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BY John Lilly
Bishop’s Firing Could Violate Religious
BBC, March 19 — The
Vatican is warning that Argentina’s decision to remove a bishop from his
military post could be a violation of religious freedom, the British
Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Church was awaiting official communication from
the Argentine government about the decision against Bishop Antonio Baseotto.
President Nestor Kirchner March 18 removed Bishop Baseotto from his post, canceling
both his salary and government funds for his military diocese.
He took the action
after the bishop suggested that Argentine Health Minister Gines Gonzalez should
be cast into the sea — a Biblical reference — for his support of abortion.
The report stated
Pope John Paul II had appointed Bishop Baseotto to serve in Argentina to
minister to members of the military.
Muslims Demand Apology for Crusades
WORLD NET DAILY, March 19 — The
world’s highest Sunni Muslim authority has demanded an official apology from
the Pope for the Crusades, World Net Daily reported.
Zafzaf, president of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar University
in Cairo, said his panel sent the request to the Vatican in February, the Morocco Times reported. The demand arose from Pope John Paul II’s apologies to the
Jewish people and his visits to Syria and Egypt a few years ago, Zafzaf said.
Al-Azhar is only asking for a similar treatment, he stated.
The Morocco paper
said the Vatican’s ambassador to Egypt has declined to comment, saying
Al-Azhar’s request is being considered by the Holy See.
author of A Concise History of the Crusades, contended the Crusades “were in every way a defensive
war. They were the West’s belated response to the Muslim conquest of fully
two-thirds of the Christian world,” he wrote in a National Review column. “While the Arabs were busy in the seventh
through the 10th centuries winning an opulent and sophisticated empire, Europe
was defending itself against outside invaders and then digging out from the
mess they left behind. Only in the 11th century were Europeans able to take
much notice of the East. “
Film on John Paul II Airs on Easter
NBC30.COM, March 22 — The
Vatican has released a film about Pope John Paul II’s life that was shown by
Italian television on Easter Sunday, the Connecticut TV outlet reported.
shown a preview of the film in Rome on March 22. However, a news conference
with a Vatican spokesman was canceled.
The film is 54
minutes long and called John Paul II: The Untold Story.
It’s composed of
primarily unseen footage shot by the Vatican’s television station.
The film has no
narration, and instead uses only sound from the Pope and stirring music.
The report said it
does not follow a chronological order, but consists of 10 sequences that focus
on different aspects of the Pope’s mission. The Italian network RAI will show
the film, which was produced by the Vatican.