Christian communities will be able to complete the necessary red tape in four months. Egypt wants to improve the legal framework in which freedom of worship is exercised. The new step touches 102 churches and 64 places of prayer. Some 3,500 places of worship should follow.
The workshop is called the Jagorani Handicraft Centre. The founder started working with poor women in 1968; now it works with 3,000 people, mostly non-Christians. The products are also exported abroad. For the nun, “if women can be independent, they can make a difference for their family.”
On April 15th, Msgr. Arshad inaugurated St. Mary's Church in the atrium of the Agriculture University. Until now, only mosques were allowed to be built in Pakistan. The church "will ensure the religious needs of Christian students and workers".
The country will go to the polls for the presidential and legislative elections on June 24th; a year and a half before the expiry of the mandate set for November 3, 2019. The president focuses on nationalism and achievements in the anti-Kurdish offensive in northern Syria. A decision that is a "sign of panic and weakness" in front of "worrying" economic indices.
For some, the future lies with an alliance between Gulf states and Egypt. However, deep cleavages are an obstacle to the goal of unity. The Arab League and existing states have proven a failure. The Iranian obsession and the nationalist attitude belong to the past. Wars, economics and democracy are challenges whose solutions must come from within.
Muslims in Europe have the right to build mosques and practise their faith in peace, whilst Christians in Algeria do not. The law on non-Muslim worship hangs like a permanent sword over the head of the Protestant Church of Algeria. Christians are forced to rent places to worship whilst building owners are threatened and intimidated by the authorities.
The goal of the Saudis is to participate in an international force with the aim of "stabilizing" the country. For the Saudi Foreign Minister, the proposal is not "a new fact". Trump would like to create an Arab force to replace the US military on the ground. Today the inspectors of the OCCW are ready to visit Douma.
The South Korean Church is praying for the success of the event, looking forward to "concrete" solutions to the peninsula’s problems. Hope was reborn with the Olympics. People are waiting for a message from Pope Francis.
A harsh exchange between Russia and the United States at the UN. Trump speaks of possible intervention, with the support of London and Paris. Moscow denounces the "campaign of aggression" against a sovereign state. Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen: "there are no certainties" on the Douma attack. The prayers of Christians for peace in the country.
About 158 refugee families live in the parish of Amadiya and surrounding villages. They need food, clothes, shoes, school support, kerosene. Many Christian, Yazid and Arab families returned to Mosul only to turn back. The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign is ongoing.
Xi Jinping sent a highly congratulatory message. Japan and Germany issued polite words. The Observatory for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised restrictions on fundamental freedoms. Tensions with Britain remain over the ex-spy poisoning. For Chinese scholar, as the West continues to attack Russia and China, the two will move closer.