The Church's Synod for Peace and Justice in the Middle East

War widows go on an interfaith pilgrimage to Anuradhapura
Fr Nandana Manatunge, of the diocese of Kandy, took 45 Buddhist war widows on a trip to their religion's sacred city, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After almost a quarter of a century, their husbands, sons and relatives are still missing. Most of the pilgrims had never been to Anuradhapura.
Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees
On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. "The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights."
Lumbini, the Buddha's lamp in Seoul for peace between the two Koreas
The 'perpetual lamp' was handed over to 80 South Korean monks last Friday. It should reach Korea on 1 May to mark the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama. Christians, Muslims and Buddhists are praying to stop the winds of war blowing over the peninsula.
A series of attacks ravage Iraq just days before the election
The latest attacks struck north of the capital this morning, killing 19 people. Yesterday car bombs exploded in the cities of Mosul and Fallujah, causing over 10 deaths including a candidate in the elections, the thirteenth since the beginning of the election campaign. Voting will take place on April 20 in 12 of the 18 provinces of the country.
Xi Jinping: pendulum politics towards the Church and the Vatican
The new secretary general of the Party – due to be confirmed as president in the coming days- has raised many hopes, but his policies thus far are one step forward, one step back: the laojiao have not been closed down; corruption is on the rise; the much touted reforms are slow in arriving; bishops and priests remain in prison. One positive sign, the Global Times article about the pope and an interview with Fr. Lombardi. But religion is the last place in the concerns of leadership.