Three suspected members of al-Qaeda arrested in Spain were planning to launch an attack from the air on a shopping mall in the British territory of Gibraltar during the Olympics, reports said.
Police found a video in the home of one of the men, Turkish national Cengiz Yalcin, in the Spanish city of La Linea de la Concepcion, which shows him piloting a large, remote-controlled plane, the online edition of El Pais reported…
Police believe the men were preparing to use the plane to drop explosives on the mall, Spanish public television station TVE and other media said.
Tag Archives: Spain
One of Spain’s leading underground artists is due to appear in court today facing up to a year in prison over a film short he made in 1978 on “how to cook Jesus Christ”.
Javier Krahe has been taken to court by a Catholic legal association, the Centro Juridico Tomas Moro, for “offending religious feelings” – a little-known offence. The Catholic association says the law has never before been applied in Spanish legal history.
Banned under Spain’s strict censorship laws in 1978, Krahe’s 54-second film was finally broadcast on television in 2004 as the backdrop to an interview with the artist.
The film uses culinary language and images to show viewers how to “remove the nails and separate him from the crucifix, which we leave to one side” before the white ebony figure of Christ is shown being lightly smothered in butter, placed on a bed of aromatic herbs in a glass tray, and popped into an oven. Another culinary “guideline” recommends using a proportion of “one gaunt Christ” for each two potential diners.
If they jail him my religious feelings will be offended: does that mean the judge has to go to jail too?
During his Boxing Day sermon, the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández, said there was a conspiracy by the United Nations. “The Minister for Family of the Papal Government, Cardinal Antonelli, told me a few days ago in Zaragoza that UNESCO has a program for the next 20 years to make half the world population homosexual. To do this they have distinct programs, and will continue to implant the ideology that is already present in our schools.”
Because with all those letters in it, UNESCO just has to stand for something bad..
United Network Encouraging Sexual Choices Obscenely?
Ugly National Enmity to Solid Christian Options?
Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.
The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.
Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.
Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.
But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial.
In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents.
‘Worshipping God’ — merely silly. ‘Playing God’ — downright dangerous.
More than a million young pilgrims cheered as Pope Benedict XVI arrived Sunday in his popemobile at a Madrid airbase to give mass, a day after a violent storm drenched the faithful….
The storm lashed the open-air service at the Cuatro Ventos (Four Winds) airbase near Madrid late on Saturday, forcing the 84-year-old pope to cut short his speech and drenching the faithful who had waited for hours in blistering heat.
One of 17 tents set up for the “Eucharist Adoration”, in which the faithful adore the holy sacrament, collapsed, injuring seven people who were taken to hospital, including a girl who suffered a broken leg, Lombardi said.
Sucks to be the girl with the broken leg, but I guess God thought it was worth it just getting the Pope to shut up.
…making God forgive abortions.
Hundreds of thousands of young people descending on Madrid this week for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day – which features processions, group prayers and a mass with Pope Benedict – are to get a ”special” concession.
Church leaders have ordered that anyone during the event who confesses to having had an abortion – a sin punishable by excommunication – will be welcomed back into the Church.
”Normally, only certain priests have the power to lift such an excommunication but the local diocese has decided to give all the priests taking confession at the event this power,” said the Pope’s spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi.
Two hundred white wooden confession booths have been set up in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park for the event, which started on Monday and runs until Sunday.
I wonder if they’re cleared to give absolution for child rape too. I wonder if it’s even regarded as a sin.
Renova, one of Europe’s biggest producers of household paper products, has launched toilet paper in the colours of the Vatican flag in honour of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain next week.
Each pack contains two perfumed rolls of toilet paper, one yellow and the other white, which the company says on its online store can be used as giant streamers to welcome the 84-year-old pontiff to Madrid.
“Is there any better way to liven up the streets than using these large streamers with the Vatican’s colour-scheme? Open your windows to celebrate! Welcome Pope Benedict!” the company says on the site.
After the papal visit, unsold packets will be offered at a discount to atheists.
Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. During the act – known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil’s jump) or simply “El Colacho” men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) jump the babies to take the evil from those born the last twelve months of the year as they lie on mattresses in the street.
Any babies who survive are booked in for the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
They have all taken the traditional vow of poverty, so police in Spain want to know why the nuns at Zaragoza’s Santa Lucia convent claimed that a thief had stolen €1.5 million ($2.1 million) in cash from them.
The nuns’ unorthodox banking system, using garbage bags stuffed with high-denomination euro notes, has made police suspect the cash may have come from Spain’s thriving black economy.
The fact that the nuns later changed their story to claim that the money that disappeared while they were saying their prayers a fortnight ago amounted to only €450,000, has done nothing to allay those suspicions.
I bet Whoopi Goldberg was involved somehow…
The teacher, with more than 20 years in the profession, was explaining to the class how the cold climate in Trevélez, Granada province, aided in the curing of the village’s most famous local product, jamón serrano. The boy told his teacher that hearing the word ‘ham’ in class was offensive to him because of his religion and asked his geography teacher to stop referring to the product which caused him offence.
El Mundo newspaper reports that the boy’s parents then reported the teacher to both the National Police and to the courts. It’s understood that an internal investigation is also underway by the education authority in Cádiz province.
Ah, manufactured outrage! Is there anything it can’t do?
But how is the boy going to answer the questions in the exam?
Pope Benedict XVI criticized an “aggressive” anti-church sentiment in Spain that he said was reminiscent of the country’s bloody civil war era as he began a two-day visit Saturday to rekindle the faith….
Benedict told reporters en route to Santiago that the anticlericalism seen now in Spain is like that of the 1930s, when the church suffered a wave of violence and persecution as the country lurched from an unstable democracy to civil war….
Nowadays, the church finds itself fighting laws supported by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialist government that have allowed gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier abortions.
So a democratically-elected government giving electors what they voted for is like killing priests in a civil war? Waiter, bring that man another analogy!
Church officials disclosed on Wednesday that the reason Eidsvig’s predecessor, 58-year-old Georg Mueller, resigned in June was that he had admitted to abusing a boy about 20 years earlier, when he was a priest.
In Spain on Wednesday, a Catholic clergyman was convicted of sexual abuse for molesting a 10 year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl at a school there. Identified only as F.V.T., the clergyman was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and fined.
The incidents of abuse are alleged to take have taken place between January 2001 and March 2010. Charles Scicluna, the promoter of justice in the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said today they amounted to “less than one case every year”.
I guess he was too busy learning theology to take the Maths elective…
Key quote: According to police, the woman had been taken in March and held in an isolated house in Valls in northeastern Catalonia.
So we can add kidnapping as well..