Pope Francis To Visit Egypt

LA STAMPA (Italy), THE CHRISTIAN TIMES, MENA (Middle East News Agency)


ROME – Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from the Coptic Pope Tawadros II to visit Egypt. The date of this visit has not been set yet, but it will be the first papal visit to the largest Middle East country since John Paul II went to Cairo in 2000.

The invitation was made by Pope Tawadros II during his recent visit to Vatican city, Vatican Embassy Media Advisor in Cairo Father Rafik Jaraish told the Middle East News Agency. He added that Tawadros II and Pope Francis had agreed to resume the Dialogue Committee discussions between the two Churches, initially started in 1988.

Pope Francis and the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt met in the Vatican on May 10, in the first such visit in 40 years. They prayed together for peace in the Apostolic Palace and discussed the need for Christian unity in a changing and challenging world, The Christian Times reports.

After their meeting, Pope Francis declared: “Just as the blood of the martyrs was a seed of strength and fertility for the Church, so too the sharing of daily sufferings can become an effective instrument of unity,” La Stampa reports. This visit comes as a symbol of reconciliation and solidarity with the Christians of Egypt, who have endured repeated attacks over the past two years since the Arab Spring unleashed upheaval in the country, where some 10 percent of the population are Christian.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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