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Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’ Pope Francis leaves at the end of a Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Thursday, March 24, 2016. During the Mass the Pontiff blessed a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. (Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press) By Luigi Navarro and Nicole Winfield | AP March 24 at 1:35 PM CASTELNUOVO DI PORTO, Italy — Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees Thursday, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels attacks.

Francis denounced the carnage as a “gesture of war” carried out by blood-thirsty people beholden to the weapons industry during an Easter Week Mass with asylum-seekers at the shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome. The Vatican said Thursday that four women and eight men took part. Francis seemed to define “people of God” as open-ended. Angela Merkel, German chancellor, is Time 'Person of the Year' Image copyright AFP/TIME Time Magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its "Person of the Year".

The magazine cited her role in Europe's crises over migration and Greek debt. Ms Merkel had provided "steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply", editor Nancy Gibbs wrote. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named runner-up and third place went to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Eclectic list Ms Gibbs wrote of Mrs Merkel: "For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply, Angela Merkel is 'Time's Person of the Year'. " Citing the refugee and Greek economic crises, along with the Paris terror attacks, Ms Gibbs said: "Each time Merkel stepped in. "And it would deploy troops abroad in the fight against ISIS [Islamic State].

Time Person of the Year 2015. Pope Francis has just launched a ‘year of mercy.’ Here’s what to expect. Play Video1:29 Pope opens Vatican's 'Holy Door' to start Jubilee year Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Vatican as Pope Francis launched a 'Holy Year' or Jubilee Dec. 8., a year of religious events around the world designed to bring solidarity, hope and justice. (Reuters) While opening the holy doors at St. Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday, Pope Francis launched a jubilee year of mercy, which begins today through Nov. 20, 2016 — a year that puts forgiveness before judgment. For many, the details of the year of mercy can be difficult to parse: What makes this year an “extraordinary” jubilee year?

What is a “holy door?” A centuries-old tradition, jubilee years in the Catholic Church take place approximately every 25 to 50 years and serve as calls to recommit to prayer and penance — and through these acts, to one’s relationship with God. For the global Catholic Church, the celebration of a jubilee year includes traditions such as opening special holy doors at the Vatican’s St. 6 Leadership Lessons From Bill Gates on His 60th Birthday. While Bill Gates may not be as mythologized in popular culture as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, there is no denying his impact on the tech world and beyond. The man who produced the operating system that would usher in the era of the personal computer is keeping himself plenty busy these days. Through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he's attempting to develop vaccines and create accessible education programs in underdeveloped nations. Gates was 19 when he started Microsoft in 1975.

Today, he turns 60. Related: Why Bill Gates Is Backing Impact Entrepreneurs in India Find the right deals. When Microsoft was only six years old, the company made a move that would not only change its future, but the future of personal computing. That year, Gates sat down for an interview with PC Magazine to talk about the experience (the Microsoft and IBM teams worked very closely and communicated via an "electronic mail linkup") and what he predicted would come next thanks to the IBM deal. Read widely. Text of Pope Francis’ address to US Congress. Pope Francis’ address to Congress on Thursday, as prepared for delivery and issued by the Holy See Press Office.

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. I would also like to enter into dialogue with the many elderly persons who are a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience, and who seek in many ways, especially through volunteer work, to share their stories and their insights.

My visit takes place at a time when men and women of good will are marking the anniversaries of several great Americans. This Rule points us in a clear direction. God bless America! Pope Francis: ‘Jesus was popular and look how that turned out’ In two wide-ranging new interviews, the pontiff discusses matters both weighty and personal, such as: the perils of his popularity, his plans to welcome divorced and remarried Catholics, and his fear that the church has locked Jesus up like a prisoner. Speaking on Sunday (Sept. 13) to the Argentine radio station, FM Milenium, Francis lamented those who posed as his friends to exploit him, and decried religious fundamentalism. And speaking to Portugal’s Radio Renascenca in an interview that aired on Monday, Francis put his own popularity into perspective: “Jesus also, for a certain time, was very popular, and look at how that turned out.”

