Pro-Moscow Orthodox accuse the Ecumenical Patriarchate of seeking personal or economic favours in connection with the granting of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The latter is bound to Constantinople by strong and deep roots, which no one can break, according to Bartholomew.
The missionary has been involved for years in helping people with Hansen’s disease and spreading the PIME charisma. "I'm happy but at the same time I am a bit afraid,” he said. “I hope I can lead the diocese with God’s help."
Saudi Arabia has signed a letter sent to the United Nations in which support is expressed for security policies. In reality they mask persecution and abuse against the Muslim minority. The signatories also include the Philippines, Myanmar, Russia and the Gulf countries.
The local chapter of the Nationalist Congress Party organised a protest on behalf of parents whose children were excluded from the Holy Cross High School in Kurla. The latter had cut enrolment in its kindergarten programme to uphold state regulations.
The Archdiocese of Dhaka organised a three-day seminar. Often minority Christians are the victims of forced expropriations by majority Muslims. Many legal disputes occur in mixed marriages or quick land sales. Spousal disputes are often due to non-consensual marriage in which brides are forced to marry grooms picked by their parents.
Following two days of meetings with Pope Francis, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is closer to the three objectives she has set for herself: a papal visit to Ukraine, the granting of the patriarchal state to the Uniate Church, and the beatification of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, who led the Church in the first half of the 20th century.
The singer cancelled her show in protest against the violations of women’s and gay rights. Young fans and enthusiasts vent their anger online. Saudi Arabia’s hardline right calls it good news. For the authorities, the concert was contrary to the country’s "customs and values".
The attack took place in Nangarhar, a stronghold of both the Islamic state and the Taliban, with the commander of a pro-government militia as the apparent target. This has derailed the road map for peace reached in Doha.
Environmental protection, poverty and youth are the main challenges for Mgr Mangalinao, who, in a few days, will celebrate the first year since his inauguration. In 2015, local Catholics numbered just over 560,000 or 56 per cent of the population. Thanks to the missionary work of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the diocese has 20 parishes and 12 schools.
Badal Masih worked at a scrapyard owned by a Muslim named Ifran. His employer was infuriated when the child told him he would no longer work for him. He was a "very obedient child,” says his mother. They “took his life for no reason.”
Religious leaders held a prayer ceremony, led by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III. Also present were Msgr. Marcuzzo and the custodian of the Holy Land. The sale of three properties to the Jewish extremist group Ateret Cohanim, which intends to "Judaize" the holy city. Preserving the integrity and Christian character of Jerusalem.
The explosion caused serious damage to buildings and cars in the area, without causing victims. Al-Wasta is a Christian neighborhood in an area with a Kurdish majority. Syrian Orthodox Patriarch: attack that creates "anxiety and disorder". Christians "must remain" and not be intimidated. Authors are still unknown.
The collapse of a wall caused the death of 18 people. The Church of St Jude was the first to bring relief. The archdiocese is raising funds and distributing aid through young volunteers.
The Indian Jesuit says that mass lynching is "India’s greatest shame". Since 2012, 130 incidents have occurred, involving 311 people, 47 who were murdered. Federal ministers have "anointed and garlanded” murderers. The situation has become so explosive that a law is needed.
Ano Jawhar Abdulmasih Abdoka is the head of the Department of Transport and Communications. For Christians and other minorities the challenge is to remain "in the land of our fathers". As a symbolic gesture he has sworn on a centuries old manuscript damaged by jihadists. The new Kurdish premier Masrour Barzani archives independence and aims for a renewed bond with Baghdad.