The sale of the family home of the Muslim holder of the key to the Holy Sepulcher confirms a growing trend. For a Palestinian, to give up property to a Jew is considered a disgrace and a betrayal. For Jewish intermediaries, it is a "peaceful" and "fantastic" way to carry on the territorial conflict. The issue also worries Christian religious leaders. Greek Orthodox bishop slams the trend, saying that it is aimed at marginalising the Christian presence in the Holy Land.
The Forest Department tore down the homes of the poor but spared those of high castes, forcing those displaced to live in the forest for months. Several have died as a result of the hardships. An NGO pleads with national and international authorities so that the law protects the properties of tribal people.
The monk, who spent 33 years in re-education camps and regular prisons, is refusing invasive medical treatment. At 85, “I am happy and blessed to have lived this long,” he said.
The campaign plans to destroy crosses, replace crucifixes and images with the photo of Xi and the Chinese flag. The similarities with Mao and with the ancient emperors. By 2030, China will be the country with the largest number of Christians.
Pakistan’s Catholic Church is behind a plan to plant a million trees by 2019. Lahore and Karachi are among the most polluted cities in the world. In 2025 Pakistan will be in absolute water scarcity.
The second edition of the World Day of the Poor, declared by Pope Francis, will be celebrated next Sunday. This year’s edition is titled ‘This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him’. Mgr D'Silva will hand out blankets and food to the homeless in Thane, Mumbai.
The new diocesan priest, 42, was baptised as a teen. After attending a Life in the Spirit seminar, he "tried to go to any course offered by the church”. Despite initial resistance, he decided to give himself to Christ. “[W]hy should I settle for something less than God’s love?” he said.
Since 2014, about 200 members of the religious group have arrived each year on Jeju Island, off southern South Korea. China has banned the sect as an “evil cult”. For the South Korean government if claimants can prove religious persecution, they can remain; otherwise they have to leave. The relatives of some asylum seekers demand South Korea send them back, claiming they were brainwashed.
Choirs from across Indonesia competed in Ambon (Maluku). Government officials, civil society groups and the Bishop’s Conference were part of the organising committee. "Let us build together national unity and take care of a pluralistic society,” said Bishop Suharyo.
Established by PIME missionaries 25 years ago, local Christian community includes members from different ethnic backgrounds who moved to Dhaka in search of work. What brought them together was “faith".