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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 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

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 Holy Spirit is the "protagonist" of proclamation, which is not just a simple "preaching" or the "transmission" of some ideas, but is a dynamic movement capable of "changing hearts" thanks to the work of the Spirit. "It's bad when you find evangelizers who are served and live to be served".

| 11/06/2018
| VATICAN

At the Angelus, Pope Francis recites a Hail Mary that the meeting between the two leaders brings "a future of peace" for Korea and for the world. "Sin against the Holy Spirit, the only unpardonable sin, because it is born of a closure of the heart to the mercy of God acting in Jesus". It can happen to us too to "destroy the good reputation of the other", "in a premeditated way". This attitude is capable of destroying families, friendships, and society as a whole. "All those who welcome the word of Jesus are sons of God and brothers and sisters among themselves". Mary, perfect disciple.

| 10/06/2018
| VATICAN

In a globalized world in search of new sources of energy, over one billion people do not have electricity. Yet the poor are the first victims of global warming. "Clean energy" and "energy for all", together with respect for the environment: the proposal of Pope Francis to the Symposium on "Energy transition and care for our common home".

 

| 09/06/2018
| VATICAN
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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
Pakistan, un pastore protestante denuncia il clima di insicurezza tra i cristiani
Cristiani manifestano a Lahore e Karachi
Lahore, donne cristiane e musulmane chiedono uguali diritti degli uomini
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