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The animist religion preceded Tibetan Buddhism by several centuries and is considered one of the oldest religions still practised in the world. Its 34th leader was chosen after almost a year of mystical practices.

| 12/09/2018
| TIBET – INDIA

The nuns belong to the Missionaries of Jesus. The abuses blamed on Mgr Franco Mulakkal, bishop of Jalandar (in Punjab), date back to 2014-2016. The Indian Church is divided between the nun’s supporters and her opponents. The accused bishop points the finger at anti-Church groups who want tarnish his name.

| 12/09/2018
| INDIA

Race and religion are included in the national identity card. The religious choices and practices of Muslims are subject to most restrictions. Other religions are not allowed to proselytise. Mixed couples have three choices: convert, leave the country or live together outside marriage.

| 12/09/2018
| MALAYSIA

Francis made the announcement during a meeting this morning with members of the Tensho Kenoho Shisetsu Kenshokai Association. For the pontiff, “religion, culture and the economy can work together peacefully to create a more humane world marked by an integral ecology.”

| 12/09/2018
| VATICAN – JAPAN

Sin is "slavery of one's ego": "the greedy, the lustful, the avaricious, the irascible, the envious, the slothful, the arrogant — and so on —  are slaves of their vices, which tyrannize and torment them." "Today it takes courage to get married".

| 12/09/2018
| VATICAN

Fearing regulations, hundreds of shadow banks declare bankruptcy or their bosses disappear with the cash. Some of the lending institutions promised returns of up to 20 per cent.

| 12/09/2018
| CHINA

The Vatican recognises the routes in the capital as international pilgrimage sites, a first in Asia. A Mass to mark the event will be held on Friday, with Apostolic Blessing. For Card Yeom, South Korean Catholics are moved by it as “descendants of the martyrs” and members of the Asian Church.

| 12/09/2018
| SOUTH KOREA – VATICAN

In the days before the arrival of the saint's heart, Filipino Catholics are "excited and anxious". "He is a model for all Catholics, laity or consecrated. He gives confidence to those who suffer, to those who are sick, lost, confused or in search of God's blessing ". In the Philippines devotion to Padre Pio grows steadily, also thanks to social media".

| 12/09/2018
| PHILIPPINES
by Rebwar Audish Basa*

The relatives of the Chaldean priest massacred by the fundamentalists in 2007 met Francis at the world meeting of families, accompanied by Fr. Rebward Basa.  He entrusts the memory of Fr. Ragheed to AsiaNews: "Example of love, forgiveness and reconciliation". The coexistence between Christians and Muslims based on rights, first of all that of worship.

| 12/09/2018
| IRAQ - VATICAN - IRELAND

The inauguration next September 14th. 20 South Koreans and between 15 and 20 North Koreans will work there. The opening was scheduled for August, but the slowdown in the dialogues with Washington made it slip.

| 12/09/2018
| KOREA

A limit of 10 thousand euros imposed on European currency or other foreign currency; US currency is prohibited. Necessary to strengthen the banking system to support trade between the two countries. Iranian vice-president: US sanctions are "very effective, difficult and delicate moment".

| 12/09/2018
| IRAN - IRAQ
by Nirmala Carvalho

Rev. Indrapal Bharati was questioned along with his wife and an assistant. Right wing extremists accuse him of having extorted the conversion of a young Hindu with the offer of money. Sajan K George: "The anti-conversion law is used as an instrument of intimidation and harassment".

| 12/09/2018
| INDIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church ...
| 12/09/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
Peace, xenophobia, interfaith dialogue and globalisation are some of the issues Francis spoke about during a press conference on the flight home from Madagascar.  
| 11/09/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Thomas D’Souza*
Today is the liturgical memory of the woman who dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor. Pope Francis elected her patron saint of voluntary work. A solemn mass celebrated in the Generalate of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor D’Souza: ...
| 05/09/2019
| INDIA
 
PIME’s regional superior was consecrated bishop of Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. Some 8,000 people attended the ceremony. The diocese had been waiting for a pastor for eight years. The new prelate has set his goals for 2020-2022. The first one is ...
| 04/09/2019
| INDIA
 
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
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Confirmation ceremony at Holy Cross Church in in Luxmibazar of Dhaka
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