Today's headlines: Singapore premier on official visit to China, the first since the pandemic; Taliban block a march of women activists in Kabul for women's right to study; Myanmar's coup leader moves against 'acts of terrorism' by armed groups fighting against the army; First 'controlled' demonstration in Hong Kong; In five months more than 25,000 Russians reached the USA across the Mexican border.
Two deputies of the Religious Right proposed a law that criminalises any form of "proclamation" of Jesus, imprisonment from one to two years. Patriarchal Vicar: worries "the general climate", "vicious circle" involving Israelis and Palestinians. Fears of loss of "flow of pilgrims". Netanyahu promises to block the law (not to lose consensus among US evangelicals).
Islam’s holy month of fasting and prayer begins tomorrow and ends on 21 April with Eid al-Fitr. With the Islamic observance coinciding with Easter and Passover, security measures have been tightened on Jerusalem’s holy esplanade. In Saudi Arabia, restaurants remain closed from dawn to dusk. In the UAE, working hours have been reduced. The economic crisis will affect activities this year.
Two Jewish extremists wearing a yarmulke and a tzitzit carried out the attack against the church, a major site for pilgrims from around the world. The attackers, who tried to hit the bishop celebrating the service, wounded a priest. The local Christian community is now afraid of what might happened during Holy Week and Easter.
In Nazareth, the Latin Patriarchate celebrated the pastor emeritus, whom John Paul II chose as the first Arab leader of this community. His message: 'I ask God for new eyes that see God and man, see lost peace and know that security exists only in people's hearts'. Pizzaballa: "Voice of truth and hope. His vision remains a guide for Jerusalem'.
Harsh intervention by the president against a law he calls oppressive, harmful and to be shelved. A shared text is needed, which is being worked towards from behind the scenes. Ben Gvir dismisses Tel Aviv police chief too soft on protesters. Netanyahu in Rome applauds head of state's words. The flight of tech companies worried about the country's stability.