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Easter among the Muslims, in the land of Saint Paul
The apostolic vicar of Anatolia recounts the meaning of Easter in the year dedicated to St. Paul. The Christian community in Turkey finds itself facing a situation like the one at the beginning of the country's evangelization. The foreign pilgrims, the fraternity between Catholics and Orthodox, amazement over the fascination with Jesus among the Muslims. A request to the Turkish government, for a church in Tarsus.
In Tarsus, where for Christians "unity in diversity" is a daily reality
An ecumenical ceremony in the city where the Apostle to the Gentiles was born, but where officially there are neither Christians nor churches. The only church is a museum where religious celebrations are permitted. Turkey's bishops have published their pastoral letter for the bimillennial of Saint Paul, "teacher and foundation of unity".
Thousands converting back to Hinduism: truth, or propaganda?
In Kalyan, in Maharashtra, Hindus are celebrating the "reconversion" of 1,130 families. The guru Narendra Maharaj urges the faithful not to be corrupted by the Christian missionaries, and calls on them to vote for the parties that defend the Hindu community. Bishop Fernandez: Christians must continue to spread the message of love, and the values of the Gospel.
Medvedev steers religions toward young people, but blocks Jehovah's witnesses
The Russian president is involving the traditional confessions in programs on behalf of young people. The Kremlin wants to reinforce relations with the Orthodox, make the Patriarch of Moscow a point of reference for all religions, and attribute a strong political value to his position. Jehovah's Witnesses accused of social isolation.
09/10/2008 TURKEY – GERMANY
Orthodox summit in Turkey in the name of Paul
After many years the patriarch of Moscow will attend the meeting. Cologne’s mayor calls on Turkish PM Erdogan to remain committed to building a Christian centre in Tarsus, reminding him of his support for the construction of a mosque in his city.
Easter denied for Catholics of Son La
Authorities prevent a priest sent by the bishop of Hung Hoá from celebrating Sunday Mass. Last Christmas as well, the police had prevented two priests from going to the faithful of the city. Since 2004, Catholics have been forced to meet in hiding. The government says that there are no faithful in the area, but the Church responds with documents proving the presence of at least 3,000 Christians.
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