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| VATICAN – ITALY

Visiting the areas in the Archdiocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche hit by a quake, Pope Francis comforted the faithful so that they can rebuild, starting from the fact that "God remembers us". He noted that that “Three years have gone by and the risk is that, after the first emotional and media involvement, attention will fall and promises will be forgotten, increasing the frustration of those who see the area become increasingly depopulated. The Lord instead pushes us to remember, repair, rebuild, and to do so together, without ever forgetting those who suffer.” “Everyone can do some good, without waiting for others to start.” The Pope also spoke about a new Blessed and made an appeal for the Persian Gulf.

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies wants to try an “unprecedented mission”. The MOMO-4 observation rocket will carry three paper planes and release them at an altitude of more than a hundred kilometres. Once released, they will glide down to Earth.

| 15/06/2019
| JAPAN

The Newman Educational Society, the educational arm of the diocese, organised the competition. Some 17,000 pupils, mostly non-Christians, study in 46 schools. For a spokesman of the Northeast Church, "Books help to pass an exam. Games, praying, doing group activities, playing music, eating together, sharing and taking care of one another help instead to pass the exam called life."

| 15/06/2019
| INDIA

The defeated presidential candidate claims the president’s victory was marred by irregularities. To avoid further violence, 32,000 soldiers and police officers have been deployed in the capital. Hundreds of Prabowo supporters have gathered at the National Monument. The Court will issue its ruling on 28 June.

| 14/06/2019
| INDONESIA

Every year thousands of artefacts are stolen from tombs and museums, resold in the West and, increasingly, in the Gulf as “unprovenanced” works. Two days ago, one of Ghaznain Fort’s ancient towers collapsed. Seized by the Taliban, the Minaret of Jam could end up like the Bamiyan Buddhas.

| 14/06/2019
| AFGHANISTAN

A Punjab court convicted Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Masih in April 2014. She is in Multan Prison, in the same cell that lodged Asia Bibi. The couple was punished for a dispute between children.

| 14/06/2019
| PAKISTAN

In a video message sent to the Day for the free formation of Spanish-speaking digital missionaries, Francis urges people to go "ahead", without being afraid of tenderness.

| 14/06/2019
| VATICAN

Don Paolo speaks of an "important" presence for the Christians of the plain, who still live "a difficult situation". There is "expectation and trepidation" among the faithful, "the official date" is expected to celebrate. Barham Salih received Patriarch Sako to begin work in preparation for the visit.

| 14/06/2019
| IRAQ - VATICAN

She had been jailed along with her husband and about 100 other Christians in December 2018. Another Christian, Li Xiaofeng, was also released. Both are free on bail but can be re-arrested at any time. The state of their health is unknown.

| 14/06/2019
| CHINA

In recent months, foreign garbage has become a cause of diplomatic friction in Southeast Asia. A growing number of countries in the region are asking rich nations to take back their garbage. The only landfill in Singapore will be full by 2035, a decade earlier than expected.

| 14/06/2019
| MALAYSIA – CANADA – SINGAPORE

The Ayatollah on the US president: " have no answer for him, nor will I respond to him in the future". The road to easing tensions will be hard, but Japan will continue to work for peace and stability. The Japanese premier: " I met face-to-face with Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei and I was able to hear of his belief in peace: it is a step forward".

| 14/06/2019
| IRAN-JAPAN

The UN denounces police violence against protesters, activists and journalists. The June 9 elections marked by "widespread voting irregularities ". The new president announced the creation of a "special national council" open, among others, to young activists.

| 14/06/2019
| KAZAKHSTAN

US secretary of state claims Iran is "responsible for the attacks", in attempt to  "increase tension" and create "instability". A video of the US military would prove Pasdaran involvement. Zarif slams charges and speaks of "diplomatic sabotage". The owner of Kokuka Courageous reports "flying objects", excluding the US version of the mines.

| 14/06/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES

The signatories, at home and abroad, call for détente with regional powers and the United States. Dialogue does not imply surrender and can help prevent a war that no one wants. Abe's visit comes at the right time to revive talks. Japan plans to continue buying Iranian oil, despite US sanctions.

| 13/06/2019
| IRAN – JAPAN – UNIED STATES
by Melani Manel Perera

The Sri Lankan Navy repaired the church after a suicide bomber killed 54 people, who are already saints, according to Archbishop Ranjth. The shrine is now open from 6 am to 8 pm.

| 13/06/2019
| SRI LANKA
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