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    Pope Francis appears to be getting a boot in his face from a guard, in an optical illusion caused by the angle of the photo, as he kicked aside concerns over his ailing health. Pope has his first visit to Muslim-majority Kazakhstan, where he was greeted with an energetic military welcome at the former Soviet Republic's presidential palace.  The Argentine pope, who is forced by knee pain to use a wheelchair and has admitted he must slow down or consider retirement, will take part in an inter-religious summit in the capital, Nur-Sultan. His plane landed shortly after 5:15 pm (1115 GMT), and the 85-year-old pontiff was greeted by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev before addressing the authorities and the diplomatic corps. Pope Francis appears to be getting kicked in his face from a guard as he kicked aside concerns over his ailing health The 85-year-old pontiff was greeted by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev before addressing the authorities and the diplomatic corps Pope, who is forced by knee pain to use a wheelchair and has admitted he must slow down or consider retirement, will take...
    The Pope has said it is 'not a catastrophe' should he retire as head of the Catholic Church due to health issues that have affected his mobility. Pope Francis, 85, acknowledged Saturday that he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments.  He was speaking after a weeklong pilgrimage to Canada in which he apologised to  Indigenous peoples for the injustices they suffered in Canada's church-run residential schools. The pontiff described the trip as 'a bit of a test' that showed he needs to slow down and one day possibly retire.  'It's not strange. It's not a catastrophe. You can change the pope,' he said while sitting in an airplane wheelchair during a 45-minute news conference.  The 85-year-old Francis stressed that he hadn't thought about resigning, he realises he has to at least slow down.  But he added that 'the door is open' and there was nothing wrong with a pope stepping down. Pope Francis, 85, spoke to reporters on his plane journey to the Vatican from Canada, where he admitted he might retire He was...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A city resident who allegedly shot and killed his wife in self-defense last year is facing 10 years in federal prison for possessing the bullets that killed her, court records show. Omar Pope, 44, is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, based on a May 14 arrest, and one count of being a felon possession of ammunition. The ammunition charge stems from an incident last December when Pope allegedly killed his wife during an argument at their San Francisco home. Jeris Woodson-Pope, 40, was shot and killed Dec. 12, 2021 inside a home on the 100 block of Dakota Street in San Francisco. Police said at the time that a 43-year-old man was shot and wounded, but survived. Omar Pope was never charged with killing his wife, but now federal prosecutors have included the ammunition charge to a two-count felony indictment that was filed July 21. A court document filed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office says the ammunition charge is based on “Pope’s possession of ammunition found inside a...
    by Debra Heine   In the past year, rumors have swirled in Rome that Pope Francis may soon retire, and in the past few days, those rumors have accelerated. The 85-year-old’s frail health is one reason for the speculation.  In recent weeks, he has been confined to a wheelchair due to debilitating knee pain. He also reportedly struggles to stand due to his sciatica.  The “Woke Pope” recently cancelled a trip to Africa scheduled for next month due to his knee ailment, “raising questions about his ability to walk during the rest of his papacy,” according to Reuters. Since his surgery for diverticulitis last year, Vatican reporters have allegedly been on “conclave watch.” The rumors gained steam earlier this month when Francis announced a council of cardinals to create 21 new cardinals on Aug. 27. Sixteen of those cardinals are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect Francis’ successor. Once they are added to the ranks of princes of the church, Francis will have stacked the College of Cardinals with 83 of the 132 voting-age cardinals. While there is no guarantee...
    Pope Francis has fuelled speculation that he could resign after postponing a trip to Africa and announcing an unusual meeting of cardinals.  Hobbled by pain in his knee and forced to use a wheelchair in recent weeks, the 85-year-old pontiff postponed a July trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan last week. He also announced an unusual decision to hold a consistory to name new cardinals during a Vatican vacation month and arranged meetings to ensure his reforms stay intact. Pope Francis (pictured yesterday) has fuelled speculation that he could resign after postponing a trip to Africa and announcing an unusual meeting of cardinals The extraordinary consistory will be held on August 27, a slow summer month at the Catholic headquarters, to create 21 new cardinals - 16 of whom will be under the age of 80, thereby eligible to elect his successor in a future conclave. Since becoming pope in 2013, the Argentine pontiff has created 83 cardinals in a move to shape the future of the Catholic Church, in part to counter Europe's historically dominant influence,...
