The Christian Marriage and Divorce Act 2019 is set to replace two British-era laws. The changes were long overdue, but Christian stakeholders were not consulted. The draft bill has flaws and problems, and leaves too much discretionary power in the hands of the courts.
Tensions continue in the border state after Jammu and Kashmir loses its special status. Christians, Hindus and Baha'is call for peace and pray Indian Prime Minister Modi abandon the idea of war.
Survivors say they could smell kerosene when their homes were burning. Residents blame Md. Elias Uddin Mollah, an Awami League MP. Caritas will start distributing aid.
Originally the date was August 27th. Those who do not leave the metropolis on a voluntary basis will be expelled. The irregular will be given the opportunity to register in the other provinces of the country, with the exception of Antalya. Students and workers with permits are exempted from the decree.
The general was in charge of the division that led the siege against the last Tamil rebel stronghold in 2009. During the final attack, a hospital was bombed. For the UN, the appointment puts national reconciliation is at risk".
The resumption of lessons is disputed by parents who do not want to endanger their children's lives. After the revocation of the special status of semi-autonomy, the Indian state is militarized. Internet and transport suspended: shops closed and commercial production blocked.
Cardinal calls on population to "abandon" the dominant logic of self and reach out to eachother. This is the "key" of dialogue "in the family" and in "social and national life". The government must implement an economic and financial recovery plan, targeting "smuggling". Support for struggling teachers and pursuing the goal of "justice in truth" against torture and violence.
The fire broke out in Mirpur 7, home to about 100,000 people. No casualties were reported because residents were out to celebrate the Eid al-Adha. Some suspect the blaze was deliberate to leave room for the underground metro rail and residential development.
The Islamic State claims the massacre that killed 63 people. The Taliban distance themselves from the atrocity committed by the rival group. Peace talks in crisis. Fr. Moretti: "The word "God" on the mouth of the attackers is blasphemy".
Syrian government forces continue their march towards Idlib. Rebels and jihadis are waiting for reinforcements from Turkey. Fr Ibrahim talks about the “sound of rockets” that fall every day and risk sparking a new exodus in a country at a breaking point. The Pope's letter to Assad shows "the concern of father".
Heightened border tensions between India and Pakistan have followed New Delhi’s decision to cancel the special autonomy of the Muslim majority State. Today, the UN Security Council is meeting to discuss the issue. For Bishop Joseph D’Souza, "The last thing the region needs is another war."
Emphasis on government inefficiencies. "It seems that the authorities just want to identify the flaws in the security system." The bishops reiterate that the main purpose must be the identification of authors, supporters and accomplices.
National Minorities Day was established thanks to Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic minister who killed for defending Asia Bibi. Christians are discriminated against in the workplace and ignored in school books. In 2018, 16 people were charged for alleged blasphemy.
Extra-luxury religious tourism is growing in conjunction with the Hajj. Some rooms also cost $ 1000 a night and for the period of the largest pilgrimage, can see up to $ 25,000 being spent per person. Structures overlooking the Kaaba in greatest demand. Analysts and experts speak of a phenomenon linked to religious tourism.
The assault has raised concern among Christians, already shocked by the Easter Sunday attacks. Methodist Church president says he trusts the justice system. In his view, Buddhists can enjoy their faith as they wish, and so should let Christians do the same.