March 2014

Strange mix of Church and state in China
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the first issue for 2014 of Religions & Christianity in Today’s China, Zhuo Xinping, the director of the Institute for World Religions at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, describes the relationship between religion and the state as neither integration nor separation.

“The relationship between religion and state in the People’s Republic of China,” Zhuo...

Aimless peace talks with Taliban explode
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): A series of incidents leading up to the bombing of suspected hideouts of the Taliban in northwest Pakistan on February 19, highlights what the president of the National Justice and Peace Commission, Peter Jacobs, calls aimless peace talks.

Jacob notes that up until May 2013, when elections took place in Pakistan, the Taliban only carried out attacks against specific political parties, but since that date it...

Japan publishes family synod survey results
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

TOKYO (SE) : The bishops of Japan are leading the way in Asia by publishing the findings of the Church-wide consultation on beliefs and attitudes to family life as a preparation for the Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in October this year.

Although many countries conducted the Vatican questionnaire among members of their Churches, to date, only Germany, and now Japan, have made their findings public.

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