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At the Regina Caeli, Francis comments on today's Gospel, centered on the Paraclete: "In order to realize the mission that God has entrusted to us, the Church cannot remain static.  It is a question of freeing oneself from the worldly bonds represented by our views, our strategies, our goals, which often weigh down the journey of faith, and place ourselves in docile listening to the Word of the Lord "

 

 

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The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples met with wounded and survivors.  He presided over the laying of the foundation stone of the reconstruction works in the sanctuary of St. Anthony and in the church of St. Sebastian.  His presence was a source of consolation for Catholics.

| 25/05/2019
| SRI LANKA - VATICAN

Defeated on the military level, the group changes strategy and invites the militants to deepen their knowledge.  On jihadist websites details on "hit and run" attacks.  A tactic that appears to yield with numerous attacks on a global scale.  US expert: the Islamic State "is still very dangerous".

 

| 25/05/2019
| IRAQ - SYRIA

Re-elected as prime minister, Modi began consultations to form a new government, whilst the opposition is downcast over its failure. Now the room for dissenting voices is at risk. The head of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai speaks on the matter.

| 24/05/2019
| INDIA

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
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