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At the Angelus, Pope Francis remembers the end of the Great War, and asks everyone to "reject the culture of war". The gesture of St. Martin, of sharing with the poor, "shows everyone the way to build peace". The "poor and generous widow as a model of Christian life to be imitated". "To give to the Lord and our brothers and sisters not something of ours, but ourselves". Thirteen consecrated men and three lay faithful, martyrs of the Spanish civil war, beatified in Barcelona. Next Sunday, November 18, the second World Day of the Poor is celebrated.

 

| 11/11/2018
| VATICAN

In the audience to the members of the Pontifical Council for International Eucharistic Congresses, Pope Francis urges  the next Eucharistic Congress in Budapest (in 2020) to be a witness in modern and secularized society, where faith has become marginal. "Spreading a "Eucharistic culture", of "communion", "service", "mercy" in a Europe sick with indifference".

| 10/11/2018
| VATICAN

The data is collected in a study by the Brown University and examines the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan. The author, Neta Crawford, a professor in Boston denounces that data "are hidden by governments, determined to paint an overly optimistic picture". Iraq is the place with the highest number of victims: at least 300 thousand, of which 200 thousand civilians.

| 10/11/2018
| MIDDLE EAST - UNITED STATES
by Melani Manel Perera

New elections set for January 5. The parties accuse the president of having carried out two illegal acts: making Premier Wickremasinghe resign and dissolving the parliament. Concerns of US and Britain. Sri Lanka, the oldest democracy in Asia, "put to the test".

| 10/11/2018
| SRI LANKA

The Christian place of worship welcomed over 250 faithful every Sunday. Activist: "Christians are like sacrificial lambs". Copies of the Bible set on fire, the electrical system and the furniture.

| 10/11/2018
| INDIA

The survey is the most complete ever carried out in the world, with samples and data collected in 146 countries. It is the work of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, of the Gates Foundation. Between 1950 and 2017, the global population grew by 197%. Niger is the most "prolific" country; Cyprus has fewest children per woman.

| 10/11/2018
| ASIA

Suicide is one of the most serious social problems in Japan. The number of adults committing suicide has generally declined, but there is a marked increase in the number of young adults. Most young people leave no explanation as to why they make the ultimate gesture. Experts: School pressures and bullying possible triggering factors.

| 10/11/2018
| JAPAN
by Fady Noun

Five years after he went missing, an event still shrouded in mystery, a seminar was held in Beirut dedicated to the Jesuit missionary in Syria who challenged the country’s regime and tried to deal with jihadis. His parents “call for every effort to be made to know his fate”.

| 09/11/2018
| LEBANON – SYRIA

In a joint statement, Francis and the Catholic Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East note the progress on the path of unity and reiterate that "it is not possible to imagine the Middle East without Christians. This conviction is founded not simply on religious grounds, but also on social and cultural realities, since Christians, with other believers, greatly contribute to the specific identity of the region”.

| 09/11/2018
| VATICAN
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by Fady Noun

Five years after he went missing, an event still shrouded in mystery, a seminar was held in Beirut dedicated to the Jesuit missionary in Syria who challenged the country’s regime and tried to deal with jihadis. His parents “call for every effo...

| 09/11/2018
| LEBANON – SYRIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

He will be subjected to isolation and indoctrination for 10-15 days. The faithful ask the Church worldwide for prayers. Bishop Shao is recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. In the diocese, official and underground communities are ...

| 09/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Kamran Chaudhry

The Pakistani prime minister attacks radical Islamic groups who want to kill the justices and bring the country to a halt with their demonstrations. “These rogue elements are not serving Islam. They are merely playing politics to increase their ...

| 01/11/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
by Kamran Chaudhry

Police set up roadblocks on Punjab highways as radicals protest in the province and the capital Islamabad. The authorities are monitoring the situation from a central control centre, including "red zones" in sensitive areas.

| 31/10/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

Fr Liu, ordained 13 years ago, was arrested and his priesthood suspended. The authorities accuse him of "having violated religious policy and regulations". He was "too active": he organized - just as the Synod would like - meetings for young peopl...

| 26/10/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

Making an appeal for support to the mission to every people that does not know Jesus Christ, we can be a "bridge" between generations, helping to discover one’s task, vocation and missionary consecration in the world. AsiaNews is part of this se...

| 20/10/2018
| VATICAN – ASIA
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