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Mgr Marcuzzo praised Egypt and Jordan for their mediation in achieving a fragile truce in the Gaza Strip. The two sides are far apart and violence has become a regular occurrence. The UN Security Council is paralysed. For Israeli expert, Hamas sought to capture Israeli soldiers as bargaining chip.

| 14/11/2018
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Mathias Hariyadi

Choirs from across Indonesia competed in Ambon (Maluku). Government officials, civil society groups and the Bishop’s Conference were part of the organising committee. "Let us build together national unity and take care of a pluralistic society,” said Bishop Suharyo.

| 14/11/2018
| INDONESIA

The boy was knocked out during a charity fight, dying two days later from a brain haemorrhage. Thai boxing is an integral part of the country’s history and society. Poor boys start fighting before they are ten to support their family. For missionary, “Becoming a champion means ‘money’.”

| 14/11/2018
| THAILAND

Established by PIME missionaries 25 years ago, local Christian community includes members from different ethnic backgrounds who moved to Dhaka in search of work. What brought them together was “faith".

| 14/11/2018
| BANGLADESH

Fr Paul was ordained at the age of 62. For years he worked for Malaysia Airlines. He first expressed a desire to become a priest in 1975, but his family was opposed. After a first refusal by his bishop, he entered the seminary in Rome in September 2015.

| 14/11/2018
| MALAYSIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The president of the city-state, Halimah Yakob, President Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov participated in the laying of the first stone. "Humanitarian" and economic relations. Putin intends to propose a free trade zone between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union. The ASEAN meeting.

| 14/11/2018
| SINGAPORE-RUSSIA

The eighth commandment  "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” not just about lies, but "it means to live as children of God". Let us ask ourselves: what truth do the works, words, choices of Christians attest to?".

| 14/11/2018
| VATICAN
by Joseph

A lay faithful denounces the betrayal of the agreement between China and the Holy See. Priests are obliged to be part of the Patriotic Association, a supporter of a Church that is "independent" of the Holy See. The four priests are known for their pastoral commitment and for the service of the poor and the needy.

| 14/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The news published by a local newspaper, claiming 30 Hindu families were converted with money and medicine. Even if there is no real evidence, the police have opened investigations. Sajan K George: "In view of the 2019 elections, every effort is aimed at polarizing voters".

| 14/11/2018
| INDIA

The 52nd session of the Assembly of Patriarchs and Catholic Bishops (Apecl) opens. The cardinal recalls the value of "civilization" of the Land of Cedars. It has "a role and a mission" for the region. Religious affiliations and loyalty to political leaders restrain the country's future.

| 14/11/2018
| LEBANON

The end of the clashes mediated by Egypt. It is the first time a ceasefire has reached after only two days of war. For the young Palestinians this is a "victory over Israel". Demonstrations in southern Israel in Sderot and Nir Am, criticism of loss of prestige for the government and the army. Protests scheduled in Tel Aviv. The warning of the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia to the Gulf countries.

| 14/11/2018
| ISRAEL-PALESTINE
Denise Ho Thanksgiving (credits to Guardians of Hong Kong)
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 3of3
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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