    Pope Francis has told couples not to have sex before marriage in a new Vatican guide which explains what the church views as requirements for a successful union.  The leader of the Catholic Church argues in the preface of the new document for priests and dioceses working with engaged couples that 'chastity teaches the timing and the method of true love'.  He also claims that modern unions 'fall apart' quickly and chaste couples are able to learn how to be together without the pressure of sexual relationships.  This teaching also helps when couples are older, Pope Francis adds, explaining it helps them in sexless periods late in life and should apply even if engaged couples are living together. The 97-page document, published on Tuesday, and called the Catechumenal Itineraries for Married Life 'is a gift and it is a task', the Catholic Church's leader said.  This move has not been without controversy, The Telegraph writes, and appears to be in contrast with the Pope's openness towards divorced and same-sex couples.  Pope Francis has told couples not to have sex before marriage in...
    The Pope has revealed that he asked for a face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin to try to make him see sense over his bloody war in Ukraine, but has so far been greeted by silence. The 85-year-old pontiff told Italy's Corriere Della Sera newspaper that he had communicated to Moscow via Vatican diplomats that he sought a meeting three weeks into the conflict. Pope Francis previously met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban two weeks ago and was told by the far-right leader - Putin's principal ally in the EU - that 'the Russians have a plan, that everything will end on May 9', referring to the anniversary of Russia's liberation at the end of World War II. With that date coming early next week, Francis communicated to Putin that he was willing to make the trip to Moscow.  'Certainly, it was necessary for the Kremlin leader to allow an opening. We have not yet received a response and we are still insisting,' Francis said. He added: 'I fear that Putin cannot, and does not, want to have this meeting at this time....
    As congressional leaders work to nail down a vote on his landmark Build Back Better agenda, President Biden and First Lady Jill touched down in Rome at 2:30 am local time ahead of a whirlwind European tour that includes meeting the pope for the fourth time.  The trip was delayed as negotiations came down to the wire, but Biden announced the deal for his now-$1.75T social and climate spending bill just ahead of the trip. The president had planned to leave for Rome early Thursday, but did not head out until the afternoon as he spent the morning on Capitol Hill negotiating with leaders in Congress.  The House had initially planned to hold a vote on the $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill before Biden touched down in Europe, but those plans were sidelined until next week as progressives reassured they would only vote for that bill in tandem with the larger spending package. Instead, the House passed a temporary extension of surface transportation funding that lasts until Dec. 3.  But even the leader of the House Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal,...
                      by Ambassador Callista Gingrich  Saint John Paul II’s profound commitment to faith, freedom, and human dignity made him one of the most influential men of the 20th century. Born Karol Jósef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, he studied for the priesthood in secret as a young man in Nazi-occupied Poland and was ordained in 1946. John Paul II made history on October 16, 1978, when he became the first non-Italian pope in over 400 years.  His encounters with fascism, anti-Semitism, and communism in his homeland shaped his lifelong opposition to evil. Leading up to his pontificate, he endured decades of destruction and despair alongside his Polish compatriots, first at the hands of the Nazis in 1939 and then at the hands of the Soviets in 1945.  As Newt and I highlight in  “Nine Days that Changed the World,” millions of Poles struggled to survive amidst the violence, oppression, and suffering of the 20th century. However, the one institution that remained largely intact amidst the turmoil of 20th...
    Bette Midler has shared her support with Sinéad O'Connor for the moment she tore a picture of the Pope in two on Saturday Night Live.  In 1992, the singer, 54, provocatively ripped up a photograph of the Pontiff on live prime-time U.S.television in protest against the Catholic Church's alleged involvement in child abuse. The American singer, 75, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share a fan's comment about the act, saying Sinead was 'right about everything'. 'She was right about everything': Bette Midler threw her support behind Sinead O'Connor for THAT moment she ripped up a picture of the Pope in 1992 (pictured) in a tweet on Wednesday In the comment, the fan said Sinéad was 'spot on and brave' for making a statement by ripping up the photo. And Bette referred to her new book Rememberings as she said: 'This is re Sinead O'Connor, who has written her memoir. Turns out she was right about…everything.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE: Louise Redknapp ploughs over £400k in loans into... 'Chef got burned':...
