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Easter 2005:Asia, signs of hopestronger than death


31/03/2005
Underground Catholic priest arrested

Measures against the unofficial Church increasing.  Conversions and baptisms also increasing.  At Easter all Catholics prayed for the Pope's health.


31/03/2005
Easter in Mosul, Christians overcome fear and throng churches
Churches full of the faithful are a sign of the resurrection, says Chaldean priest.

26/03/2005
Waiting for the Resurrection of Christ and the rise of the sun on a working day
Catholics and Protestants gather at dawn. Christians and Muslims want Sunday as a day of rest.

25/03/2005
Catholics and Muslims united by a Cross
Muslims donated the Cross of the Lady of Rosary Church. Traditionally, Muslims and Catholics prepare the Cross for worship during Holy Week. Services are scheduled to allow the faithful to participate.

25/03/2005
In Phuket, the Passion of Christ can be seen in the eyes of people
Catholic priest relates how Easter is being celebrated on the tsunami-stricken island. The West has forgotten what happened but locals still know how to smile. Tourism is in crisis and reconstruction only concerns big hotels. Easter mass will be followed by an inter-faith meal for Buddhists and Christians.

24/03/2005
Jerusalem: the Cross breaks down the wall of fear
A talk with Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, Custodian of the Holy Land.

23/03/2005
Christians of Mosul, the light of the Resurrection in the Calvary of war
Mosul Archbishop's Easter message: "Let us learn from Jesus; let us work so that the last word is not left to terrorism and death." Local priest tells of Easter preparations: packed churches, youth attending Mass despite parents' orders.  Liturgy shortened during Holy Week to limit the risk of attacks.

22/03/2005
On Easter night 25 new Christians to join the faith
Cardinal Kitbunchu will welcome the catechumens into the Church.

21/03/2005
Baghdad Christians celebrate Palm Sunday without fear
Christian political leader abducted in January is freed.

21/03/2005
Catholics crowd churches for Palm Sunday services
The faithful are urged to pray; they are also invited to go and see Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'.

21/03/2005
Palm Sunday, when hope lies with the young
Despite storms Lebanon won't die, says Maronite Bishop of Beirut.

16/03/2005
Far from high tech gizmos, Thai Catholics celebrate Lent
The faithful comein large numbers toa spiritual retreat organised by the Archdiocese of Bangkok. Similar events involving Protestants and Muslims are planned for the rest of year.

26/02/2005
Fasting and solidarity during Lent in Pakistan
Christians begin fasting at sunset to be different from Muslims. Local dioceses urge the faithful to donate for tsunami victims.



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EGYPT – LEBANON
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.


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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