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  • At 'Justice for Immigrants’ Mass, bishop calls Jesus 'divine immigrant'

    10/21/2013 7:51:04 AM PDT · by haffast · 49 replies
    NCR ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | Mary Stadnyk, Lois Rogers
    Trenton, N.J. - Jesus was the "divine immigrant" who lived his life "traveling from place to place," Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton told the congregation at a midday "Justice for Immigrants" Mass Oct. 11 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral. "Sacred Scripture tell us where he was from and what his ancestral lineage was," the bishop said in his homily. "But nowhere in the Bible do we find his permanent address, the location of his house, where he lived after beginning his public ministry. "He lived and worked as an immigrant, an itinerant preacher, on many levels," the bishop...
  • Barroso met with boos and jeers on Lampedusa tour (EU Commission president)

    10/10/2013 12:32:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 October 2013 | Aline Robert for EurActiv.fr in Paris
    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s trip to the Italian island of Lampedusa began with boos and shouts of “shame” and “murderers” from some of the residents, TV footage has shown. In the meantime, lawmakers prepared to re-examine the EU’s border surveillance systems. EurActiv France reports. Barroso, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano paid a visit yesterday (9 October) to Lampedusa, the small Italian island near the coast of which some 270 immigrants drowned in a shipwreck last week. …
  • Imam Arafat: respect for religious diversity

    10/09/2013 10:12:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-10-09 14:06:05 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The death of several hundred migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa this month has focused international spotlight on the broader, complex questions of EU policies regarding immigration and integration. According to one American Muslim leader, the United States model of integration has much to teach European countries at the present time. Syrian-born Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat is founder and president of the Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, which is based in Baltimore, in the United States. The organisation works to promote cooperation, rather than confrontation, between young people of different religions, cultures and backgrounds. He spoke to...
  • Muslim leader says pope is model of what religious leader should be

    10/08/2013 1:24:33 PM PDT · by haffast · 33 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct-8-2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland. Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Arafat said...
  • Pope Francis Visits a Syrian Refugee Family

    09/10/2013 6:39:35 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Time ^ | Sept. 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Dias
    Pope Francis made a private visit to the Astalli refugee center in Rome on Tuesday, and, while meeting with several hundred refugees, singled out a Syrian family to listen to their story. The family was given time with the pope during the visit to represent the present emergency in their homeland, an Astalli representative told Radio Vaticana. The Pope also talked with a Sudanese man. Astalli is a high-volume refugee center run by Pope Francis’ own Jesuit order—more than 21 thousand refugees, from regions including Afghanistan, Egypt, and sub-Saharan Africa, passed through Centro Astalli last year. Many of the undocumented...
  • Faith can overcome secularism, Archbishop Chaput tells Latinos

    08/24/2013 6:58:22 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    CNA ^ | Aug 23, 2013 / 03:43 pm | CNA/EWTN News
    Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 23, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing the importance of personal witness to counter secular trends among Hispanics, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia today praised the work of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. “Hispanic culture still has a soul formed by an encounter with Jesus Christ, and the humanity and compassion that flow from it,” Archbishop Chaput said Aug. 23 at the association's national conference. “These things are worth fighting for and sharing with others. Faith matters because it gives meaning to the word ‘human’ in ‘human beings.’ It matters because it makes...
  • Pope accused of encouraging illegal immigration

    07/10/2013 6:46:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7-10-2013
    During his visit on Monday, Francis called for greater compassion for the tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East who each year make the hazardous crossing from Tunisia and Libya to the remote island, Italy's southernmost territory. He said the migrants were "brothers and sisters of ours trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace." He prayed for the thousands of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean during boat sinkings – "they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death," he said. While his...
  • From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

    07/29/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    "On flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome" Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him...
  • 31 dead on doomed voyage to Italy

    07/28/2013 7:19:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | July 28, 2013
    Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy on a dinghy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey. A dinghy carrying 53 migrants capsized on Friday evening, and witnesses said 31 of those who had been thrown off it drowned in the accident. The twenty-two survivors, who come from Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Senegal, said the dinghy had capsized after three days at sea. They were rescued by a passing merchant ship and taken to Lampedusa island, the reports said.
  • An Island in Revolt: A Window into Europe’s Future

    07/22/2013 3:50:43 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 22 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    First published on FrontPage Magazine. By Enza Ferreri One could be justified for being perplexed about Pope Francis’s choice of Lampedusa, a tiny island off the coast of Sicily and Italy’s — indeed Europe’s — southernmost tip, as the destination of his very first official visit, which took place on July 8. Not a world capital, not a place in some important geopolitical region of the globe. What is significant, even symbolic, about Lampedusa is its geography: The small island, with a population of 5,000, is positioned in the middle of the Mediterranean, making it close to the Muslim...
  • Cardinal Maradiaga backs Pope's call for greater protection of refugees

    07/11/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT · by haffast
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-07-09 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has released a statement backing Pope Francis’ call to welcome refugees as our brothers and sisters. Cardinal Maradiaga issued his statement on Monday 8 July, the day in which Pope Francis journeyed to the Island of Lampedusa, the landing point of tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe in hope of a better future. Please find below the full text of the statement issued by Caritas Internationalis: “The Pope’s visit to Lampedusa reminded us of the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Religious leaders and faith based...
  • WHERE IS RULE OF LAW FOR CATHOLIC LEADERS ON NATION'S BOUNDARIES?

