University professor appointed to pontifical commission by Pope Francis

first_imgIn 2017, theology professor Gabriel Reynolds was one of 15 academics who was invited to work with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) in preparation for Pope Francis’s historic visit to Cairo, Egypt.Now, three years later, Reynolds has been officially invited by Francis and head of the PCID, Cardinal Miguel Ayuso, to serve as consultor of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims.Reynolds said the invitation to head a committee within the PCID came out the blue and he responded to his appointment with a sense of humility.“There are many other more distinguished and qualified theologians whom they could have chosen,” he said with a smile. Reynolds has taught at Notre Dame since 2003, and he specializes in the study of Islam, especially its scripture — the Qur’an.In addition to earning his PhD at Yale University, Reynolds has spent a number of years studying Islam in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He said there are two important factors to consider when studying a religion.“One is to have a critical or historical understanding of the religion … but the other important point is understanding the religion as the believers themselves understand it,” he said.Assistant professor of theology Mun’im Sirry spoke highly of his colleague’s qualifications for the position.“Professor Reynolds is a well-respected scholar among Western academia whose works on the Qur’an have been much read in the Muslim world,” Sirry said in an email.The PCID was instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1964 to promote the study of other religions and interreligious dialogue with the goals of understanding, respect and collaboration.Reynolds explained that the PCID works to foster relationships between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions, except for Judaism. The Church’s relations with Judaism and other Christian denominations have their own separate offices within the Vatican.The PCID is composed of an executive board made up roughly 30 members who are cardinals and bishops from around the world and 50 advisors called “consultors” who are experts in religious studies. The consultors advise the members through their research and knowledge in order to publish material on interreligious dialogue and organize meetings with leaders of other religions.Reynolds will serve on the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims, which is a special commission of its own kind within the PCID, for five years. Composed of an executive board and eight consultors, the group works to engage study and dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Reynolds said the Commission comprised of Catholic scholars meets at least once a year to advise the magisterium — or the Pope and bishops — to advise them on Muslim-Christian relations. The Commission will also meet with various Muslim institutions to engage in and improve dialogue. Reynolds said it is important to understand there is no centralized institution which represents Islam.“There are many different institutions from Morocco to Indonesia that are in dialogue with the Vatican,” he said.Reynolds explained that understanding the work of the PCID and the Commission requires two important pieces of background information.“One is just appreciating the Catholic Church’s commitment generally to advancing relationships between religions,” he said. “There’s a particular engagement in putting enmity aside and reaching out on points of common conviction. The other point is just the particular work of Pope Francis, who has a special concern with dialogue with Muslims.”When Pope Francis met with religious leaders including The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, in Abu Dhabi of in February 2019, Reynolds said the two “advanced the notion of human fraternity.”“That’s ultimately the point of most dialogue,” he said. “Getting to know, understand and love the other. Pope Francis challenges us to think no longer of the ‘other,’ per se, but as common members of the human family.” Theology professor John Cavadini of Notre Dame’s theology department also praised the selection of Reynolds for the position.“As leader of the theology department’s program in World Religions and World (WRWC) Gabriel [Reynolds] is well positioned to represent our department and Notre Dame in the Holy See’s dialogue with Islam,” Cavadini said in an email. Reynolds emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue, especially within the context of Catholicism.“The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims and Christians believe in the same God … so it’s a conversation between believers, not just academics,” Reynolds said. Tags: Gabriel Reynolds, PCID, Pontifical Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Francislast_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg in talks with Malmo ahead of Mikel Arteta’s return to Arsenal

first_imgFreddie Ljungberg in talks with Malmo ahead of Mikel Arteta’s return to Arsenal / Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 2:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link437Shares Ljungberg, according to reports, was set to be offered the chance to remain as part of Arteta’s staff, but he is known to harbour ambitions to be a No.1 in his own right. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Top articles Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen Advertisement Malmo parted company with former Wigan and Leeds manager Uwe Rossler last week and according to they view Ljungberg as the ideal candidate.Ljungberg had been credited with playing a key role in the development of an emerging group of youngsters at Arsenal having coached the likes of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock during his time in charge of the Under-23s and Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes it’s vital his old club find a way of keeping Ljungberg on.He said: ‘Absolutely [he should be kept on]. We have to protect Freddie at all costs. He wasn’t there trying to suck up to get the job. He knows the club. You can’t buy him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Nobody knows the young players better than Freddie. I’m sure Mikel will come in and be delighted Freddie is still there.‘What you want is that kind of continuity, especially for the young guys. You can see how much they loved him when things were going right. ‘We need that guy in there. He’s an invincible as well. He’s one of our greats. We have to back Freddie at all costs.’Should Arteta keep Ljungberg as part of his coaching staff?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta joked about Arsenal defence while Manchester City coach and highlighted huge weaknessMORE: Arsene Wenger questions Arsenal board as he compares his former club to Liverpool Read More by Metro 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Read More Read More 1/1 Freddie Ljungberg has been in charge of the Arsenal first team on an interim basis since Unai Emery’s sacking (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg has been in talks with Malmo about becoming the Swedish club’s first team coach.The 42-year-old has won just one of his five matches in charge of an increasingly rudderless Arsenal side following the sacking of Unai Emery last month.Ljungberg voiced his discontent at having to make do with a skeleton coaching staff following last weekend’s 3-0 drubbing against Manchester City and urged the club’s board to make a quick decision over Emery’s permanent replacement.Mikel Arteta has been confirmed as Emery’s successor with former Everton and Manchester United No.2 Steve Round and Brentford goalkeeping coach Inaki Cava Pavon set to join as part of the former Arsenal captain’s backroom team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Read More About Connatix V67539 Comment Skip Ad Video Settings Coming Next SPONSORED Advertisementlast_img read more

