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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Pasadena Fire and Police Departments Issue Rose Parade Safety Tips

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it As the 126th Rose Parade approaches on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, Pasadena’s Fire and Police departments are issuing the following safety tips for the thousands of overnight campers who will line the route on New Year’s Eve. The parade route will be a safer place if everyone follows the rules and regulations intended for the safety of all parade-goers.What You Can Do• Overnight camping is permitted only on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.• A position on the sidewalk may be maintained along the parade route beginning at Noon Dec. 31, 2013. All persons and property, such as blankets, chairs and personal items, must remain on the curb until 11 p.m. At that time, spectators may move out to the blue “Honor Line” but not past it.• Small, professionally manufactured barbecues elevated at least 1 foot off the ground are allowed on the parade route as long as they are 25 feet from buildings and other combustibles. A fire extinguisher must be readily available.• Minors under the age of 18 may be on the parade route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. only if they are supervised by an adult.• Dress for cold weather! Children and seniors may need extra layers of clothing to avoid hypothermia. Remember hats and gloves.• Drink healthy fluids and consume nourishing meals to avoid dehydration.• “If You See Something, Say Something!” Report suspicious activities and packages to emergency authorities along the parade route.• In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 and know the cross streets from where you are calling. For a non-emergency, call (626) 744-4241.What You Can’t Do• Appearance in the parade is prohibited for any entries/marchers who have not been approved by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Stay off the street and do not pass the blue â€œHonor Line.”• Tents, sofas and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited along the route.• Unoccupied chairs are not allowed and will be removed from the parade route.• Bonfires are strictly prohibited and considered â€œillegal burns.”• ALL Fireworks are prohibited except as part of scheduled official events.• No items may be sold along the parade route without a City permit.• Selling space along the parade route, other than grandstand seating, is illegal.• It is illegal to buy, sell or give away horns on the parade route.• No public areas—sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets, ramps—may be cordoned or roped off.• No ladders or scaffolding may be used as elevation for viewing the activities.• Pets are not recommended along the parade; keep them safe at home!• Throwing any object into the parade; or at passing vehicles or pedestrians the night before the parade is dangerous and prohibited. Violators can be cited and property seized.• Unauthorized vehicles obstructing emergency travel lanes or parked in restricted areas will be towed; at owners’ expense. No exceptions.• Open containers of alcohol are illegal on public streets, sidewalks and all other public areas. Violators may be cited or arrested.• Sale, possession and use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.Enhanced security measures will be in effect on the parade route. Pasadena Police Officers will resolve problems quickly and remove from the scene anyone violating the law or disturbing the peace. Also, police canine teams will be patrolling Colorado Boulevard.The Pasadena Fire Department responds to more than twice the number of calls on parade day than on average days. These calls include reports of hypothermia, illegal burning, miscellaneous medical issues, assaults and alcohol-related incidents. Be safe and smart!For more information about Rose Parade safety, rules and regulations, visit www.visitpasadena.com, www.cityofpasadena.net/police or call the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276.The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau will staff its special “Visitors Hotline” at (626) 793-9911 from Dec. 30, 2014 until Jan. 6, 2015. The Hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 30-31; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 1-3; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4-5; and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 6.For more information about the City of Pasadena visit www.cityofpasadena.net or follow us on [email protected]“If You See Something, Say Something.” Community News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Man charged with robbery and public possession of offensive weapon

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – December 9, 2017 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleIrish Water urge people to ensure they have provided full details for refundNext articleNational Ambulance Service strike in Letterkenny News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A 22 year old man is due to appear before Omagh Magistrates Court this morning charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.The charges are in connection with an armed robbery of commercial premises on Shipquay Street in Derry in November.As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Man charged with robbery and public possession of offensive weapon Twitterlast_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Enniskillen woman becomes first to receive Covid-19 vaccine

first_img WhatsApp Enniskillen woman becomes first to receive Covid-19 vaccine Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By News Highland – December 8, 2020 Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleBlack ice affecting some routes in DonegalNext articleDonegal Athletics mourn loss of Hugo Duggan News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp A 90 year old Irish grandmother has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Bio-N-tech Covid-19 vaccine.Margaret Keenan, who’s from Enniskillen, had the injection at University Hospital Coventry at around 6.30 this morning.Afterwards she said she felt ‘good’ – and has this message for anyone with doubts about whether to have the jab.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/keenan8am-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp …in brief

