March 19, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square and spilled into side streets Tuesday morning as Pope Francis prepared for his official inauguration as leader of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers. Up to a million people are expected to jam into and around this tiny city-state to witness the highly ceremonial event, which will also be attended by royalty, government leaders and religious figures from around the world. Pilgrims began camping out overnight to claim a spot from which to watch the installation of the 266th pope in the church's history and the first from the Americas.
March 19, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Amid elaborate ritual and ancient symbols of Christendom, Pope Francis began the first official day of his pontificate Tuesday by setting out a vision for the Roman Catholic Church of mutual caring and of concern for the environment, urging followers to pay special attention to society's poor and neglected. Before tens of thousands of pilgrims and dignitaries gathered for his inauguration in St. Peter's Square, the pontiff made clear that his papacy would reflect the themes of service and love of nature so closely identified with the saint after whom he named himself, Francis of Assisi.
February 25, 2013 |
LONDON -- John Kerry used the first stop on his first foreign tour as secretary of state to urge Syrian opposition parties to join a proposed meeting this week in Rome that will seek solutions to that country's protracted civil war. Joined by his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Kerry stressed the urgency of working with Britain and the U.N. toward peace in Syria and the broader Middle East. Referring to the meeting later this week of the Friends of Syria, a group of countries seeking a resolution to the Syrian crisis, Kerry said: “I want our friends in the Syrian opposition council to know we are not coming to Rome simply to talk.
January 30, 2013 |
Hadiya Pendleton knew she lived in a big world. And the more of it she saw, the better. After returning from Washington, D.C., where the Chicago teenager performed as a majorette during last week's inauguration festivities, she had her eye on her next destination: Paris. For family and friends of the 15-year-old sophomore, who was fatally shot Tuesday in a park near her school on Chicago's South Side, their Hadiya is gone, but her dreams and their memories are not. The victim's mother shook her head and wiped away heavy tears during an interview Tuesday with WFLD-TV in Chicago: “I'm not worried about where she's going.
January 25, 2013 |
The announcement for various wine events and tastings usually comes in so early, I'll stash the release away, planning to write about the event a couple of weeks before it takes place. Now I'm finding out that's all wrong, because tickets sell out fast, especially to the events that don't require mega-bucks to attend. So here it is: Tickets went on sale a couple of days ago for Family Winemakers of California 's annual Southern California tasting. This year -- the fifth -- it takes place Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, and shines the light on 175 producers from small, family-owned wineries.
January 25, 2013 |
While many fashion observers seemed delighted by Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day and night outfits -- such as the Jason Wu gown shown here -- Bridget Foley writing on wwd.com, doesn't like the first lady's secrecy ahead of time. Not. One. Bit. She is especially critical of the first lady's office soliciting clothing choices from a reported 15 designers: "What woman in search of an event dress has a short list of 15 favorites? Mrs. Obama isn't an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one. Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment.