jueves, 1 de septiembre de 2016

Pope denounces "sin" of worldwide pollution

Not for the first time since ascending the papal throne, Pope Francis denounced on 1 September the destruction of the natural world, calling it a sin against God and urging believers to reconsider their lives and "repent," for contributing to this destruction. He made his call in a message issued for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, presented at the Vatican by two cardinals. In it he stated people had "no right" to exploit the world with "selfishness and irresponsibility" and urged individuals to recognize their personal, daily contributions to climate change, Notimex agency reported. This, he stated, "is the first step on the path to conversion" or change. He urged Catholics to follow a tradition of collective, public repentance in the Church, peer into their consciences and repent for taking part, through the modern lifestyle, in "a system that has imposed the logic of profitting at all costs, regardless of social exclusion or the destruction of nature." The pontiff was to celebrate evening prayers for the occasion that day, to be held in Saint Peter's Square, La Nación reported.

Brazil sacks its president in parliamentary "coup"

Brazil's Senate voted on 31 August to dismiss the socialist President Dilma Rousseff, months after she was deprived of her powers while being investigated for suspected abuses of power. She has insisted throughout that she has done nothing wrong and the process against her was a political "coup" by conservative opponents. Sixty one senators voted to dismiss her against 20 voting in her favour; 54 votes sufficed for her removal, Argentina's Télam agency reported. She had been accused of "illegally using money from state banks" to finance public spending, according to the Reuters news agency. Rousseff was elected on 24 October 2014. Reuters observed in a report on 1 September that the impeachment process was not unrelated to a massive embezzlement scandal at the state oil firm Petrobras involving, apparently, quite a few senior officials and politicians from various parties, though not Rousseff. As its scope and ramifications became public through 2014, the scandal effectively provoked a showdown between conservatives and Mrs Rousseff's Workers Party, while millions of outraged Brazilians began protesting against the Workers Party. Immediately after her destitution, the acting president and former vice-president Michel Temer, was sworn in as President until 2018. Reuters separately reported on the diplomatic rift the vote was causing with Latin American leftist governments, which were perceiving the move as part of a wider effort to oust them all. Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador recalled their ambassadors for consultations, though Brazil's Foreign Minister José Serra defended the vote's legality and questioned the democratic credentials of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro for chiding Brazil's institutions. Maduro described the vote on Twitter as a coup by a "group of oligarchs."