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An international conference at the initiative of Asian ambassadors to the Holy See was inspired by the declaration on human brotherhood signed in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. For Mgr Gallagher, "a certain prejudice [. . .] still exists, above all, in the western world”.

| 18/06/2019
| VATICAN – ASIA

The disease shows up as vomiting and severe headaches. Lychee is a fruit that inhibits the production of glucose. Some doctors believe the main cause is dehydration.

| 18/06/2019
| INDIA

The former leader died of a heart attack at the end of a court hearing in which he was charged with espionage. Erdogan blames Egypt’s “tyrants". Fr Rafic dismisses doubts over his death voiced by Western governments and international NGOs. He is sorry for Morsi’s death, but the latter ruled “in a catastrophic way” and was “the first to bend the Constitution”.

| 18/06/2019
| EGYPT
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Afghan militants are fierce opponents of ISIS. In 2018, some jihadists were saved from their attack by US military. The Taliban also control areas at the border with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to watch over the pipeline between Turkmenistan and India. Uzbekistan plans a railway that passes from Kabul, to the Indian Ocean.

| 18/06/2019
| RUSSIA-AFGHANISTAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

The underground bishop, recently recognized by the government as auxiliary bishop, withdrew his request. In it obedience to the laws of the country was accepted, but not membership of the PA. But the government does not want to publish it, making underground priests believe that they are obliged to join the body that proclaims the independence of the Church. In the Sino-Vatican agreement - also unpublished – membership of the PA is optional.

| 18/06/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN

Xi’s visit to North Korea will be the first by a Chinese president in 14 tears. The trip will take place just before Xi and Trump travel to Japan for the G20 summit. Mgr Lazarus You calls for "building fraternal relations of trust between peoples".

| 18/06/2019
| KOREA – CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

Some 3,200 people are HIV-positive in the country and 100 are infected with syphilis and gonorrhea. Pregnant women have free access to prenatal tests. Since 2011, pregnant women who have received treatment for the virus have given birth to healthy children.

| 18/06/2019
| SRI LANKA
by John Man

John Man, a 24 year old recent graduate of Hong Kong University and protagonist of the marches against the law on extradition, speaks of government hypocrisy and sadly denounces the "weak" official intervention of the diocese. Msgr. Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop, has won youth back to the Church and garnered the appreciation of non-believers.

| 18/06/2019
| HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN

The United States strengthens the military presence in the region. The US Defense Minister speaks of "credible and reliable information" about Tehran's "hostile behavior". Beijing asks for moderation: you are opening "a Pandora's box". Iran is ready to exceed the limit of uranium reserves.

| 18/06/2019
| MIDDLE EAST - USA - CHINA

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Yibin area. Two wounded are in critical condition. At least 10 thousand buildings damaged. Motorway and roads blocked. An early warning system reduces damage. The memory of the 2008 earthquake with 87,000 dead.

| 18/06/2019
| CHINA
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by Sergio Ticozzi
For the PIME missionary, the document released yesterday answers some of the perplexities of conscience of many Chinese priests. But it fails to realise the deep restrictions, which undermine the Catholic faith, to which the Church in China is subjected. ...
| 29/06/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
The diplomatic and commercial war between Tehran and Washington is bringing the population to its knees. Inflation has multiplied the price of consumer goods. People point the finger at the inefficiency and incompetence of government officials. But US ...
| 25/06/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
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