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South Korean president to visit Pope Francis 
VATICAN (SE): The president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, is slated to visit Pope Francis on October 18, Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief statement on October 9.   
 
Burke also said that on the day prior, October 17, the Vatican secretary of State, Moon would participate at a Mass for Peace on the Korean Peninsula celebrated by Pietro Cardinal Parolin in St. Peter’s Basilica. 
 

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Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje 
WARSAW (CNS): Archbishop Henryk Hoser, retired archbishop of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, who oversees Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medjugorje shrine, has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions. 
 

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Pope says he hopes to visit Japan in 2019
VATICAN (CNS): “Taking advantage of your visit, I would like to announce my desire to visit Japan next year. We hope it is possible to do,” Pope Francis told members of Japan’s Tensho Kenoh Shisetsu Kenshoukai, a cultural association which visited the Vatican on September 12 
 
The pope has received several invitations to visit Japan, including an invitation in 2013 from prime minister, Shinzo Abe. 
 

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Australian prime minister vows to protect religious freedom
SYDNEY (SE): Australia’s prime, minister, Scott Morrison said new religious freedom laws were needed to safeguard personal liberty in a changing society, according to a CathNews report on September 10.
 

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Pope Francis serene despite ‘pain’ over archbishop’s letter cardinal says
VATICAN (CNS): While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano have created tension in the Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said in an interview posted on August 30 by Vatican Insider the online supplement of the Italian newspaper, La Stampa.
 

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Venezuelan archbishop named to top position in Vatican Secretariat of State
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis has named Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, current nuncio to Mozambique, to be the third-ranking official in the Vatican Secretariat of State the Vatican announced on August 15. 
 

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Fight fake news Philippine media urged
MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, chairperson of the Philippine bishops’ Commission on Social Communications told the delegates at the four-day 4th National Catholic Media Convention in Davao City to be “journalists of peace.” He said, “As Catholic media practitioners ... we must be men and women of prayer.” 
 

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Two more  Chile bishops resign
VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican on June 28 that Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more of Chile’s bishops: Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rancagua, and Bishop Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca of Talca, in the wake of a papal investigation into abuse of power, negligence and the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Church in Chile.
 

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Philippine president calls God stupid
MANILA (UCAN): Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, after spewing diatribes against Catholic bishops and priests in recent months, has turned the focus of his invectives on God.
 
Speaking during a technology summit in the southern city of Davao on June 22, Duterte said he found fault in the creation story and questioned the concept of original sin.
 

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Vietnam’s new cyber law sparks concern
HANOI (AsiaNews): Vietnam’s National Assembly approved a cyber security law on June 12, giving the authorities the power to access sensitive private user data spy on users and exercise greater control over websites and social media like Facebook and Google.
 
For activists, this means loss of privacy and greater restrictions on freedom of thought. The government insists the new restrictions are necessary on national security grounds.
 

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