Courtesy of Campus Ministry Notre Dame students who are studying abroad in Europe journey to Rome to celebrate Easter mass at the Vatican as part of a Campus Ministry pilgrimage.“[The pilgrimage] is so tied to the liturgical season,” Lichon said. “It’s simply just opening the space for the students to experience it. Especially when you’re studying abroad, there are students who come to a new city, and there are so many things to do, but we really put Rome in a particular light where we’re visiting all these churches but we’re not doing the more touristy things you typically might do.“But you kind of see Rome through a particular lens, especially through Holy Week and through the current faith life in Rome — both the local church, that’s why we went to Santa Maria in Trastevere where you got a very vibrant Italian parish, but then also the universal church that comes together in St. Peter’s on Sunday morning. So I think that’s a really cool part of the pilgrimage.”The pilgrimage began Holy Thursday with Mass at Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. Over the next three days, students on the pilgrimage also traveled to St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls, among other holy sites. Together, these four churches make up the major basilicas of Rome, the highest-ranking Catholic churches in the world and pilgrimage sites for thousands of years.Senior Duncan Campbell, a Campus Ministry intern who helped organize and lead the pilgrimage, said the setting in Rome also gave students spiritual opportunities they wouldn’t normally receive.“The location is definitely special, because everybody knows about Rome, everybody knows about Easter, too, and the two kind of go together really perfectly,” Campbell said. “A microcosm of what’s special about this is the Holy Thursday walking pilgrimage to all the churches.“I would bet that there’s nowhere else in the world where you could do that kind of thing in that kind of time in that space — where we could visit 12 or 15 different churches in the span of a couple hours in the same six city blocks. I think that’s the kind of the thing that makes Rome special. And then also having Pope Francis here to celebrate liturgies with him and to know that’s the city where all that history is with the Church, I’d say that’s definitely makes it special.”Junior Melanie Runkle, who is currently studying in Dublin, said she went on the trip in hopes of experiencing both Rome and the celebration of Easter in a more spiritual way.“I decided to go on the pilgrimage to Rome because it was somewhere that I really wanted to travel, and going there on a pilgrimage for Easter seemed like a very appropriate way to see the city,” Runkle said. “I figured that on a pilgrimage, I would see a much more authentic side of Rome, as well as experience the city on a deeper level.”On the pilgrimage, Runkle said she gained a deeper understanding of the universality of the Church.“All of the other Campus Ministry events that I have attended have really only included Notre Dame students, so this one was different since we were a group of Notre Dame students that was part of a much larger pilgrimage of people from all over the world to celebrate Easter in Rome,” she said. “I really noticed this at Easter mass in the Vatican, and it was a great moment to realize that we are not only part of the Notre Dame family, but also part of a Catholic family that really is universal.”Along with the four-day pilgrimage, students had the option to only attend Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican, with tickets provided by Campus Ministry. The weekend concluded with a reception at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, which Lichon said was an opportunity for students scattered across the world to celebrate the Church’s holiest day with friends.“This is a great chance for [students] to reconnect, talk to each other,” he said. “It’s kind of like a Notre Dame family Easter celebration.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Easter, Pilgrimage, Pope, Pope Francis, Rome, St. Peter’s, Vatican DUBLIN — As the clouds parted and the rain stopped in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican last Sunday morning, more than 100 Notre Dame students were on hand to celebrate Easter Sunday Mass, led by Pope Francis.The Mass, part of a pilgrimage organized by Notre Dame Campus Ministry, brought together juniors currently studying abroad across Europe to celebrate Easter as a community in Rome.John Paul Lichon, assistant director of retreats, pilgrimages and spirituality for Campus Ministry, said the pilgrimage, one of several offered by Campus Ministry throughout the year, is special not only because of its location in Rome but also its timing with the Church’s Easter celebration.
Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe Washington Post reported that a former top FBI official, Peter Strzok, who had been assigned to and then removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, had “exchanged politically charged texts disparaging [President Donald Trump and supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton” and that Strzok was “also a key player in the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.” The new special counsel could also review Strzok’s texts and, more crucially, his conduct throughout 2015 and 2016.Strzok may be completely innocent of anything except an off-handed joke that the straight-laced Mueller deemed necessary to punish in a display of a “Caesar’s wife” sort of purity of purpose.But if his texts to FBI lawyer Lisa Page reveal a partisan animus towards Trump or admiration for Clinton, then the bureau and the department have a huge problem on their hands and not just with Strzok and Page.When FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen was revealed to have committed espionage against the United States, it didn’t mean that even one other member of the bureau was guilty of Hanssen’s sins, but it did require a painstaking review of all of Hanssen’s activities and inputs, as all of them had to be reconsidered in light of his treasonous behavior.If Strzok’s texts reveal deep animus towards Trump or an operational effort to tilt one or more investigations, then all of his actions have to be reviewed to assure the public’s confidence in the bureau.That one or two agents or officials of the bureau are discovered to have been acting from improper motives would be bad enough. To try and sweep those activities under the rug would be worse. Against the backdrop of other recent controversies, it would be disastrous.Step one is a quick publication of the questionable texts. All of them. The public has a right to know what the predicate for Mueller’s extraordinary action was. The public also deserves a detailed account of Strzok’s (and Page’s) duties and authorities during the years in question.If an NBA official was discovered to have purposefully thrown even one game, every game in which he had carried a whistle would be under the microscope. That’s how it works. Unless there’s a cover-up.Nevertheless, just as Hanssen was “one bad apple” who didn’t spoil the bunch, so even an out-of-bounds Strzok doesn’t necessarily mean anything about the FBI beyond him.To get to the truth, and restore confidence in federal law enforcement, better a special counsel to conduct the inquiry, bring any necessary charges and make a report – someone without ties to the president or his opponents. They do exist, such men and women. Former federal judges make excellent candidates. But we need one appointed right now.Hugh Hewitt is a Washington Post contributing columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists This is a blockbuster revelation, carrying the possibility of shattering public confidence in a number of long-held assumptions about the criminal-justice system generally and the FBI and the Justice Department specifically.The Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate Strzok’s actions as soon as possible.The Strzok report comes on heels of the widely derided Justice Department investigation into IRS discrimination against conservative groups, including the disposition of allegations against IRS senior official Lois Lerner, and after the wildly erratic behavior of then-FBI Director James Comey during 2016.Mix into this battering of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s reputations the still-murky charges and counter-charges of abuse of “unmasking” powers during the waning days of the Obama era. As a result, a large swath of responsible center-right observers are now demanding a full review of the investigation and prosecution powers wielded by the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI.Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in the National Review on Saturday that President Trump should call for a second independent counsel to investigate abuse of the counterintelligence authorities under President Barack Obama, abuses he suggests were undertaken to protect the controversial Iran deal on nuclear weapons.This is an excellent idea.
NZ Herald 26 November 2017Family First Comment: #NotABlobOfTissueWhen baby Holly arrived after only 23 weeks’ gestation, time slowed and every milestone was treasured.At neonatal care units across the country the smallest leaps and bounds are celebrated.One millilitre of milk for feeding turns into two, then three, and so on. Incremental weight gains are successes, so is being able to wipe your baby’s eyes, change its nappy, and then- incredibly- have the first cuddle.“It’s a big rollercoaster,” Sarah Blaney says.“The hardest part is when they are little, they talk about long term being a few hours. Your friends and family are saying, ‘will she survive?’ (But) you have to take it hour by hour.”In March 2013 Sarah and David Blaney were looking forward to meeting their first child, a girl, due in July.But at 23 weeks Sarah went into labour and baby Holly was born weighing just 640g- slightly bigger than a block of butter.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11947105&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
SAN JOSE — Heading into the Christmas break, the Sharks are starting to look like the Stanley Cup contenders that everyone predicted they’d be back in training camp.They’ve won seven of nine games, putting together a season best five-game winning streak before the Winnipeg Jets beat them at SAP Center Thursday night. Despite the loss, the Sharks outplayed the Western Conference’s top-ranked team for 40 minutes, thrusting themselves back into the Stanley Cup conversation after a miserable month …
