In Brief

Source: FSSPX News

 

“Happy to sing at the Vatican”

The Algerian singer and Muslim Khaled declared himself happy and honored to sing at the Christmas concert organized at the Vatican, on December 13 last, for the financing of building new churches on the outskirts of Rome.

“I am happy to perform at the Vatican, and I think that I bring a message of peace in my own way, because the will to construct peace in an atmosphere of tolerance is shared by all religions” he declared to La Repubblica, on December 24, adding : “Between Christianity and Islam there is no difference : for us Muslims there is nothing surprising about celebrating the personage of the prophet Jesus. The religions all come from a unique superior entity, who is God, and all seek to make man wiser”.

According to Khaled : “Terrorism has nothing to do with the Muslim religion. Islamic fundamentalism is a phenomenon comparable with fascism and the nazism of Hitler. There can not be racism between religions”.

During the broadcast of this concert on the television channel Canale 5,the intervention of Lauryn Hill was cut. This Afro-American singer strongly criticized those responsible in the Catholic Church for the abuse committed by pedophile priests. (see DICI no 87)

The pope would have seen and appreciated The Passion of Mel Gibson

“The film tells what happened”, the pope would have said to his secretary, Mgr. Stanislas Dziwisz, after having watched it in his apartment. This was stated by the American publication National Catholic Reporter.

The release of the film has been fixed for February 25, 2004, Ash Wednesday in the United States.

Was the Vatican the target of Muslim terrorists?

In an interview with a journalist from the Italian daily Libero, December 24 last, the president of the Council, Silvio Berlusconi, said : “I can tell you that the real news is a precise and verified piece of information of a terrorist attack in Rome on Christmas Day”.

The mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni provided an indirect confirmation of Silvio Berlusconi’s revelations : “A great many of us spent the afternoon of December 24 working, but without feeling the need to reveal things that we had agreed to withhold, precisely so as not to spread a feeling of alarm”, he told the agency ANSA.

“I have no comment to make”, declared Joaquin Navarro-Valls, for his part, spokesman for the Holy See.

In fact, special security measures had been taken in Italy, after a warning from Mossad, about a “probable attack in Italy as Christmas draws near, in a place representing a symbol of Christianity”. (see DICI no 87)