Regional Councillor Democratic Party asked the Italian government to intervene with the Pakistani Government and ask for the abolition of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan- By Adnan Farhaj.

Originally posted on Global Christian Voice:

Today April 15, 2014 a motion concerning the blasphemy laws in Pakistan was passed unanimously in Italian regional council of Marche. The motion was presented by Letizia Bellabarba and her colleagues. Letizia Bellabarba, Regional Councillor Democratic Party asked the Italian government to intervene with the Pakistani Government and ask for the abolition of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Following is the note from the councilor about the situation in Pakistan.

“Blasphemy law provides death penalty in Pakistan for those who fail to respect the Prophet Muhammad but it is often used for private purposes crushing in particular the religious minorities in Pakistan.

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are a fundamental right of every individual: we can not remain indifferent. Because of this dark law the former governor of Punjab Salmon Taseer was assassinated on January 4, 2011 at the hands of Islamic extremists; for similar reasons the former…

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The most intense three days I ever experienced

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The key to develop your talents is to “Challenge” yourself – Worth a read

Originally posted on Stay Positive!:

This week I have been privileged to participate in a programme which under the motto of “Developing young Talent” brought together people aged 18 to 35 from around the globe who share the fact that they live in Scotland – just like me.

The group comprised a supreme mix among there was a French who likes to make plants sick, an angry Italian humanist, a Nigerian engineer with a voice of gold, a American poet and man of leisure, a Moroccan police woman to be and a Polish lady who managed to give the question “Would you like to pray with me?” a deep double meaning. There were passionate social workers and committed human rights activists and a student of biblical studies who “does not know a thing about Bible” because she studies “all the interesting stuff which did not make it in”.

Spending three days in the Scottish countryside…

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A Papal Delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church met with delegates of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow on 21 March 2014.

A delegation representing the Coptic Orthodox Church, comprising Their Graces: Bishop Kyrillos of Milan, Papal Exarch in Europe, Bishop Raphael, General Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, met with His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations in Moscow on Friday 21 March 2014.
During the warm and fraternal meeting with His Eminence and staff of the department for external church relations, there was exploration of: the deepening and continuing relationships between the Churches through shared theological understanding and pastoral experience, the establishment of a Coptic Orthodox parish for the ministry and pastoral care of Coptic Orthodox expatriates in the Russian Federation, and preparation for the upcoming visit of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia were also discussed.
Commenting on the meeting, His Grace Bishop Angaelos said:
“Our Churches, both deeply rooted in Orthodox belief and practice, have had a strong and long-standing relationship, both ecumenically and fraternally, and these meetings, along with the upcoming visit of His Holiness Pope Tawadros, stand to further and deepen that relationship. We have had many shared experiences throughout our histories which have led us to safeguarding our Faith in our respective nations despite substantial struggles faced; this commonality and shared experience allows us to have a greater common witness today, and even more powerfully going forward.”
During their visit, the bishops celebrated a Eucharistic Liturgy with members of the Coptic Orthodox community in Moscow.
The delegation was hosted by His Excellency Dr Mahmoud El-Badry, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Russian Federation.
Source: Coptic Media UK
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