    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he believed CBS’ “60 Minutes” had intentionally set up coverage of Florida’s vaccine rollout to make him look bad. DeSantis made a brief appearance on “Fox & Friends” to discuss the issue, and he accused CBS of essentially cutting out all context while claiming that he had offered grocery store and pharmacy chain Publix a “pay to play” deal with regard to distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. (RELATED: ‘They Don’t Believe In Facts’: DeSantis Slams ’60 Minutes’ Segment As ‘Baseless Conspiracy Theory’) WATCH: Brian Kilmeade began the segment by noting that “60 Minutes” is an extremely popular show and has been for quite some time. He then turned to DeSantis, asking, “What are your thoughts when this was the narrative that most of America was seeing?” “Well, I think fortunately, Brian, a lot of Americans don’t believe corporate media anymore for precisely this reason,” DeSantis replied. “They edited out all the key facts. I gave a very detailed two minute response at the press conference. They edited out all the...
    Pope Francis at a Mass in March 2021. Tiziana Fabi/Pool via REUTERS The Vatican said on Monday that Catholic priests can't bless same-sex unions.  LGBTQ Catholics and advocates told Insider the decree was "deeply saddening." The Vatican statement said same-sex unions can't be blessed because God "cannot bless sin." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LGBTQ Catholics and advocates criticized the Vatican's decree barring blessings for same-sex unions on Monday, saying the statement may drive some further away from the church. The Vatican's statement, which was approved by Pope Francis and issued on Monday, said that Catholic priests can't bless same-sex unions because God "cannot bless sin." "The blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit," said the Vatican statement. "There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family." The decree was released by the church's orthodoxy office in response to a question about same-sex unions. But members of the Catholic LGBTQ community and theology experts told Insider that the decree...
    The Vatican decreed today that the Catholic Church cannot give its blessing to same-sex unions because God 'cannot bless sin'.  Pope Francis signed off the two-page ruling which was published in seven languages by the Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.   It called on Catholic clergy to treat gay people with 'respect and sensitivity' but ruled that blessing their unions would 'approve and encourage a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognised as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God'.    Francis last year caused controversy among Catholics by giving his backing to civil unions, but has never come out in favour of religious unions.   Pope Francis, pictured giving his blessing to worshippers in St Peter's Square on Sunday, has signed off a ruling saying the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions  The verdict was published on Monday by the Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and approved by Pope Francis  Monday's decree reiterated the Church's position that marriage between man and a woman is part...
    New York : Donald Trump will face impeachment in February 2021, the first time a US president has been tried twice for “serious crimes and misdemeanors.” On January 25, a single article of impeachment, in which Trump is accused of “inciting insurrection” before his supporters attacked the Capitol building on January 6. Formal arguments will begin in the Senate in the second week of February. But the media campaign is already underway, as the former president’s supporters – and his political adversaries – are taking up the media to position themselves on the case. Notable among Trump advocates is veteran Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who told Fox News host Sean Hannity that if Trump were convicted by the Senate after leaving office, it would open the door for past presidents to stand trial. . “If a president can be tried after he has left office, why don’t we try George Washington?” Graham told Hannity. “He owned slaves. Where does this end? There is, of course, an obvious flaw in Graham’s comment: being dead, Washington cannot appear to defend himself....
    CNN’s Don Lemon called out the Trump campaign after it put out a deceptive smear on 2020 Democratic challenger Joe Biden, using a short clip from his campaign speech to imply he was spaced out. But in fact, Biden was quoting Pope Francis, who was, ironically, admonishing politicians to think deeply about how they can pursue a more noble path than “media spin.” Lemon noted that Biden is a devout Catholic and then played a clip of Biden speaking to supporters in Georgia on Tuesday. During his speech, Biden went on to quote from one of the Pope’s latest encyclical, which in a not-so-veiled reference to Trump, warned churchgoers against  a “phony populism” spreading around the world. “Pope Francis warns us against this phony populism that appeals to ‘the basest and most selfish instincts,'” Biden said in the video. “He goes on to say ‘politics is something more noble than posturing, marketing, and media spin. These sew nothing but division, conflict, and a bleak cynicism.’ He said ‘For those that seek to lead, we do well to ask ourselves:...
