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Some analysts expect oil to reach US$ 250 a barrel. Blocking the strait could cut global oil supplies by sea by up to 17 million barrels a day. However, a head-on confrontation on crude remains remote. At present, prices are stable around US$ 77.

| 11/07/2018
| IRAN

The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar led the inauguration of the new facility, which is run by the Servants of Mary. The school “must also be like a loving mother who gives life to future philosophers, scientists, illustrious thinkers”. Competitions, trips and extra-curricular activities will stimulate the pupils to challenge themselves in every situation.

| 11/07/2018
| INDIA
by Paul N. Hung

Many initiatives and conferences have taken place throughout the area, attracting thousands of Catholics. The local Church can count on more than a thousand catechists, to whom every year priests and pastors offer training courses together with the pastoral committees of the various communities.

| 11/07/2018
| VIETNAM

Two days ago, the Filipino president had met with the president of the Bishops’ Conference, promising to abstain from inappropriate comments. On several public occasions, he has criticised the Church using violent and often vulgar language. Three days after questioning the story of Genesis and calling God "stupid", he set up a governmental commission for dialogue.

| 11/07/2018
| PHILIPPINES

It tops Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and Nepal, enchanting travellers by its “fascinating mosaic mosques”. Since the end of 2017, Uzbek authorities want to develop tourism with new visa schemes, new air routes, and expanded rail network.

| 11/07/2018
| UZBEKISTAN

The sentence follows a decision by the Constitutional Court upholding the right of South Koreans to an alternative. One objector, Kim, received an 18-month prison sentence for refusing on religious grounds. The court will eventually rule on this and other cases.

| 11/07/2018
| SOUTH KOREA

All the data of the faithful must be filed, no external lights in places of worship, minors banned from entering church and the obligation to sing the Chinese anthem at every celebration. Every Sunday the police guards the entrances of the churches. 10% of Chinese Catholics live in Henan Province. The repression and control of Catholics in China increased this year.

| 11/07/2018
| CHINA
by Maddalena Tomassini

Japan is an "apparently perfect society" that crushes individuals. To evangelize is to form an encounter with Jesus, in one's society. The "unsurpassable barrier" of death. A workshop to help young people rediscover the relationship with themselves, others and the absolute.

| 11/07/2018
| JAPAN

In a report presented by the UN it emerges that 357 million minors are involved in bloody conflict. The worst situation in Yemen, Mali and South Sudan. Unicef: situation " almost beyond comprehension". Unanimously approved resolution considers child soldiers as first victims. And highlights the different treatment needs between males and females. In 2017, over 21 thousand cases of violations.

| 11/07/2018
| ASIA - UN

The 64-year-old activist has already served 22 years in prison. The dissident was formally condemned for the first time only in 1998, on charges of having founded the China democracy party. He is a leading exponent of pro-democracy movements. The sentence was announced the day after the release of Liu Xia.

| 11/07/2018
| CHINA

Victims include Haroon Bilor, one of the leading exponents of the Awami National Party. The bomber was loaded with eight kilos of explosives. Protests against the Islamabad government: "No guarantee of security". Deployment of over 371 thousand soldiers to defend polling stations.

| 11/07/2018
| PAKISTAN
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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
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