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Posts Tagged ‘ Vatican City ’

A Year in Brief: Part One

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What a year it’s been; Hitler birthday cakes, mutant rats, and Bob Geldof off to space! To celebrate the end of another 365 days here are some of NIB’s favourite stories of the year.

Kicking off the year in festive spirit a man in Derry was fined after stealing a CCTV camera which “became his friend”. Police found Peter Morrison, 24, drunk and “petting” the camera as they arrived to arrest him. CCTV pets are for life not just for Christmas. Continue reading

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Catholic Church Still Sits At The Crossroads

popeThe recent news concerning the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has drawn a wide range of reactions from surprise and dismay to sheer indifference. The main reason the outgoing pope has given is that he no longer has the state of body and mind required for the gruelling work hours as Supreme Pontiff in a world “subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith.” Pope Benedict is to resign at the end of the month, leaving the throne of St. Peter vacant and paving the way for the first papal conclave since 2005. Continue reading

News in Brief-When The Council Gets Tough Boyzone Bertie Gets Going

Bertie Ahern (remember that man with all the money from last week) has been lobbying Dublin City Council for a posthumous statue of Stephen Gately to be erected following some words from the rest of Boyzone. Isn’t it a wonder.The Love me for a Reason singer died in 2009 whilst abroad with his partner. No matter what, Bertie and the boys may want however, the council’s policies set out procedures preventing a statue being placed until twenty years after the singer’s death. I love the way they love Steve, but when the council get’s tough Bertie gets going.
Bank of Ireland’s new post-graduate loan scheme comes attached with a higher rate of interest than loans being offered by Ulster Bank and Allied Irish but has still been “warmly welcomed” by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn. The new loan follows the withdrawal of maintenance grants for post-grad students. So now if you want to continue your education you will be required to pay only interest on the loan for the duration of their studies with capital repayments starting three months after completion of the course. You don’t need a PhD to realise post-grad study for some will now be out of the question.
If you didn’t get enough of American Michael Phelps, the world’s greatest swimmer in his trunks at the Olympics never fear. He could be swapping swimming for swinging (not like that) in a new movie version of Tarzan. The film is reputedly to be re-made by director, David Yates responsible for the last four Harry Potter films. The news brings a whole new meaning to ‘wet and wild’.
If the chances of winning the lotto are one in fourteen million imagine being the Donegal family that won twice in one day. This week two members of one family each bought a ticket with the same numbers at different shops both scooping part of the cool €250,000.
The Baltimore whale stuck in a west Cork harbour since Tuesday has breathed its last. The fin whale died after becoming stuck in the harbour and injuring itself as it anxiously thrashed. The giant mammal’s corpse which faces the same fate as similar creatures – that due to their size have had to be left to naturally decompose causing quite a stink – is now to be moved to Waterford. Seems a bit unfair, what did Waterford do?
In international news in Vatican City everyone is asking what the pope’s butler saw. Paolo Gabriele the pope’s personal butler is being charged with aggravated theft after reportedly taking and photocopying documents from the desk of Georg Gaenswein, the pope’s private secretary. Gabriele was one of the few with access to pope Benedict’s “private chambers” and at any time could be pardoned by his holiness. To err is human, to forgive – well actually for God’s ultimate representative on earth forgiveness is apparently unlikely and Gabriele is almost certain to face jail time.
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