Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jesuit blames Israel and the West for the radicalisation of Islam

The majority of the Syrian opposition is against democracy. This was said by the head of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro, on Wednesday to journalists in Paris. According to the Brazilian diplomat, the civil war in Syria brings worse and worse atrocities to light. Meanwhile, already more than 1.6 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, according to official figures from the United Nations. This could adversely affect the ethnic and religious structures in the region and further aggravate the situation in the Middle East. This was stated on Vatican Radio by the Islam and Middle East expert Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir, who teaches at the University of Beirut. "Many people in Lebanon are concerned because the conflict in Syria is becoming more like a conflict between Shiites and Sunnis. These are the two main currents in Islam. In Lebanon, it is also noticeable that the Shiite Hezbollah behave more aggressively than before towards the Sunni Lebanese. In the north of Lebanon - that is, in the city of Tripoli - there are already skirmishes every day leaving people dead. Also in the south of Beirut, there are acts of violence. These are all signs that are to be taken seriously. "the wave of violence in Syria is not just for the neighbours of Lebanon and Syria a problem, says Father Samir Khalil. "In the Arab world, there are more divisions and conflicts than ever before. This is due to the radicalization of Islam in the region. This is the basic problem in the Arab world, which one has to actually tackle. It is not important whether one is in Iraq, Egypt or Syria. This radicalization has its roots in the attitude of Israel and its Western allies, for example in relation to occupied territories, such as the Golan Heights, which actually by international law belong to Syria. "


The country receiving most refugees is Jordan with 491 912 registered or waiting to be registered. With the 495,776 refugees Lebanon, which itself only has four million inhabitants follows. In third place is Turkey with 377,154 Syrians. 51.4 per cent of asylum seekers are younger than 18


Anglicans sell off former Catholic Churches

The sale of public art since the recession has rightly grabbed headlines. The loss of sculptures by Henry Moore or etchings by Picasso, often on view for generations, has generated handwringing from journalists and politicians, as well as bold attempts to save the works.

But at the same time as the purchases of Titian's Diana and Actaeon or Poussin's Sacraments are trumpeted as great rescues, dozens of buildings which are open to the public slip quietly into private ownership with barely a mention in the press. Nor are these insignificant works of architecture, some are precious parts of Britain's national heritage, often of exceptional antiquity or artistic quality.

Each year the Church of England sells off around 20 churches. There are, at the time of writing, 14 available for purchase, listed on a page of the Church's website entitled "Closed Churches Available For Disposal". Until recently, they were open to the public and consecrated for services, objects as important as anything in a national museum, but free to access and located all around the country. Now many will become private houses, bars or offices.

In Ufford, Peterborough, the grand, 14th Century church has slender piers and beautiful windows. Its stately font has been used to baptise the babies of the village for six centuries. The font at St Giles, Merston, near Chichester, is 300 years older still. Here the steep roof slopes down to enclose a tiny, chocolate-box church. Now, to use the Church of England's lingo, they are both "redundant"

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Cathcon- they should give them back to the original owner.