    The champagne was flowing freely, the dancefloor filling as Abba’s Waterloo boomed from the speakers, and two silver-haired men in their 60s mingled happily at a party to mark my civil partnership. Unlike my other guests, however, these friends were sipping fruit juice. The next day — Sunday — was the busiest of their working week and they couldn’t risk a hangover. Jon and Peter are Roman Catholic priests who have been in a celibate relationship for at least two decades. Today they, like me, are celebrating a landmark in the Church’s history as Pope Francis offers his clearest support to date for gay rights by endorsing same-sex civil partnerships. ‘Homosexual people have the right to be in a family,’ the 83-year-old Pope says in Francesco, a newly released documentary film. ‘They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it.’ Pope Francis has offered his clearest support to date for gay rights by endorsing same-sex civil partnerships The Pope’s pronouncement goes some way to repairing...
    The UN's Catholic secretary-general has praised the Pope's historic comments in support of same-sex civil unions after the pontiff said gay people were 'children of God and have a right to a family'.  UN chief Antonio Guterres, a devout worshipper from Catholic Portugal, said the papal thumbs-up was 'extremely welcome' after Francis's words sparked cheers from gay Catholics and outrage from conservatives.    'This is a clear demonstration of a fundamental principle, which is the principle of nondiscrimination,' said Guterres in New York. 'And one of the things that has been very clear in the UN doctrine on this is that non-discrimination is also relevant in the questions of sexual orientation. 'So this is decision of the Pope is, of course, extremely welcome from our perspective.'  Francis's comments emerged in a new documentary in which he said that 'what we have to create is a civil union law', a position at odds with previous Vatican dogma.  While Francis, 83, opposes gay marriage, his words were hailed by admirers as a 'major step forward in the church's support for LGBT people'.  However,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Pope Francis made history Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions. In a new documentary that premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival, Pope Francis spoke in support of same-sex civil unions. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images) “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family,” he said in a new feature-length documentary. “They are children of God. You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.” It was a momentous announcement for LGBT Catholics, like Eddie Martinez who lives in Los Angeles. “For so many years, I was shamed,” he said. “I was ashamed of who I was, I was in the closet, I thought there was something wrong with me, and it was all because of the teachings from the church.” Martinez, who is now the director of the nonprofit Latino Equality Alliance, grew up in Huntington Park going to church every Sunday at St. Matthias Church. He...
    Maxwell loses bid to move to jails general population Yankees, Braves meet as stars expected to return Hollywood Emmy nominee Jeremy Pope on the scene that made him cry, Ryan Murphys Midas touch Emmy nominee Jeremy Pope already knows what it feels like to deliver a big award show acceptance speech. Well, kinda. © SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX "It really felt like I won an Oscar," the 28-year-old Emmy nominee, who also scored two Tony nominations in 2019, tells EW's the Awardist. The 28-year-old got to deliver a rousing and memorable one at the Oscars that take place in the finale of Ryan Murphy's Hollywood. In the Netflix limited series, he plays screenwriter Archie Coleman, who writes a movie about Peg Entwistle — who jumped to her death in 1932 from the H of the Hollywood sign — directed by Raymond Ainsley (Darren Criss) and starring Jack Castello (David Corenswet) and Camille Washington (Laura Harrier). "It was a beautiful day when we filmed [the Oscars] because it was our last episode, but it was also one of the first times that...
    Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to treasure the presence of elderly family members and not to discard them like “waste material.” The most important thing “is to make a gift of one’s life,” the pope told the crowd of pilgrims and tourists gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer. “And this applies to everyone, to parents towards their children and children towards their elderly parents.” “Many elderly people come to mind,” Francis continued, “who are abandoned by their families as if they were waste material.” “This is a drama of our times: the solitude of the elderly,” he said, when “children and grandchildren do not make their lives a gift for the elderly.” “God wants to help us grow in the gift; only in this way do we become great,” he said. “We grow if we give ourselves to others.” Over the seven years of his pontificate, Pope Francis has often employed colorful language in his efforts to draw attention to the dignity of elderly people. In 2015, for instance, the pope declared that the elderly “are...
