Popes John Paul II, John XXIII canonized in Vatican City

first_imgOn Sunday, the legacies of four popes combined in St. Peter’s Square when John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized by Pope Francis in a Mass attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.Vatican Radio estimated that around 800,000 people flocked to the St. Peter’s Square area Sunday, making it the largest event in Vatican City since Pope Francis’s 2013 election.Timothy O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, said because the canonization of popes is a rare occassion, the celebration of two in a single ceremony was unique.“There’s a special joy in this ceremony of John Paul II being canonized, because he canonized the greatest number of saints by far, more than anyone else before him,” O’Malley said. “He had a very deep commitment to the lives of the saints, and so it’s fitting that he’ll be canonized now and join their ranks.”O’Malley said John XXIII’s canonization was prompted by the whole Church asking for him to be recognized as a saint and to celebrate his feast day.“John XXIII has been Blessed for a long time … but when you’re beatified, you’re not put automatically on the universal calendar of the Church,” he said. “Dioceses asked to celebrate his feast, showing that John XXIII has become universally important, and thus his canonization is a recognition that the whole Church already perceives him as a saint.”The dual papal canonization took place on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day very important to John Paul II’s spirituality — but while the Polish pontiff had more connections to the specific date, O’Malley said the decision to canonize the two together is significant.“John XXIII was someone who set forth the Second Vatican Council, and John Paul II had such a force on implementing it in the way that he did,” O’Malley said. “There’s a way in which both popes are taken up into this [date].” Photo courtesy of Michael Kane Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on April 20. The pontiff led a dual papal canonization ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday, recognizing the sainthood of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.John XXIII led the Church from 1958-1963, succeeded by Paul VI and John Paul I. John Paul II was pope from 1978-2005, then Benedict XVI led from 2005 until February 2013, and Francis was installed March 13, 2013. O’Malley said all four popes were interested in the relationship of the Church to the modern world and sought particular ways to deal with that. “You can see John XXIII’s calling of the Second Vatican Council as a promulgation of the Church’s openness to the world,” he said. “And with Pope John Paul II, in some ways he was responsible for the fall of communism in Poland. When he went to Poland in the earliest days of his papacy, it changed the world.”He said as a scholar, Benedict has used his writing and explanations of the faith “to engage seriously with the world,” even writing a letter “as a very serious response … in a spirit of love and charity” to an atheist who critiqued his book “Introduction to Christianity.” O’Malley said Francis also has sought to actively engage the world with Catholicism.“I think you can say that they all have different understandings of the world … but all of them are serious about the Church’s engagement in the world,” he said.O’Malley said he had no doubt that the legacies of John XXIII and John Paul II have shaped Notre Dame and its mission.“John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council, and perhaps nothing has done more to shape the University’s mission and identity than its understanding of its relationship to the world,” he said. “As far as John Paul II goes … it’s a remarkable thing to think that basically from the late 70s to the year 2005, every student who came to Notre Dame knew John Paul II as Pope, the only Pope they’d had.“So that means a great deal of religious life, religious philosophy, the things that we study in the classroom, Catholic Social Teaching — it was shaped by John Paul II. Which means that a great deal of the religious intellectual life here on campus has been formed by that pope.“Notre Dame is different because these two popes existed, just as the whole Church is.”Tags: canonization, Catholic, John Paul II, John XXIII, Pope, saint, Vaticanlast_img read more

Justice Friday highlights Syrian refugee crisis

first_imgDedicated to raising awareness of social justice topics, Saint Mary’s first Justice Friday of the school year focused on an increasingly widespread humanitarian issue that has forced countries to reconsider immigration policy: the Syrian refugee crisis. Led by senior Caylin McCallick, the discussion began by tracing the origins of the crisis.“A few citizens put rebellious graffiti on a wall,” McCallick said. “They were promptly pushed down by those who agreed with the Syrian government and, in turn, more peaceful protests started in solidarity with this event until eventually, a civil war broke out.”McCallick said surrounding countries and terrorist groups took part in this civil war as time went on.“Both the rebel groups and the government have been accused of war crimes by the U.N., including things like murder, rape, torture and forced disappearances,” she said.McCallick said terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) offered the people of Syria protection for themselves and their family in a time when citizens felt desperate and hopeless, allowing the group to grow in the region.“A group like IS could easily thrive in an environment that was suffering as badly as Syria was because you have turmoil, politics, fighting, bloodshed and people dying,” McCallick said. As the conflict intensified, many Syrian citizens fled the country, becoming refugees, she said. A refugee is defined as someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons such as their race, religion or nationality, according to McCallick. “They are people who are very much struggling and if they go back to their country, they won’t be safe,” McCallick said. While countries have struggled to accommodate this influx of refugees, McCallick said the United States has been one of the strongest supporters in providing aid for Syrian refugees.“The U.S. has given $4.5 billion in aid and this year we expect to admit around 7,000 refugees,” she said.McCallick said refugees currently undergo a more rigorous screening process than anyone else allowed entry into the United States, but that many states are worried there is not a strong enough vetting process to allow refugees into the country without endangering American citizens. “It’s a valid concern — we are worried about national security,” McCallick said. “There’s always problems with every process and it’s worth looking at [it] again, because this is a large group of people.” However, junior Morgan Matthews said the refugee crisis is a problem without a clear solution.“It’s very hard to say we should or shouldn’t [do something] without being properly educated on the subject matter,” she said. “It’s not like you can have just a surface-level knowledge, you have to understand the deep core of the situation before forming a viable opinion.”McCallick said as a college student, the refugee crisis can feel like a distant problem, but it is nevertheless important to take action.“It’s important to do research and vote on who you think has a comprehensive plan surrounding the refugee crisis,” McCallick said. “We need to stand up for the sake of people who are suffering.”Tags: ISIS, Justice Fridays, refugee crisis, saint mary’s, Syrialast_img read more

