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Rockets struck Brad, a site that has several Byzantine churches and monasteries as well as tombs from the Roman period. Many buildings were destroyed, including the tomb of Saint Maron and the Julianus church. For Syrian expert, the site held one of the most beautiful pages of the history of Christianity in the East. Not even the Mongol invasion caused such damage.

| 23/03/2018
| SYRIA – TURKEY

Speaking at a conference at the Gregorian University, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, says that a fruitful encounter between the "Christian world" and the "Chinese world" is possible through the inculturation of faith through the concrete experience of knowledge of the artistic culture, of friendship with the Chinese people.

 

| 23/03/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
by Kamran Chaudhry

Trees near parish buildings have become food collection points for the poor. In Faisalabad free courses are offered to students who have dropped out of school. Spiritual pilgrimages are organised in homes for the disabled run by nuns.

| 23/03/2018
| PAKISTAN

Vietnam is Italy’s main partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). On 21 January 2013, the two governments signed a strategic partnership agreement. Trade between the two countries is expected to reach US$ 6 billion this year. Italy is 31st out of 128 countries in terms of investments in Vietnam, with 88 projects worth more than US$ 388 million.

| 23/03/2018
| ITALY – VIETNAM

The movement has organised arts-related activities for Maranao children. Christian and Muslim members renew their action at Mindanao State University (MSU). In Malabang, where Christians are a shrinking minority, a nun has stayed behind to engage in pastoral work as a "witness of love".

| 23/03/2018
| PHILIPPINES

The agreement was signed during the meeting between President Trump and the Saudi hereditary prince, who is visiting the United States. Congress now has30 days for ratification, which provides for the supply of 6700 anti-tank missiles. Amnesty International: It’s not just the United States fuelling the conflict in Yemen with the arms trade, but also the United Kingdom and France.

| 23/03/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES

The restrictive measure had been in place for 45 days. Former president-dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom investigated for terrorism. Opposition wiped out by the current head of state Yameen. Free field for trade agreements with Beijing.

| 23/03/2018
| MALDIVES

The fourth in the history of the country and the second in recent times, together with Park Geun-hye. He faces 12 charges, including corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion and abuse of power. He risks 45 years in prison. The reactions of the South Korean political world.

| 23/03/2018
| SOUTH KOREA
by Paul Wang

Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen suffer losses. Trump signs a memo to apply duties worth $ 60 billion. Beijing imposes duties on 120 types of US products imported for 977 billion and threatens additional tariffs for another 2 billion. The question of intellectual properties. China "is not afraid of a trade war".

| 23/03/2018
| CHINA-US

The new Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion bill follows the existing anti-conversion law. Christians in the state are 0.3 per cent of the population. The draft’s aim is “to threaten religious minorities” and “Dalits”.

| 23/03/2018
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Francis is travelling to the Baltics in late September; Kirill will be Belarus in mid-October. In power for almost 25 years, Belorussian President Lukashenko would be quite happy to see a meeting take place. The nunciature and the patriarchate are working at it. Belarus has an ecumenical vocation. A new concordat giving Catholics the same rights as the Orthodox is close at hands.

| 23/03/2018
| RUSSIA-VATICAN
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