21 March 2018
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Education can stop the Taliban in Pakistan

Paul Bhatti, a "mafia" prevents stability and better education
The new "special adviser" for religious minorities defines " educational poverty and the denial of the right to education" important issues. The brother of slain Catholic minister, calls for "political stability, economic security and peace" for the country's progress. Schools that promote "deviant" models and "violence" are "in bad faith."

Muslim journalist advocates public schools along Christian model
For Aoun Sahi, an editorial writer for News International, education means guaranteeing equal opportunity to a high quality education. The country’s Islamist drift has sunk deep roots. For this reason, “politics and civil society need to work on an education reform”, and an alliance with Christians could “do wonders in the education sector”.

Archbishop emeritus of Lahore: rethinking the curriculum, focusing on equal rights
Archbishop Saldanha invites schools to follow the ideals promoted by Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. However, the government has proved weak and unable to improve the system. Christian and Muslim Institute must enhance collaboration. The call for more funds and resources for Catholic schools, which are essential in the national school system.

Education, more than economy, antidote to "Talibanization" of Pakistan
The country is held hostage by Muslim extremists who feed on ignorance and fear to maintain power. Government inertia pervades while the international community focuses on trade and weapons. Christian and Muslim leaders and intellectuals argue that any revival must start from the schools. An AsiaNews dossier on education in Pakistan.

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Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

Bernardo Cervellera

Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


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