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The British university awarded the sultan the honorary degree in 1993. Almost 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the university to rescind the award. Brunei’s legislation now imposes the death penalty for offences such as sodomy, adultery and rape, which sparked international outrage. Celebrities have called for a boycott of nine hotels owned by the Sultan.

| 24/05/2019
| BRUNEI – UNITED KINGDOM

Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin has been held in isolation in Sheshan since his episcopal ordination.

| 24/05/2019
| CHINA – VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The nine-judge panel will rule on charges of irregularities and systematic fraud. Expert believes “The Constitutional Court will certainly ignore Subianto’s allegations, like in 2014." Many Indonesians blame him for instigating this week’s street riots. On social media, the #ArrestPrabowo hashtag has been trending.

| 24/05/2019
| INDONESIA

Meeting with the Association, Pope Francis expresses appreciation for the commitment in museums that "visibly document the path taken by the Church over the centuries in worship, catechesis, culture and charity". Threats to the artistic and natural heritage. Dialogue with contemporary artists, a "frontier ". "Passion for the Church and its mission".

| 24/05/2019
| VATICAN

Pope Francis welcomes operators and children of the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence marking 600 years since their foundation. He speaks of "children's culture", of their surprise towards life. Welcoming "the victims of war, the victims of migration, unaccompanied children, the victims of hunger". "Make today another" home of the innocent "more global, open to adoption".

| 24/05/2019
| VATICAN

Police spokesman: "They wanted to conduct attacks taking advantage of the demonstrations". Over 450 alleged rioters arrested. The Jakarta governor: "At least eight people have died; 737 are wounded ”. Four deaths are due to stab wounds, as many with gunshots. But the police didn't have lethal bullets. Intelligence: "Some wanted to make ‘martyrs’".

| 24/05/2019
| INDONESIA
by Marian Demir

Campaigning resumes for a 23 June election after the cancellation of the 31 March vote. For the Supreme Electoral Council, there was no "theft of votes", only bureaucratic anomalies.

| 24/05/2019
| TURKEY

Dozens of associations and NGOs launch an appeal to Congress to stop the escalation of tension. The danger is a repeat of 2003, with the manipulation of reports and intelligence documents to justify conflict. The Trump administration wants to bypass the Congress veto and sell 7 billion in weapons to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

| 24/05/2019
| IRAN - USA – S. ARABIA

French magistrates suspect fraud in the assignment of the 2019 World Athletics Championships to Qatar, after  a series of "suspicious payments" for a total value of 3.5 million. Defense lawyer: "unfounded" charges based on “inaccuracies".

| 24/05/2019
| QATAR - FRANCE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The thesis by Fr. Oleg Davydenkov, at the institute "Ss. Cyril and Methodius ", directed by Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeev). In recent years the faculty of theology has also been introduced in secular universities. Patriarch Kirill's interest. The problem of textbooks that refer to theology that pre-dates the revolution or the Russian diaspora

| 24/05/2019
| RUSSIA

Pope Francis led the inaugural Mass of the 21st Assembly of Caritas Internationalis. For "the sake of the mission, [. . .] human convictions and traditions [. . .] must be left aside." God’s presence “does not lay in the greatness of what we do, but in the smallness of the poor we meet. [. . .] Standing in front of the tabernacle and the many living tabernacles that are the poor helps us.”

| 23/05/2019
| VATICAN

The National Democratic Alliance coalition won at least 343 seats, 302 for the prime minister’s party alone. In total, 272 are required for an absolute majority. The Congress is "shocked". Analysts criticise the opposition’s inability to present a credible alternative. The vote is confirmation that "populism is growing".

| 23/05/2019
| INDIA

Ahead of tomorrow’s feast day of Mary Help of Christians, to whom the shrine of Sheshan near Shanghai is dedicated, some faithful and priests make a supplication and express their concerns amid the destruction of crosses and the arrests of priests. Many feel bitter over the scant results from the Sino-Vatican agreement.

| 23/05/2019
| CHINA – VATICAN

The church was to be built in a public park, but 74 per cent of residents do not want it in the chosen site. The protests are the first strong expression of opposition to Patriarch Kirill's plan to build "200 churches a year".

| 23/05/2019
| RUSSIA
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