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by Louis Raphael Sako* | IRAQ – IRAN – UNITED STATES

With rising tensions in the background, the Chaldean primate writes to US and Iranian embassies in Baghdad, stressing the consequences of "another catastrophic war" in the Middle East. Rouhani rejects talks. Trump threatens the use of "great force".


President and director of the AIF present the 2018 Report. The Vatican system was welcomed in the Sepa (Single Euro Payments Area). The first conviction for money laundering. New agreement protocols with foreign jurisdictions.

| 21/05/2019

At Mass in Santa Martha, Pope Francis says that peace can also be lived in "tribulations", as indicated by the eighth beatitude: "Blessed are you when they revile you ...". The "gift of peace" - different from "anxiolytics" - brings fortitude with it, the ability to "bear" everything. And it makes the "the heart smile".

| 21/05/2019
by John Ai

Journey into the economic heart of southern China. The megalopolis attracts millions of migrant workers. Its factories offer dull jobs in demanding and sometimes dangerous conditions. The factories tend to create corporate "mini-cities" where workers spend their wages, putting money back into corporate pockets. Young cynics look for day jobs and spend time in Internet cafes and bingo halls.

| 21/05/2019
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Electoral Commission publishes the official results of the April elections. There is a difference of 10% in votes between the incumbent president and the challenger Prabowo Subiato. The opposition denounces fraud: it will present a complaint to the Constitutional Court. The organizers of the "people's power" campaign say that today and tomorrow, more than one million people will take to the streets to protest.

| 21/05/2019
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The journalists resign in solidarity with two of their colleagues dismissed for writing an article about Senate speaker, Valentina Matvienko, labelling her "custodian of Putinism". A worrying sign for press freedom and freedom of expression.

| 21/05/2019

The launch early yesterday morning only recently confirmed by official Riyadh media. Already in 2017, a rocket launched by the rebels in Yemen was directed at the most important holy site for Islam. Fringe pushing for war against Tehran is growing among Saudi intellectuals and scholars.

| 21/05/2019

At the opening the Bishops’ Assembly, Francis referred to a “possible" synod of the Italian episcopate. He called on its members to reflect on "any lack of collegiality and participation in the condition of the Conference".

| 20/05/2019
by Thanh Thuy

The missionary's work began in the village of Pháo Đài in 1956. He was killed by those who feared the spread of Christianity. "It is thanks to Brother Pascal Việt that the seed of the Gospel bears fruit,” said Mgr Pierre Nguyễn Văn Khảm during the baptism.

| 20/05/2019

As Arctic ice caps retreat, the Northern Sea Route becomes a major issue for Beijing. Before the second BRI summit, Russia announced a bold plan for the Arctic. China's interest in the Arctic is only now becoming manifest, but its Arctic strategy began several years ago.

| 20/05/2019
by Bernardo Cervellera

Pope Francis met with PIME missionaries - gathered in Rome for the General Assembly - and some representatives of the general direction of the Immaculate Missionaries.  The proposal of St. Paul VI's Evangelii Nuntiandi.  "There is no real evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom, the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God, are not proclaimed".  Do not confuse evangelization with proselytism.  The "joy of evangelizing".


| 20/05/2019
by Sumon Corraya

The country has no specific child protection laws. Activists and Church leaders met to develop a policy that could serve as a model for Christian organisations as well as wider society. NGO World Vision reports that 82 per cent of all children in the country are abused. For a nun, the lack of proper food and leisure time are “a form of violence".

| 20/05/2019

The US president again attacks Tehran. The Iranian leadership tries to tone down the situation, stressing that it does not want a war. Riyadh joins the confrontation, accusing the Islamic Republic of a recent series of incidents. Chaldean patriarch: "Great fear" among the people. The danger is militias and fundamentalist groups that want to open conflict.

| 20/05/2019
by Shafique Khokhar

The graveyard is located next to St Anthony Catholic Church in Chak 10/4-L-Antoniabad, a village near the city of Okara. Among the desecrated tombs are those of two priests. Fear now prevails in the local Christian community.

| 20/05/2019

The extremist formations organize a two-day demonstration at the Electoral Commission. On May 22nd, the winner's announcement between President Joko Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto. Indonesian police have warned of possible attacks by terrorist groups.

| 20/05/2019
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| 16/05/2019
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