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The story of the three Italian military personeel serving the Italian consulate of Jerusalem. The three had taken refuge in the Unrwa headquarters in the Strip after a gun battle with the militia. Maximum alert in the area after the Israeli undercover operation in November.

| 16/01/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE - ITALY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Published on the website of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The leading role of the ecumenical patriarch is the cause of the break with Moscow. An ancient church in Kiev donated to Bartholomew I. President Petro Poroshenko rewards the two bishops of Muscovite obedience who took part in the Council of Unification.

| 16/01/2019
| UKRAINE-TURKEY-RUSSIA

Francis sends a message to the meeting of the presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of the Bishops’ Conferences of Asia with a delegation from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

| 15/01/2019
| VATICAN - ASIA

Francis writes a Letter for the 25th anniversary of the Pontifical Academy for Life. "On the one hand, appeals are made to alleged rights, arbitrary and non-essential in nature, accompanied by the demand that they be recognized and promoted by public structures, while, on the other hand, elementary and basic rights remain unacknowledged and are violated in much of the world”.

| 15/01/2019
| VATICAN

Christian leader Sobhy Makhoul speaks of clashes between Israeli factions and parties fighting each other. An exhibition with a work that depicts the Ronald McDonald crucified like Jesus. The leaders of the Churches of Jerusalem ask for "respect" and renew the invitation to promote tolerance.

| 15/01/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe announced that she will not take food for 72 hours, but the protest could continue to the bitter end. The prison authorities denied  her medical treatment for neck, arm and leg pain. Member of a charitable NGO, the woman was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to "overthrow the religious establishment".

| 15/01/2019
| IRAN - UNITED KINGDOM

Msgr Hindo fears "new clashes" in the north-east of Syria after the announcement of the withdrawal of US troops. In the "volatile situation", the Kurds are ready to dialogue with Damascus. Trump warns: we will destroy Ankara economically in the event of an attack on the Kurds. Erdogan rejects the threat.

 

| 14/01/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY - UNITED STATES

At Toronto Airport Rahaf appeared tired but smiling. Ottawa Foreign Minister calls her "courageous" new Canadian citizen. The story is likely to open a new confrontation on rights with Riyadh.

| 14/01/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA - CANADA

Ali Motahari calls for a referendum on the hijab. In the event of a referendum he hopes that the country chooses to maintain the norm. However, the protest of women online and on the streets does not stop. Female activists: "Our rights cannot be decided" by men or by a vote.

| 14/01/2019
| IRAN
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by Stefano Caprio*
The young bishop, 44, is responsible for the Churches of the Moscow Patriarchate in 13 European countries. The new Exarchate was revived after the break between Constantinople and Moscow over autocephaly granted to Ukraine. In the recent Synod of Moscow, ...
| 05/01/2019
| RUSSIA - ITALY
 
by P. Luo Wen
Luo Wen explains why Msgr. Guo Xijin accepted Pope Francis's request, resigning as ordinary bishop to give way to formerly excommunicated Msgr. Zha Silu. The underground Church of Mindong was "faithful" to the Pope when they were asked not to celebrate ...
| 20/12/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
Founded by pastor Samuel Lamb, the Rongguili Church is the home of one of the first underground communities, with some five thousand members. The police seized sacred books and mobile phones. The government seems increasingly concerned about the growth ...
| 17/12/2018
| CHINA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
The 39-year-old metropolitan was elected to the Unification Council two days ago. Also present were Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople, two bishops linked to the patriarchate of Moscow, accused of ...
| 17/12/2018
| UKRAINE-RUSSIA
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