    Coronavirus — Pope Francis today urged Christians to pray for rulers, even if we don’t like them or think the same as we do. He Pope Francisco today called upon the christians to pray for the rulers, even if we don’t like or think the same as us, during the homily that he gave at the officiated mass in the Basilica of Saint Peter for the holiday of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. “Saint Paul exhorted Christians to pray for everyone and, first of all, for those who govern. It is a task that the Lord entrusts to us. We’re making it? Or do we talk, insult and is that enough? God hopes that when we pray we will also remember those who do not think like us, those who have given us the door in the face, those who find it difficult to forgive, “said Francisco. But he regretted with disappointment that “we are so used to insulting those responsible …”. “The names (we use) are many, but I will not say them, this is not...
    By NICOLE WINFIELD and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. Francis on Thursday named the archbishop of Lodz, Grzegorz Rys, to temporarily take over as head of the Kalisz diocese. The Vatican's ambassador, in explaining the decision, said the current Kalisz bishop, Edward Janiak, 67, retains the title of Kalish bishop for the time being. But the explanation, posted late Thursday on the Polish bishops conference website, said Janiak must leave the territory of the diocese and can't have any form of influence on how it is run. In May, the online documentary “Playing Hide and Seek,” exposed two cases of pedophile priests that Janiak handled, first as an auxiliary bishop of Wroclaw and then as bishop of Kalisz, which he has headed since 2012. It featured court testimony about Janiak’s role helping transfer...
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis appointed an administrator on Thursday to run the Polish diocese of Kalisz, whose bishop has been accused of shielding priests known to have sexually abused children. The move came little more than a month after Church leaders in Poland announced that they were referring Bishop Edward Janiak to the Vatican for eventual judgement. The Vatican said the pope had appointed Archbishop Grzegorz Rys of the city of Lodz as apostolic administrator, a temporary post. Janiak will remain bishop of Kalisz while the accusations are investigated. It was not immediately possible to contact Janiak for comment. The case came to prominence after a film by brothers Tomasz and Marek Sekielski, purported to show how Janiak failed to take action against priests who were known to have abused children. The Sekielski brothers released another film last year that suggested that known paedophiles were deliberately shifted between parishes. The film has had more than 23 million views on YouTube. Victims of sexual abuse have long called for measures to make it easier to report suspected cover-ups by...
    New York — His Holiness dedicated a letter to the injured driver and paralymp athlete on the weekend in Tuscany Pope Francis sent a message of hope to Alex Zanardi. Photo:ALBERTO PIZZOLI / . / . After the world of sports shuddered with another shocking news in this 2020 when the accident of the former Formula 1 driver and paralympic multi-medalist Alex Zanardi during an adapted sport exhibition in Italy last weekend that keeps the Italian with a reserved health forecast, Pope Francis he took the time to dedicate a moving letter of his fist and letter as a sign of faith and hope so that the paracycling champion can overcome this difficulty. â € œDear Alessandro. His story is an example of how to start again after a sudden stop. Through sports he taught us to live life as protagonists, making disability a lesson in humanityâ €, wrote His Holiness, as reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport Lettera of the Holy Father Francesco ad Alex Zanardi pic.twitter.com/EA2fgtK4cf – PreghieraSantoPadre (@PreghieraPapa) June 24,...
    “We pray for all of them. May the help of God and the brothers give them strength and support,” said Pope Francis after yesterday’s earthquake in Mexico. He Pope Francisco transmitted his closeness with the people of Mexico, after that on Tuesday a earthquake of magnitude 7.5 it shook the center and south of the country, causing six deaths and damage to half a thousand houses and some 55 historical monuments. “Yesterday a violent earthquake struck southern Mexico, causing some victims, injuries and enormous damage,” said Pope Francisco, during the greetings to the faithful in Spanish, after the general audience on Wednesday. “We pray for all of them. May the help of God and the brothers give you strength and support. Brothers and sisters, I am very close to you, ”he added. Authorities from Oaxaca, the most affected by the earthquake, confirmed on Tuesday six deaths, one woman and five men. The National Seismological Service reported that the 7.5 earthquake was felt in the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, Michoacán, Jalisco, Querétaro, Morelos, Tabasco, Veracruz, Puebla, State of Mexico...
