The first U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC on August 4-6, to enhance U.S.-Africa relations, widen U.S. trade, heighten development and security ties and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s democratic development and its people is of historical significance. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for the United States to put the democratic principles, a value the United States holds so dear, on the continental scale.
On the flight back from South Korea yesterday, Pope Francis discussed a number of issues with journalists accompanying his visit – among them the subject of the Cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The BBC report that the pontiff said: “For me Romero is a man of God…There are no doctrinal problems and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly.”
The BBC added that Pope Francis said the Cause of Archbishop Romero which had been “blocked out of prudence” by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith but has now been “unblocked.”
Huffington Post note that Pope Francis suggested that he wants to expand the church’s concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates. They quote Pope Francis saying: “What I would like is that they clarify when there’s a martyrdom for hatred of the faith – for confessing the faith – as well as for doing the work for the other that Jesus commands.”
Targeting both industry and government, series of direct actions kicks off week-long anti-fracking camp in Blackpool, England
By Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Targeting everything from government offices and university research facilities to gas company headquarters and fracking sites, hundreds of concerned citizens across the United Kingdom on Monday unleashed a series of direct actions calling attention to the government-backed push to “frack the future” of the UK.