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Some auditors highlighted the inadequacy of an ecclesial proposal centred on ethical theism against the profound thirst for the spirit among the young. The names of the three members picked by the pope were made public today; they will join the Commission tasked with drafting the final document.

| 10/10/2018
| VATICAN
by Wang Zhicheng

People can now be ideologically “re-educated” against "religious extremism" through psychological pressure and torture. At least one million Uyghurs are held in "vocational training centres".

| 10/10/2018
| CHINA

Souleman Yusph was held for a few days, then released. He is in good health but wants to keep a low profile to avoid retaliation. For Syrian bishop, he was "arrested for telling the truth". The prelate slams Kurds (from Turkey and Iraq) who want to occupy the area.

| 10/10/2018
| SYRIA

Today is World Day against the Death Penalty. China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia rank first in terms of executions. Compared to 2016, the number of executions dropped by 4 per cent. Worldwide, 142 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

| 10/10/2018
| ASIA

Speaking of the commandment "do not kill", Francis asked, "how can an act that does away with innocent and defenseless life in its origin be therapeutic, civil or simply human ".I ask you: is it right to “take out” a human life to resolve a problem? Is it right to hire an assassin to resolve a problem?"

| 10/10/2018
| VATICAN

Prime Minister Abe promises aid for the repatriation and relocation of Myanmar refugees. During her official visit, the Myanmar leader held bilateral talks to encourage investment and trade between Japan and Myanmar. The Rohingya crisis has had a negative impact on Myanmar’s economy.

| 10/10/2018
| JAPAN – MYANMAR
by Joseph Yun Li-sun

The North Korean dictator reportedly bowed to the president of the Southern Korean Bishops' Conference, who had told him he wanted to inform the Vatican about his efforts for peace. The invitation to the Pope and the "warm welcome" announced by Pyongyang clash with the total repression carried out in North Korea against religious sentiment since the 1950s.

| 10/10/2018
| KOREA - VATICAN
by Kamran Chaudhry

It is called Kohli Veri Rughani Pato and there are 100 Hindu families. The Christian cross is engraved on the water tanks; in the nearby town of Mithi, no beef can be seen at the market. Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus. Caritas has activated programs against drought and in favor of farmers.

| 10/10/2018
| PAKISTAN

Marking the National Day of the Republic of China, the president rails against Beijing, "source of conflict" in the Strait and in the region. The vice president of the Republic of China, Chen Chien-jen, will attend the canonization ceremony of Paul VI and will have a private audience with Pope Francis.

| 10/10/2018
| TAIWAN-CHINA

Surprise in the diplomatic establishment for the sudden resignation of the head of US diplomacy to the United Nations. Netanyahu praises her "energy" to "clear the air" at the UN. For many she represented the war-mongering and one-sided spirit of the Trump administration. Goal of the presidential elections behind resignation. And, perhaps, an investigation for wrongdoing.

| 10/10/2018
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE - USA - UN

His presence had become "a distraction from everyday activities". Thich Quang Do was under house arrest since 2003 for his commitment to religious freedom and democracy. The elderly monk has returned to his remote province of origin.

| 10/10/2018
| VIETNAM
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The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington.  In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.

| 07/10/2018
| VATICAN
 

Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held  in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.

| 24/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
 
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

 

 

| 22/09/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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