Students celebrate Easter Mass at the Vatican

first_imgROME — The alarm was set for 4 a.m. on Easter morning.Juniors Annie Richelsen, Elizabeth Crimmins and Derek Meyer — all studying abroad in Dublin for the semester — got up, got dressed and began the trek to St. Peter’s Square with a couple other students from the Ireland brigade.The group arrived at the Vatican and got in a line around 5:30 a.m. It was another 4 1/2 hours before Easter Mass began, celebrated by Pope Francis in front of the historic basilica.But the early wake-up was worth it, Crimmins said from her seat some 20 rows back from the bottom of the basilica’s stairs.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing,” she said as thousands passed through security checks and flooded into the piazza beneath Bernini’s colonnade. Katie Galioto | The Observer Junior Elizabeth Crimmins watches Pope Francis deliver his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Easter message. The pope celebrated Easter Mass in Vatican City and traveled through the crowd in his popemobile.About 130 Notre Dame students signed up to attend Easter Mass in the Vatican City as part of Campus Ministry’s Holy Week Pilgrimage, junior Claire Kramer, student minister for the Rome Global Gateway, said. Of those students, about 30 participated in the full-track pilgrimage — a four-day trek allowing them to visit churches and sites across Rome in the days leading up to Easter Sunday.“Even though I’m staying here, I felt like I was on a vacation in Rome,” Kramer said. “I’m pretty sure we walked like a half marathon every day. I was exhausted by the end, but it was so cool to see all these special places on Holy Thursday, on Good Friday.”The program included trips to Rome’s four papal basilicas, a walk up Scala Santa — the stairs which, according to Catholic tradition, Jesus climbed to be tried by Pontius Pilate — and Stations of the Cross led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.“Basically, instead of a pub crawl, we did an altar crawl,” Richelsen said with a laugh.Shaun Evans, a junior spending the semester in Rome, said he appreciated the chance to experience the history of the Catholic faith over the course of the week.“For Good Friday, I went to Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, where I got to venerate relics of the true cross,” he said. “I went to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday in St. John Lateran, where there are huge statues of the 12 apostles — the ones whose feet were washed at the Last Supper.”Evans said while he went to Easter Mass at St. Peter’s with his family, he was struck by the number of people from different countries — something which, he said, spoke about the universality of the Catholic faith.“You saw the great draw it has all over the world,” he said. “Most of the Mass was in Latin. The Gospel was also read in the original Greek. And then a couple of readings were in different languages, the intercessions were in all sorts of different languages.”Notre Dame students themselves traveled from campus and study abroad locations across Europe to participate in the pilgrimage.“I booked the trip back in December,” Meyer said. “This is the one place we knew we were coming, and we were definitely looking forward to it.”At the ceremony, Pope Francis gave both an impromptu homily and his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Easter message. He traversed the crowd in his white popemobile, offering waves and blessings — which junior Maria Kunath said was her favorite part of the weekend.“Even though the crowd was giant, it still felt to me like you were praying with the Pope personally — and that feeling was cemented when he came around in his popemobile,” she said. “And I swear, he made eye contact with me.”In his homily, Francis called for people to hold onto their faith amidst a world of evil and violence, referencing recent bombings in Syria and other wars around the world.“He talked about remembering people who are suffering and going through a lot of hardship right now on a day that’s so joyful for us,” junior Stephanie Reuter said. “I thought that was nice. And it makes sense — he’s been very attentive to immigrants and refugees his whole Pontificate.”“I thought that was great,” Kunath added. “It was the time to do it because everyone was watching.”In the middle of the Mass, a sudden rain shower sprinkled the crowd. The skies had completely cleared, however, by the time the Swiss Guard and band from the Mass processed out of the Square.“I liked that — in the end, everything wasn’t just concentrated at the Vatican,” junior Becket Salerno said. “The Vatican went out into Rome, blowing trumpets and marching through the streets.”Tags: Easter Mass, Rome, Vaticanlast_img read more

