Migranti, il Papa ai sindaci: comprendo il disagio, superiamo la paura

 Udienza all’Anci in Vaticano, presenti 200 sindaci impegnati nell’accoglienza: «Frequentate le periferie, non entrate nei vicoli ciechi della corruzione». «Le città attuino politiche di accoglienza e integrazione»

Un modello di città «che non ammette i sensi unici di un individualismo esasperato», che «dissocia l’interesse privato da quello pubblico» e «non sopporta nemmeno i vicoli ciechi della corruzione, dove si annidano le piaghe della disgregazione». Una città che «non conosce i muri della privatizzazione degli spazi pubblici, dove il “noi” si riduce a slogan, ad artificio retorico che maschera l’interesse di pochi». Papa Francesco condivide il suo “sogno” – nella speranza che possa trasformarsi in realtà – con i membri dell’Anci (Associazione Nazionale dei Comuni d’Italia) ricevuti in udienza in Sala Clementina, in Vaticano. Continue reading

Christians, Jews and Muslims united against all forms of Extremism: an international forum of experts reports on antisemitism today

In introducing the last of a three day international conference on Anti-Semitism organized in Rome by Robert Hassan, Director for Europe of ISGAP (Institute for the study of Global Antisemitism and Policy), ISGAP’s Executive Director Charles Small referred to Elie Wiesel’s conviction that “Anti-Semitism begins with Jews but never ends with Jews”.

 “Today”, said Small, “Anti-Semitism targets Jews as a people . The demonization of Israel has entered universities. The Muslim Brotherhood – represented under different names all over the European continent as well as in the U.S. and the Middle East – is in many areas distributing ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, the Czarist libel originally used as ‘false news’ (as we would say today) to increment Nazi propaganda that accused Jews of plotting to overtake the world!” Again referring to Elie Wiesel, Dr. Small recalled the Nobel Prize winner’s warning that “the Holocaust began with words.”

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Promoting tolerance, an islamic leader’s mission: the Secretary General of the Muslim World League delivers a message of tolerance to interreligious groups in Rome

Prof. Mohammad Ben Abd ul-Karim Al-Issa, who was named Secretary General of the Muslim World League over a year ago and was formerly the Saudi Arabian Kingdom’s Minister of Justice and head of the Supreme Council for Justice, addressed over 400 invited guests at a reception and dinner held at the Hilton in Rome on September 20 before a papal audience and meetings with Italian government officials in following days. The audience was composed of 100 Italian Imams plus delegates of religious associations active in interreligious dialogue in Italy and internationally.

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