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by Melani Manel Perera | SRI LANKA - ISLAM

The two little Muslims had gone to mass with their little friends on the feast day in the church of St Sebastian, struck by the terrorist attack at Easter. The Islamic and Catholic communities of Negombo have strong bonds of friendship. The fear of an inter-ethnic and inter-religious division that makes the country go back to the civil war. In the name of security, Islamic women should not wear the burqa. Sheikh Abdul Rahman, social worker, is a collaborator of Caritas Colombo.

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'United against Hate' organised a protest in Delhi. Asian Churches expressed their solidarity. For Muslim activist, "Christianity and Islam, can walk together" as Francis suggested.

| 24/04/2019
| INDIA - SRI LANKA

At Easter, churches were full and many baptisms took place, said PIME missionary Father Corti. In the capital, lay people play a major role in evangelisation and pastoral outreach. The newly baptised have a great desire to know and deepen the faith.

| 24/04/2019
| THAILAND

Constitutional changes are approved by almost 90 per cent of voters who cast their ballots. Turnout stands at 44.33 per cent of eligible voters. The presidential mandate is extended, and the president picks judges and prosecutor. The army is the guarantor above the constitution. Fr Rafic was "hoping for a greater turnout." Christian leader fears a military regime.

| 24/04/2019
| EGYPT
by Bernardo Cervellera

The Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia describes the life of his communities, the essential collaboration of the laity, multi-ethnic relations, and the special mission in the Gulf region. About a million Catholics live in the whole Vicariate, which includes the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Yemen, out of a total population of 43 million. UAE citizens represent only 20 per cent of the resident population. The "caravan" Church in the desert is the image of the future.

| 24/04/2019
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Indonesian Catholic Church and the Communion of Churches of Indonesia extend their condolences. Card Bo appeals "to the grace of the risen Christ, the prince of peace". Christians in Muslim majority countries in South East Asia express their solidarity.

| 24/04/2019
| INDONESIA - SRI LANKA

Today's general audience, dedicated to the fifth question of the "Our Father": "as we forgive those who trespass against us". There is no "self-made man" in the Church. We are all indebted to God and to many people who have given us favorable living conditions ". "If you do not try to forgive, you will not be forgiven; if you do not try to love, you will not be loved either." "Evil knows its revenge, and if it is not interrupted it risks spreading and suffocating the whole world." Greetings to Asian pilgrims.

| 24/04/2019
| VATICAN

The North Korean leader crossed the border at Khasan and was greeted by local authorities. It's Kim's first trip abroad since the second meeting with Donald Trump. After the failed summit, Pyongyang strengthens diplomatic relations with China and Russia.

| 24/04/2019
| RUSSIA-KOREA

He was part of a group of 37 people part of a "mass execution". One of the defendants was 16 at the time of detention. His charges included having an "extremist ideology" and "forming terrorist cells". The Ulema Council approves: "sharia-compliant" killings.

| 24/04/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA

Indian intelligence agencies had issued three terrorism alerts. The prime minister admits that the information was not transmitted. The Islamic State publishes the photo of the seven bombers. 40 people arrested.

| 24/04/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Paul Wang

The academics Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man were imprisoned. Pastor Chu Yu-ming received a suspended sentence was postponed due to his age and health. There is no ruling for MP Tania, who must be operated on for brain cancer within two weeks. Being "naive" in democracy and believing in the "one nation, two systems principle ". Benny Tai, a Protestant Christian: "I am at peace and full of hope".

| 24/04/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

Relatives and friends bid farewell to their loved ones at the St Sebastian church. The government calls for caution in relation to the Islamic State group’s claims, pointing the finger at two local Islamic groups. The latter sought revenge for the mosque attacks in New Zealand, and might be linked to foreign groups. President Sirisena pledged support for a quick reconstruction of the church.

| 23/04/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Sumon Corraya

Some radical Muslim groups do not tolerate the presence of Christians in the area. Those who abandon Islam live under constant threats. Some parishioners go to Mass wearing the burqa, to confound extremists. After being attacked and hospitalised, a young Catholic hid in a church for a month.

| 23/04/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The comedian triumphed with 73% of the votes, a higher than expected result.  The relationship with Russia and with Putin will be the first test.  Poroshenko lost because of his heated anti-Russian nationalist tones, of the corruption in his ranks, for having abused the result on autocephaly, creating even more tension among the Churches.  The Ukrainians, a religious people, want areturn to the "Majdan spirit".

| 23/04/2019
| UKRAINE - RUSSIA
by Kamel Abderrahmani

The number of deaths in the series of attacks against three churches and as many hotels has risen to 310. Muslims condemn the obscurantism of a backward Islam. "They want to divide us and sow war between us,” says young Muslim scholar.

| 23/04/2019
| SRI LANKA – ISLAM
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The new measures are aimed primarily at Protestant house churches, but it is almost certain that they will be applied to Catholics and other religions and across the country. Clues are worth 3,000 yuan; informing on foreigners can earn up to 5,000 yuan; ...
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Christ is alive! He is our hope,

and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world,

and everything he touches becomes young,

new, full of life.

 

Pope Francis

 

 

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