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Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24

first_img Share 163 Views   no discussions Share Pope FrancisWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress, lawmakers said Thursday.Francis, who is also expected to meet President Barack Obama, will speak before members of the Senate and House of Representatives on September 24 after finally accepting an invitation extended in March last year.“That day his holiness will be the first pope in our history to address a joint session of Congress,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.“We are humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people.”The 78-year-old leader of the world’s Roman Catholics confirmed late last year that he would visit the United States in September to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.He will also address the United Nations in New York.“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Pope Francis to the United States later this year,” Obama, who was received by the pontiff at the Vatican last March, said at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.The pope is hugely popular in the United States, with a Pew poll in December showing 78 percent of Americans have a favourable view of Francis.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who like Boehner is Catholic, said lawmakers were “honoured and overjoyed that Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in the Americas, has accepted our invitation.”The Argentina-born pope has “inspired a new generation of people, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be instruments of peace,” she added.US lawmakers could do with some timely peace-building.Republicans and Democrats have feuded over immigration, a Canada-US oil pipeline and national security funding virtually from the moment the new Congress convened in January.And Obama’s $4 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2016, defended by Democrats, has been dismissed by Republican opponents as a tax-and-spend wish list that will never pass Congress.“On a happier note, a bit of good news,” Boehner said as he announced the pope’s visit, moments after highlighting the congressional gridlock.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looked forward to hearing Pope Francis’s “call to love our neighbours,” while praising the pontiff’s “engaging and compelling style”.The pope is a popular figure on Capitol Hill, where nearly one in three lawmakers is Catholic.“In a place too often torn by political division, his words are certain to enrich and enlighten,” senior Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said.Francis has touched on issues like climate change that remain deeply divisive in Congress, where many Republicans hesitate to openly accept scientific assessments that human activity has led to global warming.Francis announced last month, as he returned to Rome from a week-long trip to Asia, that he will make his first visit to Africa later this year, with stops in Uganda and Central African Republic.He is also scheduled to travel to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July.The outspoken Francis caused a stir last month when he told reporters on the papal plane that Catholics should not breed “like rabbits”.He rowed back from the remarks days later, describing large families as a “gift from God”. Sharing is caring!center_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24 by: Associated Free Press – February 6, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more

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Backups get practice time as injured rest

first_imgThe bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Trojans.Like father, like son · USC coach Lane Kiffin and his father, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, have used the bye week to prepare for Oregon. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan Without the pressure of an impending game and the necessity to work out all the kinks by Saturday, the coaching staff can let players rest and recover from nagging injuries.The entire starting offensive line, beside redshirt sophomore Matt Kalil, sat out or was limited during practice. Senior center Kristofer O’Dowd rested what he called a “strained shoulder.”He was seen at the beginning of practice wearing a wrap around his shoulder, which was removed by the end of the practice session. He expressed no doubt he’d be ready for the game against Oregon on Oct. 30 and said he was expecting a Tuesday return. He called sitting out a preventative measure to ensure full health.Junior tackle Tyron Smith sat out with an ankle injury, and senior guard Butch Lewis sat out with an undisclosed injury. Redshirt sophomore guard Khaled Holmes was limited and sat on a training table during the second half of practice.“As we’ve said all along, hopefully we get these guys back by Monday, and be ready to go with a full week of practice,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin.—With all the injuries and the lack of depth on the team, the bye week functions as a training ground for the younger players to earn playing time and demonstrate to the coaching staff whether their talents can translate to the collegiate level.The Trojans spent significant time in a four wide receiver set from the shotgun to simulate the style of play of the highly touted, high-scoring Oregon offense.Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley was hurrying the team to the line and coaches were emphasizing quickness and speed on both sides of the ball.During a receivers and defensive backs drill, Kiffin told his players to ask themselves, “How am I going to tackle the fastest team in the country?”It was a common line from the coaching staff during the moments when the team was working on full-speed drills, especially during the scrimmage at the end of practice.—Freshman running back D.J. Morgan got a number of carries during Thursday’s practice, even with the first-team offense.He broke one of his carries for a touchdown and was picking up a number of yards on each attempt.Kiffin praised Morgan on his ability and said that it was promising that the freshman was able to show off his skill set in practice.“This is the first week that we’ve been able to see a lot with him,” Kiffin said. “He looks very explosive, even though he’s not 100 percent yet.”last_img read more

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Galvin set to switch clubs

first_imgReports today suggest the 2009 footballer of the year has applied for a transfer from Kilmacud Crokes to St Oliver Plunkett’s.The move will be put to the Dublin County Board next year.last_img

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