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefAge diversity drive Pensions Minister Ian McCartney has launched a website to provide practicalhelp for employers and staff on ending age discrimination at work. TheDepartment for Work and Pensions has also published an evaluation of thevoluntary code of practice on age diversity in the run up to new laws in 2006.  www.agepositive.gov.ukYouth training target The Government has called on employers to help increase the number of youngpeople on Modern Apprenticeship schemes. It is working with the Learning and Skills Council to deliver a range ofrecommendations by the Modern Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, aimed atencouraging more than a quarter of young people to enter apprenticeships beforethey are 22 by 2004.  www.dfes.gov.uk/modapp/E-policies trend Nearly two-thirds of HR departments have introduced policies on e-mail andInternet use in the past four years, research claims. The IRS Employment Reviewalso reveals that almost all employers have a formal HR policy on employeediscipline and grievances and are least likely to have policies on work-lifebalance. www.irseclipse.co.ukHSE prosecutions The Health and Safety Executive’s second annual Offences and PenaltiesReport shows there were 1,500 separate health and safety offences by public,private and voluntary organisations and individuals during 2000/2001. In thisperiod the HSE prosecuted 2,077 offences, successfully gaining convictions for70 per cent. www.hse-databases.co.uk/prosecutionsRail staff in ballot South West Trains staff could vote to strike over Christmas followingdisputes over pay and conditions and the way the company operates itsdisciplinary procedures. RMT will ballot its 2,100 South West Trains membersthis week on pay and conditions, although only 660 train guards and driverswill vote on the dispute over disciplinary procedures. last_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Bill banning trans athletes in girls sports advances in Utah

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender athletes would be barred from playing on girls’ sports teams under a bill that advanced Thursday in Utah, one of over a dozen states considering similar measures that opponents say would harm trans teenagers.The bill was approved by a panel of lawmakers Thursday and now advances to the House floor.The Republican lawmaker sponsoring the measure said it would ensure fairness by making sure female athletes aren’t competing against those identified as male at birth.Opponents, though, say it would discriminate against students who are told they can’t play with their peers.The bill would not block male transgender teens from playing boys’ sports. It would not apply to college sports. Written by Associated Press Tags: Transgender/Utah Legislature February 11, 2021 /Sports News – Local Bill banning trans athletes in girls sports advances in Utahlast_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp House Drops Fees For Lifetime Gun Permits

first_imgFebruary 5, 2018, By Quinn FitzgeraldTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would eliminate the fee for a lifetime gun permit passed the Indiana House Monday in spite of concerns that it would affect funding for police training.House Bill 1424, which passed 70-20, also changes a four-year handgun license to five years.In its original form, the bill proposed eliminating all handgun permits. Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, author of the bill, stripped that language and replaced it with the changes in permits and fees, saying the state is moving in the right direction.“Yes, some might not be satisfied with the extent of this bill and want more, but we have to recognize that we’re working under the current system, we’re working a new law, and we hopefully do what we can to make sure that constitutional rights are protected and guaranteed right here in Indiana,” Wesco said.Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, questioned Wesco about the loss of revenue that many local police departments have used for training. Wesco said the potential loss of revenue would be $6 to $7 million, but Brown countered that he understood it might be closer to $11 million. The Legislative Services Agency, in examining the fiscal impact of the bill, reported the higher number.“I don’t find that to be rational or reasonable. I think that’s a worst possible case scenario,” Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, said in reaction to Brown.Wesco pointed out that the fees being charged were significantly higher than the actual cost of issuing the permit and is subsidizing local law enforcement budgets.“That’s a responsibility we should all share equally, that law-abiding gun owners shouldn’t have to carry that extra burden,” he said.Wesco said the funds would be replaced, and the effective date of the bill has been changed from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, to ensure this.Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, opposed the bill, arguing that no handgun licensing should exist because “licensing a constitutional right is not only wrong, but it’s immoral and dangerous.” He has maintained that limits on gun ownership violate the Second Amendment and in authorizing fees, officials are violating their oaths to uphold the Constitution.“What’s ironic to me is the implicit thought that we have suddenly got a bunch of brilliantly constitutional scholars and that for decades and decades, people who sat in these chairs, have passed all these laws, charging a small amount of money to get a gun license, they were all violating their oath,” said Rep. Edward Delaney, D-Indianapolis, in response to Lucas’ comment.Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, expressed concern with costs, specifically if non-gun license holders should have to pay for those who possess the permits.“I don’t have a firearm. I don’t have a permit, and I don’t intend to get one. Should I have to pay for somebody else’s? Nobody but me is paying for my license to drive my car,” Errington said.HB 1424 now goes to the Senate.FOOTNOTE: Quinn Fitzgerald is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp O.C. Swimming Teams Top Kingsway

first_imgOcean City’s Pat Armstrong swims to victory in the 100 yard butterfly. By LESLEY GRAHAM The Ocean City boys and girls swim teams defeated the visiting Dragons of Kingsway Regional Thursday afternoon at the Ocean City community aquatic center.The girls are now 8-1-1 on the year, while the boys are 8-3.Ocean City’s girls won 95-75 and the boys prevailed 113-55. The girls took seven of the 11 events, while the boys won 10 out of their 11 contests.Dolan Grisbaum of the boys team broke the school record in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.09. Grisbaum was also the winner in the 200 yard individual medley.Kingsway won the first event of the afternoon, the girls 200 yard medley relay, where four girls swim two laps each of one of four strokes, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle, so they held a slight advantage.Ocean City’s Max Carter cruises to a second place finish in the 100 yard butterfly.But Ocean City was quick to regain the top of the leaderboard and held the lead for the remainder of the meet.Olivia Scherbin was a double individual winner with first place finishes in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyles.Alex Antonov also won two individual events, finishing atop the leaderboard in the 200 yard IM and the 500 yard freestyle.On the boys side, Ocean City was dominant from the start, winning the first 10 events on the afternoon.The Red Raiders swept the 100 yard butterfly with Pat Armstrong, Max Carter and Gavin Neal going one, two, three respectively.Armstrong also won the 50 yard freestyle.Steve Gooden also won two individual events on the day, winning both the 200 and 500 yard freestyle.Both team’s coaches were happy with the performances of their swimmers.“With a quick turnaround (from our meet on Tuesday) it was great to see the kids put in another strong performance this week,” said Shane McGrath, head coach for the boys program.“Super-excited for Dolan (Grisbaum) as well for breaking the school record after all the consistent hard work he puts in,” McGrath added after the meet.Ian Keyser, the girls head coach, echoed McGrath’s sentiments.“I’m very proud of how the team swam today. It was a total team effort to secure the victory for us,” said Keyser.The Red Raiders are on a dominant win streak, with strong showings and large-margin victories in their last five dual meets for both programs.A tight race at the start of the boys 100 yard freestyle.last_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Craft and creativity in Crouch End

