Mideast compared to the Balkans

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Just as the Balkans provided the match for World War I, the Middle East is “a pile of tinder that could ignite a much wider conflict,” writes retired Adm. James Stavridis in Foreign Policy.  “The Syrian civil war is ground zero, with Iran, Russia, and China on one side, and the United States, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and much of NATO on the other,” the former Supreme Allied Commander in  Europe says. It’s impossible, Stavridis writes, to ignore the possibility … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet, Jorge and Amalia

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Well, that didn’t take long.

The media in Buenos Aires have tracked down a woman who says she’s the long lost love of Pope Francis. Amalia, who has only been identified by her first name, still gets emotional when she talks about the boy in her neighborhood, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, even though their romance was, she acknowledges, “just a little thing.”

It was their parents who kept the star-crossed “lovers” apart. The desperate Jorge wrote Amalia a letter, proposing marriage. “If I can’t marry you, I’ll become a priest,” Amalia recalls Jorge as saying. Fearing the wrath of her father, she did not reply.

They were 12.

“I have nothing to hide, as it was a thing between children and totally pure,” Amalia said.

Jorge, by the way, did not immediately get himself to a seminary. He only decided to become a priest when he was 21. But if Amalia can be believed, perhaps he’d been contemplating the religious life for a while.

 

h/t The Telegraph

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African popes

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Cardinals who could become the next pope include:  (Top row from left) Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, Philippines' Luis Antonio Tagle, and Nigerian Peter Turkson. (Bottom row from left ): Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet, Nigerian Francis Arinze, Nigerian John Onaiyekan, and USA's Timothy Dolan.        AFP | Getty Images

Papabili, or the cardinals who would be pope: (Top row from left) Brazilian Claudio Hummes, Honduran Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Mexican Norberto Rivera Carrera, Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, Philippines’ Luis Antonio Tagle, and Nigerian Peter Turkson. (Bottom row from left ): Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet, Nigerian Francis Arinze, Nigerian John Onaiyekan, and New York’s Timothy Dolan. AFP | Getty Images

Seemingly within minutes of the increasingly frail Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation, Aussie, Irish and British bookies started taking bets on who would be his successor. Continue reading

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