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Did The Vatican's New Envoy To Israel Help Shield Pedophile Priests In Ireland?



JERUSALEM - The appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as Papal Nuncio to Israel last week has sparked controversy in Jerusalem after it emerged that he was linked to the pedophile priests scandal that hit the Irish Catholic Church in 2005..

The country’s biggest-circulation daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth , has refered to Lazzaroto’s appointment by Pope Benedict XVI “an embarrassment and humiliation for Israel”.

Archbishop Lazzarotto, who served as the Vatican's ambassador to Ireland at the time of the scandal , was accused of doing everything in his power to protect suspected Irish clerics.

He is thought to have spearheaded the strategy not to cooperate with Judge Yvonne Murphy - who was investigating the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin, explain La Stampa and The Irish Times .

After refusing to disclose information in Ireland, he was appointed Vatican’s ambassador to Australia in 2008.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth , this “appointment is a slap in Israel’s face… Therefore, Israel must demand clarifications from the Vatican and Ireland regarding the archbishop’s conduct during the pedophile priest scandal – before his term as ambassador to Israel begins.”

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The Damning Proof Of Migrants Tortured In Libya — And Italy's Complicity

The Refugees in Libya movement has posted shocking images to awaken our consciences. But here, all is silent, and the hope for humanity is entrusted to a Europe that is reborn from the bottom up.

Staff members of the desert patrols of the Libyan Illegal Immigration Control Department and some stranded African migrants are seen at the Libya-Tunisia border

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Mattia Ferrari


TURIN — "Let me die."

These were the desperate words of yet another migrant tortured by the Libyan mafia. Like many others from sub-Saharan Africa, this teenager had to leave his homeland wrecked by global apathy and injustice. And like many others, he ended up in the hands of a local criminal organization , who imprisoned him in one of the notorious camps in the Libyan town of Bani Walid.

We know of his fate from videos of his torture , which were shot in order to extort ransom from his family back home. A social movement led by the migrants, "Refugees in Libya," has been sharing this footage in hopes of awakening Europe's conscience.

But on this side of the Mediterranean, all is silent .

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