Faraz Ahmed Badar was a 26-year-old pharmacist. He worked at the DHQ Hospital in Gujaranwala. He was harassed by a Muslim colleague who did not accept the fact that a Christian could hold a position higher than his own. His father: "Many Muslims believe that all Christians should be scavengers, not managers"
The Global Times, a semi-official Communist Party paper, reports that the purpose of the visit is the signing of an agreement between Beijing and the Holy See on episcopal appointments in China. For Taiwan’s ambassador to the Holy See, a political agreement will be hard to achieve. The meeting will touch religious issues.
After 50 days, US oil sanctions bite. Exports drop from 2.5 million barrels per day in April to 1.6 million at present. Reacting to the crisis, Iran plans to introduce electronic vouchers for ten million poor people.
His daughter Mariam and her husband will also be released. Sharif was convicted in connection with the purchase of London luxury apartments. For the court, actual ownership has not been proven.
This is the lowest number in five years. However, what happens in villages, where women do not have access to medical care, may not be counted. Sex-specific abortions have also dropped because doctors could go to prison if they declare the sex of the newborn.
Mgr You speaks about today's agreements between Kim and Moon, including the decision to decommission missile test site. The goal is to eliminate all the risks of war. Separated families will be able to communicate via video chats and letters. The two Koreas are set to present a joint bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.
"Although Myanmar’s constitution permits freedom of religion, many Myanmar people see the country as Buddhist and tend to worry about the influence of non-Buddhist religions, mainly Islam." Minorities “were promised autonomy and self-determination in their own regions. So, when this promise was broken, many ethnic groups took up arms against the central government”.
A priest in charge of a Henan parish complains about the ban on displaying sacred images and attempts by the faithful to accommodate government authorities. The faith cannot be abandoned or betrayed, nor can it be negotiated. What cannot be asserted or defended in public is not faith.
In Shanghai the "basic values of socialism" are exalted on the pediment of the church. A painting of the Last Supper removed in Henan. Communities forced to sing patriotic hymns. Shaolin Monastery in Shaoshan must hold a flag-raising ceremony every morning. "The churches seem more and more like government offices".
Those with "strong religious beliefs" must be re-educated or expelled. Spreading "political rumours" and distorting the country’s history are banned.
At the end of the trip to Ireland, Francis renews his appeal for forgiveness for the abuses committed by people in the Church. But a dossier by the former nuncio in the US accuses him of covering the misdeeds of former Cardinal McCarrick and calls for him to resign.