first_imgWhen people eulogise about the need to diversify a craft retail bakery business, few can claim to have taken it as much to heart as Dunns of Crouch End. French farmers’ markets, gay wedding cakes and, perhaps more ill-advisedly, letting a film crew run amok, destroying the shop, are just a few of the ways it has met the challenges facing bakers on the high street.Over the years, Dunns – a one-shop craft bakery in North London, with a history dating back to 1850 – has fielded a number of TV commercial shoots on its premises. “They’re jolly hard work but my goodness, you’ve never seen money like it!” says proprietor and fifth-generation baker Chris Freeman.One advertisement featured Bob Hoskins in a British Telecom promotion, while a Wrigleys gum commercial became famous locally as ‘the Dunns advert’. “It was the one with a guy smashing up cream gateaux on the counter. It really was done while the shop was open – quite incredible!” he recalls.Another sort of film crew is, however, less welcome; the shop has a good high street position and, despite the needling presence of a CCTV traffic camera stinging would-be shoppers parking outside, it draws in around 6,000 customers a week, spending an average of just over £3 per head.The shop sells a range of sandwiches, savouries, fresh cream cakes and confectionery and bread. “We sell quite a lot of bread compared to some other high street bakers,” he notes. This amounts to 19% of the shop’s turnover.The range includes speciality breads, such as Scofa – a yeast-free Scottish soda bread; Spekkle – a loaf enriched with sunflower seeds and soya bean flakes; Shamrock – a rustic yeast-free shamrock-shaped Irish wheaten bread, with buttermilk and wheaten oats; sunflower cob bread made with honey and sunflower seeds; Oatie – a bread with oat flakes, wheat and malt flour.Health watchThese ‘healthier’ bread types reflect commonly cited health considerations, which are filtering right down to the small craft baker. Dunns is adapting by reducing salt and hydrogenated fats, he says. “Lower salt is an issue for us; we’re in a very ‘right on’ area, where people are into all the latest things, think they know everything about everything, but probably know less than they think they do!“The Glycaemic Index (GI) diet has brought some great benefits to us,” he continues. Dunns’ lower GI breads have been successfully extended into a range of sandwiches, with a range of fillings, selling at a premium. It also makes dairy-free, egg-free – in fact anything-free – celebration cakes.“In Haringey we have the highest child asthma rate in the country,” explains Freeman. “Kids around our way have all sorts of allergies and cannot get an ordinary birthday cake, so we try to address that.”But the exercise is effectively a ‘loss leader’, he admits. “I don’t think we make any money from it – in fact, I’m pretty sure we lose money – but it does provide a service, and I think that’s what being in a community is about.”Celebration cakes are an important part of its business, at around 9% of turnover. “Photo cakes are a godsend to us,” he says. “It’s much better than trying to produce a figure or mould.” Dunns has now started making celebration cakes for civil ceremonies between same-sex couples. “One has to remember that there won’t be any Christening cakes to follow, but in Haringey we celebrate diversity!” says Freeman.Valued staffThe bakery houses a separate confectionery and bread bakery, finishing room, cake decorating room and sandwich room. It now bakes-off some products in the store itself.Staff are a valuable commodity at Dunns, with around 50 on the books, and five are presently undergoing training schemes.“We’ve trained lots of people over the years and lots of master bakers in and around this part of the world owe their training in no small part to my father,” he says. Production wages are high, with many skilled and long-serving staff on the payroll. “Long service and loyalty comes with a price attached to it,” he says.He adds that customer service is the one tradition that cannot be compromised: “In this day of cutting back on staff levels, customer service is dreadfully important. Customers expect to be in, served, and out quickly. That’s something that we pride ourselves on. At £6 an hour, it doesn’t take many sales to earn their keep over the busy times.”Website adds profileIt’s this line between maintaining traditions and keeping a business responsive to changing times that is so crucial to bakers, he says. One addition – a slickly designed website – has helped generate enquires and gives the business a profile.Traditional bakery values, particularly family businesses, can sometimes stand in the way of taking a business forward, he believes. “When we say, ‘We’ve always sold things this way, we’ve never done that’, it can sometimes be an incredible handicap.” Bakers who never used to buy-in products or premixes – instead relying on tried and tested scratch recipes – are beginning to reconsider their approach, he says. “We buy in some savoury products that we can’t easily make ourselves, as well as marzipan figures and chocolates,” he says. Rethinking entrenched opinions extends to overturning Dunns’ age-old opposition to Sunday trading; but since relenting last autumn, the move has turned out to be a success. “I’d always campaigned strenuously against opening on a Sunday,” says Freeman. “We’re a family firm and I work pretty long hours. Crouch End is a busy place on a Sunday. But we’ve managed to run it with a shop supervisor and two staff, with no bakery staff. It does mean, sadly, that we’re selling products that were baked on the Saturday – something we wouldn’t normally do.”Local competitionAround 200 nearby council jobs were axed in recent times, dealing a blow to its local trade. Yet M&S Simply Food and Tesco Express stores, which opened in the area, have turned up the heat. And introducing a coffee machine was one step taken to hold back the Starbucks onslaught. “We get people coming into the shop, with a Starbucks coffee in their hand, to buy a Danish pastry or a muffin. We’re trying to get people to buy both from us.”It also successfully introduced smoothies to its drinks offering. “We’re always looking for different things and smoothies was a recent innovation, which we find sell well; there’s a good mark-up on them.“The high street’s a difficult place to be – it’s challenging,” he adds, “but I’m optimistic about the future.” That future may come in the form of his 13-year-old son, who is “desperately keen to become a baker, despite seeing the hours I work”, says Freeman. His son will potentially be the sixth generation of bakers to take on these evolving challenges. “I feel extremely lucky in that respect. With a family business, you’re the custodian for the time that you are running it. We’ve had some difficult times, but I’m sure the future will be good for us.” But Freeman, who is registered blind, jokes: “In terms of looking forward, I’m probably the biggest handicap to the business!” Chris Freeman was speaking at the British Society of Baking spring conference.Doughnut week fameChristopher Freeman is perhaps best-known for spearheading National Doughnut Week, which, since its inception in the early 1990s, has raised over £0.5m for children’s charities. National Doughnut Week took place on May 6 to 13. Visit www.dunns-bakery.co.uk for details.DUNNS STAFFOffice – 1Support worker – 1Weekday shop – 10Saturday staff – 18Sandwich trolley – 1Shop supervisors – 4SEASONAL FAREDunns experimented by setting up stall at the Boulogne Christmas Market, which proved to be “a big mistake”, admits proprietor Chris Freeman. “We were told by lots of people that the French would love our products. In fairness, we chose the wrong market at the wrong time. We should have gone for a food market – we certainly experienced a bit of French hostility!”At Christmas time the firm produces 20,000 eight-page leaflets, to be distributed locally, at a cost of around £2,000. “I think it’s money well spent,” he says. “We put a huge amount of effort into Christmas. It’s absolutely exhausting, but I think it’s the one time when the baker really puts himself in front of the customer and shows what he can do.”Christmas puddings are still produced the old fashioned way, in china. “We’re trying to get a bit more into the gift market,” he says. “They demand a fairly hefty premium and we sold just under 100 of those last Christmas.”last_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Students compete in summit’s mobile app contest

