» 05/23/2006, 00.00
IRAN - VATICAN
Ahmadinejad's intent to write to Pope fuelled by fanaticism, political reasons
One wonders if, alongside the predicted call to convert to Islam, the president will tell Benedict XVI about the painful legal and social situation discriminating against Iranian Christians.
28/12/2006 IRAN – VATICAN
Ahmadinejad, “Christmas miracles” and the letter to the Pope
With the embargo in mind, Iran’s president launches a charm offensive towards Christians. In his Christmas message he even exalted the eschatological return of Jesus and acknowledged the value of the Christian community in Iran.
22/09/2006 VATICAN ISLAM
Pope to meet ambassadors from Muslim countries
The odd protest is still taking place in some Muslim countries. Pakistani scholars call for Benedict XVI'S removal. Former Iranian President Rafsanjani sees Muslim protests as a "blessing" for the Muslim world. But Russian muftis are satisfied with the Pope's explanations.
25/05/2009 CHINA – VATICAN
The day of Prayer for the Church in China under control. Pope’s Letter is blocked
No diocesan pilgrimages to the Sanctuary of Sheshan because of bans. Little publicity even in the diocese of Shanghai. In Hebei the Catholics go without mass because the priests are under arrest. Access to the Vatican website with Benedict XVI’s Letter (in Chinese) is still blocked.
24/05/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
Month long Chinese crackdown on Donglu Marian shrine
Catholic source tells AsiaNews that security measures have been tightened in the village, used to accommdoate a Marian shrine. Officials enforce round-the-clock control on the village. Lay Catholic leaders are also under surveillance. Banners call for resistance against "foreign infiltration". Faithful pray instead to Our Lady for Church unity.
16/06/2009 VATICAN - CHINA - HONG KONG
Card. Zen: It is time to put into effect the Popes Letter to China’s Catholics, whatever the cost
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong says the Pope’s Letter has marked a new chapter in the life of the Church in China. But the criteria established by the pontiff regarding religious freedom are being watered down and rendered ambiguous. He fears a slide towards an era of comprise, in which the many efforts towards the Church in China are being made in vain. Religious freedom is more important that diplomatic relations. Today Beijing seems less interested in having relations with the Holy See, thanks to a relaxing in relations with Taiwan.
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