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 UKRAINE - Voices from the Majdan
UKRAINE - Voices from the Majdan

The events in Ukraine are not just local facts but they involve the future structure and peaceful development of international relationships. The risk for a new, dangerous and useless Cold War is real and must be avoided. This is a common responsibility of governments and peoples in the other countries as well. Peace and freedom are indivisible and this is one of the lessons coming from the Majdan.

26/03/2014
 Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc
Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc

A bit before Halloween 2012, Category 1 hurricane Sandy hit Haiti and the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States, leaving more than a hundred dead, thousands displaced, hundreds of houses destroyed and millions of people without electricity. Called the Frankenstorm, the hurricane caused incalculable damage, shut down the New York stock exchange and also stopped the American presidential campaigns for days.

03/11/2012
 US ELECTIONS 2012: Towards the Vote
US ELECTIONS 2012: Towards the Vote

The candidates for the 2012 election present some novelties: an incumbent African American president, a Mormon opponent, and two Catholic candidates to the vice presidency. For the first time, no mainstream Protestant candidate is running. The competition is strong and the race seems to be a head-and-head one. This feature collects a series of articles on the main issues facing the candidates and the future president.

26/10/2012
 Benedict XVI in Lebanon, 2012
Benedict XVI in Lebanon, 2012

The visit of Benedict XVI in Lebanon – 14 to 16 of September, 2012 – is to be considered one of the most meaningful, because the presence of the Holy Father will leave a witness of the possibility  to achieve peace even in this land full of conflicts. Also the strictly religious gestures have been of particular relevance, starting from the delivery of his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Middle East.

05/10/2012
 Islam: Attacks on the West
Islam: Attacks on the West

"Innocence of Muslims" – a B-movie produced in the USA, where the Prophet Muhammad was caricatured – has provoked a vast series of protests in most Muslim countries and several of these protests were violent, causing casualties. Everything started in Libya with the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and with the killing of the US ambassador, three officers of the consulate and ten Libya policemen.

05/10/2012
 Meeting in Rimini 2012
Meeting in Rimini 2012

“By nature, man is relation to the infinite”. This was the title of the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples this year in Rimini from August 19-25, 2012. The Meeting is a place for people of all cultures and religions to gather to discuss issues of politics, economics, culture, and religion, united by a common human nature and a common desire for beauty and a relation with the Infinite.

06/09/2012
 GOP Primaries 2012
GOP Primaries 2012

In this special, we have collected interviews and opinions on the 2012 Republican Party primary elections, leading up to the November 2012 Presidential elections. Starting with the initial presentations of the candidates and the major issues, and leading up to the voting and eventual winner, the special especially focuses on the importance of religion to the debates and campaigns of the candidates. 

27/04/2012
 The Pope's Trip to Mexico and Cuba 2012
The Pope's Trip to Mexico and Cuba 2012

In his fourteenth papal journey, Pope Benedict XVI visited Mexico and Cuba in March 2012. On his arrival in Mexico, the Pope was surprised by the enthusiastic greeting and stated that Mexico would remain in his heart. In Cuba, the Pontiff met with Raul and Fidel Castro, while calling for the Church to be able to have a more active role in society. He stated that his visits were not political, but were to reaffirm the faith of Latin American believers. 

11/04/2012
 Elections in Russia 2012
Elections in Russia 2012

The parliamentary and presidential elections in Russia were full of drama despite the fact that Vladimir Putin’s victory was all but assured from the beginning. People took to the streets in large numbers to protest against the government, particularly against corruption and election fraud, and many are predicting that the days of Putin and his United Russia party as they were before are numbered. Coverage of the elections, before and after, here.

29/03/2012
 The New York Encounter 2012
The New York Encounter 2012

The New York Encounter, the annual three-day cultural event organized by the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation and the Crossroads Cultural Center, took place again this year in Manhattan. Politics, Education in the social network age, and the Arab Spring were among the main topics of the event, and Mary Ann Glendon, Frank Anderson, and Diarmuid Martin were among the speakers. The NYE demonstrates that a true dialogue among cultures is still possible today.

24/02/2012
 The HHS Mandate debate
The HHS Mandate debate

In January 2012, the Health and Human Services Department issued a rule forcing nearly all private health plans to include coverage for all FDA - approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, some of which cause abortion, as well as surgical sterilization. This rule applies to almost all religious organizations as well. The U. S. bishops immediately spoke out against the rule and called on the Obama administration to add a conscience clause to exempt those that are opposed to those drugs from having to provide them in their insurance plans. This feature collects articles and opinions on the debate.

22/02/2012
 Pope Benedict XVI speaks at the Bundestag
Pope Benedict XVI speaks at the Bundestag

Pope Benedict XVI was invited to speak before the German Parliament on September 22, 2011. In his speech, the Pope focused on the difficulty of knowing what is right and what is wrong, the danger in relying on majority opinion on what is right, especially in politics, and on the relationship of man to nature and to his own nature, something that he did not give himself but which was given to him by Another.

04/10/2011
 September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 carried out by al Qaeda under Osama bin Laden led to the deaths of almost 3000 people. The day began with two hijacked planes flying into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am and at 9:03. Within two hours, the buildings had collapsed. Shortly after, the Pentagon was hit and the fourth plane crash-landed in a field after passengers attempted to fight off the terrorists. This attack sparked the War on Terror, still going on today.

