Vatican clerics wants rights as residents of Israel

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“Catholics are not foreigners here. They are an integral part of life of the State of Israel”.  ‬‬

The Vatican cleric says of agreement that will settle outstanding taxation issues normalize Catholic presence in the country ‬.

Israel and the Catholic Church will soon sign an agreement that will regulate financial relations between them, according to senior Catholic officials in Jerusalem. Clerics say the long overdue agreement will settle outstanding taxation issues and will normalize the Catholic presence in Israel.

“The idea is to give a juridical frame and to say that Catholics are not foreigners here — they are an integral part of the life of the State of Israel,” Father Pierbattista Pizzabella, the Custos (custodian) of the Holy Land responsible for the Christian holy sites, told a group of journalists including The Media Line. “Catholics must have a clear position according to the law and international agreements.”


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Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger

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August 8, 2013NAMBIAA severe drought that sparked a state of emergency in Namibia has left 400,000 people facing hunger, the government said. The government has been criticized for failing to do enough to provide relief to people during the worst dry spell to hit the country in decades. But the chairman of the Disaster Risk Management Committee defended the government’s performance as he announced the new figure late Tuesday. “We are trying to do the best we can to make sure that the food goes to the intended people. So far so good,” he said. Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, and only two percent of land receives sufficient rainfall to grow crops. The southern African country has seen several droughts in the recent decades. The number of people at risk from hunger has risen from 300,000 in May, when President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared…

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