Camille's editorial of July 23: Christians persecuted in India

In India, in the space of 4 days, 12 Christians Charged With Attempted Fraudulent Conversion and Arrested Under Uttar Pradesh State's Anti-Conversion Law. A law regularly used to persecute religious minorities, including Christians. 

Ranked 10th in the Global Index of the Persecution of Christians 2021, from the NGO Open Doors, India is a country where persecution and violence against Christians have increased considerably in recent years.

As US and NATO troops are withdrawing fromAfghanistan, the Taliban said yesterday that they now control 90% of the country's borders. Bad news for Afghan Christians who fear the return of the repressive Taliban regime against them.

News that encourages us to pray for Christians who are victims of persecution in these two countries and which reminds us that religious freedom is a real issue in some parts of the world.

On the occasion of the first International Summit on Religious Freedom which took place in Washington last week, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) signed a declaration of cooperation with Nahdlatul Ulama (UN), an Indonesian Muslim association that counts between 30 and 50 million members according to estimates.

This statement is an encouragement to respect religious freedom and peace despite the difference as stated by the secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance.

“Religious freedom does not mean that we agree, but that we live in peace with our deep differences. "

After freedom, we are going to focus on equality. In a letter addressed to the Conference of Bishops of France yesterday Thursday, July 22, the Catholic collective “All Apostles! »Demanded that an independent commission on the situation of women in the Church be formed « to move forward together towards true equality for all the baptized ”. 

The eight signatories of this letter invite the bishops of France to dialogue on this subject that they deem "too important to be brushed aside." 

Camille Westphal Perrier

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