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￼￼ Prince of Wales says the persecution of Middle Eastern faithful is an ‘indescribable tragedy’￼BYEDWESTAtaglance:globalreligiousfreedomhighrelativenumbers.”ButMuslimsalsosufferpersecution,“bothatthehandsofotherMuslimsandfromauthoritariangovernments”,whileJewsalsofacegrowinglowlevelabuseinwesternEurop
￼ ￼￼￼Prince Charles made the commen ts in a video message, marking the launch of a major new report on rel i- gious freedom around the wor ld produced by the charity Aid to the Church in Nee d. Christians remain the m ost persecuted religious minori
.ty. The report said: “The countries of western Europe, which until rec ent decades were overwhelmingly Chr is- tian and racially homogenous, are becoming more like the multi-conf es- sional and diverse societies of the Middle East. This is generat ing tensions, both political and socia l.” In his message, played at the report’s launch at the House of Lo rds on Tuesday, the Prince said: “The horrendous and heart-breaking eve nts in Iraq and Syria have brought the subject of religious freedom and persecution to the forefront of the world’s news. We have learnt with mounting despair of the expulsion of Christians, Muslims and Yezidis from towns and cities that their ancest ors have occupied for centuri es. Religious freedom i s in decline in western count ries that are predominantl y or historically Christ ian. Mu slims ing a serious degree of per secu- tion and discrimina
2008 . are also exper ienc- The authors also cited “reli gious illiteracy” among policy maker s and the media in hampering effor ts to counter persecu
) % free society – both here in Br itain and throughout the world – de pends on recognising the crucial role p layed by people of fa ith.” worldwide. Of the remaining coun- tries, 18 per cent were “of conc ern”. The report said: “Where ther e has been a change concerning reli gious freedom, that change has a lmost In a year in which attac ks on Christians and Yazidis in nor thern Iraq became headline news a round the world, the charity said: “The persecution of long-established reli- gious minorities, and the ri se of mono-confessional states, is resu lting in exceptionally high popul ation displacements that contribute t o the worldwide refugee cri tion. “Sadly, incidents of violen ce in Iraq and Syria are not isolated. They are found throughout some, though not all, of the Middle East; in some African nations; and in many coun- tries across A sia.” Prince Charles also sugg ested “several tangible courses of act ion”. He said: “Faith leaders hav e, it seems to me, a responsibili ty to ensure that people within thei r own tradition respect people from other faith traditions. We have yet to se e the full potential of faith commun ities always been for the w orse. “In the 196 countries anal ysed, The Prince has become one of the most high-profile figures to speak out about the persecution of Chris- tians in the Middle East. Last Decem- ber he held a reception at Cla rence House on the subject. This Sept ember he wrote a letter to Chaldean Patr iarch Louis Sako, saying that he was “heartbroken” by the situation in Iraq, and explaining that he had sent a cheque to Aid to the Church in Need to help its work in the Middle eTHE PRINCE OF WALES has spoken out about the “horrendous and heart- breaking” persecution of religious minorities around the world. The new Aid to the Church in Need report says that global religious freedom has entered a period of serious decline. Musli m countrie s dominate th e list of state s with the mos t serious reli - gious freedo m violations
East. working toge ther. “Such efforts aimed at peac e and In total, 20 countries were d esig- nated as “high” with regard to la ck of religious freedom, 14 of them l inked to extremist Islam, including Iraq, Nigeria and Somalia. The rema ining six were Marxist or post-Ma rxist authoritarian reg tion. change for the better is noted in only six countries. Deteriorating c ondi- tions are recorded in 55 countr ies.” But there were some hopeful signs of inter-religious co-operation . The report highlighted improvemen ts in six countries, although four of them – Iran, United Arab Emirates, Cuba and Qatar – are still classifi ed as places of “high” or “medium” p erse- cution. The other two, Zim babwe and Taiwan, are classified a s “of concern” and “low” respecti imes. This winter the charity is laun ching its biggest ever fundraising driv e, to provide food, shelter and educ ation for 120,000 displaced Christia ns in the Kurdish-controlled north of efs.” “It seems to me that our future
