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Foreign News in Brief

31 July 2008

Manifestation: the image of the Virgin Mary has been discerned on the bark of a tree in the Villafranca district of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. Pilgrims have travelled to touch the tree and to pray REUTERS

Manifestation: the image of the Virgin Mary has been discerned on the bark of a tree in the Villafranca district of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital....

Al-Qaeda says dialogue is “new religion”
AN AFGHANI TERRORIST, Abu Yahya al-Libi, has condemned the three-day World Conference on Dialogue where Christian, Jews, and Muslim leaders met in Madrid, Spain, two weeks ago, hosted by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The al-Qaeda leader has called it an attempt to “spawn a new religion”. In a video message on several Islamic websites, he said: “Today the Saudi royal family is destroying our Islamic tenets by showing it is possible to spread Christian principles.” He said it was part of an “overt Crusader war against Islam and Muslims”.

Ballooning priest’s body found in sea
THE BODY of Fr Adelir Antonio de Carli, the Brazilian priest who flew off from Rio de Janeiro on 20 April, borne aloft by hundreds of helium-filled balloons, was found in the sea on Tuesday near the city of Macae (News, 25 April). The priest had been attempting to raise funds for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish.

Catholics want contraception
THE RC organisation Catholics for Choice, together with about 50 other Roman Catholic groups, has written an open letter to Pope Benedict on the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. It says that the Church’s ban on contraception “has had a catastrophic impact on the poor and the powerless around the world, endangering women’s lives, and leaving millions at risk of HIV”. It was also a source of division and conflict in the Church, because most Roman Catholics used contraception.

Indian Church condemns bombings
A SYNOD of the Church of North India has condemned the bombing last week in West Gujarat and southern Karnataka states, which left at least 50 people dead, as “a dastardly act of terror and violence”. Ahmadabad was hit by 16 bomb blasts on Thursday of last week, in which 49 people died and 150 were injured. The day before, eight smaller bombs exploded in Bangalore, killing one person and leaving 12 injured. Indian Mujahidin sent email messages claiming responsibility.

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