Dominica advance climate change efforts-Darroux

first_imgLocalNews Dominica advance climate change efforts-Darroux by: – June 8, 2012 Share Tweet Share 22 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Kenneth Darroux, Minister for EnvironmentDominica’s Environment Minister Hon.Dr. Kenneth Darroux says in spite of several challenges Dominica continues to demonstrate strong leadership in the area of climate change.The Minister made reference to a number of accomplishments made in Dominica when he addressed the nation on the United Nation’s observance of World Environment day on Tuesday June 05, 2012. The Minister noted that significant progress has been made in the areas of the protection of biodiversity, preservation of our rain forest, and strategies for promoting renewable energy.He said “other significant works being undertaken by the government would be our National Land Use Plan and Policy, which would seek to rationalize the use of our lands here in the Nature Isle”.Environment Minister Darroux also highlighted plans by Government to amend important pieces of legislation. “We are also in the process of modernizing, harmonizing and strengthening our environmnental legislation in an effort to ensure that the natural resources we now enjoy will still be here for coming generations to enjoy.A brand new Quarrying Act is now in the final stages of preparation….. and this is again to ensure that land-based activities such as quarrying are regularized and therefore reduce the impact both on our terrestial and marine environment.New Fisheries regulations are also in the pipeline to ensure our national food security and of course the livelihood of the future generations of fisherfolk”.Hon. Darroux said climate change has become a major threat to the ability of developing countries like Dominica to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. He noted that here in Dominica climate change have had severe impacts on the country’s agriculture, tourism, water, physical and coastal infrastructures.This he said has led to an increasingly high cost for adaptation, resulting in the diversion of funds which otherwise would have been used for social and economic development. The Minister expressed regret that to date, no consensus has been reached by the international community on the best way to deal with climate change concerns.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

George Mason’s Shevon Thompson ranks 4th nationally in rebounding, continues to evolve after coming to U.S. from Jamaica

first_imgEvery day after practice, Shevon Thompson goes to a side hoop, throws a weighted ball off the backboard and jumps, corrals it and repeats.“After practice, it’s the weirdest thing to see,” George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt said. “Usually after practice you just see a kid go grab a ball, work on free throws, work on 3-point shooting, work on ball-handling.“Very rarely do you see a kid go get a ball and go off to the side basket and work on rebounding.”It’s helped Thompson pull down 11.5 boards per game, good for fourth best in the country. The junior center possesses a tenacity and technique that has brought him a far way from the tar courts and a technical high school in Hayes, Jamaica, and one that allows him to continue to evolve from the raw teenager he once was.After attending two different junior colleges — Midland (Texas) and Harcum (Pennsylvania) — in his first two years since coming to the United States, Thompson has found a niche, both with a school and a skill, at George Mason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Rebounding’s all about desire,” Hewitt said. “It’s whether you want to get the ball or not. In the case of Shevon, not only does he want to do it, but he also wants to improve at it.”Thompson started playing basketball at Vere Technical High School in Hayes, Jamaica when he was 17. He said he did it to try something new and see what basketball was all about.Not only were the facilities incomparable to what he plays on now, but the recruiters were few and far between.“All my games were played outside on a rough court, on tar and stuff like that,” Thompson said. “I didn’t get that much exposure to basketball.”Luckily for Thompson, the country’s rules allowed him to play one more year of high school basketball even after graduating, since he was still younger than 19 years old. It was then that he started drawing attention, as he said to himself, “OK, I think I got something going here.”Thompson put up astronomical numbers, he said, and the local media started flocking to him for interviews.“I’ll just keep going, keep going,” he told himself. “Keep playing, keep playing, keep playing.”In September of 2013, Hewitt was eyeing another Harcum player when Thompson caught his attention. When Hewitt, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, heard of Thompson’s origin, his interest was peaked even further.“His numbers weren’t eye-popping, but just watching him you knew he was going to improve,” Hewitt said. “Low maintenance, hard-worker, it was an easy one, very, very easy one.“If people knew who he was and what he was all about, he would’ve had 50-60 Division I offers.”There was no question in Hewitt’s mind that Thompson wasn’t polished.He had the potential, but the head coach had his reservations about the first-ever junior college prospect Hewitt signed in his 19 years as a head coach.“When we signed him, the idea was possibly to redshirt him because we just thought he was going to be so raw,” Hewitt said. “We made the decision to play him and we haven’t looked back.”Now, Thompson’s main focus is to strengthen his legs since opponents are going after his lower body to throw him off balance. He credits his technique for his success, and all he could pinpoint was simply getting in the right position when the ball goes up.He’ll continue to throw a medicine ball off the backboard after every practice. But in stark contrast to the tar courts where his craft was honed just several years ago, every time he corrals the ball, his two feet will land softly on hardwood.“Oh yeah, I came from a really far place,” Thompson said. “Now I’m here and I’m in the top rebounders. Wow, this is pretty amazing.” Comments Published on March 5, 2015 at 12:05 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Afobe Pulls out of DR Congo Squad

