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Knife attack during Mass
He entered the sanctuary, asked to see the pope and attempted to grab a microphone. Police were present and ushers escorted the man from the church.
A government official said he has a history of psychiatric problems and is not involved with any terrorist organisation.
Human status granted to a river
Long revered by the Maori people, its interests will now be represented by two people. The Maori have been fighting for over 160 years to get this recognition for their river.
“I know the initial inclination of some people will say it is pretty strange to give a natural resource a legal personality,” the minister for Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, said. “From a Whanganui viewpoint the wellbeing of the river is directly linked to the wellbeing of the people.”
Prime Manhattan Church property for mortgage
The archdiocese has filed for permission to mortgage land on Madison Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets. The mortgage could raise US$100 million ($775 million). The archdiocese currently owns the land, which is the site of a hotel and several luxury homes.
Spurious electronic ban
The Financial Times suggests that a more probable reason is that US competitors have long wanted to retaliate against the listed airlines because of the huge subsidies they receive from their governments, making them over-competitive.
The ban seems to be aimed at cutting their business.
Deluge in Peru
Columban Father Kevin McDonagh said his parish in Samanco has been cut off from the outside world.
He added that the worst is not yet over as rain is still expected over the next few weeks, with some of it moving south.
Mass for Donald Tsang
Set to be offered by the vicar general of the diocese, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, a notice on Facebook addressed to “Dear friends and fellow supporters of Donald Tsang” described it as a prayer for the Tsang family and all people facing difficulties.
Tsang talks religion
The Stand News reported Fong as asking, “I would like to know what your religious values are. How does God make you today?... I also want to know if the real John Tsang loves God. How will you show your faith?”
Pope sends condolences to London
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