» 04/15/2009, 00.00
Easter under heavy security for Catholics of Bangladesh
More than 300,000 faithful participated in Sunday Mass in the capital and in the five dioceses of the country. During the entire Triduum, the police monitored the churches 24 hours a day out of fear of attacks.
Easter in Pakistan: from full churches to prison missions
About one million Catholics live in the country, 1% of the population. For Holy Week, the bishops have asked the government for extraordinary security measures. The government has promised that next year, Good Friday will be an official holiday. Meanwhile, thousands of faithful are filling the churches of the main cities. In the prison of Faisalabad, 100 prisoners are celebrating Easter with a lunch organized by the priests.
Beijing on alert against revolts in Tibet and Xinjiang
Accusations of separatism against the Dalai Lama and the Uyghurs. Soldiers, policemen, security personnel on the increase to prevent any attempts at uprising. The foreign minister criticizes countries that welcome the Dalai Lama, seen as merely "a political leader." The Dalai Lama is asking only for autonomy in order to save the Tibetans from cultural genocide. An Uyghur academic asks for more help for the Muslim group, in the grip of unemployment.
"Martyrs' Trilogy," memoirs of Bali attackers exalted as heroes
The intelligence services are on high alert for the publication of a book containing the writings of Amrozi, Ali Gufron, and Imam Samudra. This could encourage young Indonesians to jihad. New extremist leaders are emerging in the country, praising the holy war against the West and Christians.
Bali attackers: for Islam, are they heroes or criminals?
Conflicting opinions among Indonesian Muslims over the methods used by Amrozi and his companions to promote "holy war." Some consider them "pioneers in the struggle," while others call their act "disproportionate." Their execution has been set for early November; growing alarm over security in the country.
"Unity in diversity": imams and Christian leaders condemn extremist violence
In a meeting yesterday in Dhaka, dozens of Islamic imams and Christian pastors and bishops reaffirmed dialogue as the only means for living together. The remarks of participants, in a country that has been the theater of many extremist attacks.
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