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Abdel Latif Derian reminded Muslim students of the importance of the Christian presence in the region. Attacks against them are a crime against the entire population. Muslims and Christians share "the same fate". For Mgr Gemayel, the Mufit’s words echo John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation. Supporting and nurturing this voice is a must.

| 19/07/2018
| LEBANON

The new law legitimises the settlements, “a national interest to be encouraged”. Twenty per cent of Israel’s population is Arab.

| 19/07/2018
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Patriarch of Moscow led a pilgrimage to the sites where the tsar and his family were murdered. The revolution is rooted in western ideas of progress and well-being. Like Dostoevsky, Kirill calls for the rejection of “temptations coming from abroad".

| 18/07/2018
| RUSSIA

At least 70 policemen and workers tore down the chapel that had been registered in 2006. Altars, benches and liturgical furnishings are destroyed. The church had no place in city’s new zoning plan.

| 18/07/2018
| CHINA

China’s Communist Party has come to recognise the role played by Protestant missionaries during the 1937 massacre. During the weeks of horrors perpetrated by the Japanese army, Christians saved thousands of people in security zones organised by Westerners. For Xi Jinping, “what missionaries sacrificed for the city was publicly recognized by Communist China.”

| 17/07/2018
| CHINA

At least eight people have died and 56 injured in demonstrations over the past week. Residents are protesting high unemployment, water shortages and the lack of services. For Mgr Habib, the situation is bound to get worse if the government does not take action. Masses and liturgical activities are still being held.

| 17/07/2018
| IRAQ
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by Suor Mary Prema

The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.

| 17/07/2018
| INDIA
 
by Shafique Khokhar

Many Pakistanis are in Rome for the official celebration of his elevation. Political leaders, members of civil society groups and community leaders appreciate him. “He is a leader who has lived through the different and tormented phases of Pakistani history,” said one observer. He “is a strong voice for minorities in Pakistan,” said another.

| 29/06/2018
| PAKISTAN - VATICAN
 

On the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the metropolitan archbishops appointed during the year (including three from Asia). He prayed together with the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the tomb of Peter. “We too have been brought back to life, healed, renewed and filled with hope by the anointing of the Holy One,” he said. “Like Peter, we [. . .] will always be tempted to hear those “whisperings” of the evil One, which will become a stumbling stone for the mission." He warned against "empty forms of triumphalism". Meanwhile, “millions of people continue to ask the question: “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?

| 29/06/2018
| VATICAN
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