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Volume 43, Number 4
  
29 November 2012
J.D. Conor Mauro




A demonstrator smothers a tear gas canister in a puddle of water during 25 November protests in and around Tahrir Square in Cairo. Hundreds were injured in protests following Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's claim to new powers that shield his decisions from judicial review. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

Egypt’s courts will not be ‘blackmailed’ (L.A. Times) Egypt’s highest court has indicated it will soon rule on whether to dissolve the constitutional assembly, which has been boycotted by liberals and non-Muslims because of its preference for Shari’a, or Islamic law. Anticipating this, the assembly announced it was rushing to deliver a final draft of the new constitution to President Morsi on Thursday, days before the court is expected to make its decision. The rapid-paced maneuvering between the court and Morsi spoke to a dramatic test of wills over which side would shape the charter and the nation’s political future…

Indian archbishop reports ‘boom of vocations’ in the Year of the Faith (Fides) “The new vocations… are an injection of hope for the local Church. And from the people who live the Year of Faith with enthusiasm, joy, confidence in the future,” said Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. Additionally, Father Faustine Lucas Lobo, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in India, who went to Kandhamal in past weeks, confirms to Fides: “Catholics and vocations to the priesthood and religious life are growing, thanks to the work of the Church,” and the local faithful are “filled with missionary zeal”…

Maronite patriarch reaffirms need for Christian-Muslim dialogue (EWTN) Now also a cardinal, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter says he feels more responsible for improving Muslim and Christian dialogue in the Middle East. The church leader said he feels “the great responsibility to move forward in building communion with Muslims and Christians in a very divided and conflictive Middle East.” One of the six cardinals Pope Benedict XVI created on 24 November, Patriarch Bechara Peter is the only one representing Arab Christians in the Vatican…

Extremist Hungarian politician claims Jews are a ‘security risk’ (Der Spiegel) During a Monday evening debate over Israel’s military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Márton Gyöngyösi, deputy parliamentary floor leader for the Jobbik party, demanded that “all Jews living in Hungary be registered” and that “Jews, particularly those in parliament and the government, be evaluated for the potential danger they pose to Hungary.” In a comment directed at Zsolt Németh, a state secretary in the Foreign Ministry, he said: “I think you owe Hungary such a compilation”…

Catholicos seeks peace with Jacobites (The Asian Age) Catholicos Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on Sunday extended an olive branch to the Jacobite faction in the church, saying, “There is no reason for those having the same faith and liturgy to stay apart.” Addressing a mammoth gathering of the faithful at the centenary celebrations of the catholicate, the pontiff said: “I am all for unity in the Malankara Church. I don’t know why it’s still a far cry, and who all are blocking it”…

Hamas leader revives talk of reunion with P.L.O. (New York Times) On the eve of the United Nations vote on whether to declare the Palestinian Authority a nonmember state, the leader of Hamas revived a long-percolating proposal for his militant party to join the Palestine Liberation Organization, the group that, with Israel, signed the Oslo Accord, which Hamas has long derided. Speaking at an academic conference here by video link from his new base in Doha, Qatar, the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, called on Wednesday for the politically divided Palestinians to unite through new P.L.O. elections that would rebuild the organization “on a correct basis that includes all Palestinian forces.”



Tags: Egypt Palestine Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Hungary Indian Bishops