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PAKISTAN - EU
Blasphemy in Pakistan and the European Court’s attack on the crucifix
Launched today from Rome the European leg (France, Holland, Belgium, Germany) of a campaign to raise awareness in Church and society of the plight and oppression of minorities in Pakistan, particularly the Christian one, due to the blasphemy law. A most unusual unity of purpose joins Islamic fundamentalists and European relativists.
The peace of Christmas and freedom of religion
The birth of the Savior urges the world to put God and mankind in first place, not politics, money, or ideology. Where this is not the case, there are flickering signs of violence and war. The pope's proposal for a new culture of coexistence and respect for religious freedom.
Faisalabad, Christians and Muslims investigating case of young man charged with blasphemy
An inter-religious committee will examine the case of Imran Masih, arrested and tortured for having burned pages of the Koran and beaten by police. A Catholic priest points out that is a "positive step" to dissolve the tension. Involving Muslim leaders to dismantle the charges against the young man.
Justice and Peace: "Strong condemnation of attacks on Ahmadis"
The Episcopal Commission asks the Pakistani government to eliminate discriminatory laws and policies that foment sectarian hatred once and for all. In the meantime, more blood is spilled in Lahore: armed men enter the hospital where the victims of the mosque were admitted and opened fire.
Pakistani Church urges government to uphold the constitution against extremism
In a press statement issued by the National Commission for Justice and Peace, Church leaders call on the government to amend the constitution to fight discrimination and religious intolerance. They also express support for the judges sacked by Musharraf.
AsiaNews, Christmas carols and cathedral windows
In a world trying to stifle the longing for and the presence of God, they are a missionary tool because they draw even non-Christians to Church. The "hymn" of the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, under house arrest for his loyalty to the Pope and Young Rimsha Masih, a 14 year old disabled Christian, accused of blasphemy, and later exonerated, in Pakistan, are just some of the "melodies" that we presented on AsiaNews during the year, their testimonies shine in the dark like the windows of a cathedral.
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