Posts Tagged ‘Religious freedom’

Western Australia recommends preserving the confessional seal Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

A committee from Western Australia’s Legislative Council recommends preserving the confessional seal. In its report on the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019, the Council’s legislation committee says: “Ministers of religion be excused from criminal responsibility [of mandatory reporting] only when the grounds of their belief is based solely on information disclosed during religious Read more

Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao Comments 0

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Chinese Christians receiving government assistance have been told to replace Christ with Mao or risk losing their welfare payments. Compliance includes replacing all religious symbols in their homes with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Christians in several provinces have had visits from government officials and had their religious images replaced. The policy Read more

UK accuses China of ‘gross’ human rights abuses against Uighurs Comments 0

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighurs and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out. Reports of forced sterilisation and wider persecution of the Muslim group were “reminiscent of something not seen for a long time”, he told the BBC. The UK Read more

Cardinal Bo: Let us pray for Hong Kong Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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On behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, I call on Christians of all traditions and people of all faiths, throughout Asia and the world, to pray for Hong Kong, and indeed for China and all her people, with great insistence. The government of China has imposed a new national security law on Hong Read more

Asian Bishops’ Conferences concerned about new Hong Kong law Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is concerned about China’s new security law in Hong Kong. In a statement, Cardinal Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar and president of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences says the bishops are calling for Christians to pray for the people of Hong Kong and China. China’s President Xi Jinping Read more

China increasing measures to repress religions Comments 0

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The communist government in China is increasing measures to repress religions, including its mass detention of people. These and other measures to repress religions are part of China’s accelerated sinicization that clamps down on freedom of religion, according to the US State Department’s 2019 International Religious Freedom Report. The annual report released last week, says Read more

Inconsistent restrictions undermine sacred freedoms Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
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Unprecedented times have led to previously unseen disruptions for Christian congregations across New Zealand. COVID-19 has not only greatly impacted our economy and daily lives but has also altered our patterns of worship, fellowship, and faith. We should all feel proud of the success we have been able to achieve together during this crisis. However, Read more

At Waitangi Cardinal Dew calls for tolerance and inclusion Comments 0

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Cardinal John Dew preached a message of religious tolerance, inclusion and acceptance when giving the homily on Waitangi Day. Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, urged New Zealanders to recommit to protecting the beliefs of followers of all religions and of non-religious people. Preaching at the interdenominational church service at Waitangi on Thursday, Dew recalled the Read more

Trump administration considers tying foreign aid to religious freedom Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Trump administration is considering tying foreign aid payments to how countries treat their religious minorities. Politico first reported the plan, which is currently being drafted as an executive order, which President Trump has yet to see. Critics argue the move is merely a political one, an effort to shore up support from evangelical Christians Read more

Hong Kong Christians fear religious freedom could be ‘gone forever’ Comments 0

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Hong Kong Christians fear freedom of religion could be “gone forever” despite the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill and leader Carrie Lam’s efforts to ease tensions in the administrative region. Christians and pro-democracy supporters are worried the Chinese government could make another attempt to ramrod legislation in Hong Kong that would specifically target the Read more