» 04/02/2012, 00.00
GREECE - RUSSIA
Mount Athos abbot released on bail as tensions with Russia continue
Vatopedi monastery Hegumen Ephrem is released after three months under house arrest. He is suspected in an illegal land sale. The case highlights tensions between Moscow and Athens. Putin might visit Mount Athos for Easter.
10/01/2012 RUSSIA - GREECE
Abbot of Mount Athos arrested. War of influence between Moscow and the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Abbot Ephrem is under arrest since 24 December after his return from the tour in Russia, with the relic of the Virgin's belt. Moscow denounces judicial persecution, but he is a controversial figure who has made various attempts to distance himself from Constantinople.
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Interfaith treaty, a turning point in Christian-Muslim relations, says Jerusalem bishop
The agreement was reached to ease tensions between the Christian community in Bethphage and the Muslims in East Jerusalem. Trustees of the Treaty will be Mgr Shomali, for the Latin Patriarchate, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and the governor of East Jerusalem. Prelate tells AsiaNews that this kind of deal "can be exported [. . .] throughout the Middle East."
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Palestinian National Authority recognises removal of Irineos
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Help Palestinian population, put aside violence and unilateral solutions
Vatican spokesman releases a statement condemning all "those who have deceived themselves into thinking that they can solve the region's increasingly terrible problems with the use of force or by unilateral action".
Sichuan: Tibetan abbot arrested without charge
Police of Serda Country surrounded the monastery, blocked the exits and arrested the abbot. His room and the rest of the monastery were searched and nothing was found, but they took him anyway.
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