Ahead of tomorrow’s feast day of Mary Help of Christians, to whom the shrine of Sheshan near Shanghai is dedicated, some faithful and priests make a supplication and express their concerns amid the destruction of crosses and the arrests of priests. Many feel bitter over the scant results from the Sino-Vatican agreement.
The Turkish Ministry of National Education announced changes to the education system. Mathematics, Philosophy and History will be optional. For the Education Minister, "It is impossible for students to understand 15-16 subjects".
Japan’s former "sad princess" yesterday acted in her official capacity as empress for the first time, visiting the headquarters of the charity, whose honorary president she has been since her husband Naruhito’s coronation. The stress that affected her life after marriage seems to be over.
President Widodo promises "zero tolerance" towards the rioters. Hundreds of people have been arrested throughout the capital. The authorities impose restrictions on social media, to prevent the spread of fake news. The bishops: "Concerned about the lack of national unity".
The meeting of the Inter-religious Movement for Tolerance takes place every year during Ramadan, the holy month of Islam. Activists of all religions have reiterated the need to create a country of peace.
The Japanese company is in line with the ban imposed by the US, after Google and ARM, a design firm for chips. Retail sellers no longer accept Huawei tools: they fear they will remain unsold.
Protests scheduled across the country. The government's decision to allocate only 1% of the budget for social affairs is being targeted. Jobs at risk and assistance to people, especially children, in need. For the experts, the social stability of Lebanon is at stake.
The Supreme Court established the release on bail of Gornath Chalanseth. He re-embraced his family after more than 10 years of detention. His first thought went to the other six Christians imprisoned with the false accusation of killing a Hindu guru. Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar: "The firm Christian faith is translated into vocations".
Javed Masih, leaves a wife and a disabled child. His employer had him abducted and tortured. The minimum monthly wage set by the government is US$ 109, whilst the murder victim made only US$ 66.
The relatives of those killed and dissidents are placed under close monitoring and given forced holidays, and are banned from marking the anniversary. On the night of 3 and 4 June 1989, the Chinese army killed between 300 and 2,000 young students and workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of today's audience, the pontiff expresses "special closeness and affection to all Catholics in China" and invites them to remain "united in the communion of the universal Church". On May 24, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is celebrated by Benedict XVI in 2007.