    ROME — Pope Francis has added “Comfort of Migrants” to the litany of traditional titles by which Catholics invoke the Virgin Mary. In a letter dated June 20, Cardinal Robert Sarah, who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, declared that the title of “Comfort of Migrants” would be added to the “Litany of Loreto,” along with two other new Marian titles: Mother of Mercy and Mother of Hope. “The Church which walks along the pathways of history as a pilgrim towards the heavenly Jerusalem and enjoys inseparable communion with Christ her Spouse and Saviour, entrusts herself to her who believed in the word of the Lord,” Cardinal Sarah wrote. “We know from the Gospel that the disciples of Jesus had in fact learned from the very beginning to praise her as ‘blessed amongst women’ and to count on her maternal intercession,” the cardinal said. In his letter, Sarah notes that over the centuries, Christian piety has reserved numerous titles for the Virgin Mary, such as Refuge of Sinners, Comforter of the Afflicted, and Help of Christians. “Even in this...
    ROME — Pope Francis spoke on Christian persecution Sunday, praising the witness of those who face physical violence and even death “merely for the fact of being Christians.” One of the difficulties faced by Christ’s missionaries is “the physical threat against them, that is, direct persecution against them personally, to the point of being killed,” the pope told crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly Angelus prayer. “Jesus’s prophesy is fulfilled in every age: it is a painful reality, but it attests to the faithfulness of the witnesses.” As he has done on other occasions, the pontiff suggested that there are many more Christian martyrs in today’s world than in the first centuries of the Church, when Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire. “How many Christians are persecuted even today throughout the world!” he said. “They suffer for the Gospel with love, they are the martyrs of our day. And we can say with certainty that there are more of them than the martyrs of the early times: so many martyrs, merely for the fact of being...
    ROME — Pope Francis pointed to silver linings of the coronavirus lockdowns Sunday, noting that forcing people to stay home and not work has diminished traffic, noise levels, and air pollution. The pandemic has made us reflect on “the relationship between man and the environment,” the pontiff told pilgrims and tourists gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly Angelus message. “The lockdown has reduced pollution and revealed once more the beauty of so many places free from traffic and noise.” The pontiff’s words may ring as somewhat tone-deaf to the many Italians whose lives have been destroyed by the lockdowns. In Italy, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the lockdowns and analysts estimate that about a third of all businesses shuttered during the pandemic will never reopen. Officials expect the unemployment rate in Italy to reach 11.1 percent in 2020, due to the continuing impact of the lockdowns, and the rate is expected to increase still further, to 11.3 percent, in 2021. The tourist industry, which accounts for some 13 percent of...
    Pope Francis urged Sunday to protect the environment now that the coronavirus quarantines “have once again revealed the beauty of so many places free of traffic and noise.” Francisco, who spoke to a few hundred people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, encouraged the initiatives to care for the planet that began as a result of the pandemic. One of them, which started on Sunday, consists of cleaning the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. Environmental protection is one of the central themes of Francis’ pontificate. Days ago, the Vatican published a guide to the application of “Praise be”, if 2015 encyclical that blames rich countries and business interests for destroying the land for their own profit. Scientists around the world are studying the effects of quarantine and closures of industrial plants on air and sea pollution, as well as wildlife.
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI visited his former home near Regensburg, Germany on Saturday, greeted former neighbors and prayed at his parents’ grave as part of a trip to his once favorite places to be with his brother, the Reverend Georg Ratzinger. , 96, who is seriously ill. Bavarian public television showed footage of the 93-year-old retired pontiff arriving at a house in a van-type van adapted to transport a wheelchair amid a line of police officers. Benedict XVI smiled and greeted a small group of supporters and headed to pray at the graves of his mother, father and sister, according to the dpa news agency. Joseph Ratzinger taught at the University of Regensburg from 1969 to 1977 before he was appointed archbishop of Munich. The house in Pentling, near Regensburg, which he built in 1969, is now a meeting and documentation center for the Pope Benedict XVI Institute, charged with preserving and making available his vast texts. The institute indicated on its website that the previous occasion that the pontiff visited his old home was in 2006. Benedict XVI...
