» 07/24/2013, 00.00
Same-sex marriages in Bangladesh: two girls arrested, threatened with life imprisonment
Homosexuality and any kind of union between persons of the same sex is illegal in the country. The young people - aged 16 and 21 year - are runaways. Only once found by the police did they confess to being lesbian, and were arrested.
Mixed marriages often do not work, but some mixed couples are happy, Bangladeshi priest says
In the predominantly Muslim country, mixed marriages often fail over financial problems and religious differences. Fr Shorot Francis Gomes, a member of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, has been helping couples since 2005 to understand the sacrament and mystery of the calling of Jesus within their union.
Patriarch Kirill against gay marriage and the dictatorship of free will: "Signs of the Apocalypse"
The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church warns of the danger of reducing those who choose whatâ€™s good to repressed minority and approves the law passed by Russia against "homosexual propaganda".
When wives are set on fire for their dowry
At least 249 women were killed in 2010. Out of anger or vengeance, husbands throw kerosene on their wives and set them on fire. The problem is widespread despite the fact that Islamic law, which is in place in Bangladesh, requires would-be husbands to pay a price for their future wives.
Bangladesh: Muslim by birth, Christian for love of Christ (more than husband)
Maria and Teresa converted to Christianity to marry. But their marriages have proved unsuccessful: the husband of the first is a drunk and violent, and the second will not work. Both, however, choose to remain faithful to their men and to Christ. "A different love," says Maria, "which makes me happy."
Bishop of Mymensingh: the family, the core foundation "of society and Church"
October 5 in Bangladesh is the National Day for the Family. Msgr. Ponen Paul Kubi, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Family Life (Ec-Fl), exhorts the faithful to follow the principles of the Gospel and take Joseph and Mary as an example to follow. He asks for prayers for the Synod on the Family in Rome.
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