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Putting aside his prepared speech, Pope Francis spoke about a married couple "in love" for 60 years. He stressed the importance of "patience" in times of crisis and infidelity. The fourth chapter "is the core of Amoris Laetitia". Those who reduce the apostolic exhortation to a "sterile casuistry of 'we can' and 'we cannot' ‘did not understand anything’." The sensitivity of the Forum should not be “labelled as a confessional in order to accuse - wrongly - of partiality. It is based instead on the dignity of the human person and therefore can be recognised and shared by everyone."

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The 21st World Cup starts tomorrow with the host nation playing against Saudi Arabia. Asian teams have little chance of winning, but Asian businesses are swooping up sponsorship deals. Nike denies Iran boots as a result of Trump’s sanctions. Child labour used in making World Cup goods emerges as an issue.

| 13/06/2018
| ASIA – RUSSIA

The Statistical Yearbook of the Church shows that there are more bishops and permanent deacons. The number of priests stable but  religious and seminarians in decline. In Asia Catholics are 11% of the population, but vocations are growing

| 13/06/2018
| VATICAN

"Here is the challenge: find authentic life, not a carbon copy. Jesus offers no surrogates, but real life, true love, true wealth!". The World Cup in Russia can be an occasion for meeting, dialogue and fraternity between different cultures and religions, fostering solidarity and peace among nations ".

| 13/06/2018
| VATICAN

The nationalist leader has unexpectedly announced an alliance with the blockade that led the fight against ISIS. A move that marginalizes outgoing premier al-Abadi. Al-Sadr's goal is to form an executive "far from any confessionalism". A commission charged with writing the government contract is being examined.

| 13/06/2018
| IRAQ

If the greatest witness of the Christian is to give life as Jesus did, that is martyrdom, there is also every day witness, which begins in the morning, when one wakes up, and ends in the evening, when one goes to sleep.

| 12/06/2018
| VATICAN

The confirmation comes from a UN body and an international NGO. To date, 477 deaths in violent attacks, compared to 2,014 in 2017 (down 76.3%). The collapse in violence also confirmed by peaceful Ramadan, plagued by bloody attacks in the past. Four people were arrested for setting fire to ballot storage warehouse ahead of vote recount.

| 12/06/2018
| IRAQ
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With today's signature, the two leaders commit to a lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. The deal calls for the recovering the remains of prisoners of war. Kim makes an "Unwavering commitment" to denuclearise the peninsula. Trump offers security guarantees to North Korea. China approves; France has doubts. South Koreans “hope” for peace. North Korean refugees are concerned.

| 12/06/2018
| KOREA – UNITED STATES – ASIA
 
by Lawrence Jangma Gam

The civil war in the northern state has entered its seventh year. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has exceeded 150,000. Some tell of their flight from their homes and of their life in the reception facilities.

| 12/06/2018
| MYANMAR
 
by Liao Yiwu

Writer Liao Yiwu spoke with Liu Xia, wife of the late dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was left to die in prison from cancer. Under house arrest, Liu Xia was promised by the government that she could leave China for treatment. But nothing has happened so far. Despite her request, Angela Merkel could not meet her. Liao pleads with politicians and ordinary people.

| 01/06/2018
| CHINA
Cristiani manifestano a Lahore e Karachi
Pakistan, un pastore protestante denuncia il clima di insicurezza tra i cristiani
Lahore, donne cristiane e musulmane chiedono uguali diritti degli uomini
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