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President Dilma Rousseff announced here Thursday the creation of a registry of Brazil’s homeless people with the aim of being able to develop “more appropriate” public policies for this segment of the population.
“It’s an unprecedented initiative and it’s a demand of yours. We know that, the better we get to know that population, who it is and how it is, it will be possible to develop more appropriate policies,” she said.
A U.S. man paid 100 euros ($140) to enter an online raffle to raise funds for preservation efforts in Tyre, Lebanon, and wound up winning a Picasso drawing valued at $1 million.
The 1914 work “L’homme au Gibus” (“Man with Opera Hat”) was raffled off Wednesday evening among almost 50,000 people who participated in the drawing, and organizers collected some 5 million euros (about $7 million) for the preservation project, the promoter of the initiative, Peri Cochin, told Efe.
A recent documentary on Pope Francis, “Francis: The Pope From The New World,” has become a bestseller on Amazon.com and at one point ranked number four in the documentary category.
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” Carl Anderson, an executive producer of the documentary, said Dec. 17.
Anderson said many of the details of the Pope’s life “remain largely unknown to the public,” including “the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles.”
“This documentary delves into those stories,” he said.
Anderson is Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal charitable organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. The Knights said the documentary will help people learn more about the man who was recently named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2013.
The hour-long documentary begins with the Pope’s election on March 13, 2013 and revisits his background in Argentina, where he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and as a Jesuit provincial.
Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, is the first Pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit elected to the papacy. He has long been an advocate for those struggling economically, including those who lived in the slums of Buenos Aires. He also helped protect those endangered in Argentina’s Dirty War.
The documentary includes interviews with the Pope’s close friends, his fellow priests, his co-workers, his biographer, and the poor of Buenos Aires. It covers his personal life, including his family relations and his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team.
It also addresses how his work sometimes drew opposition from Argentina’s political elites.
The online retailer Amazon.com has had to reorder DVDs of the movie several times because it ran out of stock. It is presently selling the English-language DVD for $14.96. The DVD is also available in Spanish.
The documentary has been broadcast on U.S. cable television, and Mexican broadcasts are planned.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles has praised the film.
“The whole world is talking about Pope Francis,” he said, adding that such interest is “a sign that millions in our secularized societies are still seeking God – and they’re still looking to the Catholic Church to show them the way.”
The documentary, he said, “presents a Pope who has a beautiful vision for human happiness and a Pope who is calling the Church to deeper love for Jesus and a new desire to bring our neighbors to God.”
The deportation of undocumented migrants is the main concern for most immigrants in the United States, above obtaining citizenship, according to two Pew Research Center surveys released Thursday.
In one of the polls, 55 percent of Hispanics feel it’s more important for undocumented people to be able to live and work without the threat of deportation, while 35 percent feel that the priority is that there be a path to citizenship.
Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro eulogized Nelson Mandela as “an apostle of peace” and praised younger brother - and successor - Raul for his handshake with U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial service for the father of democratic South Africa.
“I congratulate Comrade Raul for his brilliant performance, and especially for his firmness and dignity when with a friendly but firm greeting to the head of government of the United States he said in English, ‘Mr. President, I am Castro,’” Fidel wrote in Thursday’s edition of Communist Party daily Granma.