One church, two popes: why Catholicism is in crisis this Easter | Peter Stanford

Pope Franciss predecessor represents a conservative Catholicism being seized on by the likes of Bannon and Salvini, writes author and ex Catholic Herald editor Peter Stanford In his pre-Easter address to pilgrims gathering in Rome, Pope Francis highlighted Jesuss words as he died on the cross on the first Good Friday: Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do. We all, the Argentinian pontiff stressed, need to find the courage to forgive those who have wronged us. Those remarks sparked speculation about who exactly Francis was struggling to forgive. Top of most lists in Rome this Easter is his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who 6,000-word article in a German magazine. It made headlines by blaming the clerical …

London climate demo ‘to end on Thursday’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice have cleared the final Extinction Rebellion road block at Marble Arch A climate protest that has disrupted parts of London for nine days is to end on Thursday, organisers say. Police cleared Extinction Rebellion’s final road block in Marble Arch earlier and arrested 22 people, bringing the total to 1,088 since protests began. Specialist equipment has been deployed in Parliament Square to remove protesters camping in trees. Makeshift camps at Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge were removed earlier in the week. One protester told the BBC “This is our last stand”. Image copyright Extinction Rebellion Image caption Protesters at Parliament Square have been camped in trees for nearly a week, organisers …

Even Relatively Solitary River Dolphins Have Exceptionally Complex Language

The Araguaian river dolphin is different from most other dolphin species. Besides inhabiting fresh, not salty, water it lives a relatively solitary life, instead of forming large pods. It’s the latter feature that led biologists to expect Araguaians would have much less complex communication tools than their marine counterparts, but this has turned out to be wrong. Instead, there are hundreds of sounds in the Araguaian’s vocabulary, a discovery that may shed light on how marine mammals in general developed their communication tools. Dr Laura May Collado of the University of Vermont studied the inhabitants of the Tocantins River and its tributary the Araguaia, which the dolphins are named after. “We found that they do interact socially and are making …

I Volunteered At 200 Food Banks Across The U.S. Heres What I Learned About Hunger In America.

In 2012, I was laid off from a job that I loved. Thanks to the generosity of a family friend in a city a few hours north, I was able to relocate and start over. It was hard. I was lonely, couldn’t find a job, and struggled to find a place in my adopted community. Still, I had savings, I had shelter, I had food. Not everyone is so fortunate. Isolated and depressed, I embarked on an eight-month road trip across the U.S. to clear my head and find a sense of direction. When I returned, I knew what I wanted: joy, purpose, and a connection to community. Years earlier, I’d found joy as prevalence of hunger in my community …

Here’s The First Look At The Ali Wong, Randall Park Rom-Com

Ali Wong shared the first look at her upcoming rom-com with “Fresh off the Boat” actor Wong posted a teaser clip of the movie, which boasts two Asian Americans as romantic leads, on her Instagram account. And it’s just as wacky and crass as you’d expect from the actress.  The Netflix movie, which is slated to be released on May 31, features an all-star cast with some other big Asian American names including Daniel Dae Kim, Keanu Reaves and Karan Soni. The film centers around childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, who have a falling out. Sasha, a celebrity chef, and Marcus, a struggling musician who works with his dad, reconnect 15 years later.  Park previously told HuffPost that Wong actually became …

How May’s failed deal shattered EU relations

Lack of assurances on backstop and customs union led to impasse If they want to leave, they should do it now, Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, to speak to the EUs most senior lawyers would be denied until the treaty exit mechanism, known as article 50, was triggered. Timeline Five key moments Show Hide 19 June 2017 Negotiations Formal negotiations finally begin. A photograph of the two sides facing each other in which Britain sits without papers is used to criticise a lack of UK preparedness. The truth is that Barrow was about to take his notes out but civil service training kicked in as the photographers arrived. 4 December 2017 Humiliation in Brussels European Union officials, independently of the nationality. …

Beyonc Fans, Get Ready – ‘Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical’ Will Hit The Stage In 2020! – Perez Hilton

Get ready for Destiny’s Child: The Musical, y’all! We just received word that Beyoncé‘s father Matthew Knowles is teaming up with theater producer Je’Caryous Johnson on Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical — a bio-musical with its sights set on Broadway, London’s West End, and eventually… a world tour! Whoa! The musical promises to provide “an honest depiction of the achievements, obstacles, and evolution of the world’s most iconic girl group and the mastermind behind them,” suggesting it’ll focus both on the pop star aspects of the group’s rise, and also on Knowles himself and the tireless work he put in pushing the girls to fame. Knowles, who co-created Destiny’s Child in 1990 and has managed them, spoke about the new theater production, which will be …

Coachella 2019: Will & Jaden Smith Perform Together, Idris Elba In The DJ Booth Again, And More! – Perez Hilton

