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Underage marriage will now require the authorisation of an Islamic court, parental approval or the opinion of a subcommittee. Muslims represent 4 per cent of Thailand’s population, but 24 per cent in southern provinces where poor girls are often given away in marriage after their first period. Activists accuse imams of making money from the practice.

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Vahid Sayadi Nasiri was jailed on charges of insulting supreme leader Ali Khameni and propaganda against the state. He had already spent two and a half years in prison and had been the subject of abuse and harassment. He had not eaten for 60 days to protest against the lack of legal protection and against the prison regime.

| 13/12/2018
| IRAN

In the telegram sent to the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Pope Francis condemns violence and expresses compassion "to the families affected " and to the "French people". Imam Drouiche, vice president of the imams of France: "Islam is going through a profound crisis at  a global level". "My religion is hostage in the hands of ignorant and hateful people".

| 13/12/2018
| FRANCE-ISLAM

Some six million students attend Quranic schools, both private and government-sponsored. Educating orphans is one positive aspect of madrasas. However, the "sanctification of the Quran” without “real theological explanations” is a risk. Graduates tend to become wives who are "docile” and “conservative in how they live their beliefs."

| 12/12/2018
| BANGLADESH
by Fady Noun

Sister Marie Melhem, 81, participated in person at the beatification ceremony of Msgr. Pierre Claverie. The bishop of Oran was a frequent visitor to the Land of the Cedars. The meeting with the religious and the Lebanese model of Islamic-Christian coexistence. The pain for involvement of Christians in the slaughter of Sabra and Chatila.

| 12/12/2018
| LEBANON - ALGERIA

The young 29 year old of North African descent, but born in the French city, fired at a Christmas market. He later collided with the security forces. He is wounded. Six injured are in serious condition.

| 12/12/2018
| FRANCE-ISLAM

The first ever beatification ceremony in an Islamic country, in the presence of government representatives, family members of the martyrs, the main imams of the country and representatives of the religious congregations to which the new blessed belonged. The Pope: "this celebration helps to heal the wounds of the past and to create a new dynamic of encounter and coexistence".

| 10/12/2018
| ALGERIA - VATICAN

Absent the Emir of Qatar who has snubbed the invitation of the hosts Riyadh. Among the elements of tension is the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Khashoggi. The meeting dedicated to oil and security policies. In the final statement the importance of unity underlined.

| 10/12/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA - GULF
by Kamel Abderrahmani

The first beatification in the Muslim world. Some imams also took part in the celebration in Oran. The beatification "is a form of posthumous rehabilitation, to raise the image of Algeria, blurred by the wild Islamist hordes". A suggestion to the courageous Algerian authorities: build a church for these 19 blessed.

| 10/12/2018
| ALGERIA-ISLAM
by Kamran Chaudhry

The signature collection opened in Lahore, but the young people want to continue in other parishes and dioceses. The archdiocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi opens beatification cause for Catholic martyr Shahbaz Bhatti, killed for defending Asia Bibi.

| 08/12/2018
| PAKISTAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The paintings are the work of artist Mauro Valsangiacomo. The exhibition will be open from 15.30 to 18.30 every weekday from December 12 to 23. The Mediterranean as a place of encounter and clash of cultures and peoples; synthesis of civilizations gradually ...
| 29/11/2018
| ITALY - ASIA
 
by Kamel Abderrahmani
Tunisian President Caid Essebsi has proposed changes accepted by the Tunisian cabinet. Under Sharia women inherit half the share men get. For the first time the principle of true equality between the sexes is realised in the Muslim world, breaking with ...
| 26/11/2018
| ISLAM – TUNISIA
 
Saturday night, a chlorine mortar attack hit the city’s western neighbourhood. Shelling is taking place every evening, the prelate notes. This time, “we saw yellow smoke rise, different from the black and dense columns”. Residents now ...
| 26/11/2018
| SYRIA
 
The letter is addressed to the government authorities, asking for religious freedom, but also to the faithful of the world (and perhaps to the Vatican) asking how to behave in the face of persecution. The loor communities have suffered destructions of ...
| 26/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
Underway since 2014, the project has touched 1.4 million Filipinos. The 2013 disaster affected 3,424,593 families in nine regions, causing the death of 6,193 people and injuring another 28,689. The Catholic Church, together with Caritas, raised about ...
| 17/11/2018
| PHILIPPINES
Pakistan, raccolta firme dei giovani focolarini
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