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by Nirmala Carvalho

The arrests took place in the District of Dumka. The detainees are part of a group of 25 "preachers" that the villagers held hostage for two days. The police say they seized religious material. For Christian leader, “powerful groups that support Hindutva use the so-called forced conversions to intimidate minorities".

| 10/07/2018
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

A solemn Mass in St Joseph Cathedral closes four-day event organised by the Pontifical Society of Young Missionaries. More than 1,300 young people came from the country’s 35 dioceses as well as East Timor and Malaysia. All took an oath to reaffirm the commitment of the Catholic community to safeguard the unity of Indonesia as a pluralist society.

| 10/07/2018
| INDONESIA

The difficult rescue operation began two days ago with the first four boys brought out. Four others were saved yesterday. Now four rescuers, including a doctor, who stayed with the football team after they were found, are set to come out.

| 10/07/2018
| THAILAND

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir wants to withdraw from agreements signed by the two countries on a rail link and the sale of water. Singapore asks for explanations and calls for "respect for the sanctity of international agreements".

| 10/07/2018
| SINGAPORE – MALAYSIA

Cardinal Parolin signs message full of encouragement and blessing for relief efforts. Meanwhile, rescuers are carrying out a house-to-house search for survivors, with dwindling hope. The death toll rises to 156 but is expected to get worse. Thousands are in shelters. Authorities warn against the effects of 35-degree heat on construction workers.

| 10/07/2018
| VATICAN – JAPAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

For Putin the football championships have debunked many stereotypes, presenting "a welcoming country". For Vitalij Portnikov the "crimeana" phase is over and the internal division of Russia between liberals and patriots. But here and there appear criticisms of the "narcotic" use of the World Cup. The belligerant promises of Aleksandr Navalny.

| 10/07/2018
| RUSSIA

The last chance for the four men is to appeal to the clemency of the Indian president. The case of the ferocious group rape of 2012 shone the spotlight on the issue of widespread violence against women. In India the mentality that treats women - and even girls – as an object of men's desire or possession is imbedded.

| 10/07/2018
| INDIA

A conference opens today in the Chinese capital gathering together leaders from 21 Arab nations. Xi Jinping offers a billion dollar package through privileged credit lines, loans and humanitarian assistance. Confirmation of China's growing interest in the region. "Development" the only way to resolve problems.

| 10/07/2018
| MIDDLE EAST - CHINA

The survivors remain quarantined and isolated from their parents. Two of the young footballers have suspected lung infections, but the four boys from the first group saved two days ago are walking around their hospital beds. Today one survivor more than those saved in recent days will be extracted.

| 10/07/2018
| THAILAND

The turning point after two weeks of intense government bombing. In a few weeks more than 320 thousand people had fled. Some rebel factions do not accept the ceasefire and intend to continue to fight. Today the army loyal to President Assad controls over 60% of the territory.

| 10/07/2018
| SYRIA - JORDAN

Her brother, Liu Hui, confirms her departure.  She is reportedly on a Finnair flight and will arrive in Finland at 2 pm, before travelling on to Germany. Her release wanted by Merkel, who yesterday met the Chinese premier.

| 10/07/2018
| CHINA-GERMANY
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by Suor Mary Prema

The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.

| 17/07/2018
| INDIA
 
by Shafique Khokhar

Many Pakistanis are in Rome for the official celebration of his elevation. Political leaders, members of civil society groups and community leaders appreciate him. “He is a leader who has lived through the different and tormented phases of Pakistani history,” said one observer. He “is a strong voice for minorities in Pakistan,” said another.

| 29/06/2018
| PAKISTAN - VATICAN
 

On the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the metropolitan archbishops appointed during the year (including three from Asia). He prayed together with the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the tomb of Peter. “We too have been brought back to life, healed, renewed and filled with hope by the anointing of the Holy One,” he said. “Like Peter, we [. . .] will always be tempted to hear those “whisperings” of the evil One, which will become a stumbling stone for the mission." He warned against "empty forms of triumphalism". Meanwhile, “millions of people continue to ask the question: “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?

| 29/06/2018
| VATICAN
 

Pope Francis is hopeful about relations with China, which are not just based on diplomatic talks but also on cultural exchanges and friendship. For him, Card Zen is "a little scared".

| 20/06/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
Shandong, per motivi ‘urbanistici’, demolita con la forza una chiesa ufficiale a Liangwang
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