23 January 2018
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World Peace Day 2011 Religious freedom, the path to Peace

Religious freedom is the path to peace, Pope says
Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Peace Day was released today. The Holy Father remembers the Holy Land and the Baghdad cathedral massacre, noting that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. He warns against the threats of fundamentalism, secularism and the politicisation of faith. Religious freedom is a right founded on the dignity of the person; it is not a concession by the state. He speaks about the public role of religion.

Fundamentalism and relativism, enemies of religious freedom and peace
In his message for World Day of Peace 2011, Benedict XVI shows solidarity with the many persecuted Christians (Iraq, the Holy Land, ...), but also highlights that persecution does not only come from Islamic terrorism, but also secular Western society that stifles the religious dimension, eliminating an important element for human life and coexistence between peoples.

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

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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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