13/09/2011
 Famine on the Horn of Africa
Famine on the Horn of Africa

In Eastern Africa, ten million people in an area the size of France have been hit by the worst drought in human memory. In Somalia, the drought comes in addition to a political and military crisis that has not been solved for twenty years now. The Dadaab refugee camp, created in 1991, has now expanded to the dimensions of a medium sized city to which hundreds of desperate people come each day, fleeing hunger and death. This special collects the testimonies of volunteer workers in the area.

12/09/2011
 Meeting of Rimini 2011
Meeting of Rimini 2011

“And existence becomes a great certainty”. This was the title of the 32nd Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, held in Rimini from August 21 to 27, 2011. This special contains interviews of the people who participated in this year’s Meeting, descriptions of the events, stories from the Meeting and video summaries of the events, all centered on the theme of the possibility of certainty in these uncertain modern times.  

30/08/2011
 Norway Terrorist Attack
Norway Terrorist Attack

On July 22, 2011, a car bomb exploded in the center of Oslo, outside the office of the Prime Minister, killing eight people. A second attack occurred at the AUF youth camp of the Ruling Labour Party on the island of Utoya by a gunman dressed as a police officer. 69 people were killed, making it the single most deadly attack by a single gunman in history. Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik was arrested and charged with both attacks.

02/08/2011
 The Killing of Osama bin Laden
The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden has been killed, but the fight against terror is certainly not over. Troubling questions remain unanswered, and attacks, revenge and retaliation are possible in the immediate future. IlSussidiario.net provides the news on this event and offers interviews and in depth examinations to try to understand the consequences and possible risks arising from what happened.

11/05/2011
 Beatification of John Paul II
Beatification of John Paul II

On May 1, 2011, just six years after his death, John Paul II was beatified by his successor, Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The ceremony was held on Divine Mercy Sunday, a day established by John Paul II himself, and was attended by over 2 million people, many of whom came from Poland to see the Polish Pope become Blessed. His feast day will be on October 22nd.

03/05/2011
 Cairo Meeting
Cairo Meeting

On October 28th and 29th, meetings, exhibitions and shows were put on in Cairo. The theme was “Beauty: the Space of Dialogue”. Important people in Egyptian life and culture, both Muslims and Christians, met in concrete dialogue, inspired by the Rimini Meeting for Friendship amongst Peoples.

13/04/2011
 Uprisings in North Africa
Uprisings in North Africa

Protests in the Middle East and North Africa continue, and gain force. In North Africa, after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt which brought about the resignations of Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak respectively, major or minor protests have happened in almost every country in the area, including Algeria and Libya, where a civil war has started.

01/04/2011
 Crucifixes in Classrooms
Crucifixes in Classrooms

On March 18, 2011, the European Court of Human Rights reversed its 2009 ruling that had made it illegal to hang crucifixes in Italian public schools, and judged the crosses non-discriminatory. Ilsussidiario.net collected the opinions of judges, politicians, professors and columnists. These opinions also reflect on the wider themes of the concept of the secular State and freedom of religion.

25/03/2011
 Earthquake and tsunami in Japan
Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Friday March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, hit North-East Japan, and a ten meter tall tsunami submerged the Sendai coast. One of the largest natural disasters in history, which even moved the axis of the Earth. A nuclear plant was also hit, leading to a high risk of radioactivity leaking into the atmosphere.

18/03/2011
 The New York Encounter 2011
The New York Encounter 2011

From January 14th to 17th, an important cultural event happened for the second time. There were four days of debates, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical pieces to build new friendships and discover the beauty of life.

25/02/2011
 The New York Encounter 2010
The New York Encounter 2010

A completely new American cultural event was held in January in New York. Called the New York Encounter, it was centered on the passion for culture and the search for meaning.

25/02/2011
 US Mid-term Election 2010
US Mid-term Election 2010

The relevance of the mid-term election is very high this year given the difficult economic situation and the need for more effective policies

01/11/2010
 The Meeting of Rimini, 2009
The Meeting of Rimini, 2009

“Knowledge is always an Event”. This was the theme of the 30th edition of the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples hold in Rimini in August, 2009

15/10/2010
 Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, 2010
Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, 2010

In the first months of 2010, a wave of earthquakes hit a series of countries, including Haiti and Chile. The race for aid started immediately, but the risk was that the world would forget these two countries before the reconstruction work was complete

13/10/2010
 The Meeting of Rimini, 2010
The Meeting of Rimini, 2010

“That nature which pushes us to desire great things is the Heart”. This was the title of the 31st Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, held in Rimini August 22-8, 2010

13/10/2010
 Benedict XVI in the UK, 2010
Benedict XVI in the UK, 2010

Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK in September, 2010 (15th-19th) was the first state visit of a pontiff. The main purpose was to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, but it became an opportunity to address the Church of England, the British government and the whole of British society

13/10/2010
 US Presidential Elections 2008
US Presidential Elections 2008

The presidential elections in 2008 were an important issue for the United States and the world. Here you can find a series of articles written during the campaign to enlighten its different aspects, and give a judgement on the event from different angles

05/10/2010