Xcel Closes Coal Plants, Cuts Carbon Emissions Sharply

first_imgXcel Closes Coal Plants, Cuts Carbon Emissions Sharply FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Xcel Energy has cut carbon emissions 35 percent since 2005 and expects to surpass 50 percent by 2022, largely by retiring aging coal plants and replacing them with renewable sources.The Minneapolis-based owner of Colorado’s largest utility appears ahead of schedule on its goal of reaching a 60 percent reduction in 2005 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and it is doing so without passing on cost increases to customers, according to the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report released this week.Xcel has announced the retirement of 20 coal units, accounting for 40 percent of its coal-powered capacity, from 2005 to 2026, including several in Colorado. To fill the gap, the company has invested heavily in wind-powered sources, and to a lesser degree solar, while also promoting energy conservation.“We’re on a path to provide a more sustainable, prosperous energy future and believe reducing carbon emissions while enhancing affordability is a tremendous benefit for the customers and communities we serve,” Ben Fowke, Xcel’s chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement.Last year, about 40 percent of the electricity Xcel supplied came from carbon-free sources, and half of that amount from wind. Besides reducing its carbon output, the company said emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides were down by more than 70 percent. It also has cut its water consumption by 40 percent.More: Xcel Energy Says Carbon Emissions Down 35 Percent Since 2005last_img read more

USNS Comfort Begins Mission in Peru

first_imgBy By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs November 05, 2018 A team composed of more than 900 personnel, embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), commenced their second mission stop, in Paita, Peru, as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative, October 30th. “This first day has been incredibly busy with setting up the site, unpacking equipment and conducting pre-surgical screenings, which were organized by the Ministry of Health,” said Lt. Cdr. Peter McIntyre, officer-in-charge of the San Alfonso Medical Site. “Our partners, the Peruvian police, have been stellar in assisting with patient coordination at the site, and we have been working alongside Peruvian contractors to get both sites prepared for medical care later this week.” Medical personnel, including military, non-governmental organization volunteers and members from partner nations, began screening surgical patients October 30th. The two medical sites were fully operational beginning, November 1st and continued seeing patients for five days. “We have an incredibly robust team with a wide ranging portfolio of medical service offerings,” said Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility aboard Comfort. “While Comfort is here in Paita this week, medical units will provide preventative medicine treatments, optometry, dermatology, women’s health, adult medicine, pediatrics, and dental and surgical screenings to thousands of patients. Our medical team is organized, ready and always eager to help others in need.” This is the sixth time that Comfort has deployed to the region. Past missions have provided medical treatment to more than 390,000 patients, including 6,000 surgeries. “Medical missions are inherently complex by nature,” said Capt. William Shafley, commander, Task Force 49. “We have a longstanding partnership with the Peruvian government that I am confident will facilitate a smooth and safe mission execution over the coming week.” Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT, www.dvidshub.net/feature/comfort2018, and www.navy.mil.last_img read more

