VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special Vatican meeting on the Middle East
ended Saturday (Oct. 23) with a flare-up in Catholic-Jewish tensions,
after an American bishop declared the Bible does not give Jews
privileged rights to the land of Israel.
Nairobi, October 25 (ENI)--A former general secretary of the World Council of Churches has warned that tension in Sudan ahead of a plebiscite on independence for the south of Africa's biggest country could spark mass killings similar to the Rwanda genocide in 1994.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Florida Pastor Terry Jones held the keys
to his black 2011 Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes on Friday (Oct.
22) before handing them to a battered women's advocacy group.
Jones gave the car, which car dealer Brad Benson had decorated with
two patriotic peace symbols, to the Jersey City-based Women Rising.
(RNS) American Sikhs are urging President Obama to visit the famed
Golden Temple in India next month, despite his administration's reported
concern that wearing the headscarf required for entry will inflame false
rumors that Obama is a Muslim.
Earlier this year, a group of English bishops charged that the nation's Christians faced systematic discrimination that endangered their right to hold public office. Some even warned that anti-Christian hostility amounted to open persecution, which could provoke civil unrest. Pope Benedict, meanwhile, charged that new British statutes clearly violated natural law.
Egypt is facing a severe water shortage, which is getting worse as the population grows. Researchers at Alexandria University are developing an innovative desalination process using a membrane that binds with the salt as salt water passes through it. Since no electricity is used, the process requires about half the energy that other desalination methods use. It is hoped that the membrane, consisting of five components, can be mass-produced and used worldwide (Christian Science Monitor, October 28).