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by Teresa Thu Thao | VIETNAM

The authorities want to build a house of culture for another village. In the past two years, parishioners in Phú Yên fought to help the fishing communities and the victims of the worst environmental disaster in the country's history. The Pastoral Council and the local Women's Association came together to pray but were threatened by party officials and ex-soldiers.

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by Stefano Caprio

Starting tomorrow until 25 September, the pontiff will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Pope John Paul II visited the three Baltic states in 1993. In Vilnius, Francis will visit the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights and remember the martyrs at the Hill of Crosses. Local Churches are strongly committed to ecumenism. Mercy is the main theme.

| 21/09/2018
| VATICAN

The statement slams the destruction of churches and crosses, the ban on religious education for children, and the pressures to join Party-controlled bodies. One scholar notes that “Some suggest that because Christians’ allegiance is first and foremost to God and not the Communist Party, there is a conflict of interests that the party believes can potentially hinder the process of unification.”

| 21/09/2018
| CHINA
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

The possible agreement between Beijing and the Vatican will be signed without the presence of any Chinese Catholics. Not only, the members of the Church in China are being kept totally in the dark about what is being discussed, even if  those involved claim to speak of "ecclesial matters". The analysis of a priest-blogger in an article immediately taken down by the police who censor the internet in China.

| 21/09/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The ceremony was in honor of the god Ganesh. On the flyer was the story of two people recovered from serious illnesses thanks to the conversion to Christianity. Sajan K George: "Healing stories give a wrong message, but the girls did not do anything illegal".

| 21/09/2018
| INDIA

Mgr Franco Mulakkal requested he be relieved of his duties. The pontiff appointed Mgr Agnelo Rufino Gracias as apostolic administrator. Yesterday the bishop was interrogated for seven hours by Kerala police.

| 20/09/2018
| INDIA – VATICAN

From social media, the controversy spread to parliament where an MP calls for a ban on selling statuettes. For one Muslim cleric, the statuettes are more dangerous than alcoholic beverages. Conversely, others view anti-statuette attitude as ‘irrational’.

| 20/09/2018
| KUWAIT
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by Fr Stanislaus

A priest in charge of a Henan parish complains about the ban on displaying sacred images and attempts by the faithful to accommodate government authorities. The faith cannot be abandoned or betrayed, nor can it be negotiated. What cannot be asserted or defended in public is not faith.

| 05/09/2018
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng

In Shanghai the "basic values ​​of socialism" are exalted on the pediment of the church. A painting of the Last Supper removed in Henan. Communities forced to sing patriotic hymns. Shaolin Monastery in Shaoshan must hold a flag-raising ceremony every morning. "The churches seem more and more like government offices".

| 28/08/2018
| CHINA
 

Those with "strong religious beliefs" must be re-educated or expelled. Spreading "political rumours" and distorting the country’s history are banned.

| 27/08/2018
| CHINA
 
by Franco Pisano

At the end of the trip to Ireland, Francis renews his appeal for forgiveness for the abuses committed by people in the Church. But a dossier by the former nuncio in the US accuses him of covering the misdeeds of former Cardinal McCarrick and calls for him to resign.

| 27/08/2018
| VATICAN
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