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by Bernardo Cervellera | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - VATICAN

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.

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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

There is no news of the Syro-Orthodox Msgr.  Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek Orthodox Msgr.  Boulos Yaziji.  For the prelate "there are no certain signs of their presence" or "communication channels in place".  He launches an appeal to the West: to support peace in Syria and the Christian presence in the country.  The memory of the Federation of Arameis (Syriacs) in Switzerland.

 

| 23/04/2019
| SYRIA

In this year's World Press Freedom Index, China dropped to 177th place. RSF blames Xi Jinping and his "monopoly of power". China is spreading a "new world media order" thanks to sophisticated high-tech information controls.

| 23/04/2019
| CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

Today the country came to a standstill for three minutes in memory of the dead of the Easter massacre.  Catholics in shock.  Family members go in search of missing relatives with photos from family albums.  The threat of new attacks persists.

 

| 23/04/2019
| SRI LANKA

The epicenter of the earthquake is located near the city of Castillejos, about 100km north-west of Manila.  Over 90 people are missing in the collapse of a supermarket in Porac.  A state of calamity was also declared in Floridablanca, Guagua, Sasmuan, Lubao and Sta. Rita.  Damage in 10 churches of historical interest.  PIME missionary: "There is no fear in the country, the Filipinos reacted calmly".

 

| 23/04/2019
| PHILIPPINES

President Trump canceles waivers granted to eight nations and expiring on 2 May.  In response, Tehran threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz.  The White House deals with Saudis and Emirates to ensure an "adequate supply".  The effects of the increasingly evident sanctions on the Iranian population.

 

| 23/04/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
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| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN
 
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| 16/04/2019
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by Bernardo Cervellera
In a long essay published today, the Pope Emeritus highlights the causes of the moral crisis in the Church, which he attributes to the sexual revolution and liberation of 1968, along with a relativism in moral theology and a misunderstanding of the Vatican ...
| 11/04/2019
| VATICAN
 
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| 04/04/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Felix Machado
Today and tomorrow the pontiff is visiting the North African country at the invitation of King Mohammad VI and the bishops. For the archbishop of Vasai, "religions should be bridges of peace" and "no nation should live with a closed mind" because this ...
| 30/03/2019
| INDIA - MOROCCO - VATICAN
 
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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; ...
| 29/03/2019
| CHINA
 
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| 29/03/2019
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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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