first_imgBritish media reported that Afobe had told the Congolese coach Florent Ibenge he wished to consolidate his place in the Bournemouth starting line-up after scoring against Swansea City in a 3-0 away win on Saturday.“The manager showed faith in me by starting me and I wanted to repay him with a goal, so I’m happy,” the 23-year-old told his club’s website ( after the victory on New Year’s eve.“The goal was a great relief and a goal at a crucial time. The lads have been helping me a lot and I want to improve personally.”Afobe now has two goals in his last three starts for the Cherries but could be banned from playing for his club for the duration of the three-week tournament, which starts on January 14, if the Congolese federation take up the issue with FIFA.Afobe’s decision comes less than two months after receiving Fifa’s permission belatedly to switch his international allegiance after previously playing for England at the under-21 level.He was supposed to debut for the Congolese in November’s World Cup qualifier at Guinea but was stymied when the Football Association sent his paperwork for the switch of nationality to the wrong federation, embarrassingly mixing up DR Congo with neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville.Afobe had been left frustrated after flying all the way to Africa to find he was not eligible to play, permission coming too late after the mix-up in London was discovered.DR Congo has a tough group at the tournament in Gabon, competing with holders Ivory Coast, Morocco and Togo in Group C.Their opening game is against Morocco in Oyem on January 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017… AFCON 2017… AFCON 2017…Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has pulled out of the Africa Cup of Nations finals to stay with his Premier League team despite recently switching his allegiance from England to the Democratic Republic of Congo.The Congolese Football Federation (FECOFA) monday confirmed Afobe’s withdrawal from a 31-man preliminary squad, who have gathered in Yaounde, Cameroon for pre-tournament preparations.“Afobe has forfeited from the tournament,” said media officer Gerard-Desire Angengwa without offering any reason.last_img read more

Fans of Nets cheered with the song ”Bosnom behar probeharao”

first_imgMirza Teletović is improving his performance at matches of Nets, and on the last match when he played an enthusiastic group of Bosnian fans, seated on the first level, who came out to see their countryman Mirza Teletović and started singing ”Bosnom Behar Probeharao” for Teletović at the Palace at the Brooklyn vs. Pistons game in Detroit 18 March.Teletović, the Nets forward delighted his cheering section by making all four of his shots while scoring nine points. He also grabbed six rebounds and played for over 23 minutes.last_img read more

Is Adrian Peterson losing it? Admits smoking weed before 1st court appearance

first_imgThe descent of Adrian Peterson has been spectacular as it has been frighteningly fast. You want to hide your eyes and cover your ears because you don’t know what other scandal will emerge about the certain Hall of Fame superstar for the Minnesota Vikings.Adrian Peterson, the former NFL MVP who is facing child abuse charges in Texas, submitted to a urinalysis examination during his first court appearance Wednesday morning and admitted that he “smoked a little weed,” according to court documents.As a result of yet another Peterson transgression, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office filed a motion requesting that Peterson, who is out on bail, have his $15,000 bond revoked and be arrested again due to his drug use.There is no timetable to when a ruling on the arrest will be heard in the Ninth District Court.Peterson did not speak, but his attorney, Rusty Hardin insisted that Peterson was not guilty of the charges.“He is a really good guy,” Hardin said. “He is the same guy he was before all these things started happening publicly…I urge all of you to wait. Just don’t rush to judgement.”Peterson, 29, was arraigned on charges of abusing his his 4-year-old-son but did not enter a plea becuase prosecutor Brett Ligon requested that Judge Kelly W. Case remove himself from the case because Ligon alleged that Case referred to Peterson’s defense attorney, Rusty Hardin, and Ligon as “media whores.”Peterson’s trial is tentatively schedule to commence on Dec. 1.Peterson has not played for the Minnesota Vikings since the season opener. The Vikings placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list, meaning that he was barred from all team activities, including games. He is still being paid his $11 million salary for the season.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar seeks out hotel staffer who helped him make a key change in…

