links for 2011-04-25

  • "Italy is struggling to deal with hundreds of Gypsies who live in illegal trailer settlements on the city's outskirts. Weeks ago, four children died in their sleep as a blaze tore through a shack in an illegal camp in Rome _ prompting Pope Benedict XVI to call for more solidarity with the Roma.
    "The Gypsies entered St. Paul's Outside the Walls, one of Christianity's most ancient churches, on Friday to protest city plans to send the women and children, but not men, to shelters, temporarily breaking up families."
  • "However, an alternative could soon be at hand. Ade is helping to resurrect a religious refuge for himself and his friends. He is part of the team restarting House of Rainbow, the country's only gay church, which was forced to close in 2008 after a witch-hunt stirred by exposés in local newspapers.
    "The Rev Rowland Jide Macaulay, the gay minister who founded the church, is leading the comeback even though he remains in self-imposed exile in London."
  • "The life expectancy of the black population – made up of blacks and browns – is 67 years in Brazil. According to the Annual Report on Social Inequalities, this time is lower than that recorded among whites, who live 73 years on average. The survey was conducted by the Center for Population Studies, Unicamp, and published by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) on Tuesday (19)."