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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Elects New Patriarch

00 Abune Mathias. Ethiopian OTC. 28.02.13

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On Thursday, church officials said that the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church elected Abune Mathias Asrat (see bio here) as its new patriarch to replace its previous First Hierarch, Abune Patriarch Paulos Yohnannes, who died in August 2012. Daniel Sefermikael, a church official, said, “Abune Matthias… Archbishop of Jerusalem (for the Ethiopian OTC) was elected with a majority of the votes cast”. He said that Mathias got about 500 out of 806 votes cast. Mathias, 71, has lived abroad for over 30 years, initially fleeing Ethiopia following a military coup by Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1974. He has since travelled throughout Europe and North America, and will now settle in Ethiopia to serve as patriarch.

About 63 percent of Ethiopia’s 83 million people are Christian, with the majority following the Orthodox faith, according to official figures. Mathias will be sworn in at an official ceremony in Addis Ababa on Sunday, which tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. The office of the patriarch has been vacant since August after Abune Paulos died of an undisclosed illness. He had served as head of the Ethiopian OTC since 1992. Ethiopian patriarchs have the title Abune, which means “father” in Amharic. Ethiopia is home to some of Africa‘s oldest Orthodox churches, including a cluster of 11 ancient rock-hewn churches in Lalibela designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

28 February 2013

Agence France Presse

As quoted in Global Post

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/ethiopia-elects-patriarch-orthodox-church

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US Congress Backs Expanded Protections For Domestic Violence Victims

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On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed a new version of the Violence Against Women Act that would expand federal protections to gays, lesbians, and other vulnerable groups; US President Barack Obama pledged that he’d promptly sign the bill into law. The bill, approved by the US Senate last year, passed in the Republican-controlled House on Thursday by a vote of 286-138 after months of delay over rightwing objections to extending federal protections based on sexual orientation and expanding jurisdiction of Indian courts in domestic violence cases. In a statement posted on the White House website, President Obama said, “Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk”.

The original US Violence Against Women law came into effect in 1994, backed by Vice President Joe Biden when he was a senator, and was credited with raising public awareness about domestic violence directed at women, assisting its victims, and prosecuting its perpetrators. The law expired in 2011; whilst politicians in both parties were in general agreement on the need to extend the measure, they were at odds on many details, including its expansion to protect homosexuals and bolstering the authority of Native American courts in prosecuting crimes on Indian reservations. Biden released a statement of his own, saying that domestic violence in the USA fell by 64 percent since the original law was passed, adding, “I’m pleased that this progress will continue, with new tools for cops and prosecutors to hold abusers and rapists accountable”. The Violence Against Women legislation authorises funding for a range of programmes that help victims of violence and support prosecution of people accused of domestic violence and sexual assault. The new law also contains provisions dealing with stalking as well as the improper use of spyware and video surveillance equipment.

28 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/crime/20130301/179742792/US-Congress-Backs-Expanded-Protections-From-Domestic-Violence—.html

Editor’s Note:

The crime that “may not be named” is clergy abuse. That is, it’s a sort of “domestic violence” that we often refuse to face, or we attack the victim, rather than the abuser. All too many of the konvertsy are hyperclerical, that is, they give clergy too much power over their lives (this is true of some fanatical semi-monastic sorts as well, but it’s not so marked in the cradle set). This is most patent amongst former cultists such as the HOOMies, for we had the stupidity to ordain their cult leaders as clergy. These jabronies control just about every facet of their flock’s lives… and the idiots just eat it up… reflect on this… they don’t want freedom. They reject it, even though Orthodoxy is the freest, most Zen-like, least juridical, and most tolerant part of Christendom. Why did they join us in the first place? Damned if I know… however, watch for them to criticise this new law. Bear in mind, part of it is due to the fact that they tolerate abusive clergy, and that they think that abusive situations in marriage are just as normal and moral. That’s nasty… they oppose people having recourse to the law… both in abusive marriages and in abusive church settings. That’s a meaty bone to gnaw upon, no? It takes all kinds… and some are beyond the pale… NEVER forget that.

BMD

Papacy Vacant as Benedict Leaves Vatican

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On Thursday, the Fisherman’s Throne in the Vatican was vacant as of 20.00 CET (11.00 PST. 14.00 EST. 19.00 UTC. 23.00 MSK. 06.00 1 March AEST), after Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger left the Apostolic Palace, heading for the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. Earlier on Thursday, he addressed all the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, giving them a blessing and shaking hands. Benedict also bid his followers farewell on Thursday in the last message on his Twitter account, which he later closed, texting, “Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives”.

Benedict, who became the 265th Pope of Rome in 2005 following his predecessor John Paul II Wojtyła’s death, announced his resignation due to old age and failing health on 11 February. The last pope to step down voluntarily was Gregory XII Corraro in 1415. Earlier, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said that the conclave to elect a successor to Benedict could begin before 15 March if all the cardinals were present in Rome. Under church rules, the conclave should begin between 15 to 20 days after the papacy becomes vacant, to give cardinals time to get to Rome.

28 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/art_living/20130228/179741846/Papacy-Post-Vacant-as-Benedict-Leaves-Vatican.html

28 February 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. It’s Another Discovery of the Century

00 Sergei Yolkin. It’s Another Discovery of the Century. 2013

It’s Another Discovery of the Century

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Women scientists working in the biological sciences are less likely than their male colleagues to resort to unscrupulous tricks… nine out of ten researchers caught cheating were from the stronger sex.

23 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130123/919381001.html

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