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London Paralympics: Sport For Life

The fifteenth edition of the Paralympic Games, the Olympics for athletes with physical disabilities, are about to begin in London.

They will begin August 29 and end 9 September. 42.000 athletes from 166 nations will be taking part in the Games – a record figure for this sporting event which is forecast to attract the highest audience numbers. Read more »

SUARAM: Business Of Human Rights Defence

While the Registrar of Societies may now feign innocence regarding their selectivity in registering societies by questioning SUARAM’s registration as a business, let me remind the young generation and those with short memories about our nation’s shortcomings relating to the freedom of association in our recent history.

As you know, ‘Operation Lalang’ was Dr Mahathir’s autocracy at its worst when he arrested and detained more than a hundred innocent Malaysians without trial in October 1987. Read more »

Bishop: National Harmony Act Could Be A Misnomer

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing suggested that it is better for the government to just repeal the Sedition Act than replace it with another law whose provisions may be as selectively enforced as it predecessor's has been.

The head of the Catholic Church in the Melaka-Johor diocese was airing his comments to Malaysiakini on the move by Prime Minister Najib Razak to have the Sedition Act replaced by a National Harmony Act. Read more »

Karachi Archbishop Coutts - Passionate Advocate Of Peace And Dialogue

“He has contracted pneumonia and is in a hospital in Karachi”, a source told Vatican Insider. On 25 January, Pope Benedict XVI appointed this courageous 66-year old passionate advocate of peace, dialogue and understanding between the followers of different religions as the new archbishop of Karachi.

He succeeded Archbishop Evarist Pinto whose resignation the pope had accepted for reasons of age. Read more »

Church: Yes To Commission For Truth And Reconciliation

The Malaysian Church looks at the establishment of a "Commission for truth and reconciliation" with favor, which examines issues such as corruption and discrimination in the country.

As reported to Fides by sources in the local Church, the proposal was launched by the movement for transparency "Bersih" that, since last year, has promoted a vast campaign in the Malaysian civil society, to demand transparency in the electoral process (see Fides 28/4/2012). Read more »

Vatican Leak Inquiry: Confessor Defends Pope’s Butler

The voice of the elderly priest - who wished to remain anonymous - sounded broken from all the crying, as he spoke to Italian newspaper La Stampa, from his home in the Vatican.

During the telephone interview he described what he knew about Benedict XVI’s 46 year old butler, Paolo Gabriele, husband and father of three, who was arrested after he was found in “illegal possession of confidential documents.” Like many in the Holy See, the monsignor is scared and still in shock after yesterday’s events. Read more »

Italian Bishops Publish First Clerical Sex Abuse Norms

The Italian bishops' conference released its first ever set of guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sexual abuse, urging bishops to cooperate with civil authorities, but also making it clear that bishops in Italy have no legal obligation to report suspected cases to police.

Bishop Mariano Crociata, general secretary of the bishops' conference, presented the guidelines to reporters May 22 and told them that 135 cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors had been reported between 2000 and 2012. Read more »

World Without Faith Would Be A Disaster, Says Tony Blair

In an interview in front of more than 4,300 people at an Anglican conference Mr Blair also revealed that he had once been rebuked by an official for proposing to end a speech with the words: “God bless Britain.”

Mr Blair, a former Anglican who became a Catholic in 2007 – less than a year after he stepped down as prime minister – said that faith was vital because it introduced the virtue of humility into societies. Read more »

Bar Council: Resolution On BERSIH 3.0 Public Assembly On 28 April 2012

The Extraordinary General Meeting of the Malaysian Bar (“EGM”) was held at Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 11 May 2012 (Friday), and attended by 1,270 Members of the Malaysian Bar.

The motion, as amended, was put to a vote and carried by a majority (939 votes in favour, 16 against, with no abstentions).

The resolution adopted at the EGM is as follows: Read more »

MCCBCHST: Bersih Has Constitutional Right To Assemble Peacefully

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) supports Bersih's right to assemble peacefully at Dataran Merdeka on 28/4/2012.

It is their Constitutional right to Assemble Peacefully which is guaranteed in our Federal Constitution by Article 10(1)(b) which provided "all citizens have the right to assemble peacefully and without arms". Read more »

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