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Chief Of U.S. Southern Command Describes Terrorism And Drug Trafficking As Innovators

first_imgBy Dialogo April 06, 2009 The head of the U.S. Southern Command, Admiral James G. Stavridis, considers drug traffickers and terrorists to be innovators and congratulated the Colombian government for “Operation Checkmate,” by which fifteen people were rescued from the hands of the FARC. “The people we are fighting are innovative. They think and do things to improve their work,” said Stavridis, who will shortly leave his position to assume command of NATO in Europe. The U.S. Admiral participated in the conference “Contemporary Antiterrorism, the Colombian Experience” in Bogotá, which approximately 150 experts from five continents also attended. Stavridis said that one of the key points in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism is monitoring the economic resources these organizations handle. “On many occasions, the trail leading to the criminals is indicated by money,” said Stavridis, who highlighted Colombia’s achievements in its fight against these evils, which intend to spread throughout the world. According to their findings, those who purchase illegal drugs set off car bombs, and that has to be considered, “not only in Colombia, but also in countries such as Afghanistan and others in which there are insurgents.” He added that drug traffickers are increasingly using technology, and mentioned submarines (submersible) which carry cocaine destined for countries in Europe and Central America. He explained that the United States provides, not only Colombia but also other countries, with elements of technology to combat drug trafficking and terrorism; however, “people are more important.” He emphasized the work of the Colombian government and President Álvaro Uribe, who has achieved significant success against the guerrillas and drug trafficking, he said. Also, he congratulated the Colombian authorities for “Operation Checkmate,” which rescued former Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt from the southern jungle on July 2nd, 2008, along with Americans Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell, and Marc Gonsalves, and 11 soldiers and police officers, all of whom were prisoners of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “I must say from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you for rescuing our citizens,” stated the official.last_img read more

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A delicate balance

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Government’s last minute reversal on life jackets

first_img3 News 24 June 2012A 3 News investigation has uncovered that the Government backed off making lifejacket wearing compulsory on all small water craft, just a week before it was to be signed off. The reversal was made despite official advice saying the change could help prevent 10 deaths a year. Now one maritime expert says the Government must take some responsibility for unnecessary deaths. On the country’s busiest waterway, the Waitemata Harbour, boaties continue to head out without wearing a lifejacket. But they don’t have to wear them – it’s only compulsory to carry them. “If we keep allowing people to drown themselves, unless we make a rule change and start affecting some compliance on it, we’re going to continue to see more deaths,” says editor of Professional Skipper Magazine Keith Ingram.http://www.3news.co.nz/Governments-last-minute-reversal-on-life-jackets/tabid/1607/articleID/258909/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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Tapaz IP villages get new roads

first_img“Out of the 22 upland barangays, thereare only five remaining villages that have no road yet,” Palomar added,pledging the town will be working on it to provide roads to the residents. ROXAS City – The Indigenous Peoples (IPs)from various geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in Tapaz,Capiz were provided with new roads, town Mayor Roberto Palomar said. “What we are doing is the literalbringing of government closer to the people especially to the IPs as we areworking to help and make them part in our governance towards development andprogress,” he added.  Children of Indigenous Peoples from Dumarao, Capiz perform a dance number during the National Indigenous Peoples Day in Tapaz, Capiz on Oct. 31. TAPAZ PIO PHOTO/PIA He urged the various governmentagencies and other stakeholders to unite, cooperate and work together to endpoverty and social injustice to the people.(Witha report from PIA/PN) He added Barangay Lahug, which is oneof the hardest-to-reach upland villages in the municipality, has been providedwith road, electricity and a day care center. “Road is very important for thedevelopment of the IPs and their community,” he said, adding that Tapaz housesover 16,000 IPs – the biggest in the province. During the National IP Day late lastmonth, Palomar said most of the IPs in said municipality were living in the 22upland barangays considered as GIDA. Palomar said they gave an IP MandatoryRepresentation to their local council.last_img read more

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Duke Energy announces Smith to join large account management team

first_imgPlainfield, In. —Duke Energy has selected Richard ‘Rick’ Smith as the newest member of the large account management team to serve as account executive for the south-central Indiana service territory.“Rick will own and manage the total customer experience of some of our largest and most complex business customers in our south-central Indiana territory,” said Kristie McKillip, director of large account management for Duke Energy Indiana. “His operational background as well as his long-standing history with Duke Energy will make him a great fit for our team and provide great value to our customers.”Previously, Smith held a position as supervisor of construction and maintenance at Duke Energy in the Shelbyville and Franklin areas. He has served in a variety of roles within Duke Energy Indiana’s distribution organization, including stints in the distribution control center and the Plainfield materials distribution center.Before joining the Duke Energy team, Smith served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a communications specialist stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif.“I am excited to take on this new role,” Smith said. “I already have a great deal of experience working with large customers in central Indiana, and now I have a more focused opportunity to bring customized value to these energy-intensive customers.”Smith grew up in the Plainfield area and currently resides with his wife, Janet, and seven children in Franklin.last_img read more

