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A few days after the attack in late July, the Tajik President blamed an opposition party, banned in 2015, for the attack. Alleged extremists have been tried in secret. The crackdown on dissent and religions is counterproductive, fuelling extremism.

| 22/08/2018
| CENTRAL ASIA
by Biju Veticad

Biju Veticad came back in May to help others. Faced with the natural disaster caused by monsoon rains, he went to work with the Diocese of Changanacherry to bring relief. Two Hindu families and one Muslim family found shelter in his home.

| 22/08/2018
| INDIA
by Paul N. Hung

Catholics in the Asian country are closely following the World Meeting of Families. Courses, pastoral programmes and catechesis across the country accompany and support young couples from marriage onwards. For Catholic sociological researchers, welcoming and integrating rural migrants in new parishes is a priority.

| 22/08/2018
| VIETNAM
by Mathias Hariyadi

In July 2016, complaints by an ethnic Chinese Buddhist woman triggered one of the worst episodes of anti-Buddhist violence in Tanjung Balai (North Sumatra). For a leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest moderate Islamic movement in the country and the world, the verdict was "inappropriate".

| 22/08/2018
| INDONESIA

Illustrating the commandment "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain", Francis affirms that it "calls us to demonstrate, through our actions and words, the greatness and the depth of the holy name with which we have been called". Teaching children to make the sign of the Cross properly.

| 22/08/2018
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar: "The prayers of the Kandhamal Christians are a gift to all". Then the invitation: "Do not be afraid, put your trust in Jesus, pray and fast. And all the difficulties will be overcome ".

| 22/08/2018
| INDIA

General Wei Fenghe makes his first visit after last year’s standoff. China’s Defence Minister met with Prime Minister Modi. “This visit … will deepen our bilateral military exchanges and cooperation on security, enhance mutual trust and push forward the new development of our military ties to protect peace on the border,” Wei said.

| 22/08/2018
| INDIA – CHINA

The decision is part of the fight against corruption announced during the election campaign. The Minister for Information assures Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan "complete editorial independence". In the inaugural address, the prime minister promises to eliminate waste and help the needy.

| 22/08/2018
| PAKISTAN

In seven years of conflict over one million Syrians have fled to the land of the cedars; the goal is to accelerate their return home. Damascus and Beirut intend to strengthen security cooperation for border patrolling and land control. The links with Assad are a source of internal political confrontation in Lebanon.

| 22/08/2018
| SYRIA - LEBANON

The prosecution calls for the death penalty for Israa al-Ghomgham, a 29-year-old Shiite, and four other activists. They are accused of having manifested in the eastern provinces. Israa risks becoming a dangerous precedent, in the context of the crackdown in the realm against activists. HRW: the "fairy tale" of Saudi reforms.

| 22/08/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Only the Chinese Communist Party knows what "sincization" means. The five-year plan prepared by the Patriotic Association and the Council of Bishops serves to destroy the values ​​present in religions. Submission creates fear and drives people away from religions.

| 22/08/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
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“At times,” noted Francis, “we look at others as objects, to be used and discarded. In reality this type of perspective blinds and fosters an individualistic and aggressive throw-away culture, which transforms the human being into a ...
| 12/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Pierre Balanian
Within days, Dr. Rida Zeineddine gathered around him nurses and doctors to treat people who were injured by the port explosions for free. Many of them are elderly, ill with cancer, diabetes, Covid-19 infected and cannot move from home. Join our "In aid ...
| 11/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
For the US, China has deprived the city of its traditional freedoms. London views the security law as a pretext to silence the democratic opposition. Criticism comes from the EU and the UN. Bipartisan condemnation greets the arrests in Taiwan, whilst ...
| 11/08/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
by Shafique Khokhar
Younas Masih caught the virus in hospital where his father had to undergo an operation. For this reason, he remained isolated at home as hospitals had no places available. Instead of reading books and watching movies, he prayed all the time. Now that ...
| 10/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The tabloid linked to the People's Daily cites Archbishop Sachez Sorondo, Mgr Zhan Silu and Francesco Sisci who back the renewal of the provisional agreement, but fails to mention any supporter in the Party. For a Vatican official, this agreement ...
| 07/08/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Pierre Balanian
Ali Msheik's wife has been waiting for three days in front of the place where he worked as a longshoreman to have news about his fate. Eliane, an artist, asks Christians and Muslims to pray for her son, a dentist, who is in intensive care. Young ...
| 07/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rectifies some ambiguous formulas, seemingly more democratic and less clerical. Sacramental action takes place in the name of Christ “who acts in his Church”. The ministry is not the “exercise ...
| 06/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
The blast damaged Caritas headquarters. The charity is “ready to hand out aid,” said Fr Paul Karam, who stresses that “psychological support" to victims’ families is also fundamental. Some 200 employees and volunteers divided ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
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