A powerful witness’

first_imgAs the first Jesuit pontiff in the history of the office, Pope Francis has not turned water into wine or revolutionized Church doctrine.  Still, his humble nature and simple, pastoral demeanor have delighted the world, prompting pundits, media and laity alike to look to Francis to breathe “fresh air” into the Church. Fr. Tim Kesicki, S.J., provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesuits, said Pope Francis very clearly brings a new perspective to the papacy. “He’s never worked in the Vatican. … He’s going to say, ‘This is how we did it in Buenos Aires?’ Although, he’s not going to say, ‘This is the way we’ve always done it,’ he’s going to say, ‘How can we do it better?’” Kesicki said. “I think part of his election was that they wanted someone with a fresh perspective.” Rev. Patrick McGrath, S.J., president of the Chicago-area high school Loyola Academy and 1988 Notre Dame graduate, said many of the new Pope’s most attractive qualities as a papal candidate and leader of the Catholic Church could be called “quintessentially Jesuit.” “I think the fundamentally Jesuit way of looking at the world comes from Ignatius himself – this very positive view of the world that says God is to be experienced in all things,” McGrath said. “As a result, we enter into the world. We don’t retreat from it, we engage it and trust that God is to be found into the marketplace.” Kesicki said he felt a combination of joy and disbelief when he heard the first Jesuit pope had been selected. “None of us thinks he is going to live in the time of a great historical moment – things like this are for the history books,” Kesicki said.   Never before had a Jesuit been selected as pontiff, nor had a member of a religious order been chosen to lead the Church in 120 years, Fr. Daley, S.J, professor of theology at Notre Dame said.   The lack of Jesuits in the papal office is in part due to old rivalries between Jesuits and other groups and the Society’s unwillingness to accept Church office, Daley said. “We’re not really encouraged or allowed to accept Church office,” Daley said.  “If a Jesuit is offered a bishop’s position we have to be kind of commanded to accept it by the Pope otherwise we will say no.  I think St. Ignatius wanted us to do our work free of any ambition or politics … [Jesuits] don’t have a lot of time for ecclesiastical ambition.” Fr. Brian Daley, S.J., professor of theology at Notre Dame said Pope Francis’ comportment demonstrates the very Jesuit desire to engage with the world.   “He’s not looking to be deferred to, he wants to speak with people in a familiar way, pastorally,” Daley said.  “I thought his first words from St. Peter’s [Basilica] were perfect, were beautiful.  Just saying, ‘They wanted me here, I don’t know why I’m here, but I’m here to be your bishop and to help you.  Will you pray for me?’ “I think humility is really the heart of Jesuit spirituality.  What Ignatius really wanted to cultivate was doing what do as a service to our fellow men and women, not for any kind of status or recognition, and trying to grow in union with Christ, to let his humility become the model for ours.” McGrath said Jesuits throughout the history of the order have not hesitated to engage the ‘tough questions.’  This is due to the climate in which the order was founded and how it has interpreted its mission since then, he said.   “I don’t think it’s a mistake of the Holy Spirit or of history that Jesuits themselves came into being at a time of great tumult,” McGrath said.  “From Ignatius onward we Jesuits have felt a great responsibility to care for the Church and to serve the Church.”   McGrath said he hopes Pope Francis will continue to experience the spirit of community and respectful conversation inherent to Jesuit life during his pontificate.   “He could model something, he could show the world something by living simply. I think it’s a powerful witness that he offers,” McGrath said.  Fr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J., 2002 Notre Dame alumnus and administrator of the St. Charles, St. Bridget and St. Agnes parishes on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, said he believes Pope Francis to work on improving the Roman Curia by leading by example. “I would guess he will work on [improving the Curia] according to his personality, according to that simplicity, that directness,” Lusvardi said.  “I think he’ll challenge the Church and the people that work for the Church to be more simple and more humble in their lives, to live that Franciscan kind of policy. That’s refreshing. “The most important way any leader leads is by example, and he’s already set a good example.” Lusvardi said Pope Francis’ focus on the fundamental aspects of the faith in his public addresses thus far impressed him.  He was personally inspired by the pontiff’s willingness to engage everyone around him because it connects to his own mission in South Dakota. “One of the very important things in the history of our order has been the idea of evangelization,” Lusvardi said.  “That’s the sort of work I’m doing now on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.  Hearing him come out and delivering that very simple message of the need for prayer, the humility of the Gospel and seeing his desire to spread that to everyone. … I think that will be a major part of his papacy.” Though some young people have been disillusioned with the Church as a result of some recent mistakes, Kesicki said he expects Pope Francis to balance the need to teach people the ways of the Church while addressing their concerns. “The Church is 2000 years old. It can’t adjust itself to suit the desires of people,” Kesicki said.  “He will evaluate what the needs are of the young people that need attention and where the young people need to grow in their understanding of the beauty of the Church. McGrath said he hopes the new pontiff will keep the Jesuit spirit alive in his heart throughout his pontificate. “There is a constantly renewing spirit to the Ignatian spirituality, the sense that God is not distant and that he is actively engaged in working out our story,” McGrath said.  “[This spirituality asks that we] trust that God is actually whispering his spirit into the life of the Church and have the humility that we all have to let God love us on God’s terms.”last_img read more

