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With his "new commandment" to "love one another as I love you", Jesus "asks us to love each other not only and not so much with our love, but with his, which the Holy Spirit infuses in our hearts if we invoke him with faith. This way - and only this way - we can love each other not only as we love ourselves, but as He loves us, that is immensely more.”

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EU sanctions target “Syrian regime and its supporters” for their ongoing repression of civilians. The sanctions regime covers 270 people and 70 entities. Oil is among the items under restrictions. In recent weeks, several Catholic figures criticised the sanctions against a people torn by conflict.

| 17/05/2019
| SYRIA – EUROPEAN UNION

Lebanese and foreign dignitaries as well as ordinary people paid tribute to the cardinal. The incumbent Patriarch al-Rahi described his predecessor as an "unshakable rock" and a "man of reconciliation". For Card Sandri, he “performed his mission in turbulent circumstances". Émile Lahoud, who was president during the Syria “era”, and Hezbollah were among the few no-shows.

| 17/05/2019
| LEBANON – VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

The two were sentenced to the death in 2016 for shoving a Christian couple into a brick kiln because of false charges of blasphemy against them. “We request the honourable Supreme Court to check the pressures of the extremists in the case of Shama and Shahzad,” says activist.

| 17/05/2019
| PAKISTAN

Muslims in South Dagon were allowed to use three buildings during Ramadan, but a mob of 200 extremists forced Islamic leaders to promise not to pray there anymore. For one activist, “there are no legal protections for minorities.”

| 17/05/2019
| MYANMAR

The law was approved today. Starting on 24 May, gay couples, aged 18 and over, will be able to register their union, adopt their partner's biological children, have access to the same medical coverage, and inherit. Marriage is not allowed with people from countries where same-sex unions are not recognised.

| 17/05/2019
| TAIWAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

For days there have been protests because the Orthodox Church wants to build a sacred building in the city park. Police violence against demonstrators. Putin calls for attention to the population: "The churches must unite, not divide". It is the first case of opposition to the project of Patriarch Kirill to build "200 churches a year". The nemesis of the Bolshevik state which in the past destroyed churches; now it builds them.

| 17/05/2019
| RUSSIA

On the fifth anniversary of Amoris Laetitia, the chosen theme "aims to bring out family love as a vocation and way of holiness, to understand and share the profound and salvific meaning of family relationships in everyday life".

| 17/05/2019
| VATICAN

From January to May 15 last, only 56.3 millimeters of rain or snow fell. Drought is feared in the agricultural sector. Last year, agricultural production reached its lowest level since 2008. 40% of the population is in urgent need of food.

 

 

| 17/05/2019
| KOREA

The victim  Umme Samina  was 18 years old. She refused fasting for health reasons. Do not refrain from drinking and eating is allowed by the Islamic tradition in different circumstances.

| 17/05/2019
| PAKISTAN

A  "Seda" reporter detained and interrogated Reformist MP: "Great Concern", this is the "wrong way to overcome difficult times". On the home front, the authority of President Rouhani weakens undermined by fundamentalist wing and the judiciary.

 

| 17/05/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
by Paul Wang

The Architect of Chinese origin died at 102 years of age. A pupil of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, he imposed an idea of ​​modernity made of pure geometric shapes, flat surfaces, natural light. He leaves works in France, the United States, Hong Kong, but also in Qatar, Luxembourg and China.

| 17/05/2019
| CHINA - USA

The group includes 156 children, most under six, thought to be children of foreign fighters. At least 4,000 young people from Central Asia have been recruited by the Islamic Caliphate. It is important to “neutralise the threat imposed by terrorists before they return home on their own,” says one experts.

| 16/05/2019
| KAZAKHSTAN

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples is in Bangkok. His pastoral visit will end on 21 May in Ayutthaya, the cradle of Thai Christianity. The first missionaries to settle in Siam were two Portuguese Dominicans in 1567. Today the country is home to about 300,000 Catholics, 0.46 per cent of the population.

| 16/05/2019
| THAILAND

In his cri de coeur, the Chaldean primate cites cases in which Christians are victims of sectarian bias. The country’s leaders must "put their political differences aside" to counter extremism, a mortal sin. Subjecting Christians to the decisions of Islamic courts is an issue.

| 16/05/2019
| IRAQ
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The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples is in Bangkok. His pastoral visit will end on 21 May in Ayutthaya, the cradle of Thai Christianity. The first missionaries to settle in Siam were two Portuguese Dominicans in 1567. Today ...
| 16/05/2019
| THAILAND
 
In his Urbi et Orbi message, Francis cited conflicts and tensions in the world, from the Middle East and Africa to the Americas. "Christ is alive and he remains with us. Risen, he shows us the light of his face, and he does not abandon all those experiencing ...
| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN
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