Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International.

The criminal court in Minya, Egypt sentenced 529 people to death, possibly the largest mass death sentence in recent years anywhere, in a trial lacking basic due process protections, said Human Rights Watch in a press release.

“Repent. You still have time so as not to end up in hell.” said Pope Francis referring to the men and women currently involved in the mafia. It was during a prayer vigil with the families whose loved ones were killed by mafia violence.

In his first Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi from the Vatican Pope Francis made an appeal for peace, calling believers and non believers to be united in this purpose. “All united, either by prayer or by desire. But all of us, for peace,” he said.

A US Federal Judge ruled that the NSA massive collecting of Americans’ phone records is likely unconstitutional.

Pope Francis published his first Message for the World Day of Peace dedicated to fraternity as foundation and pathway to peace. He sees fraternity as a prerequisite for fighting poverty, a way to extinguish war and to cultivate nature to fight the scandal of hunger, but he sees it threatened by selfishness corruption and organised crime.

The Strasbourg Human Rights Court ruling that made possible set free a Spanish ETA terrorist convicted for 24 killings left me speechless. I don’t have doubts the Judges had their reasons to rule in favour of the terrorist, most of them procedural reasons, but a penal system that can set free a terrorist serving a little more than a year for killing is not fair. That’s the case of Spain.