The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 2001 · Page 8
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A8 FRIDAY, MAY 4. 2001 IfliaRLD THE SAUNA JOURNAL • PAPAL VISIT The Associated Press A Greek Orthodox priest yells anti-pope slogans during a rally Wednesday in Athens to protest an upcoming visit to Greece by Pope John Paul II. More than 1,000 protesters demonstrated against the pope's scheduled May 4-5 visit. Greeks to pope: Kiss off More than 1,000 Greeks protest papal visit By BRIAN MURPHY The Associotetl Press ATHENS, Greece — Pope John Paul IFs pilgrimage to Greece has faced outrage from Greek Orthodox activists, a spat over music and now controversy over whether the pontiff will kiss Greek soil when he arrives Friday. The Vatican insists he will — but Roman Catholic organizers in Greece said Wednesday they've been told the pope will not receive a bowl of soil to kiss, but only a simple gift of olive branches and flowers. The mixed signals over the papal kiss — done since John Paul began his world travels in 1979 — exposes the hypersensitivity surrounding the 24-hour visit to retrace the steps of the Apostle Paul. Greek Orthodox protesters have denounced allowing the pope on the "sacred soil" of Greece. A papal kiss could rile the demonstrators and perhaps widen the opposition beyond the religious fringe and ultra-nationalist groups that have led a series of anti-pope rallies. "The papal insistence on tradition ... is a farce," said the Rev. Giorgos Metalinos, an Athens University theology professor who joined more than 1,000 people Wednesday outside the city's main Orthodox cathedral to condemn the pope's visit. The six-day trip also includes Syria and Malta. Protesters waved crucifixes and black flags. "Pope: persona non grata," read one banner. "The pope is asking us to revere him. He will pay homage to our soil without feeling true remorse," Metalinos said. The Vatican is often por­ trayed in Greece as hostile to Orthodox Christians and blamed for the demise of the Greek Byzantine Empire in the 15th century. Christianity split into the Orthodox and Roman Catholic branches nearly 1,000 years ago over the issue of papal authority Many Greek Orthodox clerics consider themselves caretakers of the original faith and view the pope as a heretical leader. "The millennium is beginning with a humiliating capitulation. The pope is not coming as a simple pilgrim, but to divide us," said Theodores Zisis, a professor of theology at the University of Thessaloni- ki. But forcing a retreat from the soil-kissing ceremony would mark a significant victory for the papal opponents. John Paul has always kissed the ground upon arriving in a country for the first time. For about the past decade, because of difficulties in bending down, the frail pontiff has been offered a vessel holding soil to kiss. "As is scheduled and as he has done on all his trips, the Holy Father will kiss Greek soil as a gesture of respect," papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Vails said. But Nikos Gasparakis, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Greece, told reporters: "There will be no soil." A Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Nikiforos Vidalis, said the switch was made to avoid "misunderstandings" about the papal stop in Greece, which has just 50,000 Roman Catholics among its nearly 11 million people. Many 'firsts' for pope's trip Pope John Paul II will visit Greece, Syria and Malta from May 4 through May 9. He is the first modern pontiff to visit Greece and Syria, and he is the first to visit an Islamic house of prayer — the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. O Valletta MALfA 'Athens' • r, r SYRIA Wt'. •< lie. iin ir ,i SOUS LEBANON.^JO Dami \. IRAQ isnAE /rfjop ..iV ^^'^fi^'^^^^^ ^ \ SAUDI EGYPr ^V / > ARABIA] Friday, May 4 • Arrives in Athens. • Attends welcoming ceremony with President Constantinos Stephanopoulos. • Visits Greel< Orthodox Archbishop Chrislodoulos and meets with Catholic bishops. Saturday, May 5 • Celebrates Mass at the Sports Palace of Athens. • Arrives in Damascus. • Attends formal ceremony with Syrian President Bashar Assad and three Christian patriarchs; later attends ecumenical ceremony at Greel< Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition. Sunday, May 6 • Celebrates Mass at a sports stadium outside Damascus. • Meets with Melklte patriarch and Catholic bishops of Syria; later attends ecumenical meeting at Syrian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George. • Visits the Omayyad Mosque, and St. John the Baptist's memorial. W- .11' r-m. Monday, May 7 • Visits the Church of St. Paul on the Wall on outsl<irts of Damascus. • Says prayers for peace in Quneitra on the Golan Heights. • Addresses young Christians at the Mell<ite Catholic Cathedral of the Dormition, Tuesday, May 8 • Arrives in Malta and meets with President Guido de Marco. Wednesday, May 9 • Celebrates Mass at the beatification of Father Georges Preca, a priest of Malta. • Meets with bishops of Malta and delivers an address to the Society of Christian Doctrine. • Returns to Rome. SOURCES: Vatican: Aposloiic Nunciature U.N. calls for peacekeeping cut By EDITH M. LEDERER The Associated I'ress UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Kofi Annan Wednesday recommended cutting the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon by more than half by next summer, despite continued violations of the U.N.