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Volume 45, Number 2
20 September 2012
Greg Kandra

Pope Benedict XVI talks with Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, during his visit to Rome’s main synagogue on 17 January 2010. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Greets Jewish Community of Rome (VIS) Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to Riccardo Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome, for the Jewish festivities of Rosh Hashanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), which all fall in this period.

Controversial Film about Muhammad Spotlights Copts (Associated Press) The anti-Islamic movie trailer inflaming the Middle East opens with Muslims ransacking a Christian medical clinic and then segues into a flashback of Muhammad’s life. “Set the place on fire! We’ll burn out these forsaken Christians!” cries one Muslim character. The opening scene from “Innocence of Muslims,” although crude, resonates with some Egyptian Christians, who have suffered years of persecution and attacks by Islamic militants.

Vatican Condemns Attacks on Christian Holy Places in Israel (The Telegraph) Christian holy sites in Israel have been subjected to a series of organized attacks which the authorities have done nothing to prevent, a representative of the Vatican in the country has said. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the church’s top officials in the Holy Land, said he is worried about relations between Jews and Christians in the Holy Land. “I think the main atmosphere is ignorance,” Father Pizzaballa said. “It’s important not just to condemn, but also to work, to take initiatives to stop this phenomenon.”

Ukrainian Culture on Display in Canada (Vancouver Sun) Black-and-white photos showing faces filled with hope and determination hang on the walls of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. In front of the pictures are pieces of clothing, some with delicate beadwork from a region known as Bukovyna while others have detailed embroidery. There’s a wedding ensemble from the Hutsul region. And of course there are pysanky — better known as Easter eggs. “It’s a mixture, but it tells the story of people who came to Canada, who they were and why they decided to move,” says Krystyna Hudyma, the museum’s curatorial and programming assistant. Those are just some of the artifacts at the Saskatoon-based museum, the oldest Ukrainian museum in the country.

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