first_imgAdvertisement jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs168swcjgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8tk0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c1hltWould you ever consider trying this?😱1Can your students do this? 🌚0j06Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar recalls his encounter with a hotel staffer at Taj Coromandal whose advice helped him improve upon his batting technique. Sachin recently tweeted a video about him where he is talking about a fan he met just before he was going to play a match against Australia. The batting ace asked the netizens to help him find the man, who helped him score 200 in the match against South Africa next. It was Virender Sehwag who was the undisputed king until Sachin dethroned him.Advertisement He tweeted the video with the caption. “A chance encounter can be memorable! I had met a staffer at Taj Coromandel, Chennai during a Test series with whom I had a discussion about my elbow guard, after which I redesigned it. I wonder where he is now & wish to catch up with him. Hey netizens, can you help me find him?”Advertisement The netizens did not disappoint, as the man was found in his home in Perambur. Guruprasad was working at the Taj Coromandel as a security agent when he met his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. After 19 years, Sachin still remembers him as he talks fondly about the memory in the video. Since Guruprasad was in his uniform, Sachin had mistaken him for a hotel staffer. While he did get his idol’s autograph, his observation and his piece of advice regarding his elbow guard left Sachin stunned. He was having problems with his elbow guard which was restricting his wrist movement, which was making it easier for opponents to bowl him out, but he had not discussed this with anyone.“He (Guruprasad) said I want to discuss something with you about cricket. Whenever I see you wear an arm guard, your bat swing changes. And I don’t think I had spoken about this to anyone in the world. I was the only person who was aware of that. And I said yes, you are the only person in the world who has figured out that.”As soon as the game was over, Sachin got his elbow guard redesigned and the rest is history.“But you won’t believe, after that I came back to the room from the ground, I got my elbow guard and redesigned it according to the correct size and padding required.”BCCI announces Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s replacement for the ODI series against West IndiesRavi Shastri reveals which superstar he wanted at number 4 for India in the World Cup  Advertisementlast_img read more

This is Galaxy S10e, Samsung will launch it with Galaxy S10 to take on iPhone XR

first_imgWe already know that Samsung is launching three S series phones this year. The phones are said to be Galaxy S10, S10+, and lastly, a toned down version of Galaxy S10. Rumours and leaks so far have suggested that the low-end S10 will be called Galaxy S10 Lite. But with the new report that hit the internet on Friday reveals that the phone will actually be called the Galaxy S10e and not S10 Lite. It is also for the first time that the Galaxy S10e or Galaxy S10 Lite has been leaked in a picture.Looks like Samsung is looking to take on the likes of Apple iPhone XR with the Liter version of the Galaxy S10 aka S10e. A new report coming from winfuture website gives us the first look of the alleged Samsung Galaxy S10e. By the looks of it the Samsung phone looks pretty similar to the renders of the S10 with slim bezels, punch hole display, but sadly this one has two cameras, of course because the Galaxy S10e is said to be “affordable” priced.Notably, although the Samsung Galaxy S10e looks almost like the Galaxy S10 there will be some differences (the phone will be low on specs) here and there with which the company will adjust the price of the phone. According to the new report, the Samsung Galaxy S10e will come with a significantly smaller display when compared to the S10. The phone will include a 5.8-inch display. Reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ will sport 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch display respectively.advertisementNotably, there are also some design changes on the S10e when compared to the S10 or the S10+. The Liter version of the upcoming S series comes with completely flat sides, unlike the S10 and S10+ which are said to sport rounded sides. Another major difference that we might see on the Samsung Galaxy S10e when compared to other two upcoming S series phones. The report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S10e will not come with in-dispaly fingerprint sensor instead place it next to the lock button.The report further suggests that Samsung Galaxy S10e will come with a dedicated Bixby button which will sit next to the volume rocker. The phone will also come with a headphone jack. As far as the specs are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is expected to come 6 gigs of RAM, 128GB internal storage, two rear cameras, one single camera for selfies. Samsung is planning to launch the phone in three colours including Prism Black and Prism Green and Pearl White. Looks like Samsung is also planning to launch a Canary Yellow colour of the S10e. As for the pricing, the same report suggests that the phone could cost somewhere around 750, which is roughly around Rs 61,000.ALSO READ | Galaxy S10 will start from Rs 61,000, top variant with 12GB RAM will cost more than Rs 1 lakhALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable phone spotted in promo video ahead of launchALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor View 20, Nokia 8.1: Best phones to buy in Februarylast_img read more