New pope must have presence, Cardinals say
Before entering secrecy while selecting the next pope, the Roman Catholic Cardinals have hinted at the ideal profile of the future pope. According to the prelates, the pope must continue the grassroots interest among youth that the late pope created.
Also in line with John Paul II, Cardinals say that the new pope must be a humble leader with universal appeal. Cardinals may look to Latin America, Africa, or Asia, where the church is rapidly growing, rather than Europe, where the church?s presence is diminishing.
With John Paul II having selected all but three of the 117 cardinal electors, it is unlikely that the new pope with depart from the late pope?s conservatism.
Source: The New York Times
Washington has yet to spend most of terrorism funding
According to the Department of Homeland Security, of the $145 million in anti-terrorism grants that the federal government has allocated over the past three years, the Washington, D.C. area still has not spent $120 million of the federal aid received between 2002 and 2004. Local authorities say spending fell behind in 2003, and that administrative problems have slowed down homeland security spending. With a spending rate of 17 percent, the area ranks last compared with the 50 states, according to data released to Congress.
Officials have asked for a half-year extension from the Department of Homeland Security to avoid losing the $46 million that has been available for two years.
Source: The Washington Post
Debate on gun control switches in Congress
Since a 1999 school shooting left 15 dead in Columbine, Colorado, parents have rallied for tougher gun control laws. Now state legislators are considering lessening restrictions, such as ways to broaden access to weapons and ease training and other requirements. Florida governor Jeb Bush said he intends to sign a measure allowing people to ?meet force with force? to defend themselves without fear of prosecution; The Arizona House has yet to act on the state Senate?s approval of letting people carry guns into bars and restaurants, as long as they?re not drinking; and, waiting final approval from the governor, a North Dakota bill would remove the shooting test needed for a concealed-weapon permit.
Source: The Associated Press
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles wed
Last Saturday, Prince Charles of England wed his longtime mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil wedding service at the Guildhall in Berkshire, England. Although her real title is the Princess of Wales, the new wife of the heir chose not to take the title, so as not to infringe on the memory of Charles? first wife, Diana. Parker Bowles will carry the title Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. Following the service, the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, blessed the marriage.
Source: The New York Times