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Shelburne Museum wins $96,000 in grants for economic recovery and technology

first_imgShelburne Museum, Inc.,Shelburne Museum has been awarded two grants totaling $96,318 for technology and support of museum operations, interim director Robert Skiff, Sr. announced.A grant for $93,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation was awarded as part of the foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund. The foundation developed the American Art Renewal Fund to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities at the nation’s museums. The grant will be used to support curatorial activities and staff.The second award is from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership for touch-screen oral history listening stations on the museum’s National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga. The $3,318 grant will update technology on the boat and allow for additional oral histories to be presented about the Ticonderoga, the last commercially operating steamboat on Lake Champlain. The 220-foot steamboat was moved to the museum in 1955 and is a perennial favorite exhibit among visitors.About Shelburne Museum:  Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.  The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. SHELBURNE, Vt. ‘ (Aug. 1, 2011)last_img read more

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Surfers Paradise apartment changes hands for $937K

first_img16/20 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise. 16/20 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise. 16/20 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise.A BEACHFRONT apartment on the Gold Coast Glitter Strip has sold for $937,000.The three-bedroom residence at 16/20 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise is on the 5th floor of The Penthouses building.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt has recently undergone a $180,000 renovations with a new kitchen and bathrooms.Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens handled the sale.He said demand for beachfront apartments on the Gold Coast was huge with buyers lining up to secure their own piece of paradise.last_img

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Switzerland overtakes Norway as the best place to retire

first_imgIceland climbed to second place, up one from last year, having inreased its score to 84% in 2018, from 82% in 2017 and 80% the year before.Switzerland’s first place was backed by high scores for quality of life – due to the country’s better air quality and other environmental factors – finances and health, Natixis said.It was also the only country to finish in the top 10 for all four of the GRI’s sub-indices, the firm said.Jean Raby, chief executive of Natixis Investment Managers, said: “Global retirement security is facing a multi-dimensional problem, as the traditional three-pillar funding model is challenged by 21st century demographics, fiscal imbalances and monetary policies that are straining the resources of individuals, employers and governments around the world.”Sweden took fourth place in the ranking in 2018, and New Zealand ranked fifth, both unchanged since 2017.Ireland moved into the top 10 for the first time since the GRI started, making the largest jump in both ranking and score of all countries in the top 25.“It shows steep improvements in the material wellbeing sub-index and smaller gains in the finances and health sub-indices,” Natixis said, adding that Ireland’s employment had improved sharply, with greater income equality and unemployment of only 6.2%.Natixis Global Retirement Index 2018 – Top 10 RankCountryScore 2018Score 2017Score 2016  6 Australia 78% 78% 78%  1 Switzerland 84% 84% 84% Having ranked the world’s best place to retire for the past two years, Norway has fallen to third place in a key league table – overtaken by Switzerland and Iceland.Natixis Investment Managers assessed 43 countries on a series of factors and ranked them according to their overall attractiveness as retirement environments, for its annual Global Retirement Index (GRI).It was a sharp decline in finances that had sent Norway falling to third overall, Natixis said.Norway scored 81%, down from 85% in 2016 and 2017, while Switzerland rose to the top with 84% – a score that was unchanged from the previous two years, but enough this year to move it up in the league table.  5 New Zealand 78% 80% 80%  4 Sweden 78% 80% 79%  2 Iceland 84% 82% 80%center_img  9 Canada 77% 76% 77%  10 Netherlands 76% 77% 78%  3 Norway 81% 86% 86%  8 Denmark 77% 77% 77%  7 Ireland 77% 74% 72%last_img read more

