In brief: Pope, Anglican leader hold ‘cordial’ talks

SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2009

Vatican City – After offering a home in his church to disaffected Anglicans, Pope Benedict XVI assured the archbishop of Canterbury on Saturday that he is still committed to seeking closer relations between Catholics and Anglicans.

Archbishop Rowan Williams said he came away convinced there was no “dawn raid” on his church by Rome, telling Vatican Radio he wishes “every blessing” for those who want to become Catholics.

Williams and Benedict met privately for 20 minutes in what the Vatican called “cordial discussions,” as part of what has clearly been a difficult visit by the Anglican leader.

Chavez praises Carlos the Jackal

Caracas, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez is praising Carlos the Jackal, the imprisoned Venezuelan once notorious for a series of Cold War-era bombings, assassinations and hostage dramas, saying he was a “revolutionary fighter” and not a terrorist.

The Venezuelan president lauded Carlos – whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez – during a speech Friday night saying: “I defend him. It doesn’t matter to me what they say tomorrow in Europe.”

Ramirez is serving a life sentence in a French prison for the 1975 murders of two French secret agents and an alleged informant. He has testified that he led a 1975 attack that killed three people at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. He also has been linked to the 1976 hijacking of an Air France jet.


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