first_imgStudents interested in mobile apps can satisfy their curiosity at the Notre Dame Mobile Summit 2012, a two-day event held by the University Council of Academic Technologies (UCAT). Junior Yiting Zheng, the campus technology director for Student Government, said the summit features speakers, brainstorming sessions and discussion on Notre Dame’s mobile strategy. Zheng said the Mobile Summit has been in the works since last semester. She said Ron Kraemer, vice president of the University and chairperson for UCAT, wanted students to be very involved in the weekend’s events. “I had the idea of doing a competition among students, and as we discussed, we decided to have a mobile app idea contest,” Zheng said. Zheng said today’s events include discussions on the mobile strategy at Notre Dame. Saturday is geared toward student participation in the mobile app idea contest, she said. Student teams will send in their content today for approval before their presentations. “We have about twenty-eight registered teams right now who will be presenting five minutes each, and then it’s basically a contest to see who has the best idea,” Zheng said. Zheng said students will share their ideas on posters accompanied by descriptions of how the app will function. Highly sophisticated mobile apps are not necessary for the contest. However, some student teams are working on their apps already, she said. Judges and audience will vote to determine the winners. “We have three judges, and then a fourth prize will be decided by an audience vote,” Zheng said. Audience members will be able to text in votes for their favorite competitors on Poll Everywhere, a technology-driven audience response system used by Google and the US Census, she said. Zheng said the contest allows for a wide range of academic fields to join and brainstorm together in one summit. “We have some IT management students, two psychology majors, two science pre-professional students and all sorts of majors.” Zheng said. “It’s not limited to a certain group of students.” The Notre Dame Mobile Summit 2012 will be held from 9:30 to 4 pm today and from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday in the Mendoza College of Business.last_img read more

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Category: eiulundiacdkojfp Archbishop examines relationship between Catholic Church and Irish society

first_imgSpeaking to a large crowd in the Mendoza College of Business’s Jordan Auditorium on Thursday, Archbishop Charles J. Brown reflected on his mission in serving as the apostolic nuncio to Ireland and the intersection between modern Ireland and the Catholic Church. Titled, “The Catholic Church in Ireland and Pope Francis: Legacy and Transformation,” the lecture was part of the annual Keeley Vatican Lecture series sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.Brown, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate, addressed the cultural and spiritual challenges in the Vatican’s relationship with Ireland and his job as the Holy See’s official diplomat to Ireland.“The apostolic nuncio has two roles: to be the pope’s representative to the local Catholic community and to be the pope’s representative to the sovereign government,” he said.Brown said when he arrived in Ireland and assumed his official position in January 2012, he made it his mission to be involved in Ireland’s Catholic community, accepting as many invitations as possible to visit local churches, schools and other important community institutions.“I made it my priority to be open and accessible so that I could learn about the needs of the Church in Ireland,” he said.Brown said the Church’s historical role in Ireland is “daunting in its complexity.”He noted the dichotomy among Christendom, the cultural and social dominance of Christian values and Christianity itself, which he defined as faith in the person of Jesus Christ and his Church. He referenced a famous homily by Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, which bemoaned the death of Christendom in modern-day secular Ireland.Brown said the collapse of Christendom, however, is distinct from the state of Christianity in 20th-century Ireland. From the 1930s to the 1960s, he said Mass attendance was high, large numbers of men and women entered religious life and “a Catholic ethos dominated Ireland.”“Ireland’s traditionally rural and agrarian culture with a conservative outlook and widespread opposition to British dominance were both major factors in this,” Brown said.Brown said by the the 1970s, Irish society became more secular. Causes of this transformation included immigration of American-born Irish back to Ireland and the introduction of their more secular lifestyles, as well as the advent of increased electrical usage, which brought the secular values of the media industry to the entire nation.Brown said that the emergence of abuses among the clergy, particularly pedophilia, damaged the Church’s cultural influence.“No matter what the issue is, when a Catholic voice is raised, the inevitable response is that they’re trying to bring back the era of clerical dominance,” he said.Brown said Pope Francis’s messages of freedom and humility in Christ has a broad appeal. He said he has hope for the future of the Church, particularly in Ireland.“There is a palpable desire in the Irish people for meaning beyond the merely material and the physical,” he saidTags: Charles J. Brown, Ireland, Irish Catholic, Irish Catholic Church, Keeley Vatican lecture, The Catholic Church in Ireland and Pope Francis: Legacy and Transformation, Vaticanlast_img read more

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