-drawn boundary between Lebanon and Israel. The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, was charged with three jobs: verifying an Israeli puUout, assisting Lebanon in reasserting authority in the area and helping to restore peace. The force stood at 5,800 troops in January and is being reduced to 4,500 troops, the level before Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS' LOTIONS' MAGAZINES 11 am • 9 pm Mon. - Sat • 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901W. Grand • Salina • (785) 823-1339 PATIO Furniture MADE IN USA SUNFLOWER New Museum Logo Mugs & T-Shirts iSlorc- 211 West Iron Open Tuesday-Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 1-5 I N C. 825-8124 115 W. Woodland In north Sallna just off Santa Fe www.arrowprlntco.com Ynot Come On Over! We'll Buy Out Any Competitor's Contract! Doug WIRELESS STORE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9 - 6, Sat. 9 -1 128 N. 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They intensified in the 1940s, when the racial legislation was stiffened. The laws expelled Jews from government and university jobs and the military and restricted their work, schooling and right to own property Under the Republic of Salo, set up by Fascists after Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943, more than 8,000 decrees were issued ordering the confiscation of Jewish assets, the report said. No fewer than 8,000 Jews and 230 firms in 46 cities and towns were looted. T MACEDONIA RIOTS The 540-page report said '.it was impossible to put a dollar value on some of the losses, such as the financial setbaclcs to Jews barred from Working,'c But the commission's tWiQ- and-a half-year investigation found that until 1945 at least, real estate seizures -were worth the equivalent of $32 million today. Italian Premier' GiuliaOT Amato said the report's findings left him "breathless." The 15-member commissigo, set up by the Italian government in December 1998, examined thousands of files made available by state and bank archives, city offices and Italy's Jewish community That community numbers about 35,000 in an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country of '57 million. Despite the widespread attention that plundered Holocaust assets has garnered elsewhere in Europe and the United States, the issue has often been overlooked in Italy, whfcJi this year held its first-ever Holocaust Memorial Day '!;!"" In all, almost 7,000 J^ws vj^^ deported from Italy dui-ingj]^ war, 5,910 of whom were killed. After the war, the government passed laws providiilg for compensation to combatants and victims of the war ' Anselmi said many assets were returned, but jewelry, works of art and other es^sily exportable items were '|i%yer given back to their legitimate owners. ; nj.<:^ Macedonian riotin leads to one fatality Slaying of soldier sparks Albanian rebels' ambush By KONSTANTINTESTORIDES The Associated Press SKOPJE, Macedonia — Rioters outraged by the slaying of Macedonian soldiers in an ambush by ethnic Albanian rebels killed one person and destroyed dozens of shops in a fresh round of violence, police said Wednesday. Masked assailants armed with automatic weapons and baseball bats broke into an ethnic Albanian pizzeria late Tuesday in a suburb of Skopje, the capital, and shot and killed a man identified as Ismet Hoxha, police said. Restaurant owner Ramadan Nuredini and his grandson were beaten by the attackers. Moments later, four masked as­ sailants burst into a neaEl^ ethnic Albanian shop, p.Tini- meling three workers, policfe said. The attackers fled before police arrived. The rioting began eatly Tuesday, hours after a funeral was held for eight government commandos slain in a rebel ambush last week near the bor,- der with Kosovo. ' Macedonian Slavs destroyed sonie 40 Albanian-owned stores and businesses in the city"et Bitola, about 105 miles soiMi- west of Skopje, throwing rockS, smashing goods and setting fire to the rubble. Bitola'-is about 15 percent ethnic Albanian. ; : The violence subsided for a time before resuming late Tuesday or early Wednesda:^, Macedonian state radio repoi'?- ed. Rioters destroyed and lc(6t- ed at least 10 ethnic Albanian and Muslim shops in the overnight melee. '•T^ ''T'- '•T^ '•T»- 'T*^ /T*^ '•T*- 'T^ -T*^ 'T*- 'T»-'» Kanm 2001 tation, Travel & Recreation Guide Vacation time can never get here soon enough. Start making your plans with the Salina Journal's Vacation, Travel & Recreation Guide. This guide is full of summer events and recreational opportunities. Pull out your own lawn chair and suntan lotion and grab the Vacation, Travel and Recreation Guide on Sunday, May 6. Publishes: Sunday, May 6,2001 "^^^ Salina Journal Connecting communities with information

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