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College of GPs does not endorse euthanasia

first_imgScoop News 6 March 2018Family First Comment: “Fundamentally, New Zealanders need accessible, good quality palliative care. The Government should strengthen these services, so we can all experience a dignified, comfortable death.”Exactly!College of GPs does not endorse euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide: response to call for submissions on End of Life Choice BillThe Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has submitted its response to the Justice Committee of Parliament today (6 March 2018). The submission is clear that the College does not endorse euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, which it considers a matter for individual members’ consciences, within the law.The submission makes 17 recommendations to the Justice Committee, in light of the state of palliative care in New Zealand, the effect legislation may have on vulnerable people, and the effect euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide has on the doctor-patient relationship. The submission also goes into detail to recommend changes to specific challenges the Bill, as drafted, poses. That includes criteria for assisted dying, conscientious objection, and the role of the medical practitioner.Dr Tim Malloy, President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, said:“Whether for or against euthanasia, the College’s members are motivated by compassion – this is a key tenet of the profession. We believe that each general practitioner in New Zealand will have their own ethical view on whether euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is right.“However, whether or not this Bill goes ahead, there are significant challenges that must be addressed. Fundamentally, New Zealanders need accessible, good quality palliative care. The Government should strengthen these services, so we can all experience a dignified, comfortable death.READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1803/S00074/college-of-gps-does-not-endorse-euthanasia.htmlast_img read more

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BAPS hosts co-sanctioned IMCA RaceSaver show this Saturday

first_imgBy Frank Buhrman Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.  This will be the fifth PASS IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event at BAPS this season. Zach Newlin has won two of the previous four, with single wins for Cale Reigle and John Walp. This is the first of three co-sanctioned events at the track. Ken Duke currently leads PASS point standings, as well as national standings for the division, with Newlin in second. Doug Dodson, Reigle and Devin Adams round out the top five. center_img YORK HAVEN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will be joined by the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Se­ries for co-sanctioned racing at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven Saturday, July 6. The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) races at tracks in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.last_img

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Performance of senior class exemplifies last four years in groups final home game

