Tag Archive | Religion

Several killed in Nigeria riots

Fresh violence has broken out in the central Nigerian city of Jos earlier today, killing at least five people, according to witness reports.

The clashes began when the body of a seventeen year old Muslim teenager, supposedly strangled, was thrown onto a main street in the town in a sack, prompting riots. The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service reports the dead body was that of a seventeen-year-old student.

The area has seen repeated conflicts between Christians and Muslims in the past. Read More…


Vatican criticized for cardinal’s claim over child abuse

A senior Vatican official who made comments Monday linking homosexuality to pedophilia has been severely criticized by gay rights activists around the world.

The official, Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said yesterday that instead of celibacy, homosexuality was responsible for recent allegations of child abuse by Catholic priests.

He said, on a televised broadcast in Chile, that “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia. Read More…

On this day April 14, 1434

The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid by John, Duke of Brittany and Jean de Malestroit, Bishop of Nantes.

cathedrale_saint-pierre_de_nantesThe first architect in charge was Guillaume de Dammartin who was later replaced by Mathurin Rodier. The construction began with the west façade, the aisles of the nave and its lateral chapels.

The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891.

On 28 January 1972 a gigantic fire started on the roof. Firemen managed to bring it under control, but the timber frame was severely damaged, and many other damages were inflicted. This event led to what was undoubtedly the most complete interior restoration of a cathedral in France.

On this day April 5, 1566

Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrik van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands. The Inquisition is suspended and a delegation is sent to Spain to petition Philip II.

On April 5 of that year Brederode accompanied to the palace a body of 300 confederates, for whom he acted as the spokesman, to present to the regent, Margaret of Parma, a petition setting forth their grievances.

It was at a banquet at the Hotel Culemburg on April 8, presided over by Bréderode, that the sobriquet of les Gueux, or “the Beggars,” was first given to the opponents of Spanish rule. Bréderode, the “Grote Geus” or big beggar, was banished from the Netherlands by Alva, and died in exile shortly afterwards at the early age of thirty-six. Read More…

Truly sorry from Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI issues a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland apologizing for sexual abuse of children by clergy.

Pope Benedict XVI

After the pressure gathered from the Ryan and Murphy Reports and the resignation of bishops, Pope Benedict XVI summoned all of the Irish Bishops to the Vatican in January 2010.

Following their meeting, it was announced that a pastoral letter would be written to address the issues involving the sexual abuse of children.

The letter was released by the Vatican on 20 March 2010. In the letter addressed to the Catholics of Ireland, he was “truly sorry” for the harm done to Catholics who suffered “sinful and criminal” abuse at the hands of priests, brothers and nuns. He acknowledged the “serious mistakes” made by the clergy. Read More…

Gaddafi encourages Nigeria to split into two nations

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has said that Nigeria should be divided into two separate nations to avoid further violence between Muslims and Christians. He was quoted saying that the spilt “would stop the bloodshed and burning of places of worship”.

During his speech to students, Gaddafi spoke about the partition in India and Pakistan. He called the division of India a “historic, radical solution” which saved the lives of “millions of Hindus and Muslims” despite reports that one million people were killed. Read More…

TV Movie portrays dark side of Scientology

The Church of Scientology is attempting to block the broadcast of a film on the German television broadcaster ARD, claiming the film is “intolerant” and violates the broadcaster’s guidelines.

The film titled Until Nothing Remains (Bis Nichts Mehr Bleibt) due to be broadcast during prime-time on March 31 tells the fictionalised story of a German family destroyed by their involvement in Scientology.

It is based on the true story of former member Heiner von Rönn who lost thousands of euros and his wife and two children who are still members. von Rönn was a member of the organisation for ten years.

Scientology in Germany claims the movie is top secret propaganda and is attempting to undermine the organisation and its’ adherents. Scientology spokesman Jürg Stettler told the daily Munich newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, “What they’re planning to show is a violation of ARD’s programming guidelines. The station is required to support religious tolerance, not the opposite.” He added, “The truth is precisely the opposite of what ARD is showing.” Read More…