The Philippines wants to become a “religious pilgrimage destination” for Catholics around Asia. But what does that mean for the country’s religious minorities, many of whom have long felt marginalized? In an email interview, David Buckley looks at the Philippines’ non-Catholic Christian and Muslim communities.
This week, Sri Lanka’s government declared a nationwide state of emergency as mob attacks targeted the country’s Muslim minorities. In an email interview, Neil DeVotta explains what is driving the sectarian violence, and why the government’s response has fanned the flames rather than put out the fire.
Last month, an assailant with a sword attacked a church in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, in what appears to be the latest sign of religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. In an interview, Kikue Hamayotsu discusses the role of religion, and especially Islam, in Indonesian politics.