He said that a priest comes to hear his confession every 15 to 20 days: “And I never had to call an ambulance to take him back in shock over my sins!” Here are excerpts from the FM Milenium interview provided in English translation by Vatican Radio and National Catholic Reporter: On false friends: “Friendship is something very sacred. . Pope Francis and the New Rome. One Saturday last month, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Ognissanti (All Saints’) Church in one of Rome’s working-class neighborhoods. Little known to tourists or art historians, Ognissanti was the site of a momentous event in the modern history of the Catholic Church: Exactly 50 years earlier, Pope Paul VI had gone there to celebrate the first papal mass in Italian rather than in the traditional Latin.

In marking that anniversary, Pope Francis made plain his view of the vernacular Mass, one of the most visible changes ushered in by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The practice still pains Catholic traditionalists who mourn the loss of churchwide unity that came with a common language. Allowing Catholics to pray in their local languages “was truly a courageous act by the church to draw closer to the people of God,” Pope Francis told a crowd gathered outside. Now Pope Francis has effectively reversed course. The changes were dramatic. According to Father H. According to Father H. I am the captain of my soul.

Pope Francis after 2 years: A revolution at the Vatican. Pope Francis gives confessions to a faithful during the penitential celebration in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 13, 2015. Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION) REUTERS ROME -- Pope Francis marked his second anniversary as leader of the Catholic Church by meting out a little of what he talks about so much: forgiveness, mercy and compassion. The pope heard confessions from the faithful in St. Peter's Basilica. On Thursday, he told a group of confessors that without a doubt, the sacrament of confession is the one that "best shows the merciful face of God" and confession should not be "a form of torture but rather a liberating encounter.

" There's been an undeniable turnaround, what some have even called a revolution. © 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. Two Theories on Berkshire Hathaway. Consider these two truthful sentences: Academics who study corporate finance overwhelmingly believe that conglomerates — giant companies that operate in a wide range of industries, often built through acquisitions — are an awfully inefficient way to organize businesses. And one of the most successful American companies of the last 50 years is a conglomerate called , run by the renowned investor , which is the fourth-most valuable firm in the United States, behind Apple, Google and Exxon Mobil. It employs 340,000 people, roughly the population of Honolulu. Mr. Buffett gave his best go at explaining this seeming contradiction in his latest letter to shareholders released this past weekend, in effect a guide to why he has been able to build such a vast corporate empire and a $72 billion personal net worth.

Photo It helps to understand why finance economists don’t much like the idea of conglomerates in the first place. In effect, Mr. If you believe Mr. Mr. The unique art of Mr. Pope Francis Rattles U.S. Conservatives. In the Reagan era, conservative Republicans felt they had a powerful ally in Pope John Paul II, whose forceful anti-communism and anti-abortion stances played out in American politics. Today's conservatives are apprehensive about Pope Francis, who has changed the tone and culture, not the doctrines, of the Catholic Church in less than two years as pontiff.

He stresses, with passion and authenticity, a commitment to addressing poverty and income inequality more than the social issues that have dominated much of the Catholic debate in America. John Carr, a former top official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, notes that Francis's message on abortion is "no obsession, no retreat. " The pope helped broker the recent thaw in U.S. This doesn't mean that Francis is the poster pope for liberal Democrats: "He's challenging everybody," says Carr, now director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.

The pope will visit the U.S. in September. How the Pope has become the papal man of the people. Emerging from his modest Vatican apartment Pope Francis said a cheery “Good morning” to the young soldier posted outside his door. As the Swiss Guard in his multi-coloured Renaissance uniform and feathered helmet stood to attention, the 77-year-old Pontiff stopped in his tracks, spun round and peered at his pale face in alarm. He realised it was the same guard who had saluted him when he went to bed the evening before and that he had been standing outside his door all night. “Sit down at once!” Said the Pope, ushering him towards a chair. “I can’t, it’s against orders,” replied the guardsman. “I give the orders around here,” replied Pope Francis, before fetching a cappuccino to revive the exhausted guardsman.

