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by Marian Demir

The Education Ministry wants the ‘Come on Children Mosque Project’’ added as an extra-curricular activity.

 

| 16/01/2020
| TURKEY
by Nirmala Carvalho

The bishops cite official police reports that several converted Christians have joined ISIS. The police must "treat the issue as a problem of public order and not religious".

| 16/01/2020
| INDIA

Huma Younus was abducted last October and forced to marry her kidnapper. “Today it happened to Huma, tomorrow it can happen to any other girl,” said the victim’s lawyer.  Meanwhile, her parents are being threatened with blasphemy accusations if they continue their lawsuit.

| 15/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

Mongolian scholars will have access to the Vatican Secret Archive. The Vatican will teach Latin to Mongolian scholars so that they can better understand the documents. In May, a photo exhibition will be held at the Holy See to mark 800 years of Mongolia’s ancient imperial capital.

 

| 15/01/2020
| VATICAN – MONGOLIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The event is planned by the local diocese and dozens of Christian groups. This year the Week of Prayer is set for 17-25 January. For local priest, “Peace is the need of the hour and we need a miracle to happen.”

| 15/01/2020
| INDIA

The authorities released the monk Sefer (Aho) Bileçen, from the church of Mor Yakup. He had been arrested on charges of "terrorism" for giving bread to a PKK member. In the province of Şırnak, two elderly spouses disappear into thin air. They were the last two Christians left in the village of Meer.

| 15/01/2020
| TURKEY
by Shafique Khokhar

Muslim extremists have accused Shahbaz Masih and Muhammad Ishaq of burning pages of the Qurʼān over a “grudge” against the Christian. their respective families have had to flee out of fear and are hiding at a secret location.

| 14/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

The monarch, who passed away at the age of 79, modernised his country and mediated in reginal conflicts. Christians praise the “unique leader”. His successor Haitham ben Tarek pledges to follow in his footsteps and promote peaceful solutions to regional crises.

| 13/01/2020
| OMAN
by Sumon Corraya

The Ama Achik Rosong Museum seeks to preserve the Garo culture and the memory of the missionaries who brought them the Christian faith. The diocese has about 90,000 members and 16 parishes. Young people know little about the original culture and roots. Admission is free and the museum is open to all.

| 13/01/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Kamran Chaudhry

The Diocese of Islamabad is behind the initiative. Very few Christians work in the federal administration, despite a 5 per cent government quota for minorities. The first class consisted of 26 students, 22 women and four men.

 

| 13/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

The Social Welfare Council is examining a new political strategy in foreign policy on balancing relations with neighboring powers. On the border with India there are several Islamic madrassas funded by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. China fears the movements of the Tibetans.

 

 

| 13/01/2020
| NEPAL

The explosion devastated the Islamic seminary, located in the Satellite Town area.  Pakistani authorities condemn yet another episode of violence in the province of Balochistan.  Interior Minister promises: "Defeated terrorists will never be allowed to succeed".

| 11/01/2020
| PAKISTAN

The general Avosa meeting is scheduled from 13 to 16 January.  Theme of the 2020 edition "The mission of our Church in a modern context".  Archbishop Hinder: in a reality made of wars and tensions, the task of Christians is to be "credible witnesses of brotherhood and mutual trust".

| 11/01/2020
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
by Nirmala Carvalho

An ecumenical forum wants applicants to be judged on the merit of their cases, not on the basis of their religious affiliation. India’s amended citizenship law has sparked widespread protests across the country because Muslim migrants are excluded. Giving citizenship to all illegal migrants could bring justice and promote equality.

 

| 10/01/2020
| INDIA
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