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Joseph Nguyen Hung
Vietnamese bishops alarmed by the new religious law
The new Law on Beliefs and Religions will come in effect on 1st January 2018. Its ambiguities and contradictions will fuel the "system of asking and granting". The law interferes with the internal affairs of religious communities and establishes tight controls over their activities. The government's views about religion are inadequate. The authorities call on religions to work for the country's growth. The bishops differentiate the concept of nation from that of regime.
30/12/2016 15:26:00 THAILAND
Assembly’s surprise move gives the king the power to appoint supreme patriarch of Buddhism
An amendment to the 1992 Sangha Act is approved, weakening Buddhist council proposal. For two years, Thailand has failed to name a new supreme patriarch.
25/09/2015 VATICAN – UNITED STATES
At the UN, pope speaks for environmental protection, against human exclusion
Francis calls on the United Nations assembly to take "concrete steps" to get “effective, practical and immediate access, on the part of all, to essential material and spiritual goods”. He urges an end to abusive and usurious relations with poor countries, and a stop to the persecution of religious minorities.
14/09/2015 NEPAL – VATICAN
Kathmandu cancels Card Filoni’s visit over security concerns
The prefect of Propaganda Fide was set to arrive tomorrow. His schedule included visits with earthquake survivors and civil society groups. An anonymous source said the visit was cancelled because the prelate’s security could not be guaranteed. Proposed territorial divisions are the cause of ongoing protests as minorities feel the government is unresponsive to their demands.
31/05/2013 VATICAN - UN
Pope: Middle East and human trafficking focus of meeting with UN Assembly President
The importance of reconciliation between communities that comprise the various societies and respect for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. The role that the UN General Assembly could take in programs for the sustainable development agenda after 2015.
Mission is key to the Church, which becomes sick if it remains closed on itself, pope says
In a letter to the bishops of Argentina currently meeting at their plenary assembly, Francis calls on them to "come out of yourself to go into the outskirts of existence and grow in parrhesia," adding that "recent commitments" have prevented the former archbishop of Buenos Aires from attending.
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