- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 20, 2003

BRITAIN
Archbishop revives ancient ceremony
LONDON The archbishop of Canterbury washed the feet of a dozen persons during a special religious service at Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday night, reviving a tradition abandoned 400 years ago.
Assisted by chief clergymen, the archbishop re-enacted Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet in a gesture of humility during the Last Supper, the night before his arrest.
During the 16th-century Reformation, there was a move away from such symbolic ceremonies with more emphasis being placed on the written word, but they have been increasingly brought back by the Church of England.
"It is sort of exciting, because it is something that has not happened for 400 years. It's nice to be in on the beginning of it," said William Pettit, 55, one of the worshippers whose feet were washed.

ITALY
Berlusconi stops by at graft trial
MILAN Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi showed up unannounced at a corruption trial against him in Milan on Friday, leaving court officials slack-jawed.
But before they could scramble enough lawyers together to hear testimony from their illustrious guest, who only needed to turn up if giving evidence, the prime minister sped back to Rome, saying he was too busy to wait.
Italy's richest man, he is on trial for purportedly bribing judges to win a ruling in a corporate takeover battle for state-controlled food group SME. Mr. Berlusconi denies the charges, accusing the Milan judges of political bias.

BRITAIN
Muslim woman's body desecrated in hospital
LONDON British police said Friday that they have started an investigation after a Muslim woman's dead body was desecrated in a London hospital.
Family of the 65-year-old woman discovered that rashers of bacon had been placed on her body while it was laid in the mortuary of Hillingdon Hospital, in northwest London.
It is strictly against the Muslim religion to touch or eat pork. A police spokesman said the incident occurred in January and is being treated as a racially motivated crime.

GERMANY
Message in a bottle from Nazi victim found
ORANIENBURG A message of despair written in 1944 and hidden in a wall of the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp in eastern Germany has been discovered by workers, a spokesman for the site said Thursday.
"I want to go home," read the note, written April 19, 1944, and stuffed into a bottle by a German communist identified only as Anton E., who was deported in 1937.
"When will I see my loved ones in Cologne? But my spirit is not broken. Everything will be better soon."
From 1936 to 1945 around 200,000 people were imprisoned in Sachsenhausen.

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