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The pontiff will meet the atomic bomb survivors on the second day of his visit, which begins on November 23rd. Francis’ journey will be the second of a pontiff  to the Land of the Rising Sun, after John Paul II in February 1981. The fight against the proliferation of nuclear weapons is a very urgent topic for the Pope, given the US-North Korea and US -Iran tensions.

| 26/06/2019
| JAPAN-VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

The Archbishop of Colombo is appreciated for his courage in criticising the government's inefficiencies after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. The prelate laments that murder has become “part and parcel of Sri Lankan culture."

| 25/06/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The blouses for girls are longer than normal and are paired with a hijab. The school headmistress justified the dress code saying that all 127 pupils are Muslim. Eventually, the order was dropped but not without sparking controversy. For one parent, the code goes against the country’s idea of unity in diversity.

| 25/06/2019
| INDONESIA

On the day of the murder, Koh Yu-jeong allowed her ex-husband to meet their son for the first time since their divorce. “Even life imprisonment would be lenient for her," a brother of the victim said. Police find bone parts at an Incheon waste recycling plant, on the other side of the country.

| 25/06/2019
| SOUTH KOREA

Tabrez Ansari, 24, was tied to a pole, tortured for eight hours and forced to chant praises to Hindu gods. Under Narendra Modi’s government hate crimes have increased, linked above all to "sacred cows".

 

| 25/06/2019
| INDIA

Active between 2004 and 2016, the complex was a symbol of successful economic cooperation between the South and the North. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have agreed to reopen it. Washington fears it will undermine sanctions against Pyongyang.

 

| 25/06/2019
| KOREA

At least 1500 minors are "trapped" in the country's judicial system. Of these 185 were sentenced to jail for being linked to Daesh. Victims of jihadist brainwashing, they suffer torture or violence in their cells. Bishop Yousif: we need an effort by the international community and answers such as education and schooling. The commitment of the Chaldean Church.

| 25/06/2019
| IRAQ - ISLAM
by Bernardo Cervellera

A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates the Vatican Museums Exhibition and some lectures on "Pope Francis" and "friendship" between China and the Vatican. For Beijing, agreements with the Holy See go hand in hand with the suffocation of the Church.

 

| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN

Russian representatives will be able to participate and vote. The European body is interested in human rights and the rule of law, and gathers parliamentarians from 47 nations. The exit of Russia would have meant that Russian citizens could no longer appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, linked to the Council of Europe. But some suspect that the sanctions have been lifted so that Moscow will continue to pay its participation fee each year: 33 million euros.

| 25/06/2019
| EUROPE-RUSSIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The fundamentalist group accuses the church of St. Mary in Panchalimedu of land expropriation. The cross was placed in 1954 on top of the hill, where the route of the 14 stations of the Via Crucis winds.

| 25/06/2019
| INDIA

The diplomatic and commercial war between Tehran and Washington is bringing the population to its knees. Inflation has multiplied the price of consumer goods. People point the finger at the inefficiency and incompetence of government officials. But US sanctions have effectively isolated the country. And today they also affect the supreme leader Khamenei.

| 25/06/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
by Marian Demir

​The 16 firgures from civil society - intellectuals, actors, directors, philanthropists - accued of wnating to "foment an organized insurrection" thanks to "manipulation organized from abroad". Erdogan claims tehy are led by Soros. European Parliament observers present at the trial.

| 25/06/2019
| TURKEY

The mother of four spent 16 years with her first abusive husband until her family was persuaded to let her marry a Chinese man. The latter promised to take care of her children, but instead forced her to have sex with his “friends”.

| 24/06/2019
| PAKISTAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
The diplomatic and commercial war between Tehran and Washington is bringing the population to its knees. Inflation has multiplied the price of consumer goods. People point the finger at the inefficiency and incompetence of government officials. But US ...
| 25/06/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
 
by Kamel Abderrahmani
Baghdad wants to hang eleven French and one Tunisian nationals. Their fate has sparked a debate. Paris has confirmed that it has taken steps to prevent the sentence from being implemented. French lawyers have signed an appeal against their execution. ...
| 17/06/2019
| ISLAM - FRANCE
 
The Myitstone dam would be the first to block the Irrawaddy River, the cradle of Myanmar civilization.  Beijing presses for the reopening of construction works.  The Kachin community is fighting to cancel the project. Card  Charles Maung ...
| 08/06/2019
| MYANMAR
 
by Paul Wang
Beijing wants the law to be approved "urgently" to allow the transfer of fugitives from Hong Kong to China. However, Chinese courts are not independent, and provide no guarantees for the human rights of the accused or for his right to a fair trial. Card ...
| 07/06/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
For the end of Ramadan, the government is opening the area to the public. This is a "political" message for a "new era". For the Auxiliary of Baghdad, security has "improved" but must be guaranteed to everyone.
| 06/06/2019
| IRAQ
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