` Protest Over Expansion of Church Project to Build on Municipal Land ‘

#AceWorldNews – SPAIN – May 19 – Around 300 protesters gathered in front of the Santa Catalina Laboure Church in Madrid, Sunday, trying to prevent members of the church to enter Sunday Mass in protest of the church’s expansion project on the city’s municipal land.

Residents surrounding the church in the Carabanchel district have rejected the project, which includes the construction of a crypt with 230 niches, a chapel, a garden, church halls and private parking, due to the contention of whether or not the land is still owned by the municipality of the capital.

The protesting neighbours further said that the district does not need another cemetery, but rather needs “something for the neighbourhood” such as a public library, indoor pool or a senior home.

The church belongs to the Catholic denomination of the Neocatechumenal Way, a creed dedicated to the adult faith formation. It was founded by the Spanish artist Kiko Arguello in 1964 which gave rise to the colloquial name of its followers as ‘kikos’.

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` Gerry Adams Once IRA Now Politician Who Sit’s in the Houses of Parliament is Arrested for Killing in 1972 ‘

#AceNewsServices – BELFAST – Northern Ireland – May 01 – Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams, the warlord-turned-peacemaker of the Northern Ireland conflict, was being interrogated Thursday over the grisly slaying of a Belfast widow that has haunted his political career for decades.

Adams was arrested on suspicion of ordering the killing of Jean McConville, a mother of 10 in his Catholic west Belfast power base in 1972. That was the deadliest year in four decades of bloodshed, when the outlawed Irish Republican Army was committing killings daily — and Adams was already a commanding figure.

The IRA branded the 38-year-old woman a British spy but killed her secretly and told her children, who ranged in age from infants to teens, that she had abandoned them.

If Adams, 65, is charged with the murder of McConville — who disappeared without trace until her bullet-shattered skull was found near a Republic of Ireland beach in 2003 — it would be a profound surprise and deal a damaging shock to Northern Ireland’s precariously balanced peace.

Adams’ track record suggests he won’t be.

He was arrested and interrogated repeatedly in the wake of IRA bombings and shootings in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and even met British government leaders face to face as an IRA representative for failed cease-fire talks in 1972, followed by the IRA’s biggest car-bomb offensive on Belfast. Yet he insists he’s never held any position in the underground army and has been convicted of only one IRA offence, a failed escape when imprisoned without trial.

Adams gave every impression he intended to walk free again, giving TV interviews shortly before delivering himself to a Belfast police station Wednesday to begin an interrogation he has anticipated for months, if not years.

“I believe that the killing of Jean McConville and the secret burial of her body was wrong and a grievous injustice to her and her family,” Adams said. “Well publicized, malicious allegations have been made against me. I reject these. While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs. McConville.”

The difference, this time, is that key potential witnesses against Adams have been speaking, on tape, from their graves.

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` Russian Foreign Ministry says that the `UN Security Council ' must discuss Alleged Attack by Al-Qaeda on Kessab'

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 01 – The situation in Syria’s Christian majority town of Kassab, which was reportedly attacked by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, must be discussed at the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

“The UN Security Council should discuss the situation in Kassab and give it a principled evaluation,” it stated.

On March 21, Jihadists reportedly crossed into Syria from Turkey and seized the town in Latakia province, home to over 2,000 ethnic Armenians.

The attack caused hundreds of local families, mainly Armenian, to flee their homes and seek shelter in the city of Latakia.

SYRIA – April 30 – (TS) – Rebels seized control of Kassab on Sunday after launching an attack two days earlier in the coastal Syrian province of Latakia. The fighters were from an array of conservative and Islamic groups, including the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

The province has an ancient Armenian presence, but is better known as a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad. It is his ancestral home and that of followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, that he belongs to.

The clashes led most of Kassab’s estimated 2,000 residents to flee some 57 kilometres to Latakia city, emptying out a village that boasted a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church.

“We had to flee only with our clothes. We could not take anything, not even the most precious thing — a handful of soil from Kassab. We could not take our memories,” said a woman to Syrian state television. She identified herself as Kassab resident, but did not give her name.

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Malaysia: ” Only Muslims Able to Call `God’ by the Name of `Allah’ so says their King”

#AceNewsServices saysMalaysia King says ‘Allah’ is only for Muslims

Published time: January 19, 2014 17:10
Edited time: January 21, 2014 13:00
 Muslim Protestors display a banner during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word 'Allah' at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur (AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan)

Muslim Protestors’ display a banner during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word ‘Allah’ at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur (AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan)

Only Muslims can use the word Allah to refer to God, the Malaysian King has declared adding fuel to the long-running dispute and raising questions over rights of religious minorities in the country where Islam is followed by about 60 % of the population.

Intervening in the dispute for the first time, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah urged Sunday representatives of all other communities to respect Muslims’ exclusive right in order to maintain stability and harmony in Malaysia.

In the context of a pluralistic society, religious sensitivities especially related to Islam as the religion of the federation should be respected,” the King said in a speech, cited by Malaysian state news agency Bernama.

Confusion and controversy can be averted if there is adherence to the provisions of the law and judicial decisions,” he added.

The term ‘Allah’ came to the language used by the nation’s dominant Malay ethnic group from Arabic and is used to describe ‘God’ by people of all faiths.

Sultan Abdul Halim, 86, is one of the nine sultans who take turns every five years to serve as head of state.

The king’s role in Malaysia is largely ceremonial and his powers are limited. However, he is considered a defender of Islam and enjoys the respect of the Muslim population.

The 14th king of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (AFP Photo)The 14th king of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (AFP Photo)

Sultan Abdul Halim recalled that back in 1986 the National Fatwa Council ruled that several words, including Allah, could be used by Muslims only, writes New Straits Times.

But even though fatwas, or rulings, by clerics are followed by many of Malaysia’s Muslims, they are not legally binding. Two years later, in 1988, the restriction on the use of a bunch of words was passed into law by the Barisan National regime. The enactment, many argue, violates the country’s constitution that guarantees equal rights to all the citizens.

In October last year, the ban on the use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims was supported by a court. Three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court voted unanimously to overturn a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the Catholic newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah to refer to God.

The Federal Court, which will hear the case on February 24 to decide on whether it would hear an appeal by the Catholic Church, reports The Malaysian Insider.

The October court verdict prompted protests by both Catholics – who say their rights are violated – and Muslims who demand the rule is followed by representatives of other religions.

Deepening the tensions even further, in November the Senator of the Malaysian state of Selangor issued a decree last November prohibiting non-Muslims from referring to God as “Allah”. On January 3, Selangor’s religious authorities moved to enforce the decree and seized over 300 Malay Bibles from a Christian group.

Christians make up about 9 per cent of the country’s 29-million population. It is the third largest religious group in Malaysia after Buddhists.

 

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#AceBreakingNews says Obama administration in a Friday court…

#AceBreakingNews says Obama administration in a Friday court filing urges Supreme Court not to exempt Catholic groups from health care law’s contraception mandate after Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary reprieve earlier in the week.

More on this story http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/03/administration-to-high-court-dont-exempt-catholic-groups-from-contraception/

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“Justice Sonia Sotmayor – Blocks Implementation of Portions of Obama’s Health Care Law”

English: Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court j...

English: Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

#AceBreakingNews says Justice Sonia Sotomayor has blocked implementation of portions of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Sotomayor acted on a request from an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado, whose request for a stay had been denied by the lower courts.
For more on this story, go to http://usat.ly/Ki9FPo.

 

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