23 January 2018
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Pope in Cyprus for peace in Middle East

Cypriot President, Papal visit boost for peace in the region
In an interview, Christofias says that Cyprus expects the visit of Benedict XVI to boost for a peaceful solution of the drama created by the Turkish occupation of northern part of the island and the situation throughout Middle East.

Pope: we can not remain indifferent to the need to support Christians in the Holy Land
On the second day of his visit to Cyprus, Benedict XVI emphasizes the importance of ecumenism also in helping Christians in the region. Politicians urged to "deconstruct the political ideologies that otherwise supplant the truth," with the results seen in the last century. A meeting with the small Catholic community.

Fr. Jaeger: Churches in the Middle East from "protected" minorities to full religious freedom
The delegate to the Holy Land says that even in the midst of many problems, Christians have a “vibrant and lively” presence. The future Synod urges the churches to no longer consider themselves as “tolerated islands " but "citizens" in their own right, in "equality and freedom”. Today, Benedict XVI begins his trip to Cyprus. The pope will deliver the Instrumentum Laboris the working document for the Synod for the Churches to the bishops of the region.

Pope: Christian unity in the Middle East, witnesses of the Gospel in difficult circumstances
Ecumenism and the Synod for the Middle East marks the first day of Benedict XVI's visit to Cyprus, a place of "crossroads of cultures and religions." The desire for full unity in the celebration with Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos.

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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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