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by Thanh Thuy | VIETNAM

The missionary's work began in the village of Pháo Đài in 1956. He was killed by those who feared the spread of Christianity. "It is thanks to Brother Pascal Việt that the seed of the Gospel bears fruit,” said Mgr Pierre Nguyễn Văn Khảm during the baptism.

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by Mathias Hariyadi

Hundreds of Catholics participated in the 2019 Fruitful Business conference, centred on ‘Searching for the wisdom of God in a disruptive era’. The conference saw 22 leading Catholic figures share their experience as professionals and believers with participants.

| 18/05/2019
| INDONESIA
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 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

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
by Sumon Corraya

A priest made a formal complaint against Henry Sawpon for insulting Christianity. According to the plaintiff, the poet has made defamatory comments since 2015, which could spark a row with the Muslim majority. As a poet, Henry Sawpon could be our pride,” says Christian leader.

| 16/05/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Shafique Khokhar

Neha had also resisted rape and beatings, but then succumbed when the torturers threatened to throw her little brother off the roof. The husband, already married before, wants her back home and has filed a complaint for insulting Islamic laws. The Church is helping the family.

| 16/05/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Marian Demir

The mother says “my son did not convert to Islam. We are Armenians and Christians.” The boy had been invited to a live TV event. The theologian Nihat Hatipoğlu, who led him to make the Islamic profession of faith, also changed his name. For the Armenian community, this is a genocidal act because it involves the forced conversion of a minor without the presence and permission of the parents.

| 15/05/2019
| TURKEY
by Nirmala Carvalho

Those confirmed come from very poor rural areas, "but rich in spirit". The preparation they undertook was aimed at inspiring “them to cooperate with the grace of God in all the circumstances of life".

| 15/05/2019
| INDIA
by Melani Manel Perera

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama group speaks. Leader Moulavi Farood Farook says the bombers of April 21 "have neither religion nor faith"; this is why their bodies were not cremated in the Islamic cemetery. Christian leaders call for peace and non-violence.

| 15/05/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Wang Zhicheng

There are only a few brief quotes in Chinese newspapers abroad. China is too absorbed by the trade war with the US. Catholics stress the cardinal's "silences": he does not talk about the persecutions and oppression of the Patriotic Association. "Sinicization is only the beginning: afterwards comes elimination [of the Church]".

| 15/05/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN

The judges released Khadim Hussain Rizvi and his deputy Pir Afzal Qadri, both for health reasons. Rizvi is the head of the radical Islamic group Tehreek-Labaik Pakistan that last year paralyzed Pakistan after the acquittal of the Christian mother. A video posted online of a man who travelled to Canada to kill Asia.

| 15/05/2019
| PAKISTAN
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