The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged religious leaders to preach peace and maintain neutrality before, during, and after the upcoming general elections in Nigeria. Historically, general elections in Nigeria are a time fraught with religiously motivated violence especially in Nigeria’s northern and middle belt regions.
Earlier this week we reported on the upcoming visit of the Holy Father to Romania – Szeklerland. Now we want to share some extra information about the plans and the background of this important event which will take place at the end of May this Spring. The Papal visit is considered by many to be a sign of respect for minorities and that it will have a beneficial effect on families, on parents and their children and indeed on all other forms of human relationships, even on international relations.
A “Commentary on the Current State of Freedom of Religion or Belief” presented by a group of British parliamentarians at the end of last year in December, highlights 27 countries where people’s religious freedom has been denied and abused in 2018. Nearly all of these countries can also be found on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.
Syrian Father Hanna Ghoneim currently lives in Vienna, Austria. He is deeply involved in projects that endeavour to rebuild Syria, his homeland. According to Fr Hanna, people in the West do not really know what happened in Syria during the war and the living hell Syrians had to endure. He wants to educate the European public about what actually occurred on his native soil. In this interview, he discusses why so many Syrians left their country and talks about initiatives to bring them back home.
The Vatican’s public relations office has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Romania between the 31st of May and 2nd of June. It seems also sure by now that the Pope will visit the Hungarian pilgrimage site of Csíksomlyó during his visit to the country. He will probably celebrate a mass similar to the famous event of the annual Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage in Szeklerland.