- Dec 7, 2019
In a tell-all conversation with a French sociologist, Pope Francis opened up about his visits to a psychoanalyst during his time in Argentina, the importance of Christian roots and of Arab heritage in Europe, the resistance to his apostolic letter on marriage ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and social issues like abortion and gay marriage.
The Franciscan center in the Muslim-majority town of Jericho, West Bank, offers free courses in English, art, theater, computers and sports in the hopes of creating a place of social encounter and education toward peace by exposing the youth to different cultural and social ideas and norms.
Following recent attacks in England, a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslims gathered outside the Muslim Welfare House. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster expressed dismay and horror and offered his prayers to the victims and their relatives.
Motivated by a desire to prevent radicals from taking control of the country’s mosques, Denmark is pondering a requirement that all recognized religious denominations must be governed by a democratically elected board. That provision could lead to the Catholic Church being de-recognized and losing important tax and immigration privileges.
Many Christians in Pakistan are considering or have already converted to Islam due to fewer restrictions for divorce placed on Muslims. Pakistan still adopts laws stemming from the British colonial period for Christians, but officials are now considering revising the law to make it easier for couples to part ways.
The secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences has criticized the lack of commitment on behalf of members of the European Union in the implementation of religious freedom guidelines set in 2013. “Freedom of religion is an absolute principle, and diplomatic and economic pressure should be used to defend it,” he said.