12/10/2013LEBANON - SYRIA Lebanon asks for Qatari help in Maaloula nuns affair by Fady Noun The head of Lebanese security also wants information about the two Orthodox bishops abducted last April. Questions are addressed to Al-Jazeera with regards to the source behind the video released days ago showing the sisters "detained" by Islamist insurgents. Greek-Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna calls for prayers and actions to obtain the nuns' release. Lebanese Minister criticises international community for not doing enough to deal with this abduction. Beirut
(AsiaNews) - Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's General Directorate of General
Security, has been in Doha (Qatar) for the past two days to secure the release
of the Orthodox
nuns held hostage by Islamist insurgents who took...
12/09/2013NEPAL Nepal: Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims prepare for Christmas together by Christopher Sharma Houses and shops of capital already decorated. Among the best-selling images are those of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Young Hindu volunteers help Catholics decorate Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu. The former hotel of the Hindu monarch organizes a Christmas party for diplomats and VIPs themed on harmony between the faiths.
12/09/2013IRAQ Patriarch Sako: The flame of hope lights up Christmas for Iraqi Christians by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako In his message to the faithful during Advent, His Beatitude calls for "courage" and "perseverance", following the example of Abraham. He urges the faithful to keep the faith alive, even amid "suffering, anxiety and the considerable challenges." He also calls on "fellow" Muslims to join and be part of a true "peace project" for the country.
12/07/2013SYRIA Ma'aloula nuns in video: We're fine, we will be released in two days by Paul Dakiki Al Jazeera broadcasts video in which the religious sisters claim to be "protected" for " their safety." Shortly before, the al- Ahrar Brigades Qalamoun , the opposition claimed the kidnapping and demanded the release of thousands of Syrian women in prisons Assad . Watch the video .
12/06/2013PAKISTAN - ISLAM Sharia court rules blasphemers can only be punished with death penalty by Jibran Khan The Federal Sharia Court accepts lawyer's petition claiming that the death penalty, not life in prison, is the only punishment in blasphemy cases. Under Nawaz Sharif, it is "dark times" for minorities. For many activists and NGOs, Islamisation progresses in the country. Paul Bhatti notes that poverty must be the "priority" through "employment and investment to boost development."
12/06/2013EGYPT Salafists to support new constitution spare the country "more anarchy" The al-Nur Party will call on its followers to vote 'yes' in the constitutional referendum of January 2014. The move goes against the positions taken by other Islamist parties. For Salafist leader Makhyoun, the priority is to restore stability to the country. The Muslim Brotherhood instead is going back to the streets against the interim government and the new constitution.
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013INDONESIA South Sulawesi: Islamists and local authorities pull down Protestant church by Mathias Hariyadi Pangkep District leaders order the demolition of the GKSS's only place of worship. For extremists, the building did not have the necessary permits. For the faithful, this was a "senseless operation" in violation of religious freedom. Christian activist slams the Indonesian president and government for failing to protect minorities.
12/05/2013SAUDI ARABIA The Saudi monarch opens to women at the wheel King Abdullah orders authorities to examine the 72 reforms proposed by the Commission for Human Rights ( HRC ) . Among these, the opportunities for women to drive to and from work : greater protection from family violence . Under examination the right to citizenship for children born in mixed marriages , in which the mother is Saudi Arabian.
12/04/2013RUSSIA Russia: seven churches burned in one year in Tatarstan by Nina Achmatova Political and spiritual leaders concerned about rising fundamentalism in the Russian autonomous republic with a Muslim majority. Spiritual leaders invite people not to give in to provocations. Local priest: " The Wahhabis are the culprits."
12/03/2013SYRIA - VATICAN For Gregory III, Syria's Greek-Catholic Church has three "true martyrs" by Fady Noun The patriarch spoke to the pope about the tragic events in Maaloula, the Syrian Christian village where people still speak Aramaic. In a climate of terror, three men were told to repudiate their faith, and when they refused, they were publicly executed.