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POLAND – VATICAN
Special meeting of Polish bishops after the Wielgus affair
Strange alliance between nationalists and former Communists seems to emerge. Bishops and priests want to know what is in their secret service files. Poland’s press is speculating that Mgr Kowalczyk, the papal nuncio, will pay the price for not fully informing the Holy See.
08/01/2007 VATICAN – POLAND
Vatican denounces “strange alliance” against church after Wielgus resignation
The resignation of the archbishop of Warsaw was “an adequate solution” to the crisis but it seems that former and current enemies want to use documents of the secret services to weaken the Polish Church.
15/01/2007 POLAND – VATICAN
Bishops denounce moves against the credibility and unity of the Church
In a statement released to the press, Polish bishops stress the role played by the Church in the defence of “freedom and truth” during the Communist years. It demands respect for people’s dignity and calls on political leaders to ensure that secret service files be examined by an independent court.
07/01/2007 VATICAN – POLAND
Pope accepts resignation of Warsaw archbishop
Accused of collaborating with the past Communist regime, the archbishop admitted his “mistakes” but denied ever causing anyone harm.
New communications law, new tool for censorship
A month from the elections Pakistan’s caretaker government issues an ordinance that imposes the death penalty or life in prison for cyber crimes. But the text of the law is so vague that sending a simple e-mail might be construed as a crime.
A ‘bread and circuses’ budget
The executive secretary of the National Commission for Justice, Peace and Development criticises the 2008-2009 Budget for being too populist. Spending estimates only offer short-term solutions in view of next year’s elections, but leave hundreds of millions of people, the poor and rural communities, destitute.
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