    Rome (CNN)Pope Francis has warned the world against returning to the "illusion of individualism" after the coronavirus pandemic ends.Francis made a statement from the Vatican on Sunday, praising healthcare workers in Italy's Lombardy region who stood by their patients during the pandemic's "troubled months." Lombardy was Italy's worst-affected region at the height of the pandemic. Francis later warned people to "be careful," and not to allow individualism to again become "the guiding principle of society."Francis used the health care workers as an example to make his point, saying their professionalism was "one of the pillars of [Italy]." The Pope described the medical workers as "angels." Photos: Here are the areas that are starting to reopenPeople drink outside a bar in New York City's East Village on Friday, June 12. Bars in the city are not allowed to open yet, but many people in New York took to the streets after the city entered Phase One of its reopening plan on June 8.Hide Caption 1 of 84 Photos: Here are the areas that are starting to reopenPeople exercise in workout pods...
    he Pope Francis referred to the work of doctors, paramedics, volunteers, priests, religious and laity. (Free Press Photo: EFE) Pope Francis thanked the medical staff during this pandemic today, whom he called “angels” for the sick, during a reception for representatives of health workers in Lombardy, the region most affected by the coronavirus in Italy. Francisco explained that “in the whirlwind of an epidemic with shocking and unexpected effects” the presence of medical personnel “was a sure point of reference, first of all for the sick, but in a very special way for family members, who in this they had no opportunity to visit loved ones. ” “Patients often felt that they had“ angels ”by their side, helping them to regain health and, at the same time, comforting and supporting them even with their mobile phone, to connect the elderly person who was about to die with his son, with his daughter, to dismiss them, see them for the last time, “he added. He appreciated that even when they were exhausted they continued to work selflessly. “How many, doctors...
    “Patients often felt they had ‘angels’ at their side, helping them to regain health,” Pope Francis said of the medical staff. He Pope Francisco appreciated the work of the medical staff during the pandemic of COVID-19, whom he described as “angels” for the sick, during a reception for representatives of health workers from Lombardy, the region most affected in Italy by the coronavirus. Francisco explained that “in the whirlwind of a epidemic with shocking and unexpected effects ”the presence of medical staff “It was a safe point of reference, first of all for the sick, but in a very special way for family members, who in this case had no opportunity to visit loved ones.” “The patients they often felt that they had ‘angels’ at their side, helping them to regain health and, at the same time, comforting and supporting them even with their mobile phone, to connect the elderly person who was about to die with their son, with his daughter, to see them off, see them for the last time, “he added. He appreciated that even when...
    Pope Francis on Saturday welcomed doctors and nurses from the Lombardy region, the areas of Italy most affected by the coronavirus, to thank them for their selfless work and “heroic” sacrifice. Francisco dedicated one of his first post-quarantine hearings to Italy’s frontline medical and civil protection personnel, and told the delegation that his example of professional competence and compassion would help Italy forge a new future of hope and solidarity. . The northern region of Lombardy, the financial and industrial capital of Italy, was the worst affected region in the European epicenter of the pandemic. Lombardy has more than 92,000 of Italy’s 232,000 official infections and half of the country’s 34,500 deaths. Francisco noted that some of the dead were doctors and nurses, and said Italy would remember them with “prayer and gratitude.” More than 40 nurses and 160 doctors died during the outbreak across the country, and nearly 30,000 health workers were infected. The pope said that Lombardy doctors and nurses literally became “angels” helping the sick to recover or accompanying them until their death, since their relatives were...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newly-appointed head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis vowed Wednesday to be an agent of healing, as the region and the nation continue to react to the death of George Floyd and the threat of the coronavirus. The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis had appointed Springfield, Massachusetts Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to lead the St. Louis diocese, replacing Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who is retiring. “This is a troubled time for our nation,” Rozanski said during a news conference in St. Louis. “We’re still experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 virus, the death of Mr. George Floyd and the sad spectacle of racism that tears at the very fabric of our country. … It is my hope that called to lead this church of St. Louis, God’s grace will be in abundance in helping me to be part of that healing process and resolution to all the daunting issues that we face.” The appointment drew immediate criticism from advocates for victims of priest sexual abuse. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests chastised...
