- Dec 5, 2019
Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so.
Francis’s visit will celebrate a 46-year Vatican-Bangladesh relationship, said Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka. “Our nation is like a river,” the cardinal said. “Sometimes you see strong currents fueled by strong winds, but at the riverbed there is calmness. And this comes from the basic religiosity and pluralism of people.”
Tens of thousands of Christian refugees in Lebanon, having fled an ISIS genocide, are often slightly better off than Muslim refugees due to assistance from the local church and global Catholic groups such as Aid to the Church in Need, but they still report harsh living conditions, mounting discrimination related to anti-refugee resentments, and a strong desire for something else — going home, settling here, or moving on.
Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal said the reason he organized an interfaith event marking the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth is because the “father of India” preached non-violence and constantly spoke about unity, peace and harmony in society. Incidents of harassment against Christians have increased over the past few months in India, with various Christians being detained or arrested for “attempted conversion,” and places of worship being vandalized.
Current President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, 90, after taking office in 2014, declared that “the state is obliged to achieve full equality between women and men and to ensure equal opportunities for all.” One of the thing he has done is to repeal the law banning Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men.
Thousands of people from Myanmar are displaced within Thailand, many of them members of the Muslim-minority Rohingya population, faced with persecution by their government. Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovitvanit of Bangkok described the challenges and efforts made by the Thai Church to cater to their humanitarian and pastoral needs.