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At the Angelus, Pope Francis recites a Hail Mary with the pilgrims for the Genoa tragedy victims and their loved ones . The Assumption of Mary means that "God wants to save all of mankind, body and soul". The resurrection of the flesh "is an element proper to Christian revelation, a cornerstone of our faith". "We are called to serve and glorify God with all our being, body and soul".

 

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by Mathias Hariyadi

The candidate vice president will be Kiwi Hajj Ma'ruf Amin, head of the Council of the Indonesian ulema. The choice of the head of moderate Muslim religious to stem Islamic extremists. Commentators say that "Jokowi" fears especially the social campaigns of Islamic radicals.

 

| 10/08/2018
| INDONESIA

The number of suicides among people aged 60 and over is up. As the population ages, more and more people live alone. Fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, solitude, physical impairment and deteriorating mental health are the most common factors.

| 10/08/2018
| SINGAPORE

Mae Sai District chief personally hands over the naturalisation papers during a ceremony. The event highlights the fate of stateless tribal communities in northern Thailand. A veteran missionary, Fr Corti, notes that “At the social level, tribes are not fully protected, as their rights.”

| 09/08/2018
| THAILAND

The Indonesian island continues to shake. According to military sources, the death toll now stands at 381, plus 165,000 displaced persons. Medical facilities for the wounded are inadequate and food for survivors is in short supply. The National Disaster Management Authority has appealed for international aid.

| 09/08/2018
| INDONESIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Sisters of Notre Dame are getting ready to communicate on the web, an idea they owe to their superior, Sr Monika Ekowati, who is also a writer. For her, today "there is an urgent need to understand the logic of social media and, last but not least, acquire a personal experience in the use of modern tools."

| 08/08/2018
| INDONESIA

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
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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
Cristiani del Pakistan pregano per la liberazione di Asia Bibi
Henan: Chiese demolite, tombe divelte, asili chiusi
Lahore, cristiani passeranno la Pasqua per strada
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