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The new terrorist attacks in the Middle East, a week after the Aqaba summit, monopolise the attention of the American dailies, in the aftermath of the declarations of President Bush, who made an appeal to world leaders to help the USA in peacefully resolving the conflict in the Holy Land and in the fight against terrorism. “Bush condemns the Middle East conflict” is the headline of an article in which David Stout ( Herald Tribune, 12/6) analyses what many commentators have already called the first “defeat” of the “road map”, the peace plan proposed by the USA, UNO, Russian Federation and the European Union. “President Bush – says the article – has condemned the latest suicide attacks in Israel and asked ‘the whole free world’ to reject the violence between Israelis and Palestinians”. The situation of the Christians in the Holy Land is analysed, in turn, by the Catholic Herald (30/5) in a report which outlines the various positions of church leaders (including Patriarch Michel Sabbah) and speaks of a Church “faced by fragmentation”. Another issue addressed by the main European dailies is the entry of Poland into the European Union. “Europe, from London to Warsaw” is the title of an article signed by Guillaume Goubert (in the French Catholic daily La Croix, 11/6) in which it is pointed out that “Poland (…) has been more than once wiped off the map of Europe, gobbled up by the converging appetites of Russia, Austria and Germany. With the sole strength of a profoundly rooted culture, the Polish nation has survived. But it knows that belonging to a collective organization that prefers consensus, even if hard-won, to confrontation will bring it security”. “Poland, the largest of the candidate countries, says ‘yes’ to Europe” is the headline in Le Monde of 10/6, over an editorial in which Christophe Chatelot emphasises that “the Polish vote also represents a source of satisfaction for Brussels, which conducted difficult negotiations with Warsaw”. The future European Constitution is commented on by Franco Cardini in the Italian Catholic daily, Avvenire (12/6) in which he declares, in polemical style: “The preamble of the new Constitution is born utterly virgin, immaculate in its total elimination of any reference to Europe’s heritage: it is not Christian, it is not Greek, it is not the result of the Enlightenment. It’s not anything at all. Europe is ‘Euroland’. Europe is a financial and economic organization founded to manage the profit and well-being of European citizens. It has no name; it has no history, it has no tradition”. “The family: a precious asset – the Pope in Croatia” is the headline of an article by Hans Joachim Fischer in the political section of the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (10/06), dedicated to the Pope’s recent journey to Croatia. Re-tracing all the stages in the visit, the journalist stresses that the Pope’s attention went, in particular in his homily during the mass celebrated in the city of Osijek, “with particular affection to the representatives and faithful of the Orthodox Church, of the Jewish community and Islam”. He also notes that in the town of Djakovo, “praying in the cathedral [the Pope] appealed to the courage of men ‘to construct a just and peaceful society”. Coverage is given in the same daily to the beginning of the Central European Katholikentag, in particular its Viennese launch on 10 June with the European Vespers for Peace. In his article “Pilgrimage of the peoples”, Reinhard Olt writes that “the Austrian bishops are seeking to cautiously lead back their Central European confreres, who had been brutally persecuted during the Communist period, into the European fold”, but, at the same time, another objective of the event is to “bring before the eyes of Austrian Catholics the religious courage and popular devotion of their brothers and sisters in Central and Eastern Europe”. “Arrived in Europe” is the title of the front-page editorial in the same paper signed by M.L. “Welcome to Europe”: the good wishes, maintains the author, “should be addressed to the Polish politicians and people”, as also “to the Polish Pope who had appealed to the courage of his compatriots shortly before the referendum on EU membership”. As far as the Poles are concerned, they – says the editorialist – “ drew the right conclusions for the history of their country in a precarious middle-European situation, since the integration, which they have agreed to accept, is a form of security against the setbacks of the nineteenth and twentieth century”. ———————————————————————————————————– Sir Europa (English) N.ro assoluto : 1213 N.ro relativo : 43 Data pubblicazione : 14/06/2003

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