VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special Vatican meeting on the Middle East
ended Saturday (Oct. 23) with a flare-up in Catholic-Jewish tensions,
after an American bishop declared the Bible does not give Jews
privileged rights to the land of Israel.
Nairobi, October 25 (ENI)--A former general secretary of the World Council of Churches has warned that tension in Sudan ahead of a plebiscite on independence for the south of Africa's biggest country could spark mass killings similar to the Rwanda genocide in 1994.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Florida Pastor Terry Jones held the keys
to his black 2011 Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes on Friday (Oct.
22) before handing them to a battered women's advocacy group.
Jones gave the car, which car dealer Brad Benson had decorated with
two patriotic peace symbols, to the Jersey City-based Women Rising.
(RNS) American Sikhs are urging President Obama to visit the famed
Golden Temple in India next month, despite his administration's reported
concern that wearing the headscarf required for entry will inflame false
rumors that Obama is a Muslim.
Earlier this year, a group of English bishops charged that the nation's Christians faced systematic discrimination that endangered their right to hold public office. Some even warned that anti-Christian hostility amounted to open persecution, which could provoke civil unrest. Pope Benedict, meanwhile, charged that new British statutes clearly violated natural law.
Conditions inside poultry processing plants are grim and dangerous, according to a study released by Oxfam America. Workers are denied bathroom breaks, forcing some to wear diapers as they keep up with processing about 45 birds per minute. The workplace conditions are especially challenging for menstruating and pregnant women. The environment is frigid to keep the chickens cool. Floors splattered with water, blood, and fat are slippery. Many of the workers interviewed complained about sexual and racial discrimination. Conditions in unionized plants are better, but only about one-third are unionized. Four industry giants—Tyson, Perdue, Pilgrim’s, and Sanderson Farms—control 60 percent of the market, employing 100,000 people (Washington Post, May 11).