22 January 2018
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A United WorldHonours the Pope

The Pope's legacy in the two Koreas
The memory of the martyrs, North-South reconciliation, human rights, and religious coexistence make up John Paul II's legacy in the second largest Church of Asia, according to a Seoul journalist.

May Russian Catholics harvest the fruits of the Pope's labour
Letter of exhortation to pray for the coming Conclave and reflections on John Paul II'S pontificate.

Three million mourners in Rome for Pope's funeral
Pilgrims continue to arrive to visit John Paul II's final resting place.

Turkey, an ecumenical and inter-religious gesture for John Paul II

Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims hang the deceased pope's image in their homes

Pope, example of humility to Iraqi Christians
A crowded memorial mass was held in Mosul for the Pope; in Baghdad seminarians compose a hymn to honour the Pontiff, 'pastor, apostle and father".

Singing the praises of a Pope who loves China
While the Chinese government blocks out news of John Paul II from internet sites, a Shanghai Catholic tells of the pope's miracles beyond the Great Wall.

The Pope's love shall make the Church blossom in China
Despite Beijing's hostility, Chinese pilgrims in St Peter's say how much Pope John Paul II loved China and how much they loved him.

Asia united in St Peter's to say goodbye to the Pope
Tributes and words of affection and gratitude by Asians in Rome to say their farewell to Pope John Paul II.

A mystic and missionary Pope touched the heart of Muslims in Bangladesh
Flags are flown at half mast for the first time to honour a Christian religious leader. The central role of mission in a spirit of reconciliation and ecumenism is a legacy that we must not lose, says PIME missionary in Dinajpur.

North Korea sends condolences for Pope's death
The Communist regime sends condolences for Pope John Paul II's death via the country's Catholic Association but maintains its tight, repressive noose around religion.

John Paul II, a preacher of peace, says Wahid
Ex Indonesian President writes an open letter to honour the late Pontiff. All major political and religious leaders express their condolences.

The pope, an unforgettable personality for Christians and Muslims in Pakistan
Muslim leaders remember his indelible contribution to humanity. For Bishop Coutts, the Pope's death is a great loss for the Church and the world.

Assad will attend Pope's funeral
People wave photos of the Pope, whilst national media remembers his moral stature and historic 2001 visit.

Card Sfeir and Pres Lahoud in Rome for Pope's funeral
The pullout of Syrian troops from Lebanon is the fruits of "the suffering of the Pontiff who so much loved Lebanon".

Indonesia remembers the Pope of dialogue and tolerance
He never ceased praying for us after the tsunami tragedy, says the Archbishop of Jakarta.

Pope s regret was "not to have the chance to visit China", Bishop Zen says
"May the suffering on your deathbed complete your prayers and implore the grace that the Chinese people may one day know Jesus Christ".

Sr Nirmala: the Pope and Mother Teresa, united in a shared vision about life and the world
Both "missionaries with an intense and total love for God and men"; both spoke out against abortion.

The Pope: Lebanon mourns the loss of a steadfast defender of the land of the cedars
The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Sfeir, calls John Paul II a unique figure who shall remain in the history of the world. As sign of respect local TV and radio stations are playing only classical music

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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.

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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