Archive for June 8, 2012

Vatileak: God’s Bank Mired Down in Embarrassing Financial Scandals

Posted: June 8, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

Insight: Vatican bank-money, mystery and monsignors

ReutersBy Philip Pullella and Silvia Aloisi | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – For a financial institution whose ATMs offer Latin as a language option, whose offices are below the pope’s windows and where tellers work under the gaze of crucifixes, one might assume the Vatican bank would have a dispensation from earthly travails.

But new judicial woes and internal upheavals at the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), have raised new hurdles for the Vatican, just as it entered the final stretch of years of efforts to join the international club of financial righteousness.

On May 24, in the type of corporate drama rarely seen in the Vatican, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, 67, the Italian president of the IOR, stormed out of the bank’s executive offices……….

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Sudan, South Sudan to resume talks later this month: official

Posted: June 8, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA | Fri Jun 8, 2012 

(Reuters) – Former civil war foes Sudan and South Sudan are expected to resume security talks on June 21, a South Sudanese official said on Friday, after negotiations to help ward off a relapse into conflict floundered this week.

The longtime rivals, which split apart last year, have clashed repeatedly in their contested borderlands, while rows over oil payments have continued to stoke tensions.

The two edged dangerously close to resuming full-blown war in April when Juba seized the Heglig oil region, before withdrawing in the face of international pressure.

African Union-mediated talks to create a demilitarized zone resumed last week, but broke off on Thursday over conflicting versions of a boundary line, which both presented in lengthy press conferences, often coupled with jingoistic zeal.

Even as their delegates shook hands while slumped on the plush leather couches of a five-star Addis Ababa hotel, old wounds stemming from decades of conflict were on full display.

“Sudan is continuing its hostile propaganda against South Sudan and South Sudanese, including the president of Sudan,” Pagan Amum, head of the South’s negotiation team, said.

Sudan in turn accused its neighbor of stoking tensions by including five disputed areas on its map, including Heglig, which produced about half Sudan’s oil output before the clashes.

Endorsement of South Sudan’s version of the boundary line as a starting point for the demilitarized zone would mean Heglig would be incorporated inside the buffer zone and be subject to joint administrative status.

Sudan has insisted on using a boundary line used by the United Nations for operations purposes, while Juba displayed a map it said was introduced by Khartoum itself in the mid-1940s.

Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein called South Sudan’s move a “hostile action” on Thursday.

The two were expected to resume the talks “from the 21st onwards”, South Sudan’s Minister of Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor said.

The two sides also need to agree on how much the landlocked South should pay to export crude oil through Sudan.

Juba shut down its entire output of about 350,000 barrels per day in January to stop Khartoum seizing oil as compensation for what it called unpaid fees.

Further stepping up the rhetoric, negotiator Amum blasted Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court, over a row about whether the leader would be able to attend an African Union summit scheduled for next month.

Bashir in 2009 became the world’s first sitting head of state to be indicted for crimes against humanity and war crimes by the ICC – accusations he and other officials deny.

Malawi, which was set to host the African Union gathering of heads of state, moved to block Bashir from attending, prompting Sudan to ask the group to move the summit to Addis Ababa.

Amum described Bashir as a “criminal” and said he was a source of “embarrassment” for the continent’s leaders.

Some 2 million people died in the civil conflict between north and south Sudan, waged for all but a few years between 1955 and 2005 over ideology, ethnicity, religion and oil.

(Editing by Michael Roddy)

The Last Day of Hon. Ogwaro’s visit in Israel (The City of Nazareth)

Posted: June 8, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Lomayat
Dear all,
Greetings in the name of the Republic of South Sudan,
Here below are some pictures of Hon. Betty Achan Ogwaro, the National Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development, Republic of South Sudan, in her last day of visit in Israel.
Hon. Ogwaro and the delegation visited the Basilica (Church) of the Annunciation in the city of Nazareth.
Basilica of Annunciation where the house of Virgin Mary was, and is where “The Word Became Flesh”
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Hon. Betty Ogwaro is Praying inside the Byzantine Church
in the City of Nazareth
Basilica of the Annunciation
And the Word became flesh
Historians tell that Grotto and its surroundings, being the site of the Annunciation were turned into a worship place in the first and second Centaury.
Early source referred to the place as being the “The House of the Virgin Mary” what supports this claim are the numerous inscriptions on the walls, mentioning Mary which were left by pilgrims and visitors in early Christianity,
 In 427 AD, the first Byzantine church was built on the site.
– In the 12th Century, a Crusade church was built over the ruins of the Byzantine church.
 The current Basilica constructed in 1969, is built over the Grotto and the ruins of the four earlier churches.
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Byzantine Mosaics
The most important Mosaic floors are found inside the Basilica in the area of the Holy Grotto. Those shown here come from the monastery on the south side of the Byzantine Church. They had values of “sealed levels” having preserved some of the oldest architectonical elements of the Church-Synagogue”
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