It’s another of the touching human gestures the world has come to expect from Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, the People’s Pope. The football-loving ex-janitor and ­nightclub bouncer swapped the white papal Mercedes for a blue Ford Focus. Reuters 2014 Getty Images. Aaron Swartz quote. Think Like Warren Buffett. Back in 1999, Robert G. Hagstrom wrote a book about the legendary investor Warren Buffett entitled "The Warren Buffett Portfolio". What's so great about the book, and what makes it different from the countless other books and articles written about the "Oracle of Omaha", is that it offers the reader valuable insight into how Buffett actually thinks about investments. In other words, the book delves into the psychological mindset that has made Buffett so fabulously wealthy. Although investors could benefit from reading the entire book, we've selected a bite-sized sampling of the tips and suggestions regarding the investor mindset and ways to improve stock selection that will help you get inside Buffett's head. 1.

Think of Stocks as a BusinessMany investors think of stocks and the stock market in general as nothing more than little pieces of paper being traded back and forth among investors. 2. 3. Investors must think long term. 4. 5. Thinking in probabilities has its advantages. 6. 7. 8. HOW JACK WELCH RUNS GE. A Close-up Look at How America's #1 Manager Runs GE Whisked by chopper from New York City, Jack Welch arrives early at the (GE) training center at Croton-on-Hudson. He scoots down to The Pit--the well of a bright, multitiered lecture hall--peels off his blue suit jacket, and drapes it over one of the swivel seats. This is face-to-face with Jack, not so much as the celebrated chairman and chief executive of GE, the company he has made the most valuable in the world, but rather as Professor Welch, coach and teacher to 71 high-potential managers attending a three-week development course.

The class sits transfixed as Welch's laser-blue eyes scan the auditorium. He hardly appears professorial. With his squat, muscular, five-foot, eight-inch frame, pasty complexion, and Boston accent, the 62-year-old balding man looks and sounds more like the guy behind the wheel of a bus on Beacon Hill. For nearly four hours, he listens, lectures, cajoles, and questions. It's more than a bragging fest. Jack Welch's Wisdom. David Kelley talks about Steve Jobs and 'design thinking' in '60 Minutes' interview. IDEO founder David Kelley sat down with 60 Minutes this week to discuss the philosophy behind "design thinking" — an innovative approach that melds product design with human behavior. It's a principle that has underpinned Kelley's entire career, and one that left an indelible mark on Apple CEO Steve Jobs, one of Kelley's closest friends and collaborators. Kelley, in fact, was part of a team that helped design Apple's very first computer mouse, though his career has ranged well beyond the realm of technology, pioneering new designs in airport lavatory signs and even toothpaste tubes.

"Eventually he pulls the 'I'm Steve Jobs' card. " The central tenet of design thinking, according to Kelley, isn't one of aesthetic or utility, but of empathy and human observation. Kelley spent the majority of the interview discussing his relationship with Jobs, whom he first met after studying product design at Stanford. Why Technology Is The Special Sauce In Growth Planning. Technology is becoming increasingly pervasive in B2B buyer-seller relationships and strategic marketing endeavors. That's why I could not resist the French-American Chamber of Commerce's recent seminar. They invited Erik van Ommeren of VINT, the international research institute of Sogeti, to discuss how technology affects business and society.

VINT - Vision Inspiration Navigation and Trends - delivers thought provoking views of technology. They help advance organizations' understanding of today's technology trends, and how to turn those trends into value. I sat down with Erik and share his insights here. Lisa: Erik, please define "disruptive technology" for us. Erik: Disruptive Technology brings changes significant enough to warrant a new way of thinking, a new mental model. Why should B2B executives care about disruptive technology in these volatile times?

Erik: Volatile times are scary because of their unpredictable nature, but they are also times of opportunity. 1.It's about people. John Sculley Just Gave His Most Detailed Account Ever Of How Steve Jobs Got Fired From Apple. IT Cannot Be Only the CIO's Responsibility - Donald A. Marchand and Joe Peppard. Mayor Bloomberg: Take Fewer Bathroom Breaks to Succeed. Bill Belichick, Sheryl Sandberg and the Truth About Leadership | The Exchange. Sebelius: "Hold me accountable for the debacle" of Tim Vickery column: Lionel Messi is a perfect captain for Argentina. Diana Nyad completes historic swim from Cuba to Florida. Sir Alex Ferguson book: David Beckham had to leave Man Utd.