Month: March, 2012

احتفالية أطفال التعليم المسيحي لخورنة مار أفرام الكلدانية

احتفالية أطفال التعليم المسيحي لخورنة مار أفرام الكلدانية

بمناسبة حلول الأسبوع المقدس وبدأ العطلة المدرسية لمدة أسبوعين في مدينة ليون الفرنسية، أقام معلمو ومعلمات التعليم المسيحي لخورنة مار أفرام الكلدانية لتلاميذ الخورنة حفلا ً رائعــًا مملوءًا بالمفاجأت والألعاب والهدايا وذلك في يوم السبت المصادف 31 أذار 2012. أنعم الله على أبناءه الأطفال بيوم مشمس ساعدهم على اللعب ببراءة في حديقة الكنيسة وعلى قضاء وقت ممتع مع معلميهم وهم يلونون وجوههم بألوان الكرنفالات فيزينون الكنيسة بضحكاتهم وبفعالياتهم الرياضية

الشكر الجزيل لكادر التعليم المسيحي الذي لم يبخل بجهده من أجل أسعاد أبناء الخورنة وتنشأتهم تنشئة مسيحية حقة مستندة على كلمة الله وعلى تعاليم كنيستهم وعلى الأرث العظيم لكنيستهم الأم

صلاتنا نرفعها لله الأب من أجل معلمي ومعلمات وأبناء التعليم المسيحي كيما يغمرهم الله الأب بنعمه الغزيرة

الأب مهند الطويل راعي الخورنة

 

Cor Unum donates 100,000 dollars to the Syrian

Cor Unum donates 100,000 dollars to the Syrian
Church affected by war
Today Mgr. Dal Toso,
secretary of Cor Unum, arrived in Syria to bring the offering to the local
Catholic community. Meetings with the Patriarch of Antioch and the upper
ecclesiastical hierarchy.

Rome (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pope’s
charitable organization, is donating 100,000 U.S. dollars to the Syrian Church
to help people affected by civil war. Today Mgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, secretary
of Cor Unum, arrived in the country to deliver the gift of the Holy Father to
representatives of the Syrian Church. Meetings are scheduled with Msgr.
Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and chair of the local Catholic
hierarchy, and other prelates.

In a statement from the Vatican press office, Cor Unum said that “we know the
Holy Father’s repeated calls for the cessation of violence in Syria and that a
way be found for dialogue and reconciliation between the warring parties, in
view of peace and the common good.” “The Pope”, concludes the text, “exhorts us
to pray for those who are suffering in this country.” Through Caritas, the
Syrian Catholic Church for months has been helping the population of the city of
Homs, Aleppo and Damascus, distributing essential goods and medicines in the
parishes.

The conflict between rebels and the Syrian regime, underway since March 2011,
has involved the major cities of Syria, killing until today more than 9,000
people, according to UN sources, and forcing more than 20,000 people to flee
their homes seeking refuge in Lebanon and Turkey.

Interviewed by AsiaNews, Fr. Faddoul, President of Caritas Lebanon, said that
the initiative of Cor Unum “shows the closeness of the Church to the whole
population of Syria. The amount of money that is collected is not important.
This initiative is primarily a spiritual support for Catholic volunteers, who
are moved to donate everything for all these people.”

Meanwhile, ongoing violence continues in the city of Homs, Hama and Deraa,
disputed between rebels and the army. Despite the consent of Assad’s government
to the peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan, today Makdessi Jihad, Syria’s Foreign
Ministry spokesman, announced that the army will withdraw from residential areas
as soon as the security and civil peace are restored. “The military”, said the
state television, “are trying to defend and protect people who have been taken
hostage by the rebels. The army is not happy to be in residential areas and will
withdraw as soon as security and civil peace have been restored.”

www.asianews.it

 

Indian Christians against the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, who wants to eliminate all churches

Indian Christians against the Grand Mufti of Saudi
Arabia, who wants to eliminate all churches

The appeal of the All India Christian Council (AICC) to the
Indian government. In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region home to many Indian and
Filipino Christians who suffer violence and discrimination. The mufti’s words
contrary to United Nations Charter.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – In mid-March, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand
Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said
that all existing churches in the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.

Reacting to this the All India Christian Council (AICC) organization
has condemned this statement as “bigoted” and “dangerous” for the many
Christians who live in Arab states.

 

The All India Christian Council (AICC) condemns the statement of the
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who claims it is
“necessary to destroy all the churches in the region.”

 
According to Joseph D’Souza, president of the AICC, the muftis’
controversial demand endangers the Christian Churches throughout the Arabian
Peninsula, and could have repercussions for religious minorities in other
countries.

 
John Dayal, AICC General Secretary, calls on the Government of India and
other civilized countries to ensure that the nations of the Arabian Peninsula
clearly reject the Wahhabi imam’s bigoted statement, and ensure security and
protection to the churches in Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and UAE.
Christianity is already banned in Saudi Arabia, there are no churches.

 
Local media reported the controversial statement together with the
proposal of the Parliamentary Assembly of Kuwait, calling for the “removal” of
the churches in his country.

 
Kuwait’s parliament recently proposed to introduce laws on the removal of
Christian churches from the country and imposition of strict laws inspired by
sharia. Later, it clarified that the law was not talking about removing the
churches, but forbade the construction of new churches and Christian places of
worship in the Islamic country. The Grand Mufti stressed that Kuwait, as a State
of the Arabian Peninsula, should destroy all the churches on its territory.
There are many Christians living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, many
of whom come from India and the Philippines: More than 3.5 million in total, of
which at least 800 thousand just in Saudi Arabia.

 
The All India Christian Council has been following the
developments in the region for some time with growing alarm and concern, given
that Christians continue to suffer violence and discrimination. The situation is
particularly disturbing, because India has many of its citizens – mostly
workers, but also businessmen, engineers and medical personnel – in the region.
A large number of migrants from the southern states of India are
Christian.
The All India Christian Council reiterates that the
declaration of the Grand Mufti is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations
and the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and
Discrimination based on religion or belief.

www.asianews.it

 

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