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Offensive to Christians, Jesus series broadcast on Shia networks for Ramadan is cancelled
Shia-controlled Al-Manar and NBN networks pull Iranian series based on an apocryphal story about Jesus in which Judas dies in his place. The golden rule of dialogue triumphs over misunderstandings. The controversy is likened to the Muhammad caricature.
14/10/2011 MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
The role of Christians and minorities in the Arab world’s future
Last Sunday’s massacre of Coptic Christians in Cairo raises doubts about the future of Christians in the countries affected by the Arab spring. For Tarek Mitri, a Christian and a former minister in the Lebanese government, the Yasmin Revolution has rekindled the old unity between Christians and Muslims that emerged in the course of the 19th century struggle for independence. Joint political action and mutual understanding among citizens can end the isolation and exodus of Christians from the Middle East.
Clashes between opposing factions ahead of pro-government rally
Majority parties are trying to organise the largest possible mass rally. Hizbollah TV reports that one of its leaders was killed in an attack in Damascus.
Divisions and tensions on the eve of the elections on Mount Lebanon and in the Bekaa
Hizbollah wants an “explanation” from Patriarch Sfeir
Hizbollah leader attacks cardinal for a statement the latter made ten days ago, on the eve of the elections, in which he expressed concern for Lebanon’s national and Arab identity. Nasrallah accuses Sfeir of not coming out against Israeli attacks and massacres.
Christians and Muslims together against violence in Faisalabad
On the occasion of Muhammad’s birthday, which fell in the middle of Holy Week, the Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Dialogue and the Ulama Council met to condemn violence done in the name of religion.
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