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The Japanese Minister of Education will also be present. The initiative involves a thousand students. Tokyo wants to confirm a summit with Xi in October. China and Japan mark 40 years since the signing of their peace and friendship treaty. Both want to counter US protectionism as the trade war escalates.

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74,000 people died in less than a year. A surviving nun: "We can not forget". Mayor of Nagasaki: "Japan has a moral obligation to lead efforts for a world without nuclear power". The race to keep the memory of the survivors alive.

 

| 09/08/2018
| JAPAN

At the general audience, Pope Francis continues hiscatechesis on idolatry: "Human nature, to escape from precariousness, seeks a 'do-it-yourself' religion". The golden calf "is a symbol of wealth ... success, power and money ... the temptations of all time". "Our salvation comes from the One who became poor, who accepted failure". "In Christ our fragility is no longer a curse, but a place of encounter with the Father". The memory of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein, patron saint of Europe.

 

| 08/08/2018
| VATICAN

Gratitude and prayer of the Diocese of Hiroshima for those who act for peace. The hope for the agreement between North Korea and the United States.

| 07/08/2018
| JAPAN

At 6.15 Christians, Shintoists and Buddhists held a joint prayer. In his Peace Declaration Hiroshima mayor warns the “human family” not to forget. For him, nuclear deterrence is “inherently unstable and extremely dangerous”. A memorial Mass is held for the victims. Meetings are held so as not to forget.

| 06/08/2018
| JAPAN

At the Angelus, Pope Francis marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Montini, whom he will canonize on October 14th. Encounter with Jesus goes "beyond the immediate satisfaction of material needs". God's work does not consist in "doing" things, but in "believing" in the One He has sent. The memorial of the dedication of the basilica of Saint Mary Major, "the Virgin Mary, Salus populi romani".

 

| 05/08/2018
| VATICAN

By changing article 2,267, the pontiff commits the Church to the worldwide abolition of the death penalty. The previous version of article (from 1992) allowed capital punishment, albeit under strict conditions. China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are among the countries that execute the most.

| 02/08/2018
| VATICAN
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by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.

| 06/08/2018
| CHINA
 
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
Punjab, demoliti un centro di preghiera e una casa della comunità ahmadi
Pontianak in festa per le nuove vocazioni tra le suore dell’Immacolata
Lahore, cristiani passeranno la Pasqua per strada
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