18 March 2018
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Asia in the Conclave

Card Vithayathil, focus on the family, religious freedom and the poor
Cardinal heads the Syro-Malabar Church, a community that adheres to an ancient Eastern rite in southern India.

Card Shirayanagi, working for peace and dialogue with China
The Japanese prelate has apologised for the crimes of the Japanese Church during the war and has always sought a dialogue "with all the Catholics of China".

Michai Kitbunchu, first cardinal from Thailand
New life for the local Church: vocations, pastoral commitment and defence of the family.

Toppo, a Tribal in the College of Cardinals
Mission and commitment to social advancement and religious freedom are the focal points of the pastoral work of the Indian Archbishop of Ranchi.

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Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

Bernardo Cervellera

Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


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