In the Qatar World Cup, he became France's best scorer of all time. “I pray on the pitch before every game and after every goal as well”.
A vice president of the European Parliament detained in Belgium for belonging to “criminal organisation”. Qatar allegedly bribed her and others to gain influence.
In the western world, especially Europe, such professions of faith by players from all continents challenge lingering views of Christianity as a waning white man’s faith condemned to the margins of history.
In Qatar, the two stars of the Dutch football team lead a Bible study for their teammates. Depay explains his celebrations after scoring: “I live my life in Jesus’ word”.
“It’s really important to have the presence of God in me all the time”. In his first football World Cup, the 21-year-old player has already scored 3 goals.
Not everyone is able to worship with the same freedom in the country hosting the 2022 football World Cup. Open Doors UK and Ireland asked believers in Doha.
The FIFA World Cup has turned critical eyes to the small Persian Gulf country. Three people on the ground analyse the freedom of Christians.
Ecuadorian midfielder Carlos Gruezo shared on Instagram a video showing several members of the national team praying in a hotel room ahead of the match.
The organisation asks authorities “to allow any religious organization to operate peacefully, free from monitoring and interference”.
As everything gets ready for the largest football event, Christians pray to see a change in the absolutist emirate.
In Qatar, host of the football World Cup, converts from Islam face physical, psychological and (for women) sexual violence. Globally, over 5,000 attacks on Christian churches have been recorded.
Four Middle Eastern countries accounted for 88% of all reported death penalties applied worldwide, but non-official statistics speak of thousands executed in China.
Let us not forget that the Human Rights that are at stake were born in the fertile soil of Christianity.
It would be good to penalize the blatant human rights abuses in Qatar rather than applauding them by letting bonded labourers build the new stadiums for World Cup 2022.
Life’s treasures come from someone who shed his riches for us, someone who does not charge interest if we can’t pay Him back.
The first 5 countries of the list are all Muslim-majority lands. Italy ranks 7. “Religious freedom includes the right to express a full range of beliefs”, USCIRF report says.
According to the WEF, it will take 118 years to finally close the global gender pay gap. Women are earning now what men were 10 years ago.
After 7 years, authorities approved the project propelled by a Filipino expat livig in the country. There are about 1,200 evangelical believers in Qatar.