    Vatican City — Pope Francis called George Floyd by name, twice, and offered support to an American bishop who knelt in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest. Cardinals black and white have spoken out about Floyd's death, and the Vatican's communications juggernaut has shifted into overdrive to draw attention to the cause he now represents. Under normal circumstances, Floyd's killing at the hands of a white police officer and the global protests denouncing racism and police brutality might have drawn a muted diplomatic response from the Holy See. But in a U.S. election year, the intensity and consistency of the Vatican's reaction suggests that, from the pope on down, it is seeking to encourage anti-racism protesters while making a clear statement about where American Catholics should stand ahead of President Donald Trump's bid for a second term in November. Francis "wants to send a very clear message to these conservative Catholics here who are pro-Trumpers that, 'Listen, this is just as much of an issue as abortion is,'" said Anthea Butler, a presidential visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School. Pope...
    (CNN)Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz had no idea that his act of solidarity in El Paso, Texas, would be met with a phone call of gratitude from his boss, Pope Francis.With eyes closed, masks covering their faces, white roses in hand and handwritten signs that read "Black Lives Matter," Seitz and 12 other priests from the Diocese of El Paso knelt in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Monday.They were praying in silence for George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police after an officer knelt on his neck for that same amount of time. Pope Francis condemns death of George Floyd, calls US unrest disturbing "Frankly, what I did and what I have said is only a very small way to take part in what so many are doing in their peaceful protests," Seitz said. Two days after the clergy's prayer, Seitz had just finished celebrating Mass when he got a call on his cellphone from the pontiff himself.Read MoreIn Spanish, Francis told Seitz how grateful he was for Seitz's response to Floyd's...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same. During Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark Pentecost Sunday, Francis noted a tendency to say “nothing will return as before.” That kind of thinking, Francis said, guarantees that “the one thing that certainly does not return is hope.” He took to task his own church for its fragmentation, saying it must pull together. “The world sees conservatives and progressives” but instead all are “children of God,” he said, telling the faithful to focus on what unites them. “In this pandemic, how wrong narcissism is,” Francis said, lamenting “the tendency to think only of our needs, to be indifferent to those of others, and to not admit our own frailties and mistakes.” “At this moment, in the great effort of beginning anew, how damaging is pessimism, the tendency to see everything in the worst light and to keep saying that nothing will return as before!” the pope said. “When...
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months. Francis was joined in the Vatican Gardens by a representative sampling of people on the front lines of the emergency: a doctor, a nurse, a hospital chaplain, a pharmacist, a journalist and a civil protection official. A recovered COVID-19 patient, a person with a relative who died during Italy’s outbreak, and the parents of a baby born during the emergency also were among the pope’s more than 100 guests for the prayer at the grotto dedicated to the Virgin Mary. They sat spaced far apart, and most wore protective masks; Francis didn’t. In his prayer, Francis urged Mary to comfort those who lost a love one to the virus, He noted that many virus victims died alone due to hospitals needing to prohibit visitors and that the dead were “buried sometimes...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first-degree murder convictions of an Omaha man for killing two people in separate shootings in August 2015. Preston Pope is serving two life sentences for the deaths of DePrecia Neelon and Garion Johnson. Pope appealed his 2018 convictins, arguing that the trial court’s jury instructions were faulty and questioning the legality of police collection of his DNA, among other things. In an opinion Friday, the state’s high court found that Pope’s were either without merit or weren’t brought up at trial and so weren’t eligible for appellate review. TOP STORIES I could care less: Karl Manke refuses to close barbershop despite Michigan court order Former Director of National Intelligence Grenell says Democrats lied about Trump Amy Klobuchar missed chance to prosecute Minneapolis cop now at center of George Floyd death Neelon was found dead outside her home on Aug. 6, 2015, after police and firefighters were called to a house on fire in northeast Omaha. Police determined she had been shot to death when she...
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