22 January 2018
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Papal trips to Asia


04/04/2005
The Philippines, 1995: Pope dreams of "the Third Millennium of Asia"
In 1981, the first visit to the archipelago to canonize Lorenzo Ruiz and to invite the Filippino Church to fulfill a mission.

04/04/2005
With Mother Teresa the Pope served lunch to the poor of Kolkata in 1986
In his second trip to India in 1999, the Pontiff signed the Apostolic Exhortation 'Ecclesia in Asia', compass for the mission in the third millennium.

04/04/2005
In the world's most populous Muslim country the Pope called for full religious freedom

In a Jakarta Stadium crowded for mass the Pontiff spoke in the national language, Bahasa Indonesia.




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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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