3 steps to take when a valued employee suddenly resigns

first_img 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details It’s tough any time an employee quits. Even if the employee was awful, there’s going to be an adjustment period. If the employee was one of your “stars” it can be extremely frustrating to see them seeking greener pastures. If this happens in your office, here are 3 steps you can take to start recovering.Don’t freak outYou may be tempted to immediately freak out when a key employee quits, but you shouldn’t. Maybe you feel they’re irreplaceable, but the truth is you’re going to be okay. The first resume you look at may not solve all your problems, but you’ll figure it out. You might have to spread some responsibilities around, but the job will get done. Obviously losing a valued employee will be tough in the beginning, but with help from your team, you should bounce back quickly.Meet with your teamWhen a key employee quits, it affects everyone. Make sure the team is informed about what happened and then make a plan to cover all the essential job responsibilities that you’ll be missing. Give your team some time to adjust and think, and then have a group discussion, brainstorm and come up with ideas for moving on.Keep an eye on your finely tuned machineYour team was running to perfection before your star employee quit. Now, you have different people doing different things and your machine may not be running quite like it used to. That’s ok. Unlike an actual machine, you can’t just replace a part and have your machine go back to working exactly like it did before. There will be some adjustment. Keep an eye on things and make sure things aren’t falling apart, but have faith in your team. Just because they can’t stand back up and hit the ground running, doesn’t mean they won’t be running again shortly.last_img read more

Indonesia plans to inject $2.5b into SOEs next year to stimulate economy, resolve Jiwasraya scandal

first_imgFurthermore, the government will also provide a capital injection of Rp 470 billion for the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, which is in charge of developing tourist facilities in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.It will also inject Rp 1.2 trillion into port operator PT Pelindo III, Rp 1.28 trillion into ship maker PT Pal Indonesia and Rp 977 billion into PT Kawasan Industri Wijayakusuma.The allocated budget for capital injections next year is lower than this year’s roughly Rp 51 trillion, as the government’s budget is focused on stimulating a recovery of the pandemic-battered economy.Initially, the government allocated Rp 31.48 trillion for state capital injections this year, to be disbursed to eight SOEs, before earmarking an additional Rp 20.5 trillion, as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package of Rp 695.2 trillion.The decision to allocate additional funds is intended to help cushion the impacts of the pandemic on state-owned companies. For example, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia logged $712.73 million in losses in the first half of the year, compared to the $24.11 million profit it posted in the same period last year, as the COVID-19 outbreak dealt a crushing blow to the aviation industry.Meanwhile, state oil and gas firm Pertamina also suffered a $767.9 million loss in the January to June period this year, after booking a profit of $659.96 million in the same period last year. Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year and is expected to shrink 1.1 percent at worst this year or grow by 0.2 percent at best, according to the government’s estimate.Read also: State firm dividends rise as govt scrambles to rescue economyDividend payments made by SOEs to the government have far exceeded state capital injections, according to SOEs Minister Erick Thohir, who claimed the government had received Rp 255 trillion in dividends from SOEs since 2015 while injecting Rp 118 trillion into SOEs during the same period.The government has collected more than Rp 40 trillion in dividends from five major SOEs alone this year, including from Pertamina.“Capital injections are usually considered bad [decisions], but if we look at the dividends and tax income from SOEs, the return is much greater,” he said on Monday, after a meeting with House Commission VI overseeing trade, industry and SOEs, as reported by kompas.com.The government is also considering injecting funds into state pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma to strengthen the healthcare response to the coronavirus pandemic, Erick said on Monday.Bio Farma is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in cooperation with Sinovac Biotech of China.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post that the state capital injections for SOEs would help support the economy amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, he expressed concern about the government’s handling of the Jiwasraya problem.“The government’s failure to solve the Jiwasraya problem immediately has not only made the problem bigger but also increased the cost,” Piter said. “We think the government should spend more money and take the losses to solve the problems entirely.”Topics : The government has proposed providing Rp 37.38 trillion (US$2.5 billion) in capital injections for state-owned enterprises (SOEs) next year, some of which will be used to resolve the investment mismanagement scandal involving state insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.During a meeting with House Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Tuesday, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the capital injections were part of the government’s investment plan for next year.“[The capital injections] will be used to finance the development of the Sumatra toll road, tourism development and [to fund] the opening of Batang industrial area, among other projects,” she told lawmakers, referring to the Trans Sumatra toll road mega project and the development of the new industrial zone in Central Java. The government plans to inject funds into eight SOEs, including Rp 20 trillion for financing firm Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (BPUI), Rp 2.25 trillion for secondary mortgage market company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial, Rp 6.2 trillion for construction company PT Hutama Karya and Rp 5 trillion for electricity giant PLN.“The injection for BPUI is related to the management of the Jiwasraya problem,” she said.The Central Jakarta District Court is currently overseeing a trial regarding the scandal involving Jiwasraya. The allegation of mismanagement came after Jiwasraya was unable to pay its policyholders’ claims worth Rp 18 trillion as it invested most of its premium revenue from its product JS Saving Plan into so-called pump-and-dump stocks.In July, the SOEs Ministry announced a plan to restructure Jiwasraya’s policies and carry them over to a new company. BPUI is expected to establish a new life insurance company, PT Nusantara Life, which will then hold all of Jiwasraya’s restructured policies, according to Deputy SOEs Minister Kartika “Tiko” Wirjoatmodjo.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Committee to Address Maternal Mortality

