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22 апреля, 20:56

РПЦ приветствует решение киевского суда о приостановке переименования канонической УПЦ

В РПЦ надеются, что новоизбранный президент Украины Владимир Зеленский не будет вмешиваться в религиозную сферу

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22 апреля, 20:30

The Guardian view on religious freedom: protect believers | Editorial

Across much of the world, millions of people are persecuted for their beliefsThe massacre in churches in Sri Lanka forms part of a global pattern of religious persecution and hostility. To target Christian churches on their holiest day of the year is not only an attempt to kill as many families as possible, but also to maximise the shock and demoralising effect of the attack, a tactic familiar from the sectarian wars in Iraq. If this atrocity was perpetrated by jihadis, as seems likely, it is also an attempt to bring about a clash of civilisations.This is not the pattern of most religiously inspired murder, not least because it is an assault by a minority on a larger population. Usually, persecution is carried out against minorities: Christians are persecuted to a greater or lesser degree across much of the Muslim world, from Sudan to Pakistan, as are atheists. Christians and Muslims are attacked in India. Some of the most savage persecution is directed at small and isolated groups. In that light, the Yazidi minority of Iraq are probably the worst persecuted people in the world, at the hands of Islamic State, which systematically murdered, raped and enslaved them as part of a religiously motivated genocide. Christians and Muslim minorities are brutally repressed by atheists in China, where up to a million and a half people may have been herded into “re-education” camps, and by Buddhists in Myanmar; the Ahmadiyya sect is persecuted by other Muslims in Pakistan. Continue reading...

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22 апреля, 18:22

Суд в Киеве приостановил переименование УПЦ

В Киевской митрополии канонической Украинской православной церкви заявили, что не собираются менять название, а действия властей назвали рейдерством

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22 апреля, 18:07

Sri Lanka needs exemplary leadership during this national catastrophe | Dilrukshi Handunnetti

Bickering and passing the buck for government failures will not help either the country or families of bombing victimsThe bombings in Sri Lanka, targeting Christians as they prayed on Easter Sunday and tourists in hotels, have struck the country like a hammer blow a decade after its agonising civil war came to a close. The news of nearly 300 lives lost will have sent a shiver down the spine of all peace-loving Sri Lankans, bringing back memories of a violent past when terror attacks dominated the national agenda.For nearly three decades we were known as the place that gave birth to a ruthless guerrilla organisation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Its use of suicide bombings as a tactic was chillingly replicated by the perpetrators of Sunday’s atrocities. But while it is no stranger to terrorism, Sri Lanka has never witnessed violence on this scale and with this level of coordination on a single day. Our return to normalcy, nurtured through 10 years of relative peace, has been effectively shattered. Continue reading...

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22 апреля, 17:29

Суд Киева приостановил процесс принудительного переименования канонической УПЦ

Реализация подобного решения в настоящее время может привести к неоправданному вмешательству государства в деятельность религиозной организации, указал суд

22 апреля, 15:30

Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU

Kingdom’s mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal codeBrunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex, claiming convictions will be rare as it requires two men of “high moral standing and piety” to be witnesses.In a four-page letter to MEPs, the kingdom’s mission to the EU called for “tolerance, respect and understanding” with regard to the country’s desire to preserve its traditional values and “family lineage”. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 20:16

Sri Lanka’s Christians were left unprotected for far too long | Tasnim Nazeer

Politicians and police have done little to halt the persecution of religious minorities. That will change now, but it’s already too lateMy first reaction was panic. As I woke up to the horrific scenes from churches and hotels in Sri Lanka; to news of the dead, dying and injured, on a day of Christian celebration, I desperately rang loved ones, checked on cousins, uncles, aunts and friends. As further explosions occurred, and more deaths were reported, my heart pounded. Finally, I learned that my relatives were all OK, and I began to reflect on an atrocity that must not be allowed to divide Sri Lankans and take us back to the darkest days of the recent past.I was born in Britain to Sri Lankan parents and have a Sri Lankan husband. As a Muslim I know too well the feeling of shock and fear when someone has tried to harm you in a place of worship. I felt today as I felt when I woke to news of the attack on worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 51 people killed and dozens injured. Those Muslims had gone to Friday prayers on Jummah, a holy day. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 19:35

Man arrested for racist graffiti attacks on Lancashire mosque

Police say a Preston man has been arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health ActA 47-year-old man has been arrested after racist graffiti was scrawled outside a mosque entrance in Lancashire. Police had received three reports of graffiti being written on a gatepost at the Masjid e-Salaam mosque in Preston since Thursday night.On Sunday, police said a local man had been arrested and later sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 18:32

As the Sri Lanka attacks show, Christians worldwide face serious persecution | Giles Fraser

It is ignored in the west, but Christianity is the most persecuted religion. Why is there such silence on the issue?I was up before dawn this morning, preparing for our first service of Easter. This meant that around the same time as bombs were going off in churches in Sri Lanka, I was reading a passage to my congregation taken from the book of Ezekiel. The passage tells of dead bones coming back together, of bodies being re-clothed in flesh and of life being breathed back into them. Over in Sri Lanka, bones were being blown apart, and flesh stripped from the skin. These people woke up this morning full of hope, excited in anticipation of the story of Jesus’ resurrection. They put on their best clothes and polished their shoes. Now their blood is being mopped from the sanctuary floor.I was talking the other day to the classicist Mary Beard about Christian persecution in Roman times – all that stuff about lions and the Coliseum. She was of the opinion that it might not have been quite as big a deal as later Christians made it out to be. And no doubt there is nothing quite like a few over-egged stories of gory martyrdom to deepen a sense of group solidarity among a struggling religious community. Well, I bow to Mary’s greater knowledge of classical Rome. But while it may have been true that too much was made of Roman persecution, the very opposite is true now. We are living though one of the most serious phases of Christian persecution in history, and most people refuse to acknowledge it. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 18:20

The Guardian view on the bombings in Sri Lanka: fear and hope | Editorial

The worst violence in a decade has struck the heart of a nationThe message of Easter is a message of hope – that most vital yet fragile of qualities, both an instinct and a choice. The devastating blasts that tore through multiple sites in and near Colombo and a church in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday could hardly be crueller. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.That three Catholic churches were struck on the most important day in the Christian calendar, as well as three hotels, speaks for itself. Two more blasts appear to have occurred as the police pursued suspects. Yet it is much too early to discern the precise motivations of the bombers, and it would be not only foolish but also potentially dangerous to speculate in a country with such a complex and troubled history. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 14:46

Католики начали пасхальную мессу в Москве с молитвы о жертвах взрывов на Шри-Ланке

Секретарь Конференции католических епископов России священник Игорь Ковалевский отметил, что эта "страшная попытка сеять смерть" не приведет к успеху

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21 апреля, 10:00

Iraq's oldest Christian town celebrates Easter without Isis

Hamdaniya has been reclaimed from the extremists who made it a hotbed of violenceThe church ceiling was still scorched and some cherished relics missing, but after five years of war and exile, their tormentors were finally gone.When the men and women of Iraq’s oldest Christian town gathered for Easter mass this weekend, they did so knowing that the Islamic State extremists who had chased them away were not coming back. Their battlefield defeat two months ago meant the people of Hamdaniya (also called Qaraqosh) could once again celebrate without fear. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 09:00

Notre Dame reminds us how the Bible stories have shaped our civilisation | John Barton

Great cathedrals and the gospels stand for so much more than religion – evoking human endurance and a quest for beautyCathedrals belong to everyone. In vox pop interviews in secular France after the Notre Dame fire we heard so often: “I’m an atheist, but Notre Dame is part of me.” Reactions in Britain would be the same: a great cathedral stands for so much more than religion, narrowly conceived. It represents human skill, the quest for beauty and the continuity of communities over a length of time far greater than even many lifetimes. Attendance at cathedral services now bucks the national downward trend in the Church of England, but does not necessarily signal a widespread conversion to Christianity.At Easter, it seems natural to commentators to speak of the resurrection of the damaged cathedral, or to use the image of the phoenix reborn from its own ashes. Resurrection, too, is so much more than a religious symbol. In the northern hemisphere it has associations with the resurgence of nature – hence daffodils and bunnies – and speaks to the universal wish that death could somehow be defeated. Continue reading...

