» 01/29/2013, 00.00
For the first time, Japan to ask UNESCO to honour Christian sites
Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures ask Culture Minister Hakubun Shimomura to submit a list of 13 Christian locations as World Heritage Sites, including Oura Cathedral, Pius IX's 'miracle of the Orient', and various places where Christians met martyrdom. Evangelisation in Japan was subjected to one of the harshest repressions in history.
Wonders of nature and Asian art are now World Heritage sites
Some sites in Iraq, Afghanistan and China in danger. Cambodia and Oman no longer on "blacklist".
24/06/2013 UNESCO - CHINA
With its Yunnan's rice fields and Tianshan Mountains, China climbs UNESCO ranking
Two sites from mainland China are added to the list of World Heritage sites during the 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, placing the People's Republic just behind Italy. In this meeting, 31 sites are up for consideration, from deserts in Namibia and Mexico to volcanoes in Italy and Japan. For Tim Badman, of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the new sites "are a celebration of the beauty of nature and our joint commitment to conserve it for generations to come".
Economic development destroying Chinese history
China’s first heritage census shows that 44,000 historically significant sites have been destroyed in the name of development. About a quarter of what is left is in a poor state of repair.
14/07/2016 17:27:00 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian foundation against the new metro line going through church land
City’s 27 km Orange Line Metro Train project threatens 27 heritage sites, 11 of which are protected under federal law and six under provincial law. Four churches dating back to the mid-19th century would be affected, including the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection. For activist, “we [. . .] will not sit back and let anyone destroy this 2000-year-old city”.
02/07/2012 PALESTINE – ISREAL
Church of the Nativity in UNESCO; Mount Tabor a "national park". It's time to save the Holy Places
The inclusion of the Nativity in the list of "World Heritage sites" is welcomed by Catholics because the Church is in urgent need of restoration, so far hampered by the Orthodox community. Importance of ensuring its "architectural integrity" to avoid its ruin, similar to that taking place in the Holy Sepulchre with the construction of the Katholicon. Also important to monitor Israeli attempts to place the holy sites in Galilee "under the State protection".
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