The operations concern the area of Sur Baher, on the southern outskirts of the holy city, conquered in the 1967 war. The buildings stand near the protective wall that surrounds the West Bank. For Palestinians, Israel continues to use the pretext of security to expropriate land and expand.
Song Yongsheng led the Protestant church in Shangqiu. He threw himself from the roof of the building and left a letter-testament: "I wanted to work with the government, but it was a failure. I want to be the first martyr of this terrible situation".
Begun in 1907 and inaugurated in 1930, the Gothic style building was designed by Italian architects. In the war between Iran and Iraq, it became a refugee camp for poor families. 3877 children baptized inside. After the restoration, it will be a "sanctuary open for everyone".
The priest was declared Servant of God in 2008. The same year the diocesan inquiry began. The historic commission visited 90 archives and libraries in India and Rome. The documentation now goes to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican.
The Union government unveiled a plan titled ‘Empowerment without appeasement and development with dignity". The authorities recognise six minority groups – Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists and Parsees; however, Dalit Christians are still excluded from the quota system established by a 1950 presidential order.
In recent weeks, the countries around the Bay of Bengal have been hit by severe monsoon rains. Landslides and bad weather have affected more than 567,000 people in nine Sri Lankan provinces. The country’s west coast is also on full alert, whilst fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea.
The Diocese of Hong Kong and the Christian Council issue a joint appeal to all parties involved, urging the withdrawal of the extradition bill, an end to provocations and violence, and the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the latter.
Criminal groups exploit corruption, weak borders and poor controls to increase business. Trafficking in drugs, medicines and counterfeit goods, people or animal species generate tens of billions in profits. Casinos and banking institutions used to clean up money. Myanmar epicenter of methamphetamine production.
Exploitation rights for oil and natural gas in the maritime subsoil at heart of dispute. Tension triggered by exploration operations. Vietnam claims territorial sovereignty but wants to resolve the dispute "peacefully", Beijing does not hesitate to deploy warships.
Two bombs were placed in front of the entrance to the police headquarters in Kandahar; another explosion at the university in the capital. The country is engaged in a difficult peace process after 18 years of civil conflict.
Legally granted by the provincial government, the land is worth a fortune. For this reason, the Muslims refuse to return them.
The social reality was born in 2002 in the Rimini area. Volunteering and hospitality are the dimensions of this structure, which welcomes young Chinese and volunteers of all kinds to teach languages, and offer after school activities of various kinds. The joy of meeting with the Vatican Secretary of State, who says: "I hope to finish my days in this place".
Sunday will mark the third month since terror attacks killed 258 people. At present, churches have reopened after believers “asked us to start offering Mass again,” he said. The archbishop talks about international aid, the government's failures and the international community’s inability to force oil-producing nations to respect human rights and stop sponsoring terrorism. For the prelate, “the Catholic community has never had any problems with the Muslim community.
The patriarch is concerned about the escalation between Washington and Tehran. A conflict would precipitate the situation across the Middle East. As Iraqi Christians and Muslims look forward to the apostolic journey, the latter remains uncertain, whilst confusion and suffering affect the country.
Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs are working on an action plan to present to the country’s leaders. Hong Kong police will be key to handle protests. Beijing continues to support Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, but she has to clean up “the mess she created.”