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Ponting calls for cricket to ditch neutral umpires

first_imgFORMER Australia captain Ricky Ponting yesterday called for cricket to ditch its requirement to have neutral umpires after a number of incorrect decisions in the first Test of the Ashes series in England.Aleem Dar of Pakistan and West Indian Joel Wilson have drawn criticism after a number of their calls were overturned by the review system during the opening day at Edgbaston.Ponting, who is part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) influential Cricket Committee, said he would ensure the matter is discussed at their next meeting.“It’s already been spoken about a lot among the players. If it’s not brought up (at that next MCC meeting), I’ll make sure it’s added to the agenda,” he told the Cricket Australia website.“I would like to think the game has come far enough now for the game to not have neutral umpires.“People might say that with all the technology we’ve got now, it doesn’t matter that much. But it’s not a good spectacle when pretty obviously wrong decisions are made,” he added.“There’s been a lot of negativity about the DRS (Decision Review System) over the years, but we’re pretty lucky that we had it (at Edgbaston).”The International Cricket Council (ICC) mandated the use of neutral umpires in 2002, meaning English and Australian officials – widely considered among the best in the world — cannot be part of the Ashes series.Ponting pointed to England’s Richard Kettleborough as a top umpire forced to miss out.“Surely Richard Kettleborough and the like would want to be umpiring the best series. The best umpires can end up missing out on all the big tournaments,” he said.“It could force umpires into retirement a bit early as well when someone like (former Australian umpire) Simon Taufel is spending most of his life (overseas), which is a bit harder than spending your time in Australia.”Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, another member of the MCC Cricket Committee, also criticised the umpiring on day one of the Edgbaston Test, calling it “horrific”.“England are bowling very well. The umpiring has been horrific from ball 1 & so has the reviews process of the right ones from Australia,” he said on Twitter.The MCC’s Cricket Committee, guardians of the laws of the game, is an independent body comprised of current and former players and umpires who meet twice a year to discuss issues around the sport. (AFP)last_img read more

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After rough start, Rachel Burkhardt is back in Syracuse’s starting lineup

first_img Published on April 12, 2017 at 9:35 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 This past summer, Karen Burkhardt nagged her daughter about an inspirational book she should read. Its bland white and grey professional-looking cover didn’t interest the Syracuse utility player. Rachel Burkhardt was busy training for her third season as Syracuse’s right fielder, not joining her mother’s book club.But after just two hits in the first nine games of 2017, Burkhardt spiraled into a slump. During the next road trip, Karen received a picture from her daughter flaunting her latest purchase. It read “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth,” the book that Karen had recommend.“There are so many parallels between life as a student athlete and business lessons,” Karen said. “I just thought (the book) would be something that she would enjoy and have some takeaways that she could relate to, especially with softball.”For Burkhardt, this season was supposed to be a step forward. But after starting 41 of 52 games in her sophomore season, Burkhardt stalled at the onset. She tallied only four hits in her first 17 games. Over her next 14 appearances, Burkhardt reached base 15 times. Despite her struggles, her .259 batting average is the best of her career. She has four hits in the last three games for Syracuse (19-15, 3-9 Atlantic Conference). She’s finally finding her stride, despite her rough start.“I started off rough,” Burkhardt said. “It was not how I wanted to start and nowhere near what I was capable of doing. I’m still trying to get back to that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe trip to Barnes and Noble initiated Burkhardt’s reemergence to the Syracuse lineup, though the effects weren’t immediate.In her first trip with Duckworth’s book in her backpack, Burkhardt was given a gold opportunity to break through. Against No. 3 Florida on Feb. 24, with two down and runners on the corners, SU head coach Mike Bosch pinch-hit Burkhardt, an at-bat that turned into one of the “most embarrassing hits ever.” A dribbling grounder right back to the pitcher didn’t score the run. Syracuse’s scoring opportunity was tarnished, and Burkhardt’s drought prolonged to four games.The right-handed batter started the next game for Syracuse in the Citrus Classic against Liberty. In three at bats, she mustered only one hit.“It was really frustrating,” Burkhardt said. “I thought to myself I’m putting in the work I’m doing everything why am I not successful?”Duckworth provided the answer. In the book’s opening stages, Duckworth recalls her dad telling her she wasn’t “the brightest star in the constellation.” Duckworth went on to become a New York Times bestselling author through perseverance and passion for her craft, or, as Burkhardt put it, “through the grind.” The ideals are repeated ad nauseam in the book.Burkhardt resonated with the message and recommitted. She stayed for additional work after practice, and she completed additional sets of sprints and hitting sessions.Since struggling in the Citrus Classic, she’s started in nearly half of SU’s games, including the opening game of Syracuse’s most recent series against then-No. 2 Florida State. With the bases loaded, Burkhardt ripped a groundball off the shortstop’s shin, scoring a run. Sophomore third baseman Hannah Dossett knocked in two runs on the next at-bat, sending Burkhardt to third. Syracuse had tied the game at four with the ACC’s top team.More importantly, Burkhardt was back.“She’s started to have a better viewpoint of what she’s doing,” Bosch said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Personality politics is growing tired

