Archives For Pope Francis


1. Tohono O’odham Life in Video Thanks to Mel Ortega and TOHONO TV

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The family trio that makes up TOHONO TV, from left, Destiny Josemaria,
Mel Ortega, Alexis Johnson.

2. Honor the 4th World: An Alternative to State Domination

3. Palin’s Redskins Rant: Using a Political Football to Silence a People

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally for Iowa
Republican Senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in
West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

4. Begay, Tiger Woods Douse Oneida Nation CEO for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Ray Halbritter, CEO of Oneida Indian Nation and Mark Rolfing are doused in ice-cold
water for the ice bucket challenge.

5. Draft U.N. Climate Report Says Most Fossil Fuels Should Stay in Ground

6. Why Is Pope Francis Protecting a High-Ranking Pedophile?

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7. Chickasaw Nation to Host Native Voices Exhibit

8. Female Tribal Officer Caught Tazing Native Man 17 Times Is Indicted

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9. Even in Australia, Reality TV Stars Get Into the Cultural Appropriation Act

Could you not do this? We’ll give you a Vegemite sandwich…

10. More Briny Wastewater Spills into Fort Berthold Soil

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The briny wastewater spill discovered on Friday August 22 is not as severe as
the million-gallon spill depicted in this July 10, 2014, photo of saltwater leaks
into a stream from a massive saltwater spill from an underground pipeline on
the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Mandaree, N.D.

11. Labor Day Pow Wow Weekend Planner

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12. First Nations Fisherman Donates 500 Sockeye to Vancouver Homeless

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One of the 500 salmon donated to a homeless encampment and several groups
in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by aboriginal fishermen.

 


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Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan during a private meeting at the Vatican July 24, 2014. REUTERS/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

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Pope Francis may visit United States next year
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BOSTON —Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is inviting Pope Francis to Boston during the pope’s first trip to the United States, tentatively planned for 2015.

Walsh has asked Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley to hand-deliver a letter this week while he is in Rome, the Boston Globe reported.

“I think people in Boston would be very excited about the pope coming,” Walsh said in an interview with the Globe. “I think it would also be good for the city.”

O’Malley has previously expressed doubt about the likelihood of a papal visit to Boston.

“The city of Boston has always been known as a city of profound faith: faith that its diversity makes it strong; faith in doing the right and appropriate thing for its poor; and faith in the power of truth and justice,” the mayor wrote in his letter to the pope.

Pope John Paul II visited Boston in 1979.


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Crime scene investigators working at a burnt car where three burnt bodies were found in Cassano allo Ionio, Calabria, Italy on Jan. 19. According to reports, a three-year-old boy was killed in the mafia hit.

By Claudio Lavanga, Correspondent, NBC News

ROME – “Don’t kill women and children” used to be part of the mafia code of honor.

That’s why the recent shooting death of a 3-year-old, whose body was burned virtually beyond recognition, has shocked this nation long used to gruesome mob killings.

“Women and children used to be off limits,” said Patrizia Venturino, a local journalist who reports on mob hits. “But it’s all changed now. Women often become bosses if their husbands go to jail or are killed. And children, well, if they are a witness to a crime, they become a liability.”

On Jan. 19, the charred remains of toddler Nicola “Coco” Campolongo were found in a torched car near a farmhouse in the southern region of Calabria, which is a base for the ‘Ndrangheta, the most powerful and feared of the four Italian mafias. His body was found alongside the remains of his grandfather Giuseppe Iannicelli, and 27-year old Ibtissam Touss, who the police identified as Iannicelli’s partner.

The killing of Campolongo sparked nation-wide outrage. Last Sunday Pope Francis called the murder “unprecedented,” asking worshipers to pray for Coco and for the boy’s killer to repent.

Italian authorities believe that Iannicelli, who was serving a drug-related sentence on house arrest and was related to a government witness called Pasquale Perciaccante, drove to an appointment with members of the mafia, possibly taking his young partner and grandson as a protective measure.

But not even the sight of a 3-year-old stopped the hitman, who shot all three point-blank in the head, placed a 50-cent coin on the roof of the vehicle as if to show that their lives were cheap, and set fire to it.

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Anti-Mafia police wearing masks to hide their identity, escort top Mafia fugitive Giovani Brusca on May 21, 1996 as he leaves Palermo’s police headquarters to be taken to a maximum security prison.

“I am upset that a child was brutally murdered,” Venturino said. “But I am even more outraged at a grandfather who brings his grandson as a sort of shield against the mob, in the hope they will have pity on him.”

In the last decade the ‘Ndrangheta has won a reputation as Italy’s most violent mafia. Tales of how it feeds enemies to starving pigs have recently made the headlines.  But the toddler’s killing was a previously unimaginable new low.

While Campolongo is the youngest known victim of the Italian mafias, he is not the first child to have been violently executed by the mob. In 1993 Giuseppe di Matteo, the 11-year-old son of a government witness, was kidnapped by Giovanni Brusca, a member of the Sicilian Mafia known as either “The Swine” or the “People-Slayer” for his violence.

The boy was held and tortured for 26 long months, and finally strangled and later dissolved in a barrel of acid to prevent his family from giving him a proper burial.


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Indigenous leaders, conservation groups vow legal challenge.

Photo of the Peel Watershed.

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Monsanto’s plant in Malvinas Argentinas, seen from the camp set up by local protestors blocking access to the works in construction. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

3. Pope preparing major statement on ecology, Vatican says

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