By coming out openly on TV as a Catholic, with the danger of recognition and persecution for ‘apostasy,’ Mohammed Christophe reasserted the importance of conversion and baptism. In Muslim nations, some refuse to baptise Muslims who want to become Christian. Yet, conversion means a revolution in the relationship with God, the Father, and Jesus, who gave his life, for one gives up everything putting one’s life at risk.
Syria’s tacit admission that it has weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in particular chemical weapons has horrified members of the international community, While the Syrian government has reiterated that it would never use these weapons against the civilian population in the ongoing uprising, world leaders have not been mollified.
In a decision that makes little or no sense whatsoever, the Taliban leadership of Pakistan has officially forbidden polio vaccines in retaliation for U.S. drone strikes in the region. In other words, the Taliban leadership will adversely punish their own child population with crippling disease and death on account of a U.S.-led military action. The World health Organization says that 280,000 Pakistani children could be affected by the measure.
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president has announced he will appoint a woman as one of his vice presidents and a Christian as another, his policy adviser told CNN. Morsi was previously in favor of banning women from the presidency. He apparently changed his tune before the election, that as president he would stand for women’s rights.
The Supreme Court Justices ruled that the election law that excluded members from the old regime was unconstitutional. Fresh elections could take place in two months. A Catholic Church spokesman says that Egypt now has an opportunity for real elections, free from Islamist parties’ vote rigging. However, fears of a military coup persist.
Mgr Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio in Syria, describes the human devastation caused by the war. There is the danger that factional hatreds might last decades. Christian, Alawi and Sunni leaders in Homs propose dialogue and reconciliation. UN report blames regime and rebels of torturing children.
The latest attacks in the strife-torn nation of Nigeria have only drawn attention to the tensions between its Muslim north and Christian south. Dozens are feared dead and injured after two separate attacks on churches in Nigeria during services this past weekend. The government reports that a suicide bomber detonated himself near a church in the central city of Jos, while gunmen attacked another church in Biu in the Nigeria’s northeast.
In a certain respect, Muslim and Western countries are not so different. While the experience of degradation may be more openly violent in places like Pakistan, it would seem women everywhere understand the degradation of being used. God has a much greater plan for women!