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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Abu Dhabi, a mosque dedicated to "Mary, Mother of Jesus". Bishop Hinder: Sign of tolerance
For the apostolic vicar, the Emirates decision is a "positive step ". It shows "openness and interest in Islamic-Christian dialogue". The mosque is within walking distance of Saint Joseph's Cathedral; A place of Christian worship and a Muslim has created a stylized "Holy Family". The Emirate example of tolerance in a region characterized by conflicts.
10/12/2016 10:03:00 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Apostolic Vicar of Arabia: the Jubilee of mercy has brought people closer to faith
Msgr. Hinder speaks of the Holy Year as an occasion for "reconciliation and forgiveness." In an atmosphere of war and violence "forgiveness become increasingly important." A gesture that must also embrace those who "deny rights and inflict suffering." Thousands of faithful attend Advent Masses. Immigration "contaminates" the very life of the Church.
18/03/2016 18:49:00 IRAQ - UNITED STATES
Christian 'genocide': blame the Islamic State, but also the US
US Secretary of State John Kerry called for an international probe into the Islamist group that has massacred Yazidis, Christians, and Shias in Syria and Iraq. US foreign policy however contributed to the rise of the Islamic State (IS) group by marginalising pro-Saddam Hussein Sunnis in Iraq, by "containing" it without fighting IS, and by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which ended up in IS’s hands in Syria. Iraq is now the second country in the world in terms of anti-Christian persecution.
27/04/2016 17:22:00 IRAQ
For Baghdad auxiliary bishop, Iraq “is a mess”, at a “low point” of its history
Iraqis are “fed up”, Mgr Warduni said, because of the lack of work, resources, and perspectives. Oil has elicited the interests of many, but impoverished the country. Prime Minister al-Abadi wants reforms but is challenged in and outside parliament. For Christian lawmaker, Iraq needs domestic unity, and peace between Saudis and Iranians.
“Last chance for democracy” in Iraq, Mosul governor says
Atheel al-Nujaifi is critical of outgoing PM Maliki, who is trying to find allies among Kurds and radical Shia. For the governor, who is Sunni, the country could slide into dictatorship. However, sectarian violence is not likely to happen because “people are really tired of that kind of thing." In Baghdad, pro-Allawi Sunni bloc signals some openness towards Maliki, saying that it is prepared to back the latter in exchange for its man in a presidency with enhanced powers.
Sheikh of Al-Azhar: no to fundamentalism, open to dialogue with all
The head of the world's largest Sunni cultural institution criticizes the words of Benedict XVI in Regensburg but denies any clash of civilizations.
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