» 10/18/2011, 00.00
New rules on religious freedom put at risk Kazakhstan’s Catholic Church
Fr Edoardo Canetta, a missionary in Kazakhstan, warns that new rules adopted by the Kazakh government limit entry visas for foreign religious. More than half of the country’s priests and bishops do not have Kazakh citizenship. The local Church and the Vatican’s relations with local authorities are to blame.
Changes to law on religious freedom planned
The authorities have said the amendments will not make things worse but many Protestant groups fear further restrictions on their activities. Small communities are often hassled, fined or forced to wait for a long time to get compulsory registration.
Nazarbayev signs laws for the control of religious groups
Severe penalties for offenders of registration requirement. At least 5 thousand members necessary to comply with the national registration. The existence of dozens between religious groups and churches at risk.
Religious freedom laws breeze through Kazakh lower house
The new legislation imposes compulsory registration for all religious communities, censorship on documents deemed dangerous for the state and limits on religious building construction. Changes were proposed on 5 September. The Kazakh Senate is set to vote in two weeks time.
In Astana, parliament is approving a law for "religious unfreedom"
The lower chamber has approved the text, which will soon go to the senate for final review. The authors of the law refuse to release the text. But human rights activists say that it contains restrictive measures to wipe out many religious groups that today are permitted. No interest in observations from the OSCE.
Christmas in Astana, at Mass with Orthodox and Muslims
In the capital of Kazakhstan a multi-religious vigil also attracts followers of other religions, "intrigued" by the Catholic tradition. The vicar of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy speaks of the strength of the "little flock" and the attractiveness of the Christian message.
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