Police chief and local official drop flower petals from a helicopter on Kanwariyas, the pilgrims of Shiva. Traffic and security are in a mayhem as a result of acts of violence and hooliganism. Violence against Christians in Uttar Pradesh fill a list.
Mae Sai District chief personally hands over the naturalisation papers during a ceremony. The event highlights the fate of stateless tribal communities in northern Thailand. A veteran missionary, Fr Corti, notes that “At the social level, tribes are not fully protected, as their rights.”
74,000 people died in less than a year. A surviving nun: "We can not forget". Mayor of Nagasaki: "Japan has a moral obligation to lead efforts for a world without nuclear power". The race to keep the memory of the survivors alive.
The Indonesian island continues to shake. According to military sources, the death toll now stands at 381, plus 165,000 displaced persons. Medical facilities for the wounded are inadequate and food for survivors is in short supply. The National Disaster Management Authority has appealed for international aid.
The first study of schoolchildren by the Chinese Ministry of Education draws an awful picture of fourth- and eighth- graders. Good at math and science, they have little analytical and creative skills.
The maneuver announced by the US enters into force on 23 August: the total value is 16 billion dollars and covers 279 products made in China. The Chinese State Council reacts with an identical countermeasure. The markets hold for now, but the fear is that in the long run global production will be affected.
The costs of the conflict reach 400 billion. The Christian body has distributed thousands of food baskets and diapers to displaced people from the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. The stories of suffering and deprivation of women, men and children. The need to rebuild bridges between people to ensure a future for the country.
For the Foreign Minister, the White House's attempt to block the sale of crude oil "is impossible". The world is "tired" of United States unilateral policies. The idea of privileged channels with the EU to strengthen trade. British scholar: the White House policy will eventually isolate the US, not Iran.
Tensions return to their maximum after an incident at the border where two Hamas militants died. 150 rockets launched in Israel, 11 wounded in the city of Sderot. Israeli army: 140 Palestinian military sites are attacked, likelihood of another Gaza operation.
Holy See Press Office declaration in relation to the report made public in Pennsylvania on August 14, according to which the Catholic Church has covered up sexual abuse committed by more than three hundred priests over the course of 70 years. "By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in the United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse."
By the end of August, all the dioceses of China have to present a five-year plan (2018-2022) to the National Patriotic Association (PA) and the Council of Bishops (BCCCC) on how they can implement the syncization, commissioned by Xi Jinping. The National Five-Year Plan augments the physical control over members of the Church (bishops, priests, laity), also control over culture, theology, social doctrine, art, architecture, liturgy. A political and non-religious document: Jesus Christ is mentioned only once; the Patriotic Association is mentioned 15 times.
The daily survival of people displaced from the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. Rebels and jihadists "live happily" in Turkey, while civilians suffer. Women who give birth on the streets amid garbage; diseases and skin infections; the hunger of children scavaging for sugar and biscuits. They lack food, drinking water and doctors. However, the feeling of abandonment prevails over hunger. "They come to bring us aid, they treat us like insects and look with disgust at us". Part II.
Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.