21 January 2018
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The Pope's new encyclical Letter: Caritas in veritate

Pope: encyclical, even globalization in need of a soul
Benedict XVI’s third encyclical is dedicated to an integral human development in charity and in truth. The economy needs ethics to function correctly, and ethics that is in favour of the human person. No to a development that exploits workers and nature and that does not respect the rights of man and the right to life. Abortion and birth control are at times imposed on poor Nations. Respect for Religious Freedom. Technology risks becoming a new ideology.

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Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.

Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison

The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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