    07/08/2013 3:36:09 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7/8/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    "...It is curious that as Catholic leaders are campaigning essentially for amnesty, providing a plethora of images of “needy,” “struggling” families being “welcomed” by those who supposedly have “more,” there is scarce mention of another concept that many of these same Catholic leaders have highly prized, particularly in their recent struggles with the U.S. government: the rule of law. The notion that those who have come to the United States illegally should be exempted from the nation’s laws is not only not mentioned by these Catholic leaders, but also seemingly dismissed. The fact that many Americans have been the victims...
  • To die of hope - Pope Francis commemorates migrant dead at Lampedusa

    07/08/2013 6:08:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 8, 2013
    One of the first things he did upon his arrival on the Island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis laid a wreath in the waters in memory of the tens of thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe in unsafe and overcrowded boats. Most of them have no names. We do not know their personal stories, their hopes and certainly not their faces. But almost 20.000 people are thought to have died during their journey of hope, across the Mediterranean sea, in the past 25 years. The migrants are all illegal so of course there are no official...
  • Pope's First Official Visit Is to Lampedusa, Tiny Sicilian Island Flooded by African Migrants

    07/04/2013 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 5 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the second part of Lampedusa, Italy. The island of Lampedusa, the southernmost appendix of Italy in the Mediterranean, has the bad luck of being geographically too close for comfort to the Muslim world. Its history is testament to this. In 813 AD, despite a 10-year truce signed in 805 by the Emir Ibrahim ibn al-Aghlab with Byzantine Sicily's governor Constantine, the Arabs, who had not kept another previous truce established in 728 and many others since, proceeded to break this one too and, after attacking Sardinia and Corsica, sacked and devastated minor Italian islands including Lampedusa. The...
  • Lampedusa, Italy. Part I: What Happened in 2011

    07/03/2013 4:00:27 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 3 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    During the "Arab Spring", the tiny island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Sicily, due to its unfortunate vicinity to North Africa saw the arrival of over 60,000 migrants mostly from Tunisia and Libya in a period of a few months in the early 2011. We know that the use of words like "invasion" or "flooding" is considered racist by the liberal media, but how else is it possible to describe this situation? Lampedusa has a total population of just over 6,000 people only when you also include the inhabitants of the nearby island of Linosa, with which it forms...
  • [Videos] Muslims Rioting in Lampedusa

    04/20/2011 3:21:38 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 7 replies
    Youtube | April 11 2011
    Lampedusa: Again - Immigrants Set Fire to Refugee Center and Flee Lampedusa : Muslim Immigrants Riot Apparently they also burned down the "Maison de la Fraternite" (where they were given shelter) because they were getting tired of eating the same macaroni. Selon lui, les conditions de vie sont insupportables : « On nous donne toujours des macaronis, on en a assez. » Tirant de sa poche un billet de dix euros, il a expliqué : « On me l’a donné ici et je veux le dépenser pour acheter quelque chose de bon. » Translation: according to him, the conditions are...
  • Libyan “Refugees” burn down church. (from Bulgarian tv (translated))

    04/06/2011 9:30:36 AM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 22 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | Apr 5, 2011 | Danishgreatdane
    36 of the "youths" were taken out of the cold and into the church by the owners where they proceeded to burn it down. Last week Berlusconi made a whistlestop tour of Lampedusa, where 6,000 Clandestine or illegal immigrants, have arrived in rickety boats from North Africa — 70 miles away across the Mediterranean — in less than seven weeks. The island actually sits closer to the African coast than it does to Sicily, which makes it an obvious target. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsyHJkOezQ4 More pictures: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/04/03/article-1373002-0B55C11100000578-514_634x392.jpg Found here: http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=32223#comments Can someone explain to me how these young men are “refugees”? There isn’t...
  • Berlusconi claims he will empty Italian island of Lampedusa of migrants

    04/02/2011 1:04:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 30 March 2011 | Tom Kington in Rome
    Embattled Italian PM also offers tax breaks to island's residents as critics accuse him of using diversionary tactics... Silvio Berlusconi has put on a vintage display of showmanship, claiming he would empty the island of immigrants within 60 hours, nominate locals for a Nobel peace prize and buy a holiday home there... During a lightning visit to Lampedusa, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, Berlusconi told cheering locals that six chartered ferries were arriving to pick up the remaining 6,000 migrants, mainly young Tunisian men, who have made the sea crossing since the collapse of the Tunisian...
  • Gadhafi offers to mediate on Iraq: Libyan dictator wants 'to save international peace'

    02/04/2003 11:35:55 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 439+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, February 5, 2003
    Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi has offered to mediate between President Bush and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to avoid what he thinks would be an irrational war. Gadhafi offered his services while speaking to reporters attending a summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, reports Britain's Sky News. Libyan President Col. Moammar Gadhafi (Courtesy: Sky News) "I wish I could have the opportunity to talk to these two persons, to address them, President Bush and Saddam Hussein," Gadhafi said. "I would like to save international peace." The Libyan leader also has been working behind the scenes to persuade Hussein...