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by Bernardo Cervellera | VATICANO-PIME

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".



A homemade bomb was detonated at the passage of a bus loaded with visitors from South Africa. The attack took place not far from the pyramid of Cheops. The alert rises for the African Cup on June 21st. In a similar attack last December three Vietnamese tourists died.

| 20/05/2019
by Wang Zhicheng

The network giant will block updates to the Android operating system and access to apps like Google Play, Gmail and YouTube. Possible consequences for sales in Europe. Trump has blocked trade with companies that undermine national security. The risks for Huawei are similar to those of ZTE.

| 20/05/2019

Yesterday the last phase of voting. The results will be released on May 23rd. Interviews outside the polls see the Prime Minister's Bharatiya Janata Party in clear advantage over Rahul Gandhi's Congress. The most bitter election campaign in Indian history; numerous violence against minorities.

| 20/05/2019

With his "new commandment" to "love one another as I love you", Jesus "asks us to love each other not only and not so much with our love, but with his, which the Holy Spirit infuses in our hearts if we invoke him with faith. This way - and only this way - we can love each other not only as we love ourselves, but as He loves us, that is immensely more.”

| 19/05/2019

Fr Alphonse Aind was convicted along with five other people. He is accused of complicity in a gang rape case involving five women from an NGO. The local diocese is standing by him and will appeal the conviction.

| 18/05/2019

Ready-to-eat food stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and households are called upon to revise their lifestyle, consumption habits, sale practices and preparation methods. Households throw away 2.91 million tonnes of food each year.

| 18/05/2019
by Wang Zhicheng

On a visit to Beijing, Javad Zarif hopes China will side-step the total oil sale embargo. Experts doubt Beijing will take a greater stance against the US. Zarif asks the international community for concrete actions to keep the nuclear agreement alive.

| 18/05/2019
by Mathias Hariyadi

Hundreds of Catholics participated in the 2019 Fruitful Business conference, centred on ‘Searching for the wisdom of God in a disruptive era’. The conference saw 22 leading Catholic figures share their experience as professionals and believers with participants.

| 18/05/2019

EU sanctions target “Syrian regime and its supporters” for their ongoing repression of civilians. The sanctions regime covers 270 people and 70 entities. Oil is among the items under restrictions. In recent weeks, several Catholic figures criticised the sanctions against a people torn by conflict.

| 17/05/2019

Lebanese and foreign dignitaries as well as ordinary people paid tribute to the cardinal. The incumbent Patriarch al-Rahi described his predecessor as an "unshakable rock" and a "man of reconciliation". For Card Sandri, he “performed his mission in turbulent circumstances". Émile Lahoud, who was president during the Syria “era”, and Hezbollah were among the few no-shows.

| 17/05/2019
by Shafique Khokhar

The two were sentenced to the death in 2016 for shoving a Christian couple into a brick kiln because of false charges of blasphemy against them. “We request the honourable Supreme Court to check the pressures of the extremists in the case of Shama and Shahzad,” says activist.

| 17/05/2019

Muslims in South Dagon were allowed to use three buildings during Ramadan, but a mob of 200 extremists forced Islamic leaders to promise not to pray there anymore. For one activist, “there are no legal protections for minorities.”

| 17/05/2019

The law was approved today. Starting on 24 May, gay couples, aged 18 and over, will be able to register their union, adopt their partner's biological children, have access to the same medical coverage, and inherit. Marriage is not allowed with people from countries where same-sex unions are not recognised.

| 17/05/2019
by Vladimir Rozanskij

For days there have been protests because the Orthodox Church wants to build a sacred building in the city park. Police violence against demonstrators. Putin calls for attention to the population: "The churches must unite, not divide". It is the first case of opposition to the project of Patriarch Kirill to build "200 churches a year". The nemesis of the Bolshevik state which in the past destroyed churches; now it builds them.

| 17/05/2019
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The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples is in Bangkok. His pastoral visit will end on 21 May in Ayutthaya, the cradle of Thai Christianity. The first missionaries to settle in Siam were two Portuguese Dominicans in 1567. Today ...
| 16/05/2019
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| 21/04/2019
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