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21 апреля, 00:14

Почему папу римского называют папой?

​АиФ.ru отвечает на популярные вопросы читателей.

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20 апреля, 23:43

Gaza Christians wait for permits to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem at Easter

Israel yet to approve applications after apparent shift in its decision to limit travel to over-55sHundreds of Palestinian Christians in Gaza are still anxiously waiting on Saturday to hear whether Israel would grant them exit permits in time to join Easter services in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.In previous years many, though not all, of Gaza’s 1,100-strong Christian minority have been granted exit permits to Jerusalem and the West Bank for worship and to visit relatives at Easter and Christmas. But last week the Israeli military announced that only 200 Christians over the age of 55 would be allowed to travel to Jordan – without stopping in Jerusalem. Continue reading...

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20 апреля, 17:00

We watched Notre Dame burn. Can we recapture her spirit?

Paris residents looked on in horror as their beloved ‘lady’ went up in flames. Now a new battle begins: how best to rebuild her for the centuries aheadMost of us will always remember the moment on 15 April when we heard that Notre Dame was on fire.I was in my kitchen, when something unusual caught the corner of my eye. I turned towards the window to see huge clouds of smoke billowing in the spring breeze. I live on the Left Bank, with a view of the southern flank of the cathedral. I ran outside, on to the Quai de la Tournelle, where throngs of tourists and Parisians had already gathered. It was just after 7pm and the fire had only been discovered 20 minutes earlier. Continue reading...

20 апреля, 14:13

Notre Dame €1bn fund pits Paris against provinces

Up to 5,500 churches across France need urgent repairs yet have no funds. Macron must be wary of inciting gilets jaunes further over Notre DameIn La-Roche-sur-Yon – a town in western France founded by Napoleon Bonaparte – locals can only dream of raising enough money to restore their most treasured landmark. The church of Saint Louis built in 1817 to honour the emperor needs €7m (£6.1m) to save its bells, belfries, and to install a fire alarm but a six-month appeal has raised little more than €1,000.Four hours’ drive away in Paris, the fund for Notre Dame is more than €1bn and rising. Continue reading...

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20 апреля, 14:10

Конституционный суд Украины принял к рассмотрению дело о незаконности переименования УПЦ

Сейчас дело готовят к пленарному заседанию палаты суда

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20 апреля, 10:00

One church, two popes: why Catholicism is in crisis this Easter | Peter Stanford

Pope Francis the reformer is being challenged by his conservative predecessor – who now has a far-right backing including Steve BannonIn his pre-Easter address to pilgrims gathering in Rome, Pope Francis highlighted Jesus’s words as he died on the cross on the first Good Friday: “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” We all, the Argentinian pontiff stressed, need to find the courage to forgive those who have wronged us.Those remarks sparked speculation about who exactly Francis was struggling to forgive. Top of most lists in Rome this Easter is his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who decided in 2013 to break with 600 years of work-unto-death papal tradition and retire. This opened Catholicism’s door to the breath of fresh air that is Francis. And, for the past six years, as the winds of change have blown through the church, Benedict has by and large kept a respectful silence, ignoring the ever louder pleas of traditionalist Catholics who want the 92-year-old to join them in opposing Francis’s reform agenda. Continue reading...

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20 апреля, 02:25

Папа Римский возглавил крестный ход вокруг Колизея

На этот раз темой крестного хода стали современное рабство и страдания мигрантов