Sunday, October 13, 2013

CNN short documentaries on Malala Yousafzai, and Pope Francis

CNN presented a half hour special about Malala Yousafzai, “The Bravest Girl in the World” on Sunday Oct. 13.
This presentation explained how her life in the Swat Valley in Pakistan had been idyllic until 2008, when the Taliban took over and imposed the strictest Shariah law.  As of Jan. 15, 2009, girls were no longer allowed to go to school.  She defied and spoke up, and soon was targeted.
Christiane Amanpour interviewed her alongside her father.  She does admire Benzair Bhutto, and thinks about becoming prime minister of Pakistan some day. She also wants to become a physician.
The CNN link for the episode is here
CNN followed with another half-hour documentary, “Pope Francis: Man of Many Faces”, which discussed the new Pope’s humility and willingness to live simply. It was explained his stance on gay issues, that he does not feel he should judge the sexual orientation of any person, although he still remains somewhat troubled and uncertain about the Vatican scriptural interpretation of homosexual activity as sinful or “disordered”. 

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