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Pope Francis decries 'epidemic of animosity' toward minorities

Less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s election, pontiff makes thinly veiled criticism of rise of populist nationalism
Pope Francis made his comments during a Vatican ceremony in which he appointed 17 new cardinals. Photograph: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/Barcroft

Peter J Walker and agencies

Saturday 19 November 2016 16.51 GMT

Pope Francis has said an “epidemic of animosity” toward religious and ethnic minorities is hurting the weakest in society, in a thinly veiled assessment of the rise of populist nationalism.

Little more than a week after Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, which has buoyed anti-immigration parties in Europe, the pope said people should not be seen as enemies because they were different.

The 79-year-old Argentinian pontiff has repeatedly voiced support for immigrants, and last year made an impassioned speech on cultural diversity in Philadelphia.

Trump branded Pope Francis “disgraceful” in February after he suggested the billionaire tycoon was “not a Christian” because of his plan to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.

“We see, for example, how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat; take on the status of an enemy,” Francis said at a Vatican ceremony on Saturday, during which new cardinals were ordained.

“An enemy because they come from a distant country or have different customs. An enemy because of the colour of their skin, their language or their social class.
“An enemy because they think differently or even have a different faith.”

The pope followed the US election campaign carefully, and four days before the vote cautioned against “social walls” and “false prophets”.

Between 9 November (the day after the election) and 14 November, there were 437 reports of hateful intimidation and harassment in the US, including 225 that were either anti-immigration or anti-black, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The pope’s candid warning follows the booing of the US vice-president elect, Mike Pence, at the musical Hamilton in New York on Friday night.

“How many wounds grow deeper due to this epidemic of animosity and violence, which leaves its mark on the flesh of many of the defenceless, because their voice is weak and silenced by this pathology of indifference,” he said.

He also said the Catholic church was not immune to “a virus of polarisation and animosity” after four conservative cardinals accused him of sowing confusion on important moral issues.

At the ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica, Francis appointed 17 new cardinals, including 13 under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to succeed him – three from the US, one each from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, the Central African Republic, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Spain and Venezuela.

Among the new US cardinals is the archbishop of Indianapolis, Joseph Tobin, who defied Mike Pence as governor of Indiana by welcoming Syrian refugees. In January Tobin will become archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, while Pence will be installed as US vice-president.

It was the third cardinal election since Francis’ inauguration in 2013 as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.
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Aleppo hospitals cease to function after repeated bombings

Leaflets were showered over the city, warning of the attacks to come – and now any sort of medical assistance has gone, wiped out with the devastation
A child is taken to hospital after the bombings but now all facilities have been targeted and, it is feared, destroyed. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

David Nott
Saturday 19 November 2016 22.14 GMT

I don’t think that in all my years of doing this I’ve ever seen such dreadful pictures of injuries, of people lying on the floor of an emergency room, the dead mixed with the living.

One colleague, who I speak to all the time, was in despair, sending me all these photographs, and saying: “David, you have to do something to help us.” But what can I do?

The message out of eastern Aleppo is that there are no hospitals functioning at all. They have all been repeatedly attacked in the past few days. Some were able to evacuate, but one was totally and utterly destroyed by rockets and bombs. I heard that two doctors were killed and 16 other staff injured and I am afraid that one of the dead may be a brilliant surgeon, who would be a particularly serious loss.

There is another hospital that we haven’t even had a message from. So, I suspect they are out of action, but we know nothing about the staff or the conditions there.

The Aleppo hospitals have been re-opened so many times, underground or at new locations, but between the bombing and the siege I don’t know if it will be possible to resurrect them this time. There is so much equipment that you need in order to operate and there is no sterilisation and no monitoring machines for anaesthetics. Even if the hospitals saved some machines they can’t run them because the generators have been destroyed or are out of fuel.

The taking out of every hospital and medical facility that gives hope and help to civilians is not a coincidence. The medics have such fantastic morale that you would not imagine them giving up, but I have an awful suspicion that this is the endgame.

My colleagues in Aleppo were warning me a week ago that “now is the time to do something”. Their phones had been blitzed by text messages from Assad’s government and the city was showered with leaflets that said: “If you do not leave in the next 24 hours you are going to be killed.”
Syrians comfort each other on 19 November, following a reported air strike on Aleppo’s rebel-held neighbourhood of Bab al-Nayrab. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

I tried my best to raise the alarm, but everyone outside Aleppo brushed it off as propaganda. Then the attacks began, and it’s been a constant, unbearable barrage of every kind of weapon. One colleague said they had counted 1,700 individual attacks; everything from barrel bombs with chlorine to huge, devastating missiles.

My friends say they will not leave because they have no guarantees of safe passage, but if they do not leave I am afraid they will die. Nobody is going to stand up to Assad and the Russians, and we saw in Grozny in 1994 what they are capable of.

Someone, somewhere needs to fly a white flag and say: “We will go in and get these people out.” The civilians and doctors must be taken out to safe areas in the north of Syria. Some areas are relatively demilitarised, hospitals are functioning, you could set up a no-fly zone or a no-bomb zone and get the UN to set up a refugee camp.

It’s the first time I’ve really felt that its not going to work any more. All of us have tried our best, every person involved in helping the doctors keep it all going. But there is a time when you have to realise that, no matter what you do, the odds are against you.

Over the past three months I have spoken to every media outlet and politician I could reach, pushing for Russia to be held accountable for what is happening, but there was no response.

So, I find it utterly, utterly tragic that we see this unfolding today, because it was so clear what was coming and nothing was done to stop it.
Once upon a time there was a Man that
Walked up a Mountain of Thorns.
When he got to the Top then came a Woman in a Helicopter.
She said: "Wait! He (...) is Deceiving! (...) I know a Secret!"
All this time he has had (...) a Hole on the Bottom of his (...) Blue Shoes!
He said: So you say I have been walking with a Hole under My 2 Shoes.
He said: If it is true what you say (...) then explain why I am not Bleeding
from My Second Shoe?
Coherence [1,2,3], Consecutive[1,2,3,4,5], ([4]Evident)([5][3]Penetration)

Looks like a Hole explains a Hole doesn't it?
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