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Imran Khan breaks with his predecessors. About 1.4 million Afghan refugees and 200,000 Bangladeshis live in the country. Pakistan law grants citizenship to anyone born in the country, except the children of diplomats, “enemy aliens” and people who left territories that became part of Pakistan in 1947.

| 18/09/2018
| PAKISTAN

Chaldean priests and bishops are currently attending the Patriarchal Synod in Ankawa. In his message, the Chaldean primate invites them to find new ways of working ahead of Youth Synod in Rome. Families must be at the centre of pastoral outreach. The liturgy must be accompanied by testimony through works.

| 18/09/2018
| IRAQ

Francis’ apostolic constitution "Episcopalis Communio" published today appears inspired by a desire to underline greater participation of the laity in the work of the Synod of Bishops and the role of this organism in a perspective of evangelization and of progress in the ecumenical journey.

| 18/09/2018
| VATICAN

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) orders its members to “find out what the [Christian] missionaries are doing and what are their intensions.” It bans new church construction and allows only local priests to minister. Beijing’s shadow affects the local peace process.

| 18/09/2018
| MYANMAR

The pastor "must have the power and authority that Jesus had, that of humility, that of meekness, of closeness, of the capacity for compassion, of tenderness". "When the people insulted him, that Good Friday, and shouted 'crucify him', he remained silent because he had compassion on those people deceived by the powerful who had money, who had power ... He was silent. He prayed ".

| 18/09/2018
| VATICAN

More products will be subject to 10 per cent tariffs starting 24 September, which will increase to 25 per cent by the end of the year. Apple products are excluded.

| 18/09/2018
| USA – CHINA

Elon Musk's SpaceX made the announcement yesterday. Yusaku Maezawa, 42, is expected to travel to the moon in 2023. He plans to bring painters, sculptors and other artists.

| 18/09/2018
| JAPAN
by Melani Manel Perera

The event is called "EvalColombo 2018" and ends tomorrow. 150 parliamentarians from all over the world are participating, as well as experts on evaluation policies, interest groups and members of civil society.

| 18/09/2018
| SRI LANKA

The anti-aircraft system went into action yesterday evening to intercept a series of "hostile" missiles. The target was the local Agency of technical industries, a power plant and an aluminum factory. A Russian vehicle with 14 soldiers on board was involved in the gun battle. Moscow and Ankara sign a pact to avoid the offensive on Idlib and a massacre of civilians.

| 18/09/2018
| SYRIA

About 40 people are still trapped in the landslide. Mangkhut, the most powerful storm in 2018, has destroyed homes and flooded important agricultural regions in the northern Philippines. Also hit Hong Kong and southern China.

| 18/09/2018
| PHILIPPINES

It is the third meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas in a few months. It will last three days: the two will meet seven or eight times. The first official appointment is at 15.30. 200 people join Moon, including the magnates of Samsung, SK, LG, Hyunday and k-pop celebrities.

| 18/09/2018
| KOREA
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The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington.  In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.

| 07/10/2018
| VATICAN
 

Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held  in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.

| 24/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
 
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

 

 

| 22/09/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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