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As they say in the North, “winter is coming.” Last weekend I mowed the yard at 60 degrees. Today it is 32 degrees and snow is on the ground.Harvest is mostly done. At this point the market will have to rally to get farmers selling, because bins are closed and locked tight. Seasonally the market tends to rally from Mid-November through Christmas.Many now wonder how high markets can go considering how much grain was produced. The dollar strengthened last week, which long-term may slow export demand. Corn is now trading in a tight range between $3.40 to $3.60. Beans are holding at $9.80, but may retest $10 soon. It’s hard to tell if beans will push above $10.20 on the Jan. It may take a weather issue in South America to get the prices to rally above that level. Bean MarketingBeans have had a wild and unpredictable ride this past year.Dec ’15 – With harvest over, many expected the largest carryout in recent history. 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Prices surprised many and ralliedNov ’16 – Drought worries in South America and increased demand for soy oil to replace palm oil is still present and keeping prices strong.Today – reports indicate 4 to 5 million corn acres may switch to beans in 2017 Why the history lesson?The above list of global factors affecting bean prices last year illustrates how easily and quickly bean prices can change based upon unforeseen circumstances and irrational behavior. Some of these factors, like drought concerns often cause price volatility. These events can range from the droughts in Indonesia impacting the palm oil market or the lack of weather problems from La Niña, which are completely unpredictable. In fact, most “experts” and analysts were completely wrong last year. No one predicted the “perfect storm” the 2016 bean market encountered. The point is, predicting future prices with any accuracy is impossible. The importance of understanding breakeven pointsOn average I estimate farmers need about $4 corn futures and $9.75 bean futures to breakeven.Today bean prices are at a level where nearly all farmers can lock in profits for both the 2016 bean crop just harvested AND the 2017 crop next year. Beans are the only major crop right now where that is the case.Many farmers think there is more potential in the market and are going to wait to sell. I hear so many farmers saying, “But it rallied $3 per bushel last spring, it will probably do that again. I mean why are prices increasing after a record harvest? I’m going to wait to sell.” History shows us that no two marketing years are the same. The reasons for last year’s rally do not have to repeat.I certainly want the market to rally even though I have sold much of my 2016 and 2017 crop. However, there are two scenarios that concern me. 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CJ Perez was also one of the seven players who notched double figures in scoring with 15 markers, 14 boards, and five dimes.Wilson Baltazar pumped three treys to wound up with 13 points, Jaycee Marcelino, MJ Ayaay, and Ralph Tansingco all logged 12 points, and Jayvee Marcelino got 11 in the comfortable victory for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter gaining back-to-back wins after losing their conference-opener, Jawbreakers coach Topex Robinson praised his wards for sustaining their frenetic pace.“Again, we want to keep on sustaining the energy. We want to change the way the D-League will be played,” he said. “They have to keep up to us rather than us keeping up with the rest of the D-League.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Quarters: 31-19, 61-39, 81-64, 109-85. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESShowing no signs of slowing down, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum waylaid AMA Online Education, 109-85, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu led the balanced attack for the Jawbreakers with 17 points, including a rim-rattling dunk over Andre Paras with 2:44 remaining to punctuate the victory, along with 10 rebounds, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Marcial brings experience, demeanor to PBA Commissioner’s Office The win also allowed Zark’s to surpass its paltry showing in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where it finished 1-9.The Jawbreakers ran to a 15-6 opening salvo and kept their foot on the pedal en route to a 27-point advantage, 109-82, late in the game.Genmar Bragais held the fort for the winless Titans (0-2) with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Cañete got 22 markers and seven boards.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 109 — Nzeusseu 17, Perez 15, Baltazar 13, Ayaay 12, Jc. Marcelino 12, Tansingco 12, Jv. Marcelino 11, Serrano 5, Cinco 4, Ibañez 4, Marata 4, Liwag 0, Santos 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 85 — Bragais 29, Cañete 22, Manalang 10, Escalambre 8, Casiño 5, Porter 5, Paras 4, Parcero 2, Antonares 0, Garcia 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
I was overwhelmed to read about the way the Indian Army recaptured Tololing (“Taking Tololing”, July 5). It was thrilling to find how Lt. Vijayant Thapar of the Rajputana Rifles managed to keep the morale of his soliders high by playing songs from Border on his Walkman. For some strange,I was overwhelmed to read about the way the Indian Army recaptured Tololing (“Taking Tololing”, July 5). It was thrilling to find how Lt. Vijayant Thapar of the Rajputana Rifles managed to keep the morale of his soliders high by playing songs from Border on his Walkman. For some strange reason, I went through the story again and again. I peered at the photographs closely too and noticed that in the picture on page 29, one of the soldiers sported a name tag “Vijayant” on his chest. Two days later, I was stunned to hear that Thapar and some brave jawans had made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland.Datta S. Bagade, on e-mail from Aurangabad