21 January 2018
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Petition to Chinese Parliament: free bishops and priests. List of bishops and priests in prison.


10/05/2005
Bishop languishing in Beijing's prisons for four years
The authorities deny knowing anything about the fate of Bishop Shi Enxiang or Fr Liu Deli, jailed for six years, whose names join that of many others on a list AsiaNews published back in March.

15/03/2005
More in Europe and US join campaign to free Chinese bishops
MEP requests the release of Chinese bishops and priests. US Catholic bishops ask China to stop treating bishops and priests as criminals.

14/03/2005
Minister Buttiglione: China's stability and economic development need religious freedom

Italy's minister for European Affairs endorses AsiaNews' campaign for the liberation of jailed bishops and priests.  What is needed vis-à-vis China are not customs duties, but the globalization of rights, without which economic globalization is not viable and the Chinese colossus risks destruction


09/03/2005
Free prisoners campaign takes off in Europe and North America
Many voices are raised on prisoners' behalf: Taiwan's Cardinal Shan, European Parliament Vice-President Mario Mauro and many Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant online media.

05/03/2005
Petition to Chinese Parliament: free bishops and priests

Campaign for liberation of 19 bishops and 18 priests arrested or kept from carrying out their ministry. Join the petition by writing to the National People's Congress and the Olympic Committee.




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EGYPT – LEBANON
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.


CHINA
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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