November 23, 2015

Positivity: Africa’s bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:00 pm

From Accra, Ghana:

Nov 24, 2015 / 04:21 pm

Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the importance of the family in African society and the need for peace in regions suffering terrorism and violent conflict.

“As representatives of the Church in Africa we warmly welcome the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he makes his first apostolic visit to our continent,” said the standing committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

They prayed for the success of the Pope’s visit and for God’s “abundant blessings.”

The statement was issued at the close of the bishops’ conferences symposium held in Accra, Ghana Nov. 16-20. Pope Francis will be visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic Nov. 25-30.

“We rejoice that the Holy Father’s visit, coming so soon after the Synod on the Family, will strengthen the faith of our peoples in the Church as Family of God and confirm us in our long-cherished Christian and African values,” the bishops’ committee said.

They stressed that the family is “the fundamental and indispensable pillar” of life in society, the Catholic News Agency for Africa reports.

“We call on all the people of our continent and on all our governments to commit themselves to the sustenance of African families, and protect the fundamental values of our cultures. We reiterate our commitment also to the sustenance and promotion of the institutions of marriage and the family and confirm our unshakeable belief in the sanctity of human life.” …

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Bogus Smears: New York Daily News Tags NRA As De Facto Jihad Enablers Twice in Six Days

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 3:29 pm

New York Daily News covers on November 18 (“NRA’S SICK JIHAD” — noted at the time by Kristine Marsh at NewsBusters) and today (“NOWHERE TO HIDE, JIHADI WAYNE”) have accused the NRA of placing the right to purchase guns ahead of public safety from terrorist attacks.

The paper’s bogus claim is based on the NRA’s opposition to legislation prohibiting anyone on the government’s “terror watch list” from purchasing a gun. While the idea might appear to have sensible on the surface, it doesn’t survive scrutiny, as the folks at the group’s legislative arm painstakingly explained over four years ago:

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Typical Media Miss: Year-Over-Year October Existing Home Sales Up Just 1 Pct.

Gosh, this gets tiresome.

Once again, with one noteworthy exception, the business press’s virtually blind acceptance of seasonally adjusted economic data, and its accompanying refusal to look at the underlying raw data, led it to paint a deceptive picture of an important element of the economy. This time, it was existing home sales for October. The seasonally adjusted annual rate for October reported by the National Association of Realtors this morning is almost 4 percent higher than seen in October 2014. The trouble is, the raw sales data show an increase of less than 1 percent.

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TWC News Spins North Carolina City’s Gun Turn-in Which Collected a Single ‘Gun’ As Positive

Time Warner Cable is trying to be in the news business, and is currently engaging in such efforts in 22 locations in five states.

Unless it wants to be yet another unreliable, hopelessly biased news source, it needs to try harder. Take this November 14 report from north-central North Carolina’s Triad area on the city of Greensboro’s effort to get residents to turn in unwanted guns. Keep in mind, the reference is to multiple “firearms” (HT Hot Air; presented in full because of its brevity, and for fair use and discussion purposes):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112315)

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This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: The Pope in a war zone – what his visit means to Central African Republic

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 22, 2015 / 04:02 pm

Pope Francis’ visit to the Central African Republic next week will be the first time he steps into an active war zone. It is a meaningful visit for locals which portrays the image of father coming to console his suffering children.

“In the minds and hearts of the people (Pope Francis) is a great figure,” Fr. Hervé Hubert Koyassambia-Kozondo said in an interview with CNA. So to hear his message from within the borders of their own country “is very, very meaningful.”

Even a month ago images of Francis could be seen throughout the country through TV and the media, he said, explaining that the Pope is being talked about daily, so he’s “already there in reality.”

To see the Pope in person in their own community isn’t something that happens every day for citizens of the Central African Republic, he said, but for many will only happen “once in their lives.”

“So they are waiting for him and they will welcome him as a true pastor of the universal Church. I like to say father, as a father, truly.”

Francis’ words will be welcomed especially by the country’s Christian population, the Catholics in particular. “What the Pope says in favor of peace will have a lot of weight,” he said, but stressed that this peace must also be worked for.

Fr. Kozondo is from the archdiocese of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, and is currently studying in Rome. He spoke with journalists ahead of Pope Francis’ Nov. 29-30 visit to the country, as part of a wider visit to the African continent. …

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