Places in News 2018

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Arabic included in the official languages at Vatican

Arabic language was officially included in the list of the Languages at Pope Benedict’s weekly general audiences. The move is an attempt of Vatican to expand its reach to Christians and Muslims in Middle East.  
Vatican is concerned about the mass departure of the Christians from Middle East who fear their safety over there. A century ago Christian community was 20 % of the total population which has declined to a 5%.

What is expected out of this step?
Speaking Arabic during the audiences that is broadcasted across the world on radio and television may allay fear of Christians in Middle East consoling them to stay back on the land that is a home for many of the holy places for Christians. The act is also likely to improve the strained relations with the Muslim world. The relations b/w both the communities turned sour after Pope’s speech at Regensburg in 2006, which made the Muslim world feel that his message was an attack on Islam.

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Persons in News: Malala Yousafzai

imageMalala Yousafzai: A school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. She is famous for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times opposed girls from attending school. Yousafzai gained prominence by giving interviews in print and on television. She was appointed as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat.

  • She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu, and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

Yousafzai was recently shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. She is currently in critical condition and is under intensive care at a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation.

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