first_imgEmilie Skoog | Daily TrojanThe 2016 presidential election marks a time in which transparency has never been so prominent as a narrative. Sen. Bernie Sanders first captured the attention of voters with his impassioned speeches about campaign financing and government corruption, from Wall Street to the halls of Congress. With Sanders effectively out of the race, the issue of transparency arises in public discourse less in the context of ‘big money,’ and increasingly in the context of the major candidates’ personal lives. Both presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have faced criticism for their reticence regarding their health and finances. In the firestorm of public commentary, the question left unexamined is why we insist on knowing these details of candidates’ personal lives. The most cited response to this question is “tradition.” The precedent of presidential nominees revealing his or her tax returns before election dates back to the Nixon era. When Donald Trump continued to refuse to reveal his taxes before November, he was the first major candidate in the modern era to do so. Trump has also refused to release his medical records, with the exception of a letter from his gastroenterologist who wrote, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency.” Following this ringing endorsement, the 70-year-old nominee has insisted that he will not disclose his complete medical records until his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, does. Clinton’s quiet refusal to offer complete information about her health reached a climax on Sept. 11 when she nearly collapsed at an event and subsequently told the public that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier. This diagnosis has fueled unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health and further shrouded the 68-year-old candidate, questioned repeatedly about her transparency throughout this campaign, in a foggier cloud of mystery. With regard to Clinton’s finances, the mystery persists. Although Clinton has released her tax returns, the Trump campaign and other detractors continue to press both Hillary and Bill Clinton about their dealings in the Clinton Foundation. Embedded within this insistence on tradition is the assumption that we can finally ascertain the candidates’ characters and capacity to lead. These details of the candidates’ personal lives are treated as the last pieces of a puzzle that will help us finally decide who should be the next president.The issue with this assumption is that we already know enough about the candidates. Whether or not Trump had released his tax returns would not have changed what we already know to be true about his character and capacity to lead. A ringing endorsement in a letter from his accountant cannot absolve a man who has belittled, body-shamed and mocked anyone who has stood up against his vitriolic campaign. He’s the man who said he would kill terrorists’ families and who has alienated millions of Americans with his racist, xenophobic rhetoric. Why does the public hear more about Hillary Clinton’s emails than Trump’s rape allegations? A clean bill of health will not change the fact that Trump has repeatedly shown little knowledge of foreign policy. Despite what anyone might think of Clinton’s character – —despite whether you believe she represents the lesser of two evils — one cannot discount that, in terms of leadership, she is perhaps the most prepared presidential candidate to ever win a nomination. Although experience is not necessarily an indicator of success, we would be remiss to not note the political experience Clinton has acquired in her lifetime. She was secretary of state for four years and served as a senator in New York for eight years. Having lived in the White House as first lady, Hillary knows what the day-to-day demands of being the president looks like better than any nominee. In the midst of such vast uncertainty, both domestically and internationally, Clinton represents the safest and most qualified choice for President of the United States.last_img read more

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Fenton withdraws appeal over drug possession ban

first_imgFenton received the ban after being found guilty on eight charges of possession following an inspection of his County Tipperary yard in 2012. His training licence is revoked as of Wednesday and he will become a disqualified person on March 1st.last_img

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