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Qaisar and Amoon Ayub have been in Jhelum Jail since 2015. The sentence was read in prison for security reasons. Their lawyer, this could be another Asia Bibi case.

| 14/12/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

Voting will take place on 30 December. Hundreds of protesters from both sides have been hurt; at least a thousand opposition sympathisers have been arrested. Opinion polls give the ruling party a 66 per cent lead. Soldiers will be deployed at polling station as of 24 December.

| 14/12/2018
| BANGLADESH

Prayers, meetings and confessions are scheduled for Advent. The Bahrain cathedral is essential to meet the needs of Catholics in Saudi Arabia as well. Social and confessional relations are developing slowly. Pope Francis's visit is a source of "encouragement" for the region’s Christians despite some issues.

| 13/12/2018
| KUWAIT – GULF

Vahid Sayadi Nasiri was jailed on charges of insulting supreme leader Ali Khameni and propaganda against the state. He had already spent two and a half years in prison and had been the subject of abuse and harassment. He had not eaten for 60 days to protest against the lack of legal protection and against the prison regime.

| 13/12/2018
| IRAN

In the telegram sent to the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Pope Francis condemns violence and expresses compassion "to the families affected " and to the "French people". Imam Drouiche, vice president of the imams of France: "Islam is going through a profound crisis at  a global level". "My religion is hostage in the hands of ignorant and hateful people".

| 13/12/2018
| FRANCE-ISLAM

Some six million students attend Quranic schools, both private and government-sponsored. Educating orphans is one positive aspect of madrasas. However, the "sanctification of the Quran” without “real theological explanations” is a risk. Graduates tend to become wives who are "docile” and “conservative in how they live their beliefs."

| 12/12/2018
| BANGLADESH
by Fady Noun

Sister Marie Melhem, 81, participated in person at the beatification ceremony of Msgr. Pierre Claverie. The bishop of Oran was a frequent visitor to the Land of the Cedars. The meeting with the religious and the Lebanese model of Islamic-Christian coexistence. The pain for involvement of Christians in the slaughter of Sabra and Chatila.

| 12/12/2018
| LEBANON - ALGERIA

The young 29 year old of North African descent, but born in the French city, fired at a Christmas market. He later collided with the security forces. He is wounded. Six injured are in serious condition.

| 12/12/2018
| FRANCE-ISLAM

The first ever beatification ceremony in an Islamic country, in the presence of government representatives, family members of the martyrs, the main imams of the country and representatives of the religious congregations to which the new blessed belonged. The Pope: "this celebration helps to heal the wounds of the past and to create a new dynamic of encounter and coexistence".

| 10/12/2018
| ALGERIA - VATICAN
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by Wang Zhicheng
Founded by pastor Samuel Lamb, the Rongguili Church is the home of one of the first underground communities, with some five thousand members. The police seized sacred books and mobile phones. The government seems increasingly concerned about the growth ...
| 17/12/2018
| CHINA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
The 39-year-old metropolitan was elected to the Unification Council two days ago. Also present were Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople, two bishops linked to the patriarchate of Moscow, accused of ...
| 17/12/2018
| UKRAINE-RUSSIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The paintings are the work of artist Mauro Valsangiacomo. The exhibition will be open from 15.30 to 18.30 every weekday from December 12 to 23. The Mediterranean as a place of encounter and clash of cultures and peoples; synthesis of civilizations gradually ...
| 29/11/2018
| ITALY - ASIA
 
by Kamel Abderrahmani
Tunisian President Caid Essebsi has proposed changes accepted by the Tunisian cabinet. Under Sharia women inherit half the share men get. For the first time the principle of true equality between the sexes is realised in the Muslim world, breaking with ...
| 26/11/2018
| ISLAM – TUNISIA
 
Saturday night, a chlorine mortar attack hit the city’s western neighbourhood. Shelling is taking place every evening, the prelate notes. This time, “we saw yellow smoke rise, different from the black and dense columns”. Residents now ...
| 26/11/2018
| SYRIA
 
The letter is addressed to the government authorities, asking for religious freedom, but also to the faithful of the world (and perhaps to the Vatican) asking how to behave in the face of persecution. The loor communities have suffered destructions of ...
| 26/11/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN
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