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In a message to a conference promoted by FAO, Francis notes that in many places "water is contaminated, garbage accumulates, deforestation progresses, the air is stale and the soil acidified. All this generates a harmful accumulation of evils and miseries."

| 13/12/2018
| VATICAN

Prayers, meetings and confessions are scheduled for Advent. The Bahrain cathedral is essential to meet the needs of Catholics in Saudi Arabia as well. Social and confessional relations are developing slowly. Pope Francis's visit is a source of "encouragement" for the region’s Christians despite some issues.

| 13/12/2018
| KUWAIT – GULF

Education, catechumenate, health care, charity among the homeless and in prisons: these are the missionary fronts of the female branch of PIME. The Superior-delegate: "We cast seeds, regardless of conversions". A Mass to commemorate the arrival of Sister Theresa Pathickal and Sister Maddalena Pirodda, on September 11, 1968.

| 13/12/2018
| HONG KONG
by Mathias Hariyadi

Threats and intimidation have not stopped the priest. For him, “when you are involved in humanitarian issues, you have to be tough. My religious vocation has always spurred me to do this.” Organised groups operate on the island. Most victims are teenage girls, mostly from East Nusa Tenggara.

| 13/12/2018
| INDONESIA

Francis will travel to Bulgaria and visit the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

| 13/12/2018
| VATICAN – MACEDONIA – BULGARIA

"The lessons" learned from the two great world can "continue to convince the world’s people and their leaders of the futility of armed conflict and the need to resolve conflicts through patient dialogue and negotiation. ". No effective humanitarian solution to the mass migration crisis "can ignore our moral responsibility" to "welcome, protect, promote and integrate".

| 13/12/2018
| VATICAN

China-based Michael Spavor deals with tourism to North Korea. Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig went missing shortly before him. Both cases appear to be Chinese retaliation for the arrest of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, IT giant Huawei’s second most important official.

| 13/12/2018
| CHINA – CANADA

Vahid Sayadi Nasiri was jailed on charges of insulting supreme leader Ali Khameni and propaganda against the state. He had already spent two and a half years in prison and had been the subject of abuse and harassment. He had not eaten for 60 days to protest against the lack of legal protection and against the prison regime.

| 13/12/2018
| IRAN

The paintings by the Swiss painter Mauro Valsangiacomo are on display. The Mediterranean, also with the drama of the refugees, is "an expanse of water from which" unfinished "forms emerge," the possibilities of a still unknown but positive future, full of hope ". The new monastery of the Trappist sisters will give work to the women left alone and hope for the young, helping Christians to remain in this land.

| 13/12/2018
| ITALY-SYRIA

It will remain in force until December 31, 2019. Banditry, piracy and armed rebellion (Islamist and communist) have tormented the poorest areas of the island for decades. According to the government, there is a risk that the terrorist groups behind the siege of Marawi will gather together. But critics denounce: already 155 cases of violations of human rights.

| 13/12/2018
| PHILIPPINES

In the telegram sent to the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Pope Francis condemns violence and expresses compassion "to the families affected " and to the "French people". Imam Drouiche, vice president of the imams of France: "Islam is going through a profound crisis at  a global level". "My religion is hostage in the hands of ignorant and hateful people".

| 13/12/2018
| FRANCE-ISLAM

The handover in the state hotel in Beijing, in the presence of Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli. Pope Francis reportedly asked for this "sacrifice" from Msgr. Guo to save the unity of the Church and to guarantee the signing of the agreement between China and the Holy See. Msgr. Celli also requested the withdrawal of the elderly Bishop of Shantou, Msgr. Zhuang Jianjian.

 

| 13/12/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
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