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Pope Francis says ‘Arab invasion’ is social fact … and a good thing

Europe is facing an ‘Arab invasion’, Pope Francis mused while addressing a French Christian group, adding that the trend is actually a positive one.

We can speak today of Arab invasion. It is a social fact,” the pontiff said, according to extracts from his address earlier this week which were published by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Thursday.

He then added: “How many invasions has Europe experienced in the course of its history! But it’s always been able to overcome them and move forward, finding itself complimented and improved by the cultural exchange they brought about.

The Pontiff also reflected on the history of migration into Europe and the positive impact it has had on European culture as we now know it.

The Pope also declared that Europe is “the only continent that can bring some unity to the world”. He then added, that in order to fulfill its “universal role”, Europe must “rediscover its cultural roots”.

Europe continues struggling with an unseen influx of asylum seekers. The number of Syrians seeking asylum doubled to 362,800 last year and the number of Iraqis jumped to 121,500, as the European Commission said Friday.

This news came after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Austria and other Balkan countries of “killing Europe” by imposing border restrictions in a move that’s led to an approximate 30,000 asylum seekers now being stranded across Greece.

What those countries agreed on and decided goes against all of the rules and against the whole of Europe and we regard it as an unfriendly move,” Tsipras said in an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper. “It cannot be that after something is adopted at an EU summit, some decide to simply close their borders. These countries are killing Europe!

In the course of the past 2 weeks, an enormous makeshift refugee camp has sprung up on the Greek border with Macedonia, after the latter stopped letting in migrants following the so-called ‘Balkan route’ into Europe.

Over 11 thousand people are now waiting for Macedonia to reopen its border so they could move forward into Europe and seek asylum there, the most craved destination being Germany. The country, which has accepted over one million refugees in 2015, has been an outspoken supporter of mandatory migrant quotas for EU member states.

 

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Pope Francis meets Egyptian president on European trip

Pope Francis meets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

Pope Francis meets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis emphasized Egypt’s role in establishing Middle East peace during a meeting with the country’s president.

Francis and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met privately for about 20 minutes at the Vatican on al-Sisi’s first visit to Europe since taking office, exchanging gifts before parting: a papal medallion for al-Sisi and a silver box for Francis.

The Vatican said the pope emphasized the need for dialogue and negotiation to bring an end to regional conflicts.

Al-Sisi meets later with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and then Tuesday with Italian and Egyptian entrepreneurs before continuing to Paris. Al-Sisi’s visit is expected to focus on investment, fighting terrorism and the flows of migrants from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa toward Europe, where Italy is often the first stop.

 

Queen gives honey to pope, who has gift for George

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, exchange gifts with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth II has come to Rome for lunch with Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano ahead of the British monarch's first meeting with Pope Francis. Before Francis, Elizabeth had met with four pontiffs, starting with Pope Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, exchange gifts with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth II has come to Rome for lunch with Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano ahead of the British monarch‘s first meeting with Pope Francis. Before Francis, Elizabeth had met with four pontiffs, starting with Pope Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II — bearing a basket of honey, whiskey and other goodies from the royal estates — paid a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday. The pontiff returned the courtesy with a gift for Prince George, Elizabeth’s great-grandson.

The Argentine-born pope presented the queen with a stone orb topped with a sharp cross, saying it’s for “el ninetto” — a term of endearment for little child. Elizabeth said George “will be thrilled by that — when he’s a little older.”

The exchange of gifts capped a private meeting of just under 20 minutes between Elizabeth, her husband, Prince Philip, and Francis — with communication facilitated by an interpreter.

Francis did say “Welcome!” in English when the royal couple arrived about 20 minutes late for their appointment.

“Sorry to keep you waiting,” Elizabeth told Francis. “We were having a very pleasant lunch with the president.”

She was referring to Italy’s head of state, Giorgio Napolitano, who hosted the queen and Philip for lunch at the presidential Quirinal palace.

The white-gloved monarch arrived earlier in the day in Rome wearing a lilac-colored spring coat and hat that matched the wisteria blooming over much of the Italian capital.

Previously, Elizabeth had met with four pontiffs, starting with Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne.

Elizabeth is head of the Anglican church. There was no immediate word on what was discussed in the meeting with Francis, who is in his second year as pontiff.

Elizabeth told the pope that the jar of honey in the wicker picnic hamper “is from my garden” at Buckingham Palace. “I hope that is unusual for you.”

Francis looked startled when the prince held up a bottle of Balmoral whiskey from the royal estate in Scotland. Among other goodies were a bottle of cider and a dozen eggs.

The queen’s day in Rome was a makeup visit. Illness had forced her to cancel a 2013 trip to Rome.

“She doesn’t like leaving obligations unfulfilled so she was determined to reinstate that visit,” Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, told Vatican Radio.

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Pope Francis named Time’s 2013 Person of the Year

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Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine‘s Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.

The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had the most impact on the world and the news — for better or worse — over the past year.

“It was a very interesting choice this year,” said managing editor Nancy Gibbs Wednesday.

The magazine staff makes the ultimate decision, Gibbs said, but they poll readers and take public opinion into account.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told TODAY in a statement that “the Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors. But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the gospel — a message of God’s love for everyone — he will certainly be happy about that.”

The Argentinian was elected pope in March, just weeks after the surprise abdication of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict. He quickly reshaped the public image of the papacy, challenging Catholics and Protestants alike on the interpretation of Church dogma on issues ranging from homosexuality to capitalism.

Pope Francis beat out several other heavyweights on the short list for Person of the Year, including the person who held the title in 2012, President Obama.

Edward Snowden, an American fugitive and former National Security Administration contractor who leaked thousands of top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, ranked second in Time’s list.

Rounding out the top five were gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court victory led to the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act; Syrian President Bashar Assad, for the role he played in his nation’s civil war; and Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican known for his filibustering skills.

Pope Francis won the popular vote on TODAY.com, with an overwhelming 59 percent.

via Pope Francis named Time’s 2013 Person of the Year – TODAY.com.