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Tam's appetite and level of activity fell suddenly towards the end of last month.  The animal is under constant observation by veterinarians.  Iman, the last female specimen in Malaysia, is also ill.

 

 

| 25/05/2019
| MALAYSIA

The Pope meets the participants at the international conference "Yes to Life" and remembers how the teaching of the Church is "clear and unchanged. Human life is sacred and inviolable. Here religion has nothing to do with it is a human question".  No human being "can ever be incompatible with life, for any reason".

 

| 25/05/2019
| VATICAN

A branch of medical science, it applies the principles of biology and natural sciences to clinical practice.  The government: "It will bring economic growth, new jobs and better health care".  Seoul will spend around US $ 3.34 billion by 2025 to promote its development.

 

| 25/05/2019
| SOUTH KOREA
by Purushottam Nayak

The Franciscan nun pronounced her solemn vows last month.  Priests, nuns and thousands of people gathered in Raikia for a thanksgiving mass.  Some repented Hindu extremists also attended the ceremony.  In August 2008, the radicals killed about 100 Christians from Kandhamal.

| 25/05/2019
| INDIA

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples met with wounded and survivors.  He presided over the laying of the foundation stone of the reconstruction works in the sanctuary of St. Anthony and in the church of St. Sebastian.  His presence was a source of consolation for Catholics.

| 25/05/2019
| SRI LANKA - VATICAN

Defeated on the military level, the group changes strategy and invites the militants to deepen their knowledge.  On jihadist websites details on "hit and run" attacks.  A tactic that appears to yield with numerous attacks on a global scale.  US expert: the Islamic State "is still very dangerous".

 

| 25/05/2019
| IRAQ - SYRIA

Re-elected as prime minister, Modi began consultations to form a new government, whilst the opposition is downcast over its failure. Now the room for dissenting voices is at risk. The head of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai speaks on the matter.

| 24/05/2019
| INDIA

The British university awarded the sultan the honorary degree in 1993. Almost 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the university to rescind the award. Brunei’s legislation now imposes the death penalty for offences such as sodomy, adultery and rape, which sparked international outrage. Celebrities have called for a boycott of nine hotels owned by the Sultan.

| 24/05/2019
| BRUNEI – UNITED KINGDOM

Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin has been held in isolation in Sheshan since his episcopal ordination.

| 24/05/2019
| CHINA – VATICAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

The nine-judge panel will rule on charges of irregularities and systematic fraud. Expert believes “The Constitutional Court will certainly ignore Subianto’s allegations, like in 2014." Many Indonesians blame him for instigating this week’s street riots. On social media, the #ArrestPrabowo hashtag has been trending.

| 24/05/2019
| INDONESIA

Meeting with the Association, Pope Francis expresses appreciation for the commitment in museums that "visibly document the path taken by the Church over the centuries in worship, catechesis, culture and charity". Threats to the artistic and natural heritage. Dialogue with contemporary artists, a "frontier ". "Passion for the Church and its mission".

| 24/05/2019
| VATICAN

Pope Francis welcomes operators and children of the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence marking 600 years since their foundation. He speaks of "children's culture", of their surprise towards life. Welcoming "the victims of war, the victims of migration, unaccompanied children, the victims of hunger". "Make today another" home of the innocent "more global, open to adoption".

| 24/05/2019
| VATICAN

Police spokesman: "They wanted to conduct attacks taking advantage of the demonstrations". Over 450 alleged rioters arrested. The Jakarta governor: "At least eight people have died; 737 are wounded ”. Four deaths are due to stab wounds, as many with gunshots. But the police didn't have lethal bullets. Intelligence: "Some wanted to make ‘martyrs’".

| 24/05/2019
| INDONESIA
by Marian Demir

Campaigning resumes for a 23 June election after the cancellation of the 31 March vote. For the Supreme Electoral Council, there was no "theft of votes", only bureaucratic anomalies.

| 24/05/2019
| TURKEY
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