The 49-year-old father of six was transferred from the Tel Aviv hospital to the university clinic in Al-Najah in the West Bank. For 103 days, he refused food in protest against his detention. According to B’Tselem, as of August there are about 355 Palestinians held in administrative detention, including two minors.
Archbishop Pallipparambil: "The recent trend in violence against women in the region is worrying." Likro Mossang, president of the Women's Association in the Diocese of Miao: adequate education and awareness is the right way to combat violence against women.
A survey by the PCPO, a research institute led by Nabil Kukali, a Christian, shows that 81 per cent do not trust Israel "to various degrees”, 59 per cent oppose re-establishing relations, and 52 per cent are hostile to peace negotiations. The “bad” economic situation is the motive for those who support renewed cooperation with Israel.
In her annual government policy address, the head of the executive exalts the security law and imposes an oath for parliamentarians, judges, members of government offices, teachers. Push towards the integration of the Hong Kong economy into that of the "Great Bay". No politics in schools. No democratic reform on the horizon.
A pastoral letter from the bishops. We ask "our two canonized ‘foreign’ missionary saints, Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, to intercede for us so that our loving God will always abundantly bless our Church in the Philippines and all her many missionary endeavors!".
The cardinal met with the president before leaving for the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and participate in next Saturday’s consistory. Aoun and al-Rahi share the same concerns over the stalemate preventing the formation of a new cabinet. Uncovering corruption in state institutions must be backed.
The British-born Australian researcher was arrested at the airport in September 2018 after attending a conference. The 24 months in prison were "a long and traumatic ordeal" which was overcome thanks also to the support received from abroad. Release comes in exchange for three Iranians detained abroad.
He was among the few world leaders not to have done so yet. So far the US president-elect had only been vaguely congratulated by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Analysts: Xi moved after Trump authorized the start of the transition and announced fresh sanctions on Beijing companies.
Protesters rallied in front of the country’s main investment bank, controlled by the monarch, to avoid clashes with police and loyalist groups. The pro-democracy movement wants limits on the monarch’s political role and crown assets. A dozen anti-government leaders are under investigation for "lèse majesté".
The group is banned in Russia. The Investigative Committee (SK) posted a video on YouTube showing its agents in balaclavas breaking into a flat and seizing piles of foreign currency. Russian Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were tortured and are calling for an investigation into their treatment.
The initiative is titled ‘Let's build bridges of peace and tear down the walls of hatred’, and is one of many activities planned for Christmas. Clothing and basic necessities were delivered to the Khazir camp, just outside Mosul. For a Chaldean priest, acts of solidarity represent a "light" of living together at the end of the "tunnel" of hatred and extremism.
The new regulations require total separation between foreign and Chinese religious groups. They demand total submission to China's laws, regulations, and policies. Membership (names, visa, residence), materials (books, brochures, audio-visual), and meeting places must be closely monitored. No external religious symbols are allowed.
The Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in defence of the Christian population of Artsakh, who must be protected from possible abuse and reprisals, whilst ensuring their freedom of worship. The agreement reached does not guarantee a true and lasting peace. Churches call for a "new regional order" to meet everyone's aspirations.
The prime minister pushes for further growth centred on domestic consumption. Local government “official” debt is close to US$ 4 trillion, plus US$ 1.8 trillion in hidden debt. The "Li Keqiang Index" is used to measure economic performance.
At the general audience, Francis recalls that the Church it consists of listening to the teaching of the apostles, custody of shared communion, the breaking of bread and prayer. If these "coordinates" are missing, there is no ecclesiality.