Archive for 4 aprile, 2005

Zimbabwe: l’opposizione alza il tiro

4 aprile, 2005 2 commenti

Il partito di Morgan Tsvangirai, il Movimento per il Cambiamento Democratico (Mdc), sconfitto dall’Unione Nazionale dello Zimbabwe-Fronte Patriottico (Zanu-Pf), il partito di Robert Mugabe, chiede la ripetizione delle elezioni politiche. Questa agenzia (Asca-Afp), tuttavia, non lascia molte speranze:
(Asca-Afp) – Roma, 4 apr – Malgrado le critiche di Washington e Londra e le accuse del leader dell’opposizione, le elezioni che hanno confermato Robert Mugabe alla guida dello Zimbabwe vengono definite ”libere e credibili e riflettono la volonta’ del popolo” dagli osservatori africani. Secondo quanto riferisce l’agenzia MISNA, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, capo della Southern African Development Community ( Sadc, comunita’ di sviluppo dell’Africa australe) ed altri osservatori elettorali dell’Unione Africana e dalle delegazioni governative di Zambia, Mozambico, Malawi and Sudafrica, hanno quindi posto una pietra tombale sulle recriminazioni dell’opposizione. Mugabe, che ha 81 anni e restera’ in carica fino al 2008, scherzando con i giornalisti ha detto che a questo punto andra’ in pensione quando avra’ raggiunto ”l’eta’ di un secolo”.
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‘Suddenly, he appeared, like an angel from heaven’

4 aprile, 2005 2 commenti

Karol Wojtyla and the Jews. From Haaretz:
Il Papa al Muro del Pianto, Marzo 2000Over the course of his papacy, John Paul II revolutionized the Vatican’s relationship with both Israel and the Jewish people. In 1979, on his first journey home to Poland as head of the Catholic Church, he became the first pope ever to visit a Nazi death camp, kneeling in prayer at Auschwitz – a place he described as a "triumph of evil." In 1986, in Rome, he became the first pope to enter a synagogue; during that visit, he made his now-famous statement that the Jews are Christians’ "elder brothers" and spoke of Christian responsibility for crimes against the Jews.

In 1993, the Vatican finally recognized Israel, a step widely regarded as removing any theological opposition to the Jewish state’s existence. And in 2000, John Paul II not only visited Israel, but won Israelis’ hearts by visiting sites such as the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and the Western Wall, where he observed the ancient Jewish custom of placing a note in the cracks between the stones. "We are deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer and, asking your forgiveness, we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant," the note read.

But while many Israelis mourned the loss of a uniquely friendly pontiff, for some, the mourning was more personal: Elderly Holocaust survivors reminisced Sunday about growing up with Karol Wojtyla, the man who became John Paul II, in the small Polish town of Wadowice, and about encounters with the young seminary student toward the end of World War II. These early friendships are widely believed to have been a major factor in the late pope’s efforts at reconciliation with the Jewish people and the Jewish state.

One survivor, Idit Tzirer, said that she was an emaciated 13-year-old in 1945. She had just been released from a Nazi labor camp and was sitting on a street corner in the snow, too weak to walk, when Wojtyla approached.

"Suddenly, he appeared, like an angel from heaven, when nobody else was taking any notice of me," she said on Israel TV. "He brought me a cup of hot tea and two huge slices of bread and cheese … After a while he asked me if I wanted to get away from that place and I told him I wanted to get to Krakow, but I couldn’t walk. So he hoisted me on his back, like a sack of flour, and carried me, four or five kilometers."

Former chief rabbi Israel Meir Lau, also a Holocaust survivor, recalled that he met the pope five times. At one meeting, the aging pontiff told Lau that he remembered the rabbi’s grandfather going to synagogue every Saturday with masses of grandchildren around him.

"He asked me: ‘How many survived the Holocaust?’" Lau told Israel Radio. "Just five, 42 were killed. And then he [the pope] looked at the ceiling and said: ‘In all my travels – I visited 120 countries ­ I see anti-Semitism and I emphasize our obligation, the obligation of all humanity, to ensure the continued existence and the future of our elder brother, the Jewish nation.’"

[Via Norm]