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For Rouhani all political parties should have their own media. The Internet’s success is due to the fact that it ensures a plurality of voices. Internet literacy is needed; cyberspace should not be abandoned to extremists. Four journalists have been arrested for expressing critical opinions in recent weeks.

| 22/01/2019
| IRAN
by Shafique Khokhar

Saima Niaz (20) and Suneha Mushtaq (11) were accused of theft by their employer. In custody, they were sexually harassed, insulted and tortured with boiling water to extract a confession, spending 13 days in jail without formal charges.

| 22/01/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

The ethnic group lives in the Bandarban hills, where Baptist missionary Edwin Rowlands carried out his work of evangelisation. Members of the 15,000-strong community now go to university and work abroad.

| 22/01/2019
| BANGLADESH

In Atalaya host families welcomed the 56-member Indian delegation. Celebrations, cultural activities, songs and dances have created memories that "will remain etched in our hearts forever.”

| 22/01/2019
| PANAMA – WYD – INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Jemaah Islamiah’s ideologue was the mind behind the Bali attack. Out of 202 dead, 88 were from Australia. For the latter, Baasyir must serve his entire sentence. President Joko Widodo orders an in-depth review of the decision.

| 22/01/2019
| INDONESIA

They are made of synthetic material. They will be worn today, on the anniversary of the arrival of the Swiss mercenaries, in 1506. Today the first video clip in the series "1506 - the Swiss Guard story" is published on "honor and service".

| 22/01/2019
| VATICAN
by Stefano Caprio

A concert held in St John Lateran in honor of the iconographer monk. The celebration during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The churches of the West have always been devoted to Russian saints. Russian Ambassador: A sign of good relations between the Russian Federation and the Holy See.

| 22/01/2019
| ITALY-RUSSIA-VATICAN

After arriving on 15 January, the Indian delegation took part in cultural and social initiatives, including a pilgrimage with Mgr Audillo Aguilar of Santiago de Veraguas. The youth also planted several trees, following the "green" message of Laudato si' by Pope Francis.

| 22/01/2019
| PANAMA – WYD – INDIA

Ahmed al-Amari, dean of the Islamic University of Medina, died in hospital following cerebral hemorrhage. According to some sources, death is the result of a fatal injection during a torture session. Serious burns on the body of another activist, Yaser al-Ayyaf. No comment from Riyadh.

| 22/01/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The victim would have hanged himself because the priest urged her to marry him. Fr. Prakash Damor met the girl in the missionary school where she was studying. The local bishop: "We are close to the young girl's family, but Fr. Damor is a good person".

| 22/01/2019
| INDIA

Signatories claim that, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor worked to build bridges" between China and the world. Their arrest risks producing "less dialogue and greater mistrust" and slowing down every effort to "find common bases". The decision of China is "arbitrary". The US has demanded the extradition of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou. Canada critical of the United States: "Our citizens are paying the price".

| 22/01/2019
| CHINA-CANADA-USA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The criticism:  "just words";  it "has a theosophical foundation". In reality, the document traces the path for cooperation in all fields: for the rebirth of the religious dimension to counter nihilistic materialism; for the defense of life ...
| 05/02/2019
| VATICAN-ISLAM-EMIRATES
 
The historic document promotes "world peace and living together", dialogue and identity whilst rejecting violence and terrorism. Religion should not include any compulsion. The document calls for the promotion of the status of woman and respect for n...
| 04/02/2019
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - VATICAN
 
In his address to the interfaith meeting in Abu Dhabi, Francis said that religions must oppose violence and war. Education and justice are "the wings" of peace. Human fraternity and the right of citizenship, i.e. equality between citizens, can ensure ...
| 04/02/2019
| VATICAN - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
 
For the Chaldean primate, persecution in the region is one of the pontiff’s main concerns. Francis will try to turn the page in Christian-Muslim relations and renew the journey of peace. The visit could also help Iraqi Christians and give them ...
| 04/02/2019
| IRAQ – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
Pope Francis travels to the Emirates from February 3 to 5. An area marked by enormous wealth, abysmal injustices, cruel wars, political-religious dictatorships. Coexistence between religions and peoples. Migrants in the UAE (80% of the population) are ...
| 01/02/2019
| VATICAN-EMIRATES
 
For Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, the jihadist threat is still present but only the Syrian military should fight it. Jihadism is an ideology that must be eradicated. IS suicide bomber kills 21 people in Mandij. Refugees continue to leave eastern Syria. Erdogan’s ...
| 17/01/2019
| SYRIA - UNITED STATES
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