first_img‘There was definitely that time when I didn’t expect to be out here,’ Jamieson said. ‘I just kind of took it all in and had fun with it.’ And to Bartig, the day also displayed his transformation of sorts. Last year, he recorded just one point in 10 games of action. In his senior season, he has materialized as a mainstay in the SU midfield and one of the biggest reasons the unit recovered from losing the bulk of last season’s starters. Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 14 games, the second-longest active streak in the country. … Providence took only 15 shots Saturday, the least by an SU opponent since the Friars took just 12 in SU’s first game last season. … Providence won the faceoff battle, taking 14-of-23 tries at the X. It was just the fourth time this year the Orange didn’t control the faceoff X. … The big head cutouts of Syracuse players made their way back to the Carrier Dome Saturday. A giant Cody Jamieson head was held up by fans in the stands. ‘It felt great to have my family and all of my classmates around for it,’ Daniello said. ‘It felt great.’ And Saturday’s 14-5 victory over Providence was no different. Though other seniors got additional playing time toward the end of the game, Bartig and fellow seniors Cody Jamieson and Chris Daniello carried the Orange to victory. The trio scored eight of SU’s 14 goals on the day on the strength of hat tricks from Jamieson and Daniello. ‘We work hard,’ Bartig said of his fellow seniors. ‘A lot of times, we don’t get the same recognition as the other guys. …You know, we’re just trying to make a name for ourselves, and I think this year we’re doing a good job of that.’ For Daniello, it was a continuation of his surprise emergence as the team’s go-to scoring threat.  Bartig and the other seniors on the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team were freshmen on the most forgettable season in SU’s recent proud history — a 5-8 finish in 2007. All year, they have continued to erase those memories through strong performances. Last season, Daniello was only fifth on the team with 24 points. This season, he’s already matched that in goals while leading the team with 44 points. Syracuse entered the game Saturday as the No. 1 team in the country. Providence had not won a game in 15 straight tries. SU came in averaging 12.6 goals per game. The Friars were at just over five, the worst scoring offense in the country. ‘I just want to make my team proud,’ Bartig said. ‘The last three years haven’t gone the way I expected or I would have liked, but this year it’s definitely changed up and I’m having a pretty good year.’ Commentscenter_img For each player, his contributions meant something unique. In Jamieson’s case, just last year he didn’t know if his dream of playing lacrosse for SU would come to fruition. On Saturday, he was one of the heroes for the Orange yet again.  ‘My hat’s off to the Providence team and their coaching staff,’ he said. ‘What we’ve seen on film is they score goals and they get excited and they’re not looking at the scoreboard. They played hard today, and they didn’t come in and quit. They haven’t had a win yet. (Their resiliency) is a great characteristic that they carry.’ This and that Credit to the Friars SU head coach John Desko said he was a little disappointed with the Orange’s performance in the first half but that overall, he was impressed with Providence’s effort and execution. For Max Bartig, Senior Day signified just how far his class had come. [email protected]@syr.edu The last time they played, SU won 22-3 to open up the 2009 season. Saturday’s game could have gotten ugly quickly, but some sloppy play and Providence’s game plan did not allow it to turn into a rout. Published on April 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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SWAN President Backs Inclusion of Shooting Sport in NSF

first_imgWhile reiterating that Nigeria must pay attention to other sports, he called on administrators to emulate the NSSF in organising workshops and seminars for sports journalists, who he says are the platforms upon which talents are discovered and nurtured to stardom.Sirawoo commended the NSSF for its pioneering role in bringing sports journalists up to date in the technicalities of the sport, in addition to training them in the art of shooting sport.Also speaking, the President of Nigeria Shooting Sport Federation, Brigadier General Lonsdale Adeoye (Rtd) commended SWAN for partnering with the federation to give the sport a lift and also make it more popular among Nigerians.He advocated more support for shooting sport, saying apart from its medal haul prospects, it was capable of putting Nigeria on the map of shooting sport nations.In a communiqué issued at the end of the workshop, the participants commended the “NSSF under the leadership of its President, Brig. General Lonsdale Adeoye (Retired), Board members and the National leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) under the pragmatic leadership of President Honour Sirawoo for providing the platform for sport journalists to be equipped with requisite knowledge and skills in reporting shooting sport.”While assuring of maximum cooperation with the NSSF in reporting the game and creating the required public knowledge and awareness about the sport, they called on other sports federations to emulate the NSSF in organising similar training and workshops for sports Journalists in order to achieve the tripod of sports development (administration, participation and promotion) in the country.They also decried the non participation of Shooting sport in the National Sports Festival (NSF) and call on the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sport development to see to the inclusion of the game in subsequent festivals, while calling for the upgrading of the Nigeria national shooting range facilities and organization of regular competition across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo has called for the inclusion of Shooting Sport as a competitive event in the National Sports Festival.This is just as over 50 sports journalists from across the country have issued a communiqué calling for better recognition for shooting sport in view of its medal haul in international sports competitions.The SWAN President spoke at the closing ceremony of a four-day Media Shooting Sport and Workshop in Abuja organised by the Nigeria Shooting Sport Federation (NSSF).last_img read more

