Mexico crowds welcome Pope Benedict on historic visit


first_img Tweet Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Mexico crowds welcome Pope Benedict on historic visit by: – March 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! 41 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Thousands greet the Pope on his first visit to Spanish-speaking Latin AmericaPope Benedict XVI has arrived in Mexico, at the start of his first visit to Spanish-speaking Latin-America.The Pope was greeted by thousands in central city of Guanajuato, and welcomed by President Felipe Calderon.Mr Calderon said the visit had enormous importance as Mexico was suffering greatly from drug-related violence.Before his arrival, the Pope said it was vital “to fight this evil” and urged the young to renounce drugs. After Mexico, he will travel to Cuba.He said Marxism there was no longer working.The Pope said the ideology no longer corresponded to reality and called for “new models” to be found.He made it clear that “the Church is always on the side of freedom of thought and of religion”.Huge camp sitesBenedict was welcomed by cheering crowds at Guanajuato on Friday. Supporters at the airport chanted: “Benedict, brother, you are now Mexican!”The pontiff then led a short blessing on a specially erected platform within the airport. But it was on the streets outside where Benedict was most eagerly awaited, the BBC’s Will Grant in Mexico reports. All day under a hot sun, thousands of cheering followers – dressed in white and yellow T-shirts and waving flags – lined the route to the city of Leon to catch a glimpse of Benedict as he passed in the armour-plated Popemobile. Our correspondent says security is tight – with the federal police and military deployed in large numbers. The Pope is due to hold talks with President Calderon later on Saturday.He will also spend time in the city of Silao, near Leon. On Sunday some 300,000 people are expected to attend Mass, and huge camp sites have been set up to give pilgrims somewhere to stay.Earlier, while on route to Mexico, Pope Benedict told journalists: “I share Mexicans’ joy and hope but also their anguish and grief,” referring to the country’s drug related violence, which has taken 50,000 lives in the past five years.One Mexican supporter said: “With this wave of violence that we’re living, not just in individual states but across the country, the Pope’s visit could be a great source of comfort.”Cuba challengesThe Pope will be given a charro hat in LeonSome 88% of Mexicans – almost 100 million people – are Roman Catholic, and the Pope’s predecessor, John Paul II, was a regular visitor to the country.Our correspondent says Pope Benedict is not regarded with the same affection yet, but there is undoubtedly excitement about the visit among the faithful.The Pope faces sensitive issues in Cuba.This week the campaign group Amnesty International reported that life was getting harder for dissidents there. Earlier this month, activists were evicted from a church they had occupied in the capital, Havana, demanding an audience with the Pope.In Havana, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said the government was open to opinions that differed from its own, in a reference to the Pope’s comments that Marxism there was no longer working.BBC Newslast_img read more

Nugent hails bargain striker Ulloa


first_img Eyebrows were raised when Leicester broke their transfer record to sign Ulloa from Brighton in the summer. The Foxes paid an initial £8million fee, which could rise to £10million, for the striker even though he had just one season of experience in English football before moving to the King Power Stadium. The 28-year-old has had no problems adapting to the top flight, though. On Sunday he took his tally to five goals in five matches with a well-taken brace in the shock win over Manchester United. Given that Diego Costa, who cost Chelsea four times as much, is the only man to have scored more goals than Ulloa this season, Nugent thinks the acquisition of his Leicester team-mate is proving to be a shrewd bit of business by the east midlands club. “Leo has been a revelation so far,” said Nugent, who scored a penalty in the hugely impressive 5-3 win. “He has come in from Brighton and he has scored lots of goals. At £8million he has turned out to be a bargain.” Bookmakers have cut the odds on Ulloa topping the scoring charts at the end of the season from 80-1 to 33-1. They have also lengthened the price on Leicester being relegated after their successful start to the season. Nigel Pearson’s side, who won the Championship last year, have taken eight points from five matches. Given that they have already played Arsenal, Chelsea and 20-time champions United, the Foxes are taking delight in silencing their doubters. “When the fixtures came out, with the start we were given, no one expected us to get any points, so we are proving everyone wrong,” said Nugent, who has played in the top flight before with Portsmouth. “They can write us off all they want, but we know in this squad we have the spirit, the energy, and the players to cause teams problems as we showed against Manchester United.” The Foxes lost two and won 17 of their 23 matches at home last season. Now Leicester are looking to make teams fear coming to the King Power Stadium this season. “It was important to win at Stoke (the weekend before last), but our home form is very important to us,” Nugent said. “We have to make this place a fortress.” Forward Jamie Vardy, scorer of the Foxes’ fourth goal on Sunday as well as playing a key role in his side’s other goals, played down his heroics, insisting it was all about getting the three points. Speaking from Leicester races, he told At The Races: “The fans were amazing and the players were amazing. “It’s not about me scoring – it’s about the team winning, and that’s all that matters.” Vardy was not dwelling too much on the amazing comeback, though, as he swiftly turned his attention to Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. “We haven’t had the easiest starts (to the season), but we’ve already shown what we are all about,” he added. “It’s on to the next game now and trying to get three points. “There’s no easy games – it doesn’t matter who you are playing – so we have to get on the training ground and find out their (Crystal Palace’s) strengths and weaknesses and exploit them, like we did on Sunday.” David Nugent thinks Leicester have signed one of the bargains of the season in Leonardo Ulloa. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Reports 4,049 Cases of COVID-19 Setting a Daily Record…


first_imgThere were 40 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Saturday morning across the state, including 10 in Miami-Dade County, three in Broward and four in Palm Beach County. Broward’s cases increased by 389 to 10,837. The county’s death toll is now at 370. Florida is now up to 93,797 total confirmed cases and 3,144 COVID-19 deaths, according to the health department. In the past day, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed cases increased by 704 to 25,080. The county now has 874 deaths, the highest total in the state. Statewide, Florida reports having completed over 1.5 million tests for COVID-19, with 5.9% coming back positive. Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 390 to 10,506, with the death toll at 468. Positivity rates higher The rate of positivity among people tested across Florida has risen sharply in recent days. On Friday morning, 3,822 new cases were confirmed, after 3,207 on Thursday. Florida has confirmed at least 12,774 coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the start of the outbreak. For the third straight day, Florida has set a new daily COVID-19 record, having reported 4,049 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Statewide, more than 12% of the COVID-19 tests taken Friday came back positive, more than double the positivity percentage from last weekend. A look at the latest positivity percentage for COVID-19 testing in Florida. (Florida Department of Health)last_img read more