» 09/17/2010, 00.00
VATICAN - G. BRITAIN
Susan Boyle’s dream comes true, as she sings for the pope
Boyle, who became famous with "Britain's Got Talent," sang in a warm up event for Benedict XVI’s Mass in Glasgow. A committed Catholic, says the rosary every day. Faith is the "pillar" of her life. The papal program today in London.
Glasgow (AsiaNews) - Among the thousands of people enthusiastic about the Pope’s presence in Britain is Susan Boyle, a singer who shot to fame through "Britain's Got Talent", a program that launches previously unknown people onto the world stage.
Boyle, a committed Catholic, sang yesterday before a congregation gathered in Bellahouston Park, ahead of a Mass that was attended by 100 thousand faithful. Susan Boyle, 49, sang the song that catapulted her to success (9 million copies sold), "I Dreamed a Dream" and two church hymns, "How Great Thou Art" and "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. "
Boyle, who sang in a church choir before becoming famous, said singing in front of the pope was "indescribable," "a dream come true" and "an experience that makes me humble."
Interviewed by the BBC days earlier, she had said "the Pope's visit is a great event for Catholics in Scotland. My faith is the cornerstone of my life. I pray and say the rosary every day”.
Last night, after leaving Glasgow, the pope travelled to London, where today he will meet with the world of Catholic education on the campus of St. Mary's University College. In the afternoon he will meet with the Anglican primate, Rowan Williams. Immediately afterwards, at Westminster palace, he will meet with academic, business and religious leaders.
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Turkish nationalist paper accuses Bartholomew and Benedict XVI
The patriarch is accused of monopolising the event's TV coverage and the Istanbul press room even though the Patriarchate's involvement in this aspect of the visit's organisation is due to a lack of interest by Turkish authorities.
Mgr Franceschini: Turks are missing Pope
The president of the Turkey’s bishops’ conference told how after Ephesus, Benedict XVI “could at last be a religious leader through and through” and how he won people’s hearts. And there were evident signs of communion with the Orthodox Patriarch.
19/04/2008 VATICAN - USA
Benedict XVI: Passover greetings to the Jewish community of New York
Just a few hours from the Jewish Passover, the pontiff visits the synagogue of rabbi Arthur Schneier, engaged in interreligious dialogue with Christians and Muslims.
18/09/2010 VATICAN- GREAT BRITAIN
Pope in Britain: "Shame" and "humiliation" over priest’s abuse of children
The "immense suffering" of victims of paedophile priests mentioned alongside those who suffer discrimination and persecution for their faith. Celebrating Mass in Westminster Cathedral, Benedict XVI again underlines the Church and society’s "need" for "witnesses" of Christ.
Pope prays Christ will give “his courage” to the Christians of the Holy Land
In mass celebrated in Amman, Benedict XVI underlines “the prophetic Charism” of women. Groups from Lebanon and Palestine travel to take part in the ceremony. And Iraqi refugees including a group of 40 children; some of them receive their first Holy Communion from the Pope.
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
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