Amid tensions, Bosnian Serbs celebrate outlawed holiday

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Amid Bosnia’s greatest political crisis since the end of its 1992-95 interethnic war, the country’s Serbs celebrated an outlawed holiday Sunday with a provocative parade showcasing armored vehicles, police helicopters and law enforcement officers with rifles, marching in lockstep and singing a nationalist song. Addressing several thousand spectators gathered in Banja … Lire la suite

India restores foreign fund permit for Mother Teresa charity

NEW DELHI — India’s government has allowed Mother Teresa’s charity to receive foreign funds, weeks after blocking it saying the Catholic organization did not meet conditions under local laws, a lawmaker said Saturday. Derek O’Brien, a lawmaker from the opposition Trinamool Congress party, tweeted that Missionaries of Charity was back on the list of approved … Lire la suite

Pope encourages business leaders who try to put employees first

ROME — Competition, the market system and need to answer to stockholders can and do challenge business owners and leaders who want to put the needs of employees and the common good first, Pope Francis said. “Persevere and don’t be discouraged,” the pope told 90 business leaders from France Jan. 7. Accompanied by Bishop Dominique … Lire la suite

With spike in omicron, Philippines cancels Black Nazarene festivities

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities have canceled the famous Black Nazarene festivities, usually attended by millions of devotees, due to a surge in coronavirus cases, reported ucanews.com. On Jan. 5, the health department reported 10,775 new coronavirus cases brought about by the omicron variant, nearly doubling the cases reported Jan. 4. Authorities banned all public … Lire la suite

China forbids foreigners from spreading religious content online

In the U.S.-China rivalry that involves a complex mix of diplomacy, trade wars and sanctions, religion has come under increased pressure after the communist regime banned online propagation of religion by foreign nationals, purportedly to make religion more Chinese-oriented. On Dec. 22, the Chinese government issued a new norm that proscribes all foreign institutions and … Lire la suite