Iraq. mediation are possible. The r eport from Aid to the Church in Need high- lights the example of a Muslim imam, a Catholic archbishop and a Pr otes- tant minister coming together to form an inter-religious peace group i n the Central African Republic. These seeds of hope can germinate ev en in nations and regions torn apart b y war and viole nce.” The report said that “in the p eriod under review, global religious free- dom entered a period of se rious decline” and “the impression giv en by global media headlines of a r ising tide of persecution aimed at ma rgin- alised religious communiti es is supported by this resea rch”. Prince Charles said: “We are l iving in a world in which we are frequ ently presented with so many profo undly disheartening news sto ries. The Prince said: “It is an inde- scribable tragedy that Christiani ty is now under such threat in the Middle East – an area where Christians have lived for 2,000 years, and across which Islam spread in 700 AD, with people of different faiths living together peaceably for centu sis.” “Yet even in the West this rig ht is often challenged,” he said. “S adly, in many other countries, an ab sence of freedom to determine one’ s own faith is woven into the law s and customs of the nat ries. He also called on governmen ts to support Article 18 of the Univ ersal Declaration of Human Ri ghts, upholding the freedom of reli gion. The study also said that reli gious freedom is in decline in histori cally Christian countries, mainly d ue to “disagreement over the role to be played by religion in the ‘p ublic square’”. In addition, “openne ss to religious freedom is under threat from increasing societal concern about extrem ism”. “Yet it is important that on a personal level, we do not lose hope. And this is why I was encourag ed to see the story of Meriam Ib rahim feature in this report. Imprison ed in Sudan, pregnant and facing a death sentence for reportedly conve rting to Christianity, Meriam rem ained true to her beli ion.” Aid to the Church in Nee d has been publishing annual repor ts on religious freedom since vely. The Aid to the Church in Need report said that religious freedom was cuted religious minority, due part ly to impaired or in decline in 81 nations their wide geographic spread and Editorial Comment: Page 13 Prince Charles visits a Catholic church in Colombia last week “Christians remain the most p er
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th”. ￼The battle is not easy, because the Evil One’s traps and temptations are many , and “the Devil is not tossing flow- ers at us”, but “flaming ar rows” aimed to kill, the Pope sa id at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, whe re he l ives. “The Devil exists a nd we have to fight against him. Paul says so – I’m not th e one saying it. The word o
BY STAFF REP ORTER There are three “enemi es of Christian life”, Pope Fr ancis said: “The Devil, the worl d and the flesh”, in other words , the carnal passions that are “the wounds of Original Sin”. says it,” the Pope added, r efer- ring to the day’s reading from St Paul’s Letter t o the Ephesians (6:10-20), which calls on believers to “stand firm against the tactics of the De vil”. is with us” and supplies a ll we need for battle, the Pope said. Because the Devil is “the CHRISTIAN life is a con stant battle against the Devil , who really exists and is not the stuff of legend, Pope Francis said in a homily last week. “But this generation , and many others, made p eople think that the Devil was a myth, a character, an idea , the concept of evil,” the Pope said, according to Vatican R adio. Even believers “are no t too convinced” the Devil ex ists, he said, or else “we are a bit lazy in the fight and w e let ourselves be led b y our passions, by temptations. It’s because we are sinners – a ll of us... However, do n ot be discouraged. [Have] co urage and strength because the
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼British pilgrim goes to Rome by horse Desperate House wives star has altar at
Lord father of lies, the fath er of deception”, Christians must arm themselves wit h the “armour of God – the tr f God Earlier in the week hun dreds of exorcists gathered in Rome for a convention organis ed by the International Associ ation of Exorcists. In a me ssage Francis said their work s howed the Church’s care for “ those who suffer because of the work of the De
￼￼￼￼￼AN ENGLISH woma n has completed the Via Franci gena, the traditional pilgrimage route through France to Rom e, by horse and carr iage. Ms Bishop, who was born and raised in Rome, mad e the pilgrimage with her po nies, along with a close frie nd, a cousin, her son and fr iend. ACTRESS Eva Lon goria has revealed that sh e has an altar in her house covered with cro sses. Mass. I listen to the Pope. But I definitely
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￼￼￼￼￼￼Ann Bishop and a f riend arrived in St Peter’s S quare last week, having set off from Reims on September 1 to raise money for Alzhei mer’s research. She previously trav- elled to Santia go di One her blog she w rote: “Dementia is like a thief; this disease sneaks into the brain and steals memories in clud- ing those that allow us to do everyday tasks and ultim ately the person we love. Sin ce my mother’s passing away in 2006 we as a family have ex peri- enced the harrowing cond ition of dementia again. The pain, sadness, loss never gets eas
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