Vatican Media Watch
Keeping an eye on the news from the Vatican.
BY John Lilly
August 27-September 2, 2006 Issue | Posted 8/28/06 at 9:00 AM
Indonesian Executions Halted After Plea from Pope
THE UNIVERSE, Aug. 15 — Indonesian authorities have postponed the execution of three Catholics found guilty of the sectarian murder of 200 Muslims following an intervention from the Pope, the British newspaper reported.
Hours after an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI, Indonesian officials issued a last-minute stay of execution for Fabianus Tibo, 60, Dominggus da Silva, 39, and Marinus Riwu, 48. No new date for the executions has yet been set.
The three were
sentenced to death after being convicted in 2001 of murdering 200 Muslims in
May-June 2000 in the Poso area, in
Pope Wants to Visit a Peaceful
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 15 — Pope
Benedict says he does not feel strong enough to take many long trips but that
he would like to travel to a peaceful
In a wide-ranging, 35-minute interview with German television broadcast Aug. 13 (see article on this page), the Holy Father spoke of Europe’s role in Christianity, secularization in the Western world, and the growing importance of churches in Africa and Latin America.
The Pope also offered some insight into his own personality and ministry, saying being pope is “really tiring” and that it is important to “see the funny side of life.”
He said, “I have to say that I’ve never felt strong enough to plan many long trips.”
Papal Envoy: All Must Work Together for Peace
AGI, Aug. 16 — Cardinal
Roger Etchegaray, president emeritus of the Papal
Council of Justice and Peace, said all forces of peace must be deployed if the
truce between Isreal and Hezbollah is to take lasting
hold in the
finished his visit as a special envoy of the Pope in
The Holy See issued
a press release saying that the cardinal met the Lebanese president, prime
minister and the vice president of the Shia Higher
Council Aug. 14, then met with the Republic’s grand mufti, the Maronite Patriarch and visited the Caritas main office in
Cardinal Etchegaray said that the path is “long and steep,” but that it is also a spiritual path. “No effort will hold if it is not supported by the peace of spirits and hearts.” He said only submission to God can fight the evil “that holds men marked by blind and suicidal violence.”
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