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Volume 45, Number 3
  
24 January 2013
J.D. Conor Mauro




Blessed John Paul II is pictured in a 1983 photo greeting Polish Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, who died on 23 January in Warsaw. (photo: CNS/KNA)

Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Poland dies at 83 (New York Times) Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the spiritual leader of Poland’s Roman Catholics for 25 years, who helped steer his nation through a historic and relatively peaceful transition from Communism to democracy in 1989, died on Wednesday in Warsaw. He was 83. The Polish news agency PAP said Cardinal Glemp had lung cancer. For a thousand years, the church has been a repository of nationhood in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland, and for decades Cardinal Glemp, as the archbishop of Warsaw and Gniezno and the primate of Poland, was both mediator and power broker in the struggle between the Communist government and the resistance led by the Solidarity labor union…

Bombs in Baghdad kill 17 (Al Jazeera) Three blasts, including a suicide attack, have killed at least 17 people in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. The most deadly of Tuesday’s explosions took place in Taji, about 12 miles north of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives detonated his bomb near an army base, killing at least 7 and wounding 24. Two more car bombs, in the northwest neighborhood of Shula and the town of Mahmudiya to the south of the city, killed another 10 and wounded nearly 30, police and hospital sources said. Violence in Iraq has eased since the widespread sectarian carnage of 2006-2007, but Sunni armed groups still launch frequent attacks to reignite confrontation among the Shia majority, Sunni Muslims and ethnic Kurds. The latest attacks come amid rising ethnic and sectarian tension following the arrest last month of bodyguards assigned to the Sunni finance minister Rafia al Issawi…

Archbishop Manoogian elected Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem (France24) Archbishop Nurhan Manoogian has been elected the 97th Armenian Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, one of the five custodians of Christian religious sites in the Holy Land. The 65-year-old patriarch elect replaces His Beatitude Torkom II, who died at 93 in October 2012, after falling into a coma following a stroke. The new patriarch will lead the small Armenian Orthodox communities in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, and take responsibility for parts of holy sites including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Nurhan Manougian was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1948 and ordained in Jerusalem in 1971. His election must be approved by Israel and the Jordanian king…

Muslim Brotherhood boycotts Jordanian elections (Christian Science Monitor) Jordanians voted in their first parliamentary elections since the Arab Spring revolts on Wednesday, but a boycott by the main Islamist party guaranteed there would be no repeat of an Egypt-style revolution via the ballot box. The popular Muslim Brotherhood shunned the poll saying the electoral system had been rigged against large, populated urban areas where it is strongest in favor of rural tribal areas where conservative, pro-government forces are entrenched. The Brotherhood’s boycott has reduced the election to a contest between tribal leaders, establishment figures and businessmen, with just a few of the 1,500 candidates running for recognized parties. “God willing, these elections will produce a good parliament that will consider the needs of the citizens. We hope this parliament will be better than the previous one,” said Iskandar Nuqul, a voter in Amman’s first electoral district…

Palestinian president seeks peace talks with new Israeli parliament (Daily Star Lebanon) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will invite Israeli politicians to the West Bank to try to make sure peacemaking is on the new government’s agenda, a senior official said Thursday, even as a top Israeli hard-liner proposed sidelining the polarizing issue. President Abbas hopes to sit down with representatives of Israel’s parliamentary factions to discuss the possibility of settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully, senior Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo told The Associated Press. He did not say when the invitations would go out, but emphasized that the president wants the meeting to take place before Israel forms its next government — a process that is expected to take several weeks…

Egyptian human rights group decries police abuses (L.A. Times) An Egyptian human rights groups reported this week that torture and police brutality, which helped spark a national uprising two years ago, have continued under the new Islamist-led government. Over the course of 2011 and 2012, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) documented more than 20 extrajudicial killings as a result of torture or “unnecessary” use of firearms by police forces, the group said in a report released ahead of the second anniversary of the 25 January revolt that eventually toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. “It is clear from the data gathered that police continue to deploy excessive violence and torture systematically as it was during the Mubarak regime,” the rights group said. As Egypt continues to find its way after the revolution, the government has gone through different interior ministers who promised drastic police reform and new ways for security forces to reach out to the public. EIPR says little has changed…



Tags: Iraq Egypt Jordan Middle East Peace Process Armenian Apostolic Church