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Christian Churches in Uttar Pradesh organised the event. In Varanasi, the holy city of Hinduism, and its district, right-wing Hindus have forced several churches to close, instigated by brahmins afraid that “scheduled castes and other backward communities will be converted".

| 03/12/2018
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Brother Yesudas lives in a centre that houses 60 people with mental disorders. Here there is always laughter. Patients “don’t have an attitude of accumulating but they live their life as a presence of Joy.”

| 03/12/2018
| INDIA

The painting includes 15 scenes from the lives of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, including the Annunciation and the Passion. Those depicted wear traditional Japanese clothes and items. Christianity arrived in Japan in 1549. Warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi issued an order to expel Christians in 1587. The Tokugawa shogunate, during the Edo period, banned the religion in 1612.

| 03/12/2018
| JAPAN

"Reaching the two-state solution". "Recognizing and preserving the identity and universal value" of Jerusalem, "combating all forms of extremism and fundamentalism".

| 03/12/2018
| VATICAN - PALESTINE
by Silvina Premat

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the summit. The US will put on hold import tariffs on Chinese imports for 90 days. “If at the end of this period of time, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10% tariffs will be raised to 25%,” a White House press release said. Beijing says it will boost US imports to reduce trade imbalance with US.

| 03/12/2018
| ARGENTINA – ASIA

It is a period that has "three dimensions": past, present and future. It serves to "purify the faith", to "purify hope" and to "purify vigilance", because the Lord will return.

| 03/12/2018
| VATICAN

Khadim Hussain Rizvi is the head of the radical party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan that fomented hatred against Asia Bibi. Party leaders responsible for the devastation of public property risk being sentenced to life imprisonment.

| 03/12/2018
| PAKISTAN

Yesterday hundreds of people protested against unemployment and lack of essential services. Crisis and tensions push Christians to flee: at least one family a month leaves the city. Msgr. Habib: demonstrations and armed clashes between tribes, there is a precarious situation. But the faithful want to celebrate Advent, with masses and prayer meetings.

| 03/12/2018
| IRAQ

A documentary casts shadows on a 2012 farm labour agreement between Thailand and Israel, which has benefitted more than 25,000 Thai workers. According to the documentary, 172 migrants have died working in Israel, in many cases for unknown causes. Israel blames the Brugada syndrome.

| 03/12/2018
| THAILAND – ISRAEL
by Kamran Chaudhry

The inauguration ceremony took place on the first of December in the diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, with the announcement of the pastoral theme. Former coordinator Caritas Asia: "In 2018 two great blessings: the liberation of Asia Bibi and a new cardinal".

| 03/12/2018
| PAKISTAN

Doha withdraws membership from the oil exporting countries as of January 2019. The emirate will continue to comply with production commitments like other non-OPEC nations. The choice is the result of an industrial plan, untied by the dispute in progress with Saudi Arabia.

| 03/12/2018
| QATAR
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