Daily Archives: June 25, 2015


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Obama announces changes to US hostage policy



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Palestinians to submit first case against Israel to ICC


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Assange calls for legal action after US spying revelations


Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an oblique rebuke to the Islamic State and other militants, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has wished Muslims a peaceful and joyful Ramadan and acknowledged the pain of those who have suffered or died because of violence.

“With Pope Francis, we wish you that the fruits of Ramadan and the joy of Eid al-Fitr may bring about peace and prosperity, enhancing your human and spiritual growth,” Cardinal Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said in a June 12 letter to Muslims.

His remarks alluded to ongoing violence in the Middle East and elsewhere. He asked both Christians and Muslims to pray.

“Our prayer is much needed: for justice, for peace and security in the world; for those who have deviated from the true path of life and commit violence in the name of religion, so as to return to God and change life; for the poor and the sick,” said the French-born cardinal.

His comments follow the rise of militant groups in Iraq and Syria such as the Islamic State. Some Islamist militants accuse other Muslims of apostasy and target them for violence. While Christians and other religious minorities sometimes suffer disproportionately, millions of Muslims have suffered as well.

The cardinal’s Ramadan message spoke to these victims.

“For some of you and also for others from other religious communities, the joy of the feast is shadowed by the memory of the dear ones who lost their life or goods, or suffered physically, mentally and even spiritually because of violence,” he said.

The cardinal lamented the killings, enslavement, crimes against women, forced migration, and the destruction of religious and cultural heritage.

“We are all aware of the gravity of these crimes in themselves. However, what makes them even more heinous is the tentative of justifying them in the name of religion. It is a clear manifestation of instrumentalizing religion for gaining power and richness.”

He continued:

“There is no life that is more precious than another one because it belongs to a specific race or religion. Therefore, no one can kill. No one can kill in the name of God; this would be a double crime: against God and the very person.”

Cardinal Tauran called on leaders in education, media, and religion to teach “the sacred character of life and the derived dignity of every person, regardless of his or her ethnicity, religion, culture, social position and political choice.”

He stressed the need for authorities to provide security and public order to protect people from “the blind violence of the terrorists.”

Ramadan is a Muslim month of fasting intended to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. This year, it lasts from June 17-July 17. It ends with the holiday Eid al-Fitr, which breaks the fast.

Cardinal Tauran told Muslims he hoped and prayed that they may be enriched by the Ramadan practices of fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and visits to family members.

“Our feasts, among others, nourish in us hope for the present and the future,” he said. “It is with hope that we look at the future of humanity, especially when we do our best to make our legitimate dreams become a reality.”

Tags: Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Tauran

via Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Image of the day: To crush the Plains Indians and drive them onto reservations… (give me freedom with reservation…)

To crush the Plains Indians and drive them onto reservations,

Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and more than 600 7th Cavalrymen and Indian scouts advanced on an Indian encampment in the Little Bighorn Valley of Montana on June 25, 1876. Custer’s main concern was to keep the Indians from escaping, but on this day, he faced the biggest alliance of hostile Plains Indians–mostly Sioux and Cheyenne–ever gathered in one place. Custer and his entire personal command, about 210 soldiers, were wiped out. Many reasons for the military disaster have been promulgated, including the divided command, the difficult terrain, internal regimental jealousies, the weapons used and the quality of the troops. However, exactly what took place during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, particularly during what has become known as Custer’s Last Stand, may never be known.

Image: Library of Congress

Saint of the Day for Thursday, June 25th, 2015: St. William of Vercelli

Image of St. William of Vercelli

St. William of Vercelli

William of Vercelli, Saint 1085-1142. founder, born in Vercelli Italy he was brought up as an orphan became a hermit on Monte Vergine, Italy after a pilgrimage to Compostella and attracted so many … continue reading

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today’s holiday/commemoration: Slovenia National Day

Slovenia National Day

Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991, after elections in 1990 showed that 88% of the people wished to secede from Yugoslavia. Previously, Slovenia, which is a little smaller than New Jersey, was part of the Austria-Hungarian kingdom. It joined with Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro at the end of World War I, and this federation was called Yugoslavia after 1929. More… Discuss

quotation: Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind. Jonathan Swift

Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

today’s birthday: George Orwell (1903)

George Orwell (1903)

Best known by his pseudonym George Orwell, Eric Arthur Blair was a British novelist and essayist famed for his scathingly satirical and frighteningly political novels: the anti-Soviet fable Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, a prophetic novel that portrays the catastrophic excesses of state control over the individual. Orwell was distrustful of all political parties and ideologies, and this sentiment is reflected in much of his work. What are some of his other novels? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Custer Dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876)

Custer Dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876)

Popularly known as “Custer’s Last Stand,” the Battle of the Little Bighorn occurred during the US government’s campaign to force the Cheyenne and Sioux onto reservations using federal troops. Upon encountering a large encampment of the tribes, General George Custer launched an early attack with a party of approximately 200 soldiers. The troops were annihilated by the vastly larger force, and Custer himself was killed during the battle along with two of his brothers. Who led the Indian alliance? More… Discuss



Fermentation is the process by which a living cell obtains energy by breaking down simple sugars and other molecules without using oxygen. It occurs in different chemical sequences in different species of organisms. In alcoholic fermentation, known to humans for at least 7,000 years, the glucose molecule is degraded to two molecules of the two-carbon alcohol, ethanol, and to two molecules of carbon dioxide. What serious illness can result from eating fermented food? More… Discuss

word: face-off


Definition: (noun) A hostile disagreement face-to-face.
Synonyms: confrontation, encounter, showdown
Usage: The relationship between the two officers deteriorated until they had a noisy face-off at the chief’s office. Discuss.

‘Hoff crab’ gets formal scientific name

‘Hoff crab’ gets formal scientific name



Queen stresses need for Europe unity

Queen stresses need for Europe unity



‘I am a painter’: A Chinese man’s plea for love

‘I am a painter’: A Chinese man’s plea for love



US probes ‘insider trading’ hackers

US probes ‘insider trading’ hackers



Gmail adds an ‘undo send’ email tool

Gmail adds an ‘undo send’ email tool



Adobe issues emergency Flash fix

Adobe issues emergency Flash fix