It’s weekend two out at Coachella in the desert east of Los Angeles — and it’s giving us a very ‘Weekend One, Part Two’ vibe! From Will Smith stepping on stage to help out Jaden Smith‘s second Coachella set, to Idris Elba dropping the acting career (only momentarily!) to pick up a new path in the DJ booth, and even looking ahead to Kanye West‘s Sunday morning service that’s about to go down, there’s a LOT to know about this round out in Indio! Below, ch-ch-check out a few of the major highlights from weekend two out at Coachella! Enjoy!!! Will Smith & Jaden Smith Jaden Smith did a weekend two performance at Coachella that was much like his first weekend set — complete with …

Make your mark: the enduring joy of drawing

On the eve of Draw Art Fair London, the first fair dedicated to drawing, we celebrate the freest and first of all art forms Art starts with a drawing specifically a drawing by a clever young girl named Kora, otherwise known as the Maid of Corinth. Kora is a teenager in ancient Greece who has fallen in love with a soldier. Alas he is called up to war. Desperate to keep hold of him, or some memory of his handsome presence, Kora asks him to stand against a wall in bright sunlight so she can draw the outline of his shadow. His trace remains, held there for ever by her perfect line. And thus drawing is born, at least according …

Meet The All-Women Expedition Team About To Spend Winter In Antarctica

At the bottom of the world lies a cluster of blue stations, pinpricks among the vast glaciers and frigid waters. This snowy desert is where 20 people will live and work for the next six months in winter. Kim Bernard is among them. “I was once told by former astronaut Dr Scott Parazynski that it was quicker to get someone in need of medical care down from the International Space Station than from Palmer Station,” said Bernard, an oceanographer at Oregon State University (OSU), who is leading the only science expedition to spend all winter there this year.  Her team is enduring darkness and frigid temperatures to collect a rather tiny, translucent-pink species found in all Earth’s oceans. The ones in Antarctica, however, are …

William Barr: the attorney general who has the president’s back

Barr is under fire for defending Trump ahead of the Mueller report release, but he has a record of keeping the long arm of the law out of the White House When significant portions of the special counsel Robert Muellers report finally came to light on Thursday, politics observers reeled at its second volume a tweeted. He cant represent both. Barr must resign. But to those familiar with Barr and his career, there never was much question as to whether an obstruction-of-justice charge or any other charge against the president would materialize, no matter how high the mountain of evidence. Before Trump picked him to lead the justice department last year, Barr had established a 40-year track record as a …

The Easter story helps an ‘outcast’ preacher find her way back home

(CNN)The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor was attending a seminar one day when someone asked her a question that she hasn’t been able to forget. “She has such powerful gifts of language and narration that her readers and hearers find their own questions and concerns coming to expression in ways that prompt them to say, ‘Yes, yes that’s what I feel,”’ Long says. Why Taylor is scared of true believers What Taylor is feeling on this recent afternoon is hungry. It’s lunchtime when she receives a visitor at her secluded farm in the northeast Georgia mountains. Now 67 with a mass of dazzling white hair, Taylor motions to a spread in her kitchen that she’s prepared for her guest. “Deviled eggs, …

‘Nothing gets people going like an earthquake’

It was the strongest in a series of more than 20 earthquakes and its effects were reported up to 10 miles away. Most had not been felt that far afield, but they have become an increasingly common occurrence for Mrs Von Kaufmann, who lives less than a mile from the source of the tremors in Newdigate. Image copyright Spider Aerial Image caption The “Surrey swarm” has centred on Newdigate, home to the 12th Century St Peter’s Church Stuart Haszeldine, a professor at the University of Edinburgh’s geology department, believes the oil well is responsible for the “unprecedented” series of quakes. “Whenever the oil and gas operators start preparing for some intervention, then there is a set of earthquakes,” he said. …

A German auction house is helping return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners

(CNN)Nina McGehee always knew that her family fled Europe before World War II broke out. But she only recently learned about what they left behind. A common estimate for the number of works of art looted in the Nazi era is 600,000 with at least 100,000 still missing. Often, in the process of restitution, the burden is on families to prove an object was sold because of Nazi persecution. That’s starting to change as countries and institutions strengthen their commitments to researching the provenance of objects in their possession and making that information publicly available. A central database contains an estimated 25,000 missing, looted or identified objects — paintings, drawings, antiquities — from more than 15 countries. But Neumeister Auctions …

Cancer Left My Body Depleted. Modeling Taught Me To Love It Again.

“#NoMoreAnorexicModels,” I read. The comments from Free People’s 3.3 million followers beneath the photo of me modeling their clothes stacked with such speed followed “Food is delicious.” Bare skin showing from my grey strapless dress in Puerto photo shoot. I knew this happened to Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez on a daily hiding a secret, but not the one they thought. I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was texting a boy and the next day a nurse was teaching me how to inject myself with white blood medicine to my heart. Enduring an ugly illness, I wanted to witness beauty. Hilary Rhoda, an athletic model magazine covers. Now, after four years in remission, I …