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Interesting Facts about His Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI :: Catholic News Agency

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Interesting Facts about His Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI :: Catholic News Agency.

…Pope Benedict XVI has a pilot’s license for the papal helicopter and likes to fly from the Vatican to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, but the pope does not have a driver’s license as he never learned to drive a car…

 

Making Progress on the MDGs

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Bridges from Bamako

Last week I took part in a “teach-in” organized by Michigan State University devoted to the ongoing crisis in Mali. A half-dozen Africanist scholars joined a pair of retired U.S. ambassadors to discuss the origins and consequences of that country’s state collapse, ethnic tensions, the rebel takeover and French military intervention. The audience, mostly MSU students and faculty, included several Malians. One recurring subject was the Tuareg people and their place in the Malian nation. Various non-Malian participants spoke of the need to grant the Tuareg some kind of autonomy, while Malians in the room rejected such an arrangement. At one point a Malian graduate student in attendance stated flatly, “There is no ‘Tuareg problem’ in Mali.”

This remark reminded me that listening to Tuareg and non-Tuareg Malians talk about their intertwined history can be like listening to Israelis and Palestinians talk about theirs: the two groups’ respective visions of…

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Nicely worded article…

Harmonic Future

travel, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Vienna, Tokyo, Rio, Toronto, Paris, wahington

To start let’s mention 10 benefits traveling does for you:

  1. it broadens your horizons
  2. experiencing different cultures and realizing the same things can be done in different ways
  3. meeting some of the nicest people
  4. doing things you don’t normally do
  5. eating foods that change your taste buds
  6. seeing things you haven’t seen before
  7. learning a new language or part of it
  8. understanding different cultures
  9. sense of adventure
  10. develop skills you didn’t know you had

And the list can go on and on……………..wouldn’t it be nice if you could do that more often? Well I guess you can! Become a professional traveller, work on an airplane, work on a cruise ship work on a yacht and the list goes on, but in reality these jobs are not for everybody. Now one of the best things of travel I think is meeting so many different people. What if you could have a…

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Taoiseach makes historic apology to Magdalenes

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Taoiseach makes historic apology to Magdalenes.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has apologised to the women who spent time in the Magdalene laundries.

In an emotional speech, which was greeted by loud applause, Mr Kenny said: “This is a national shame for which I say again I am deeply sorry and offer my full and heartfelt apologies.”

Opening the Dáil debate tonight on the McAleese report, Mr Kenny said the Magdalene laundries were reserved for what was offensively and judgementally called fallen women.

The women, he added, were wholly blameless.

He added: “I, as Taoiseach, on behalf of this State, the Government and our citizens, deeply regret and apologise unreservedly to all those women for the hurt that was done to them, for any stigma they suffered as a result of the time they spent in the Magdalene laundry.”…

First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013

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First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013
First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013First regional public declaration for the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage in Senegal – 20 January 2013

Woman’s 10-litre a day Coke habit factor in death | Irish Examiner

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Woman’s 10-litre a day Coke habit factor in death | Irish Examiner.

A New Zealand woman’s 10-litre a day Coca Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found. And now the coroner is urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products…

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