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At today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on the "Our Father". All the prayers of Jesus "echo" the "our Father", also that of "my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" "The first protagonist of every Christian prayer is the Holy Spirit". The memory of Sister Ines Neves Sancho, killed May 20 in the Central African Republic.

| 22/05/2019
| VATICAN

At the end of today's audience, the pontiff expresses "special closeness and affection to all Catholics in China" and invites them to remain "united in the communion of the universal Church". On May 24, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is celebrated by Benedict XVI in 2007.

| 22/05/2019
| VATICAN - CHINA

Trafficking generates US$ 105 million in annual profits. Almost one survivor in two is forced into prostitution, over 30 per cent are sold into forced marriages and another 15 per cent forced into cybersex. The victims are mostly aged between 12 and 29 but some are younger.

| 21/05/2019
| KOREA – CHINA

Japan announced its honours for foreigners. The archbishop and librarian emeritus of the Vatican will receive the Order of the Rising Sun-Gold and Silver Star in recognition for his contribution to boosting relations and strengthening friendly ties between Japan and the Holy See.

| 21/05/2019
| JAPAN - VATICAN

President and director of the AIF present the 2018 Report. The Vatican system was welcomed in the Sepa (Single Euro Payments Area). The first conviction for money laundering. New agreement protocols with foreign jurisdictions.

| 21/05/2019
| VATICAN

At Mass in Santa Martha, Pope Francis says that peace can also be lived in "tribulations", as indicated by the eighth beatitude: "Blessed are you when they revile you ...". The "gift of peace" - different from "anxiolytics" - brings fortitude with it, the ability to "bear" everything. And it makes the "the heart smile".

| 21/05/2019
| VATICAN
by John Ai

Journey into the economic heart of southern China. The megalopolis attracts millions of migrant workers. Its factories offer dull jobs in demanding and sometimes dangerous conditions. The factories tend to create corporate "mini-cities" where workers spend their wages, putting money back into corporate pockets. Young cynics look for day jobs and spend time in Internet cafes and bingo halls.

| 21/05/2019
| CHINA

At the opening the Bishops’ Assembly, Francis referred to a “possible" synod of the Italian episcopate. He called on its members to reflect on "any lack of collegiality and participation in the condition of the Conference".

| 20/05/2019
| VATICAN – ITALY

As Arctic ice caps retreat, the Northern Sea Route becomes a major issue for Beijing. Before the second BRI summit, Russia announced a bold plan for the Arctic. China's interest in the Arctic is only now becoming manifest, but its Arctic strategy began several years ago.

| 20/05/2019
| CHINA – RUSSIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Pope Francis met with PIME missionaries - gathered in Rome for the General Assembly - and some representatives of the general direction of the Immaculate Missionaries.  The proposal of St. Paul VI's Evangelii Nuntiandi.  "There is no real evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom, the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God, are not proclaimed".  Do not confuse evangelization with proselytism.  The "joy of evangelizing".

 

| 20/05/2019
| VATICANO-PIME
by Wang Zhicheng

The network giant will block updates to the Android operating system and access to apps like Google Play, Gmail and YouTube. Possible consequences for sales in Europe. Trump has blocked trade with companies that undermine national security. The risks for Huawei are similar to those of ZTE.

| 20/05/2019
| CHINA - USA

With his "new commandment" to "love one another as I love you", Jesus "asks us to love each other not only and not so much with our love, but with his, which the Holy Spirit infuses in our hearts if we invoke him with faith. This way - and only this way - we can love each other not only as we love ourselves, but as He loves us, that is immensely more.”

| 19/05/2019
| VATICAN

Ready-to-eat food stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and households are called upon to revise their lifestyle, consumption habits, sale practices and preparation methods. Households throw away 2.91 million tonnes of food each year.

| 18/05/2019
| JAPAN
by Wang Zhicheng

On a visit to Beijing, Javad Zarif hopes China will side-step the total oil sale embargo. Experts doubt Beijing will take a greater stance against the US. Zarif asks the international community for concrete actions to keep the nuclear agreement alive.

| 18/05/2019
| CHINA – IRAN
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