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by Kamran Chaudhry

Christian and Muslim members of the Progressive Student Collective took to the streets to protest the death last month of an artist whose killers are still unpunished. Young people want the government to repeal the blasphemy law, which has killed many innocent people.

| 10/08/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The candidate vice president will be Kiwi Hajj Ma'ruf Amin, head of the Council of the Indonesian ulema. The choice of the head of moderate Muslim religious to stem Islamic extremists. Commentators say that "Jokowi" fears especially the social campaigns of Islamic radicals.

 

| 10/08/2018
| INDONESIA
by Sumon Corraya

The attackers had forced her to undress and videoed her with a mobile phone. Shipra had filed a case with the police and asked help from the authorities to no avail. The family and the parish priest want justice for her.

| 10/08/2018
| BANGLADESH

A raid by the Riyadh-led coalition hits vehicles loaded with civilians. The toll speaks of 43 dead and over 60 injured. Msgr. Hinder: Pervasive "sense of powerlessness" in the face of a "horrific" situation. It is almost impossible to get access for aid and little hope from the UN peace talks in Geneva in September.

| 10/08/2018
| YEMEN

A bribery case brings to light systematic discrimination that was already well known. Repeat applicants also had their scores lowered. Women were kept out of the medical profession because of child-bearing. In Japan, only 21 per cent of doctors are women, the lowest and half of the OECD average. The government starts a probe in 81 universities.

| 10/08/2018
| JAPAN

The two powers vetoed new US-led sanctions against North Korea. A member of China’s Communist Party Politburo will visit to Moscow for strategic bilateral talks. The trade war between China and the US could boost Sino-Russian ties.

| 10/08/2018
| CHINA – RUSSIA – KOREA

The number of suicides among people aged 60 and over is up. As the population ages, more and more people live alone. Fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, solitude, physical impairment and deteriorating mental health are the most common factors.

| 10/08/2018
| SINGAPORE

The official results announced at the end of the manual counting of votes. A decision that puts an end to months of uncertainty and political deadlock. The blockade of the "anti-system" forces confirms the 54 votes and is preparing to form the new government. Corruption, unemployment and lack of services among the priorities to be addressed.

 

| 10/08/2018
| IRAQ

Bombers attacked last night, after hiding in homes. According to the Afghan sources, the Taliban repelled. The clashes still ongoing. The militants claim to have conquered most of the government buildings.

| 10/08/2018
| AFGHANISTAN
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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."

| 17/08/2018
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

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.

 

 

| 17/08/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Sandra Awad*

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.

 

| 17/08/2018
| SYRIA
 
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

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.

| 06/08/2018
| CHINA
Qianwang Church demolished 2
Attentato di Quetta, morti due giovani cristiani. Proteste contro la pigrizia dei dottori
Eruzione Monte Merapi 11/05/2018 - 01
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