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Committee to Address Maternal Mortality October 02, 2018center_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the creation of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee to collect information to investigate and disseminate findings related to maternal deaths. The committee is the result of Act 24, which the governor signed into law in May.“With the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania, establishing this committee will help take immediate action in determining the reasons for this phenomenon and, more importantly, help to develop prevention recommendations,” Governor Wolf said. “I’m pleased to announce the comprehensive and distinguished list of committee members who I am confident will bring their expertise with a shared goal of determining how to address the growing concern of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.”“Maternal deaths have been rising in the United States since 2000 and we need to understand why,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Maternal mortality has particularly been a problem in minority populations. This committee features experts in maternal health from across the commonwealth and will help us as we work to take immediate action to reverse this trend.”The committee, as directed by Act 24 of 2018, must include at least 15 members, and will conduct multidisciplinary reviews of maternal deaths and develop recommendations to prevent future maternal deaths in Pennsylvania.Members of the committee are identified as follows, including their name, specialty and county:Valerie Arkoosh, Specialist, Delaware CountyBetty J. Baxter, Registered Nurse, Allegheny CountyJason K. Baxter, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Philadelphia CountyStacy Beck, Secretary of Health Appointment, Allegheny CountyKay-Ella Bleecher, Emergency Medical Service Provider, York CountySonya Borrero, Specialist, Allegheny CountyCarolyn Byrnes, Secretary of Health Appointment, Dauphin CountyJoanne D. Craig, Social Worker/Social Service Provider, Delaware CountyAntoine B. Douainy, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Allegheny CountyAmanda Flicker, Obstetrician, Lehigh CountyJulia A. Greenawalt, Registered Nurse, Indiana CountySam P. Gulino, Medical Examiner or Coroner, Philadelphia CountyRoy Hoffman, Specialist, Philadelphia CountySarah S. Kawasaki, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Dauphin CountyDara Mendez, Health Statistician, Allegheny CountyNancy A. Niemczyk, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Allegheny CountyKaren Pollack, Secretary of Health Appointment, Philadelphia CountyStefanie B. Porges, Emergency Medical Service Provider, Philadelphia CountyJessica L. Riley, Specialist, York CountyLoren Robinson, Secretary of Health Appointment, Philadelphia CountyPatricia M. Ross, Medical Examiner or Coroner, Blair CountyBette C. Saxton, Social Worker/Social Service Provider, Luzerne CountyDavid F. Silver, Psychiatrist, Philadelphia CountyNazanin E. Silver, Psychiatrist, Philadelphia CountySindhu Srinvias, Obstetrician, Philadelphia CountySteven Smith, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Montgomery CountyTara Trego, Department of Health Bureau of Family Health, Allegheny CountyChristina Vandepol, Medical Examiner or Coroner, Chester CountyAmy Whitstel, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Allegheny CountyDannai Wilson, Secretary of Health Appointment, Allegheny CountyFor more information about maternal and family health, visit www.health.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Osbit Well Intervention Package for FTAI Ocean

first_imgUK-based offshore technology firm Osbit has won a contract by FTAI Ocean to design and build a well intervention tower system.The so-called ‘smart tower system’ is to be installed on FTAI’s vessel M/V Pride and facilitates integrated riserless and riser-based well intervention operations in water depths up to 1,500 metres.Osbit, managing director Brendon Hayward, said: “We are perfectly placed to supply this system with our extensive experience of delivering complex well intervention systems and large-scale offshore handling equipment. Osbit’s smart tower system represents our continued commitment to reducing the risk and cost profile of projects for our clients enabling increased safety and greater operational time offshore.”Jon Attenburrow, managing director at FTAI Ocean, said: “We look forward to working with Osbit to develop the intervention tower and transform the M/V Pride into a world-class well intervention vessel.”last_img read more

Trespassing suspect arrested for Drug Possession/Police Car Contaminated

first_imgColumbus, IN—A Columbus woman was arrested overnight after she was seen trespassing in a department store and later tore open a bag of drugs contaminating a Columbus Police Department patrol vehicle with fentanyl early Tuesday morning.  CPD officers were dispatched to Walmart in regards to a woman acting suspiciously inside of the store. The officers made contact with the woman, who was identified as Alexis R. Daniels, 20, of Columbus and confirmed that she had previously trespassed on the property.  Daniels was placed under arrest and patted down for weapons and contraband prior to being transported to the Bartholomew County Jail.  Upon arriving at the jail, officers observed a white substance on Daniels’ hands and in the floorboard beneath where she was seated.  The white substance later tested positive as a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.The CPD patrol car was quarantined and the interior was later cleaned by members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.Daniels was preliminarily arrested on allegations of Trespassing, Obstruction of Justice, and Possession of a Narcotic Drug.last_img read more