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Catholic website kreuz.net again taken off-line.

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Successor site of Kreuz.net now down

Not only has Kreuz.net disappeared from the network, now the successor site is offline. An Austrian owner had inherited the legacy of the fundamentalist Catholic hate-filled portal.

Vienna - The page was not only similar in appearance to the hate-filled portal Kreuz.net, but the contents were as homophobic and the language as vulgar as well. Now kreuz-net.info has disappeared from the net.

The initiative Stop Kreuz.net assumed that the site was shut down by their operators. Even the e-mail address that was specified as the contact on the site has for two days been no longer accessible.

kreuz-net.info went online about a month after the shutdown of the hate-filled portal Kreuz.net online. The latter under the rubric "Catholic News" presented homophobic, racist, right-wing and anti-Semitic texts. The page disappeared after prosecutors started investigations in Berlin and Vienna. Above all, however, public pressure has grown massively since the initiative Stop Kreuz.net had declared war on the men behind the portal.

"The sensitivity is now very high"

kreuz-net.info was operated according to the masthead by a person from Vienna: Günther Schneeweiß-Arnoldstein being indicated as "Owner, editor, editorial".

David Berger, coordinator of the initiative Stop Kreuz.net said he had expected a copycat. Now, he says the case shows "that with the public awareness campaign against Kreuz.net the sensitivity with respect to such sites is now very high."

Overall, the field of web pages from the fundamentalist Catholic camp falter. As an example, he cited the right Catholic VideoPortal Gloria.tv: key staff and supporters have now distanced themselves from the transmitter. Gloria.tv had praised Günther Schneeweiß-Arnoldstein as a "courageous Catholics".


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Hanoi Carmelite monastery under government bulldozers

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 "The city administration had long threatened threatened the demolition of the historic building, to seize the land and "build a hospital." Church leaders claim legitimate ownership of the area and are appealing to the Prime Minister. Catholic sources accuse "secret projects", "very different" from the official statements.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) - Authorities in the Vietnamese capital have begun demolition work on the church and centuries old Carmelite monastery in Hanoi, a historic building in the centre of a long battle between the government and Church leaders over land ownership. The local authority intends to erase all traces of the buildings - demolition work began on the 3rd of January - and build in their place a five-story hospital (see AsiaNews 26/05/2011 Archbishop of Hanoi against the demolition of Sisters of Saint Paul convent). However, Catholic sources in the Archdiocese speak of "secret projects" that would affect the area, "very different" from the construction of a hospital to serve the city"

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