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| TURKEY

The leader of the secular opposition defeats the president's candidate with an even higher margin than the March administrative election. He obtained 54% of the votes, compared to 45% of former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Citizens in celebration invade streets and squares of the city. The most serious electoral defeat for the Sultan.

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Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah are the main Islamic organizations in the country.  They are crucial to stem the tide of religious extremism.  Fr. Franz Magnis-Suseno, philosopher and priest: "Thanks to them, we have tolerance, peace and stability".

 

 

| 22/06/2019
| INDONESIA - ISLAM
by Mathias Hariyadi

The victims are 24 women and 6 children.  Trapped inside they could not escape because doors and windows were walled up.  The flames broke out when a worker was checking the operation of a product.  Family members provide DNA to identify charred bodies.

 

| 22/06/2019
| INDONESIA

The event was organized by the People's Peace Movement, composed of members of civil society who are "marchers for peace".  Spokesman kidnapped (and released) two weeks ago: "We are not afraid of being attacked.  We work among the Taliban to build bridges ”.

 

| 22/06/2019
| AFGHANISTAN

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of the capital, chanting slogans and songs.  Event organised by local political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Manama Conference and the "normalization" of relations with Israel are being targeted.  The Jordanian government will participate to demand a political, non-economic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

| 22/06/2019
| JORDAN

Barham Salih handed the Chaldean primate the official invitation letter inviting the pontiff yesterday. The country is the "cradle of civilisation" and he "birthplace of Abraham, father of the faithful". The presence of Pope Francis will be a "milestone" in the healing process after jihadist violence. His words are a source of encouragement and comfort.

| 21/06/2019
| IRAQ – VATICAN

Rubylin Litao is a deaconess with the United Methodist Church and coordinator of Rise Up for Life and for Rights. Set up in November 2016, the advocacy group works with various religious denominations and associations to counter murders and seek justice. For her, "We have a duty to fight for the truth".

| 21/06/2019
| PHILIPPINES
by Melani Manel Perera

The refugees feel useless because they cannot work. Their life in camps, without proper sanitary facilities and drinking water, is a challenge.

| 21/06/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Anna Chiara Filice

In Rome, hundreds of young people have gathered from around the world for a post-synod meeting. Three young Indians share expectations, challenges and daily life. Indian society is marked by strong competition and political parties that exploit religious differences for their own purposes. Young people need qualifications, but people without qualifications sit on the government benches.

| 21/06/2019
| VATICAN – INDIA

The special team set up by the government will start work next month. Embalmed for the first time almost 50 years ago, the body requires regular and expensive maintenance. The father of Vietnam’s communist regime wanted to be cremated.

| 21/06/2019
| VIETNAM

Those who study theology must be encouraged to learn about the great monotheistic religions and the languages ​​in which the sacred texts are written. Theology is not only rationalism, it must be lived in compassion with a heart fixed on the merciful God. The Mediterranean is a bridge "and not a border between the North and the South of the world": Without mercy, "our theology, our laws, our pastoral care, run the risk of collapsing into bureaucratic pettiness or ideology, which of its nature wants to tame the mystery". Francis  in Naples, at a Conference on the theme:" Theology after Veritatis gaudium in the context of the Mediterranean ".

| 21/06/2019
| ITALY - VATICAN

Thousands gathered outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) early hours this morning. Joshua Wong called on people to march to police headquarters. The authorities set up a negotiating team to talk to protesters.

| 21/06/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Patriarchate demands the return of the Andronikov monastery from the state, where the Museum of Andrej Rublev, the most famous Russian and world iconographer, is based. The aim is to transform it into a cloistered monastery. But this would prevent the faithful from gaining access to some of the most beautiful works in the history of Russian Orthodoxy.

| 21/06/2019
| RUSSIA

In a rare bipartisan motion, the senators stopped the deal sought by the president. The White House sees it as an essential contract to support Riyadh against Iranian threats. In response, Trump opposed the veto; Congress does not have enough votes to prevent it.

| 21/06/2019
| UNITED STATES - SAUDI ARABIA

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople sent a message to the ongoing conference in Naples on "Theology after Veritas Gaudium in the Mediterranean context". “We need to carefully examine they ways in which we welcome, why we welcome, but above all how to welcome, respecting the local populations. Reception must become mainly integration, but never syncretism".

| 21/06/2019
| VATICAN - ORTHODOX
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by Kamel Abderrahmani
Baghdad wants to hang eleven French and one Tunisian nationals. Their fate has sparked a debate. Paris has confirmed that it has taken steps to prevent the sentence from being implemented. French lawyers have signed an appeal against their execution. ...
| 17/06/2019
| ISLAM - FRANCE
 
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| 08/06/2019
| MYANMAR
 
by Paul Wang
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| 07/06/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
For the end of Ramadan, the government is opening the area to the public. This is a "political" message for a "new era". For the Auxiliary of Baghdad, security has "improved" but must be guaranteed to everyone.
| 06/06/2019
| IRAQ
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