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Jamaica PM to lead campaign against violence in 2018

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he will lead a national campaign against all forms of violence as Jamaica recorded more than 1,500 murders in 2017.“In 2018, we must do more to protect our women and children from violence. Indeed we must all do more to reduce the level of violence and aggression we use in our daily life and social transactions,” Holness said in a New Year’s Day message to the nation.Figures released by law enforcement authorities showed that the island had recorded a 21 per cent increase in murders, one week before the end of 2017.Violence  – a threat to civilityThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review revaled that 1, 581 people were murdered, an increase of 257 for the corresponding figure last year.In his message, Holness said  – “our acceptance of violence as a means of resolving conflict, is taking away from the good natured, loving and hospitable people we are.“It is threatening our civility and sensibilities and introducing a crassness which undervalues life,” he said, adding “this year I intend to lead a national campaign against violence in all its forms.“In 2018 let’s bring back the Irie Jamaica, the Peaceful Jamaica, the Loving Jamaica, the Happy Jamaica, the Prosperous and Progressive Jamaica,” he said.Holness also indicated that 2018 must be the year when the authorities will scale up the Zones of Special Operations to reclaim communities that have been captured by criminals.JCF in need of “critical reform”“The Jamaica Constabulary Force is our lead crime fighting institution. Given the current crime situation it is without question that the JCF needs critical institutional reform to be able to effectively lead the fight against crime.Holness said the recent discovery of over 100 illegal guns destined for Jamaica is another indication of the depth and extent of the problem.“The importation of weapons cannot be viewed narrowly within the prism of street crimes and gang on gang warfare, this is a direct threat to the national security of the state and the facilitators and traffickers will be treated as such.“Illegal weapons and the organized criminal network around their procurement, importation and distribution are national emergencies and will get national attention in 2018 which will include amendments to the Firearms Act, amendments to the Anti-gang Legislation and amendments to the Bail Act.last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal: I cannot defend myself after Manchester United defeat

first_imgLouis van Gaal says he cannot defend himself after coming in for fresh criticism following Manchester United’s early Champions League exit.United dropped into the Europa League after losing 3-2 at VfL Wolfsburg in their final Group B fixture on Tuesday and the manager was once again flayed by former players for his team’s limp performance.”At the moment I cannot defend myself because we are out of the Champions League,” Van Gaal told a post-match news conference.”Every word I say is wrong. But when you see the facts, we were further in the (League) Cup (than last season), qualified for the Champions League group, we have played all these matches and are still in a very good position in the league.”We are better than last year. That’s my answer because I can only give facts. I’m also disappointed that we are out of the Champions League.” Anthony Martial put United in front in Germany but centre back Naldo equalised and Wolfsburg took the lead before half-time through midfielder Vieirinha, who finished off a slick passing move with a tap in.United clawed their way back thanks to Josuha Guilavogui’s late own goal but Naldo struck again to seal the win, while Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 in the other group fixture to advance at the Premier League side’s expense.”It was a crazy match,” Van Gaal said.The manager’s woe was compounded by injuries to defenders Matteo Darmian (hamstring) and Chris Smalling (groin), which he said would likely rule them out of Saturday’s Premier League game against Bournemouth.Van Gaal was especially unhappy with midfielder Vieirinha, who he was banking on before the game to guide United through to the knockout stages. “I cannot say that he was the Schweinsteiger from my period in (Bayern) Munich in this game,” Van Gaal said. “I have changed (substituted) him and I don’t change players for nothing.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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