murder of the Kandahar police chief. Fake identity papers have been discovered.

| 19/10/2018
| AFGHANISTAN

Jesus speaks of leaven "that makes you grow", but there is also a "bad" leaven that "ruins", which makes it grow "inward". It is that "of the Pharisees, of the doctors of the Law". "The leaven of Christians is the Holy Spirit, who pushes us outwards, makes us grow, with all the difficulties of the journey, even with all our sins, but always with hope".

| 19/10/2018
| VATICAN
by Kamran Chaudhry

Kinza Roma is a 27-year-old educator. In school she was forced to clean bathrooms and was treated like a beggar. Today she lectures against bullying and takes part in meetings to improve knowledge among religious communities.

| 19/10/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The complaint was presented by the minor's father. An anti-conversion law is in force in the state. The Christian will remain in prison for 14 days. Sajan K George: "The arrest is suspect. The Radicals want to polarize society ahead of next year's elections."

| 19/10/2018
| INDIA
by Hocine Drouiche

Muslim immigration in Europe is increasingly fundamentalist and the difference between "moderate" and "jihadist" Islam is getting narrower. The European intellectual world, afraid of inadvertently serving the aims of a xenophobic right, is silent on the violence and on the need for a reform of Islam. There is an urgent need to save young Muslims from fundamentalism. The majority of Muslims are still in a logic of conquest, invasion and Islamization of Europe.

| 19/10/2018
| ISLAM-EUROPE

The Church must broaden the role of women and young people. In Ukraine, the war has generated a certain dislike for the Church. Poor access to education for young people in some countries like Madagascar can hinder the promotion of evangelical values​. Metropolitan Hilarion of the Moscow Patriarchate spoke at the Synod.

| 18/10/2018
| VATICAN
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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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