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by Mathias Hariyadi | INDONESIA

Yesterday, two major protests were held in the centre of the capital: one ended peacefully, the other in clashes. Security forces arrested 58 people, suspected of being troublemakers. The rioters are not from Jakarta, but from the provinces of Banten, Central Java and West Java. Law enforcement agencies warn against fake news.

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According to UN sources, 83 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Although produce is back on market stalls, people have to be thrifty and cut expenses for Iftar. Caritas Syria is helping out with the evening meal for the poorest families.

| 22/05/2019
| SYRIA
by Melani Manel Perera

Yesterday, the country stopped to remember the 257 dead. Relatives and friends still struggle to overcome the pain of losing loved ones. Mary Selvamathy lost her husband and two children. Gloria, 17, lost her father, who " was bleeding”. She “begged for someone to help” but men were “filming and taking pictures” instead of helping.

| 22/05/2019
| SRI LANKA

At today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on the "Our Father". All the prayers of Jesus "echo" the "our Father", also that of "my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" "The first protagonist of every Christian prayer is the Holy Spirit". The memory of Sister Ines Neves Sancho, killed May 20 in the Central African Republic.

| 22/05/2019
| VATICAN

Miners ask for an 8% increase in salaries and a bonus for the inconvenience of working away from home. The mining union: it is "outrageous" that the Chinese owners refuse to listen to the workers' demands.

| 22/05/2019
| SOUTH AFRICA - CHINA

"More than 20 provocateurs" arrested. The opposition denounces fraud and irregularities and does not accept defeat. The supporters of Prabowo Subianto took to the streets immediately after the announcement of the results. Police officers and military personnel were not equipped with lethal bullets.

 

 

| 22/05/2019
| INDONESIA

The president of the Academy of Medical Sciences writes to the UN secretary general. "Inhuman obstacles" interrupt aid "indiscriminately". According to a survey, half of Americans expect a war with Iran in the near future. And 49% disapprove of the White House's handling of the Iranian affair.

| 22/05/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES

The investigation into fake marriages is expanding. Some Christian pastors are also involved by issuing wedding certificates. The Chinese embassy warns against sensationalism, but is forced to admit that it blocked scores of visa applications. At least 700 women have been caught up in human trafficking in the past year alone.

| 21/05/2019
| PAKISTAN – CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

This year marks the Convention’s 30th anniversary. Arigatou International, an NGO, wants to set up a platform for discussion among religious leaders o protect children with the help of religion.

| 21/05/2019
| INDIA

Trafficking generates US$ 105 million in annual profits. Almost one survivor in two is forced into prostitution, over 30 per cent are sold into forced marriages and another 15 per cent forced into cybersex. The victims are mostly aged between 12 and 29 but some are younger.

| 21/05/2019
| KOREA – CHINA

Japan announced its honours for foreigners. The archbishop and librarian emeritus of the Vatican will receive the Order of the Rising Sun-Gold and Silver Star in recognition for his contribution to boosting relations and strengthening friendly ties between Japan and the Holy See.

| 21/05/2019
| JAPAN - VATICAN
by Louis Raphael Sako*

With rising tensions in the background, the Chaldean primate writes to US and Iranian embassies in Baghdad, stressing the consequences of "another catastrophic war" in the Middle East. Rouhani rejects talks. Trump threatens the use of "great force".

| 21/05/2019
| IRAQ – IRAN – UNITED STATES

President and director of the AIF present the 2018 Report. The Vatican system was welcomed in the Sepa (Single Euro Payments Area). The first conviction for money laundering. New agreement protocols with foreign jurisdictions.

| 21/05/2019
| VATICAN

At Mass in Santa Martha, Pope Francis says that peace can also be lived in "tribulations", as indicated by the eighth beatitude: "Blessed are you when they revile you ...". The "gift of peace" - different from "anxiolytics" - brings fortitude with it, the ability to "bear" everything. And it makes the "the heart smile".

| 21/05/2019
| VATICAN
by John Ai

Journey into the economic heart of southern China. The megalopolis attracts millions of migrant workers. Its factories offer dull jobs in demanding and sometimes dangerous conditions. The factories tend to create corporate "mini-cities" where workers spend their wages, putting money back into corporate pockets. Young cynics look for day jobs and spend time in Internet cafes and bingo halls.

| 21/05/2019
| CHINA
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