Chaired by Pope Tawadros II, the Council held its sixth meeting since it was founded in 2013. Its goals include interfaith dialogue and greater Christian presence in politics and society. The fight against terrorism and constructive dialogue have had a positive feedback in terms of tolerance.
NGOs complain about the crackdown on their work. NGOs are needed in India for children's education, support for the sick and help for the poor. For John Dayal, the Hindu nationalist party is against Western governments when they “raise questions about the treatment of Christians, Muslims and Dalits."
The author, Alex Van Arkadie, is a retired FAO official. For workers who go abroad in search of fortune, the main obstacle is the local language.
The Internet is undermining religious education in families and traditional educational institutions. As many faithful abandon mosques, radical groups use them to spread their ideology. For experts, mosques should be revived to fight absolutism.
China released a video showing a famous musician to quash Turkey’s charge that he died in a concentration camp. Now activists and members of the Uyghur diaspora are demanding videos of their own missing relatives. Under the hashtag #MeTooUyghur, they have posted the names and pictures of their missing loved ones.
A South Korean delegation of 250 people arrives in North Korea. They will stay for two days at Mount Kumgang. It is the first inter-Korean civil event this year. Prohibit cameras, laptops and other equipment: fault of the sanctions.
The blaze broke out on the attic of the Hotel Arpit Palace. Rescue slowed by the presence of wood panels in the corridors. Safety standards are under investigation: it seems that a kitchen was created on the top floor.
One of the most impressive operations launched against the (alleged) supporters of the Islamic preacher, in exile in the US. The investigations started from the capital, and then extended to other 75 provinces of the country. Since July 2016 almost 80 thousand people have been jailed, another 150 thousand have lost their jobs.
The visit of a bishop of the autocephalous Church fuels discussion in the monasteries. The need to take a position was solicited by Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeev) of the Patriarchate of Moscow, who condemned all the monks favorable to Kiev as "schismatic".
Communist authorities demolished at least 112 homes in Lộc Hưng on land owned by the Paris Foreign Missions Society. For the bishop emeritus of Kontum, even if they treat “us with cruelty, we continue to love them as our brothers and sisters."