Monday, August 29, 2011

Thirst for gold threatens historic mining center in Romania

There are only four people sitting in the pews of the old Unitarian church in Rosia Montana, but the voice coming from the pulpit is thunderous and full of passion.

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be still.' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, 'Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?' "

Arpad Pallfy, the Unitarian priest of Rosia Montana, a picturesque village in Transylvania, in western Romania, is one of the most fearless opponents of the Rosia Montana Gold Corp., a mining company that plans to open the biggest open-pit gold mine in Europe. Every Sunday he preaches to his dwindling congregation, in both allegory and plain words, about the need to stand up and oppose the impending destruction of the village and the surrounding mountains.

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