Scouts festival opened in Jazan

Updated 03 December 2012
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Scouts festival opened in Jazan

JAZAN: A one-week festival titled ‘Young Scouts Open Festival’ opened at Al-Rashid Mall in Jazan on Saturday. The event, organized by the General Presidency for Youth Welfare’s (GPYW) regional office, was launched by Undersecretary of Jazan Province Governor’s Office Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al-Suwayed, who later toured the festival’s venue. An exhibition also part of the festival comprised a gallery of photographs depicting community service and scout programs as well as books and leaflets.
“The festival will include ceremonies, exhibition of pioneer scout works, a blood donation campaign, lectures, training courses as well as activities for kids, including a painting event,” said director of GPYW’s office and festival supervisor Hamid bin Eid Al-Surai.
Al-Surai said 50 scouts will be participating in the festival. Undersecretary Al-Suwayed honored those who took part in the organization at the end of the launch ceremony.


French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

Video shows priest slapping crying baby.
Updated 23 June 2018
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French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

  • The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip
  • The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water

PARIS: A French Catholic priest was suspended Friday after a video of him smacking a crying baby during a baptism ceremony went viral, drawing widespread condemnation on social media.
In footage posted on Twitter on Thursday, gasps can be heard when the 89-year-old priest, after ordering the infant he is holding to “be quiet,” sharply slaps his cheek.
A few seconds later he smacks him again.
The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip during the ceremony in Champeaux, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Paris.
“This loss of self-control can be attributed to the fatigue of an elderly priest, but that doesn’t excuse it,” the diocese of Meaux, which includes the town, said in a statement.
It said the priest would no longer be leading baptisms and weddings nor holding mass until further notice.
“The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water. I was saying ‘be quiet’ but he wouldn’t calm down,” the priest told France Info radio on Friday.
“It was something between a caress and a little slap,” he said. “I was trying to calm him down, I didn’t really know what to do.”