Saudi Arabia uses technology to restrict women

Saudi Arabia, a model Islamic country, has introduced technology that alerts male “guardians” by text whenever women under their guardianship leave the country.

The kingdom already bans women from driving and excludes them from most workplaces. It also disapproves of women’s sport. Since last week it has been operating a new electronic system that tracks all cross-border movements.

The system functions even if a woman is travelling with her husband or male guardian, with a text sent immediately to the man. Saudi women must get formal approval from their guardians to travel abroad, and have to hand in an yellow slip, signed by a male, at the airport or border.

Catholic Church appoints 6 more cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed six priests on 24th Nov 2012 from different parts of the world to increase the the number of cardinals to 114. The cardinals are the closest aides of the Pope and those who are less than 80 years participate in electing the next pope.

Appointments were made at the consistory, or cardinal-making ceremony. New cardianals are US Archbishop James Harvey, 63;  Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, 72;  Indian Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal 53;  Nigerian Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, 68; Colombian Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, 70; Philippine Archbishop Luis Tagle of Manila, 55.   Each cardinal-designate was presented by the Pope a gold ring, red hat and vestments, which symbolise their readiness to shed their blood to defend their Christian faith.

Baselios Cleemis, an Indian cardinal designate, receives red hat from pope

All the six cardinals are non europeans and three are from countries with large Muslim populations – India, Lebanon and Nigeria. India, it should be noted that is the home for the 90million Hindus, which is a main target group of Catholic church for conversion.

The Pope stressed on Catholic church strategy to position itself as a guide to the whole human race, not just one group, and as a church for all peoples. Catholic church is making determined efforts to spread its influence outside Europe where less than a quarter of the world’s Catholics live. Present appointment of cardinals is another attempt to reflect the international character of the Church
In February 2012, the Pope had created 22 new cardinals including 16 Europeans, seven of whom were Italian. Still the European cardinals are about 51% of the total 114.

The Church is also stressing on interfaith dialogue as a strategy to further its influence in regions where non-christians are in conflict with the other populations. Nigeria and India are on top of this list. The Church is also serious about its presence in Lebanon and is attempting to have better relations with Shia Muslims who are target of Sunnis trying to spread the dominant most intolerant Wahabi version. Simultaneously, the Church is serious in converting most tolerant Hindu populations to the Christian faith.