Pope’s Christmas Wish: Hope For A Better World

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

Francis delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for “to the city and to the world”) speech from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining all those hoping “for a better world.”

In his first Christmas message since being elected pontiff in March, he asked for all to share in the song of Christmas angels, “for every man or woman … who hopes for a better world, who cares for others,” humbly.

Among places ravaged by conflict, Francis singled out Syria, which saw its third Christmas during civil war; South Sudan; the Central African Republic; Nigeria; and Iraq.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20131225/popes-christmas-wish-hope-for-a-better-world

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Nelson Mandela Dead At Age 95

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JOHANNESBURGNelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying “we’ve lost our greatest son.”

His death closed the final chapter in South Africa’s struggle to cast off apartheid, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor. Rock concerts celebrated his birthday. Hollywood stars glorified him on screen. And his regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe.

As South Africa’s first black president, the ex-boxer, lawyer and prisoner No. 46664 paved the way to racial reconciliation with well-chosen gestures of forgiveness. He lunched with the prosecutor who sent him to jail, sang the apartheid-era Afrikaans anthem at his inauguration, and traveled hundreds of miles to have tea with the widow of Hendrik Verwoerd, the prime minister at the time he was imprisoned.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131205/nelson-mandela-dead-at-age-95

Deposed Lybian Despot, Moammar Kadafi Reported Killed

REPORTING FROM BEIRUT — Libya’s provisional prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, said Thursday that ousted leader Moammar Kadafi has been killed.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Jibril told a news conference in the capital, Tripoli, according to the Associated Press. “Moammar Kadafi has been killed.”…

Read the entire article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/10/libya-prime-minister-says-moammar-kadafi-is-dead.html

Funky New Jazz Restaurant Opens In Center City York

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A new seafood and jazz restaurant opened in York on Friday night.  Tanzania opened to sell out crowds.  People came from Baltimore, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York to experience this funky new eatery.  Unfortunately, some had to be turned away.

The restaurant is located at 29 E. Princess Street in downtown York.  The menu selections are named after Jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald.  Great food, music and some original art can be expected from diners who visit the restaurant.

The Kirklands opened their restaurant because they have a love for seafood and enjoy preparing it for people.  Their renovated downtown building features three dining areas named after port cities in Tanzania: Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Zanzibar.

The restaurant features some non-seafood dishes for landlubbers and don’t forget to save room for dessert. 

Future plans call for adding a deck for al fresco dining and live performances by jazz musicians. 

Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

For more information call (717) 846-8000,