Friday, December 28, 2012

Saudi police storm celebration of Christmas

Saudi police have prevented a celebration of Christmas.

Security forces broke into house and arrested 41 guests - the host was an Asian diplomat
This year's Christmas party ended in prison for 41 Christians living in Saudi Arabia. Riot police stormed a house on Wednesday night in the Province of Al-Jouf and arrested the Christians present, because they had planned, according to the police statement, a Christmas party.

Media reported that the host was an Asian diplomat who had invited 41 Christians, but also Saudi and Egyptian Muslims. According to the police statement, the host and two Muslims were "very drunk" . Whether the detainees have since been released is not known.

The practice of Christianity, even owning a Bible or a cross, is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, although the country is home to more than a few Christian guest workers from the Philippines and India. In the State in whose territory the holiest cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina are located, no services may be held; Christian clergy are forbidden to enter. When you leave Islam the penalty is death.

Public Christmas celebrations have been always completely banned in Saudi Arabia, but intervening in private functions, is new.

Source Our Lady of Arabia pray for us!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vienna church occupied by asylum seekers

The occupation of the Votivkirche church in Vienna by asylum seekers protesting against the conditions they are being kept in and against deportation is continuing.

The protest is part of an ongoing debate in Austria about the lack of facilities for asylum seekers in the country centring around a row between the national government and regional governments about who was responsible for providing those facilities - and paying for them.

Frustrated at the lack of progress a group of asylum seekers set up a tent city in the park in front of the Votivkirche and when pressure was put on them to move a group of them fled into the nearby Votivkirche where they announced a hunger strike and refused to move.

Votivkirche occupation continues - General News - Austrian Times Online News - English Newspaper:

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Catholic website under pressure from authorities goes off-line


Hetzportal currently offline

The hate-purveying website, which is run by right-wing Catholics, currently seems to be offline, as Kathpress reported today, citing information from numerous Internet users. It is unclear whether this means that the site will end operation - the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" in this regard is skeptical. They believe that the site was taken offline temporarily, because the pressure from the authorities had become too large.

The operators of the blog, who publish anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic post and defame specific people, are being investigated by both the German and the Austrian law enforcement authorities. In Austria, about four weeks ago, an investigation of a complaint of racial hatred and re-engagement in National Socialist activities was started. The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution consider a threat to the constitution.

Diocese threatens with "serious consequences"
The blog excites great media interest because its critics claim that even official church representatives - among them are two active priests and one other person in Austria- work for the portal.

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Nikolaus Krasa threatened at the weekend in the ORF magazine "orientation" all authors - should they prove to be employees of the diocese - "with serious employment law consequences".

Hetzportal derzeit offline -