Jewish pilgrims flock to Ukraine for New Year
Despite repeated warnings from Israeli and Ukrainian ambassadors in recent months, and the context of war, nearly 2,000 Jewish pilgrims from Israel are going to the city of Uman, south of kyiv, on the occasion of the pilgrimage of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 25. This Ukrainian city is home to the tomb of Rabbi Nahman, one of the great figures of Hasidism, a current of Orthodox Judaism.
Catholics now outnumber Protestants
This is a first in Northern Ireland: Catholics are now in the majority there. Among the 1.9 million inhabitants, 45.7% of the population say they are Catholic or of Catholic origin, according to the last ten-year census published, Thursday, September 22, by the Northern Irish Research and Statistics Agency. According to this count, 43.5% of the population declare themselves to be Protestant or of another Christian religion. In twenty years, the proportion has reversed. These results could quickly put back on the table the question of an independence referendum and the reunification of the province with the Republic of Ireland.
Church confirms kidnappings for ransom
After the kidnapping Friday, September 16 of five priests, a nun and two lay people, in the south-west of Cameroon – the English-speaking part – by separatists, Bishop Andrew Nkea, president of the Episcopal Conference of the country, assured at La Croix Africa than the kidnappers “demand a ransom”. But he also explains that“there is no question of starting to pay ransoms, otherwise it will never stop”.