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Francis met 60,000 young people who came to Rome for a gathering titled "Along a thousand roads," an event promoted by the Italian Bishops' Conference ahead of the Synod of Bishops on Youth.

| 11/08/2018
| VATICAN – ITALY

Assad has now set his eyes on retaking Idlib province, the largest area still in the hands of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, former al-Qaeda ally. Some 2.5 million people live in the province. The United Nations calls for talks to avert "a civilian bloodbath".

| 11/08/2018
| SYRIA
by Shafique Khokhar

A meeting is held in Lahore to ask for more rights. Participants reiterated their commitment to a "multi-religious" Pakistan. The goal is to obtain specific measures, including the right to study one's faith.

| 11/08/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Wang Zhicheng

Jasic Technology workers claim they are treated “like slaves". At least 14 people are still in custody. Maoists demand their liberation and the right to establish independent trade union. Publicly traded JT sells products all over the world and has plants in Shenzhen, Chongqing and Chengdu. Its Shenzhen plant alone employs about a thousand people.

| 11/08/2018
| CHINA

The work of "sinicisation" of religions continues with the aim of eliminating foreign influences. Ethnic Muslim Hui fear repression like in Xinjiang. “They want to secularise Muslims, to cut off Islam at the roots,” said an imam. “These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in communism and the party.”

| 11/08/2018
| CHINA
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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
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