Pope Francis’ first visit to Mexico is being marked as a symbolic occasion, with Francis visiting some of the areas struck hardest by the country’s drug violence and poverty. Catholics from all over Arizona and the Southwest are expected to travel there with the hope of seeing Francis along his route, which is capped by a public mass in Ciudad Juárez on Feb. 17. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in an exclusive interview with Cronkite News, said he’d like to meet with Francis, though has not made any specific plans yet. Arpaio’s longstanding reputation for harsh treatment against undocumented immigrants — as well as most recently endorsing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — contradicts Francis’ expected sermon of cross-border solidarity. The interview has been edited and condensed. Cronkite News: What are your feelings on Pope Francis coming to Ciudad Juarez? Joe Arpaio: First of all, I’d like to … [Read more...] about Sheriff Arpaio: ‘Worth risk to meet pope in Mexico’
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Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of the following story misstated where Chris Christie is governor. CLEVELAND — Donald Trump's campaign denied that Melania Trump intentionally plagiarized first lady Michelle Obama in a Monday night speech and claimed that the media and Hillary Clinton supporters are pushing the flap that roiled the Republican convention on Tuesday. "There is a political tint to this whole issue," campaign manager Paul Manafort told reporters, declining to comment in detail as to how Melania Trump's speech was put together and indicating that the campaign did not plan to fire anyone over the incident. Other Republicans expressed concern about the incident that marred the convention's opening night and suggested that consequences are in order. Ex-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Melania Trump's speechwriter should be fired, telling CNN: "I know what it's like to be fired by the Trump … [Read more...] about Trump campaign denies plagiarism in Melania’s speech, blames reaction on Clinton
Story highlights The prime ministers of Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark all placed their hands on a European soccer ball Nordic leaders depicted in the image said it was not meant to intentionally reference or mock Trump Washington (CNN)Top leaders of five Nordic countries are rejecting claims that they "trolled" President Donald Trump by posing for a photo that is drawing comparisons to the US leader's now-infamous moment with a glowing orb during his trip to Saudi Arabia. The photo, which was first reported by The Hill, shows the prime ministers of Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark all placing their hands on a European soccer ball -- an image that would most likely have been viewed as benign had it not surfaced just days after one of the most memorable moments from Trump's first foreign trip to the Middle East and a NATO summit in Brussels. Taken during a meeting between several European leaders in Norway this week, the image set social media ablaze … [Read more...] about Did Nordic leaders troll Trump with ‘orb’ photo?
Watch live coverage of Pope Francis' trip on CNN. (CNN)Holy hairdo! This portrait of Pope Frances shaved into a man's head was done by Philadelphia barber and salon co-owner Kenny Duncan. Celebrity barber and Barbers Who Care lead barber Kenny Duncan welcomes #PopeFrancis to Philly in a very unique way. #BarbersWhoCare #CelebrityBarber #PopeInPhilly #Barbers #PopeFrancisPh A photo posted by J. Flair PR (@jflairpr) on Sep 26, 2015 at 12:16pm PDT Duncan tells CNN he is a fan of the Pope and wanted to celebrate his visit to Philadelphia. "The Pope is near and dear to my heart," says Duncan, who is not a Catholic but says he respects the Pope and the morals he promotes. The haircut took just over an hour to complete. The trick to the Pope's gray hair? White hair fibers attached with a temporary adhesive. The hair model is a fellow barber at Duncan's salon, Main Attraction Unisex Salon, in West Philadelphia. Duncan, who specializes in hair portraits, is also a barber educator … [Read more...] about Pope notes: Holy hairdo!
Story highlights Pope Francis will have lunch with the homeless after address to Congress Large crowds have greeted his Popemobile in Washington Washington (CNN)Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress. Francis also called for a fairer world economy, the abolition of the death penalty, the protection of ethnic and religious minorities, the outlawing of the global "blood" trade in arms and the protection of the family in a speech sure to please liberals. The speech underscored the emergence of Pope Francis as a global political leader -- rather than a moral or spiritual voice alone. His boldness in staking out positions on the nation's most pressing issues could reverberate through Capitol Hill and the 2016 presidential race in the months to come. Practicing what he preached, the wildly … [Read more...] about Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress