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Saturday, June 15, 2013

EU reminded not to forget Christian minorities around the world

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Pope Francis received the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso in private audience at the Vatican on Saturday, with EU integration, the current economic crisis and promotion of religious freedom dominating talks.

A statement released by the Holy See press office reads: “The cordial discussions provided an opportunity for a useful exchange of views on the international situation, paying particular attention to the process of European integration, as well as the continuing economic crisis that has serious consequences on employment, especially for young persons, and a negative impact on family life.

As the talks continued, focus was placed on the positive contribution that the Catholic Church can offer in the current climate for Europe’s material and spiritual wellbeing. Finally, special attention was given to the promotion of human rights, especially that of religious freedom, and the protection of Christian minorities around the world”.

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The Pope's guest in his revolutionary Communist days- not just any old Communist but a Maoist- a follower of the biggest mass murderer in history.

Fatwa against Catholic schools

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"The powerful Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has come out against Catholic schools in Tegal District, Central Java province, issuing a "controversial" a fatwa that has sparked reactions and protests.

For MUI leaders, such schools are "haram", "morally unsound" for young Muslim pupils despite the fact that they score high for the quality of the education they provide and have as a consequence attracted a large number of non-Christians."

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