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MEDIA ALERT: Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Pope

March 13th, 2013, Media Alerts

Pope Francis gives the blessing "Urbi et Orbi"

Catholic Cardinals elected new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires,Wednesday afternoon in Vatican City. He is the first South American pope to be elected.

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MEDIA ALERT: Pakistani Christians Protest Rash of Violence

March 11th, 2013, Media Alerts

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Pakistani Christians took to the streets of Lahore on Sunday to protest a rash of violence against their community over the weekend. (Sources: New York Times, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post)

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The Fate of Minorities in the Arab Spring

May 20th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

From the shores of the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf, women and men in many Arab-Muslim countries are demanding that their rulers democratize, and that dictators monopolizing power and national wealth for their own profit step down. Many observers have long underestimated and some even denied the great aspiration of the Arab people for democracy. But the ongoing extraordinary turmoil demonstrates the universality of the demand for human rights, and that adherence to Islam does not preclude desire for democracy. So far, despite some fears, Arab revolutions have led to neither xenophobia nor anti-Western demonstrations, nor a significant breakthrough for Islamists.

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R. Guitton on Christians massacres in Iraq: “It’s a matter of humanity, not community”

December 14th, 2010, Comment & Analysis, Podcasts

A wave of anti-Christian violence has been blowing over Iraq for some weeks, first through the mass killings claimed by Al Qaeda in a Syriac Catholic Church, followed by a series of attacks on Christian homes.

Interview with René Guitton, writer and publisher, specialist of religions.

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R. Guitton on Christians massacres in Iraq: “It’s a matter of humanity, not community”

December 14th, 2010, Comment & Analysis, Podcasts

A wave of anti-Christian violence has been blowing over Iraq for some weeks, first through the mass killings claimed by Al Qaeda in a Syriac Catholic Church, followed by a series of attacks on Christian homes. René Guitton, religious scholar and author, discusses (view French version here). You have closely followed the recent killings in [...]

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The Stakes of Hate

October 6th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

American pastor Terry Jones in September 2010 came very close to burning to ashes – in the spotlights of televisions summoned to immortalize the scene – what he described as the “Satanic Verses”, namely the Quran. His illusory alibi was to honor the memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and defend what he assumes are the “values” of America. The memory of this threat continues to pique interest, and suggests what might happen if another fool feels like carrying out a similar plan.

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