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by Purushottam Nayak

More than 2,500 people took part in the memorial service for the missionary’s centennial, who spent five years in the Dachau concentration camp, an experience that helped him prepare for his future mission in India. Fr Marian dedicated his life to the poor and those living with leprosy; in them he saw the face of God.

| 12/02/2018
| INDIA

In one Surah, Mary is described as one of God’s purest creatures. This is the first time that a judge imposes a "pedagogical" sentence. Political and religious leaders praise the ruling.

| 12/02/2018
| LEBANON – ISLAM

The Palestinian leader is set to meet Putin to boost ties with Russia ahead of UN Security Council meetings. For the first time Trump criticises Israel over the settlements and the failed peace process with the Palestinians. Iranian drone entered into Israel, but Tehran denies the claim. Israeli fighters carry out strikes in Syria; one is shot down.

| 12/02/2018
| MIDEAST – UNITED STATES – RUSSIA

About 70 athletes from both Koreas took part in a taekwondo performance today. A North Korean orchestra gave a concert before an audience that included the South Korean president and a North Korean delegation. The last song of the soirée embodied the desire for reunification, sung by North Korean singers and a South Korean K-pop star. Post-Olympic diplomacy now begins following the departure of the North Korean delegation.

| 12/02/2018
| KOREA

Unlike "defeat" and "resignation", Christian patience is the "virtue" of "those on a journey". "And when you go on a journey, many things happen that are not always good. The attitude of parents when a sick or disabled child is born, tells me so much about patience on the journey. 'But thank God he is alive!': These are the patient people".

| 12/02/2018
| VATICAN

The Church's contribution to the country, especially in education, was discussed. So was the government’s commitment to peaceful coexistence between the various religious communities and defence of minorities and refugees.

| 12/02/2018
| VATICAN – BANGLADESH

Academics, lawyers, human rights activists ask the Holy See to demand greater guarantees of freedom in the appointment of bishops and religious freedom in the country. Xi Jinping scepticism towards China. " Rushing for a quick achievement, taking a wrong step, can  result in total failure".

| 12/02/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
by Mathias Hariyadi

He is accused of proselytism. Wrath of the radicals sparked by his charity work, he was forced to read and sign an admission of guilt. Authorities rule that the allegations made by the fundamentalists are groundless.

| 12/02/2018
| INDONESIA
by Shafique Khokhar

The woman passed away at the age of 66 from cardiac arrest. She was a famous activist and Supreme Court lawyer. She co-founded the Pakistani Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. "We lose a legend. Pakistani civil society has been orphaned".

| 12/02/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The construction of a Mormon church in Novosibirk was forbidden, despite Supreme Court ruling. Police raids in private homes of Jehovah's Witnesses: soldiers in full combat gear and ranks of informers. A Hindu "guru" also opposed and spied on by false disciples.

| 12/02/2018
| RUSSIA

In celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, the president exalts the unity of the country and the constitution. The revolution was victorious when the people were united. Conservatives must allow everyone to run for election. All Iranians of all religions are revolutionaries.

| 12/02/2018
| IRAN
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| INDIA - MOROCCO - VATICAN
 
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| 29/03/2019
| CHINA
 
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| 29/03/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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Christ is alive! He is our hope,

and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world,

and everything he touches becomes young,

new, full of life.

 

Pope Francis

 

 

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