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The Catholic Church Has Announced That They Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages Because God “Cannot Bless Sin”.

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Vatican Declares Church Can Not Bless Same Sex Unions

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  • In response to several questions regarding the Church’s stance on blessing same-sex marriages, the Vatican has answered “negative”.
  • The response was explained in a 2-page document issued by the Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and was approved by Pope Francis prior to public release.
  • The explanation, which has been translated into 7 languages, “declares illicit any form of blessing that tends to acknowledge [same-sex] unions as such.”
  • Parishes and Ministers in some countries, such as Germany and the US, have been advocating for the blessing of same-sex unions, however the Vatican’s ruling may disrupt these efforts.
  • The CDF has stated that their response is “not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite” of marriage.
  • The Vatican maintains its stance that Catholics are “to welcome with respect and sensitivity persons with homosexual inclinations.” and has clarified that the Church has not prohibited blessing homosexual people.
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community have been cautiously optimistic about changes in the Church’s stance on homosexuality, especially after the inauguration of Pope Francis who has stated that homosexuals are “part of the family” and need a “civil union law”. 
  • Activists have noted that the Pope supports civil protections for gay couples, however he has never promised change within the Church and has always opposed gay marriage.

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President Erdogan of Turkey Calls Western Countries to Help in Syria

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey wrote a column for Bloomberg which called upon western nations to help end the war in Syria.
  • President Erdogan said The West can either “watch from the sidelines as more innocent people lose their lives…take the military, economic and diplomatic measures necessary to develop a lasting solution…[or] throw their weight behind Turkey.” 
  • President Erdogan went on to list Turkey’s efforts to help Syrians describing combat troops that fought ISIS and the creation of  safe zones in liberated areas.
  • At the end President Erdogan specifically calls on President Joe Biden of America and states “Turkish people are prepared to support any initiative that will serve the interests of our Syrian neighbors and contribute to regional peace and stability.”

EU Brexit

  • After the United Kingdom aimed to extend the grace period for food imports to Northern Island, the European Union began to take legal action against the UK for violating the terms of the Brexit agreement.
  • The EU sent the UK a warning of Brussels’ plans to initiate legal action if they did not reverse their decision. 
  • However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain stated the agreement had not been breached and that the extension was to ensure fairness. 
  • Ireland, where the EU and UK share a land border, has now been disputed for a second time as last September the UK’s Internal Marketing Bill was brought into question.

Beijing Turned Orange by Sandstorm

  • Beijing skies are completely orange and enveloped in a thick haze with a sandstorm worse than any other in the past decade.
  • The sandstorm started in Mongolia and slowly moved south, with around 400 flights cancelled, reported deaths, and several missing.
  • Beijing has set up many restrictions and started programs, such as reforesting, to decrease sandstorms and improve overall pollution levels, but air quality has drastically plummeted into hazardous levels in many areas of China.

Gunmen Kidnap Three Teachers in Nigeria

  • A primary school in the Nigerian state of Kaduna was attacked by gunmen and three teachers were taken.
  • This attack comes after a series of other school raids, with hundreds of students being kidnapped since December, and majority being released after.
  • Many believe that ransom payments are being made by the government, therefore increasing the number of kidnappings.

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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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