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Keeping an eye on the news from around the World.
BY John Lilly
Politician Gunned Down in Church on Christmas
ASIANEWS, Dec. 27
— Joseph Pararajasingham, an ethnic Tamil Member of Parliament and minority
rights activist, was killed while attending midnight Mass on Christmas,
Six other people were wounded,
including his 71-year-old wife who has sustained serious injuries. The Sri
Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) blamed each
for the death.
According to the report,
Pararajasingham was actively working for “minority rights” as a member of the
Tamil National Alliance.
Bishop Kingsley Swampillai, of
Trincomalee-Batticaloa, was celebrating Mass when the crime was committed. “The
church was full,” Bishop Swampillai said. “Joseph had just received Communion
and had sat by his wife when we heard a loud noise followed by shots. He
collapsed there and then, bleeding, and was taken to hospital.”
Patriarch Calls for Dismantling of Israel’s Wall
NEWS, Dec. 24 — The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said
Bethlehem has become an “immense prison” since the West Bank barrier was built,
CBC News reported.
Sabbah made the comments after leading a procession from the city to Bethlehem,
the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The pilgrims had to pass through a military
checkpoint to enter Bethlehem.
It marked the first Christmas that the
town has been cut off from Jerusalem by a newly completed 26-foot-high concrete
wall, part of the barrier that Israel has built between itself and the West
Archbishop Sabbah said the Palestinians
should have the right to live freely in their own state, while also stressing
that Israelis have the right to be safe.
He said the people wielding power had
to realize that they couldn’t rule through violence but only by “winning the
hearts of Palestinians and Israelis.”
Cardinal Decries Homosexual Unions in UK
Jan. 2 — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland Jan. 1 attacked “gay
weddings” and “quickie” divorces, the London daily reported.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien used his New
Year’s Day homily to speak out against the British government’s failure to
uphold family values. Speaking at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, the
cardinal accused politicians of undermining the family as the most vital
building block of society.
The cardinal also attacked plans for
changes in the law in Scotland that will make uncontested divorces easier and
He argued that alternative lifestyles
were “undermining values which for generations have been treasured.”
He added, “When our lawmakers condone
and endorse trends in society which are ultimately ruinous of family life we
are entitled to question their motivation and condemn their behavior.”