Democrats appoint former federal judge as legislative watchdog over GOP objections
The Democratic-controlled Illinois House pushed through a new legislative watchdog on Thursday over objections from Republicans who charged that the majority party skirted the law to install its hand-picked candidate.chicagotribune.com
Wide receivers Pope, Wiggins expected to enter transfer portal
Two former starting receivers for the Miami Hurricanes are expected to enter the transfer portal, head coach Manny Diaz announced on Monday. “We took Dee [Wiggins] and Mark [Pope] off the depth chart. Pope and Wiggins, both starters on last year’s squad, have seen their playing time decrease dramatically through six games this season. Pope has not logged a single catch, while Wiggins has four catches for 25 yards on the season. Pope took practice reps at cornerback over the past couple months, and he appeared in Miami’s game against Central Connecticut State at that position.themiamihurricane.com
St John Paul II honored as Poland sees new abuse allegations
FILE - In this 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II, left, poses with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected Pope on April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is honoring St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floating the idea that he should be called the Great, as only two other popes have been. (AP Photo/File)WARSAW St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth Monday with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself confronted by new allegations of clerical sex abuse. Celebrating the memory of Saint John Paul II lets remember this: The Lord loves his people, he visited his people, he sent a shepherd.To Poles, John Paul is best remembered for using the papacy to shake the foundations of an oppressive communist system that was toppled across Eastern Europe 11 years into his papacy. And that issue has also been on people's minds in recent days because of a new documentary exposing alleged sex abuse in Poland's church.
Pope Francis loves nouns but is 'allergic' to adjectives
CNN, Vatican TVVATICAN CITY - The Pope wants us to stop using so many adjectives. In a speech on Monday to the Dicastery for Communications, the Vatican's communications authority, Pope Francis urged people not to describe Christianity with qualifiers and adjectives. "We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns," he said. The term "Christian" is strong and authentic enough as it is, without the need for adjectives, he said. He's also active on Twitter, and even tweeted out a reminder on Wednesday to "call people by their name, as the Lord does with us, and to give up using adjectives."
Pope Francis makes push for peace in Holy Land pilgrimage
Pope Francis makes push for peace in Holy Land pilgrimage The pope is wrapping up his three-day visit to the Middle East, where he invited the Palestinian and Israeli presidents to Rome to pray for peace. CBS News' Allen Pizzey reports.cbsnews.com
Pope admits to feeling sad and lonely at times
Pope admits to feeling sad and lonely at times While delivering the homily at Holy Thursday mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope called priestly service a "guarded joy," admitting he has experienced moments of isolation, loneliness and sadness during his years as priest. Charlie Rose reports.cbsnews.com