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| IRAQ

The public sector is saturated and cannot absorb employment requests. For 2019 the government will spend 52 billion in salaries and pensions, an increase of 15% over the previous year. It is essential to relaunch private individual businesses and industry, taking advantage of modern technologies. Appeal to banks: interest-free loans and aid for young people.

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by Nabil Antaki*

Western nations block the offensive against jihadist groups in Idlib, for fear of an exodus of militiamen. The reconstruction is at a standstill and the difficulties increase, with queues for fuel. It is still a regime of emergency aid instead of employment projects and reconstruction plans. Fears for the future of the Christian community.

| 19/02/2019
| SYRIA

At Santa Marta Mass, the Pope says God, "is not abstract, He has feelings. He suffers, and this is the mystery of the Lord. We must ask for the grace of having a heart like the heart of God, which resembles the heart of God, the heart of a sibling, of a father with his children, of a child with his father".

| 19/02/2019
| VATICAN

The explosion also killed the suicide bomber and wounded three other policemen. Serious damage to some shops in the area. The man was suspected of having placed a bomb in recent days in Giza; police defused the bomb. The question of security re-emerges, with possible repercussions on tourism. The condolences of the Churches of Egypt.

| 19/02/2019
| EGYPT
by Kamel Abderrahmani

The Saudi crown prince is on the first stop of his Asian tour, Pakistan, where he signed a US$ 20 billion deal. Meanwhile, a violent crackdown continues at home. Reformist religious leaders like Shaykh Salman al-Awdah risk the death penalty for their beliefs. Liberal Muslims must support the oppressed and break down the wall of silence.

| 18/02/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA – PAKISTAN – ISLAM
by Sumon Corraya

Every year, the gathering is held on the banks of the Turag River. About 5,000 pilgrims come from abroad. Some participants called for Allah's blessing; others prayed for his forgiveness for their offences in this life.

| 18/02/2019
| BANGLADESH

Law enforcement officers search house after house for bombers of Pakistani fundamentalist group Jaish-e-Mohammed. In the state of Jammu and Kashmir a curfew is in place and the internet is blocked. Students from the Kashmir Valley report aggression and intimidation.

| 18/02/2019
| INDIA

The Chaldean patriarch spoke at the 55th Munich Security Conference, from 15 to 17 February. The prelate insists on the need to counter "the jihadist ideology" and to reform Islam by eliminating the concept of "holy war". Data on anti-Christian violence in the country.

| 18/02/2019
| IRAQ - GERMANY

The United Nations welcomes "important progress". Go ahead for the first phase of the relocation plan in the port city. The area is the entry point for import products and international humanitarian aid, such as food and medicines. The parties have also reached a general agreement on phase 2.

| 18/02/2019
| YEMEN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Christian cultural center Vishwa Jyoti Communications organizes a pilgrimage from Nepal to Uttar Pradesh. The stages are rich in symbolic meanings, and recall the message of harmony and compassion of the Buddha. Fr. Anand: "Jesus challenges me to love my neighbor and his enemy".

| 16/02/2019
| INDIA - NEPAL

13 of the 21 Christians massacred by the jihadists in Sirte in 2015 were from town of El-Aour, in Upper Egypt. The area has become a destination for pilgrimages and site of mysterious healing. Fr. Rafic: "simple" people who believe in these "signs of heaven". Caution and in-depth studies are needed.

 

| 16/02/2019
| EGYPT

With the vote of 485 members in the 596-seat chamber, Parliament begins the process of strengthening the powers of the president. In addition to extending terms limits, changes would enhance the role of the Armed Forces in the country’s political life. For an Egyptian activist, Sisi runs the country like a "military unit”, but for Fr Rafic, power still lies with voters.

| 15/02/2019
| EGYPT

The bomber a local fundamentalist of the Pakistani Islamic group Jaish-e-Mohammad. An official note from the Pakistani government rejects all " insinuations" of Islamabad connection with the incident. In Bandra a mass in memory of the dead soldiers.

| 15/02/2019
| INDIA

A Pakistan-based Islamic extremist group has claimed responsibility. A car full of explosives rammed a bus carrying soldiers. For Mgr Theodore Mascarenhas, "Violence can never solve any issue.”

| 14/02/2019
| INDIA
by Sumon Corraya

Gloria Jharna Sarker, a 40-year-old lawyer and a mother of two, has a long history of involvement as a student in Christian associations and in favour of women. She pledged to work for needy children, women and young people.

| 14/02/2019
| BANGLADESH
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| 16/02/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 05/02/2019
| VATICAN-ISLAM-EMIRATES
 
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| 04/02/2019
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - VATICAN
 
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| 04/02/2019
| VATICAN - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
 
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| 04/02/2019
| IRAQ – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 01/02/2019
| VATICAN-EMIRATES
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