Notre Dame pilgrims spend Easter at Vatican

first_imgROME – This Easter, more than 100 Notre Dame students studying in various locations throughout Europe went on pilgrimage to Rome for a weekend of sightseeing, prayer and reflection organized by Campus Ministry. John Paul Lichon, campus minister and retreats director, met the pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Saturday afternoon to distribute tickets for the Easter Sunday Mass. Students from programs all over Europe – including in Greece, Spain, England, Ireland and Italy – reunited by the obelisk in the middle of the piazza, hugging, laughing and sharing stories from their travels. The pilgrimage is an annual event coordinated by Campus Ministry, which includes tours of Rome’s churches, admittance to the Easter Sunday Mass led by Pope Francis and the opportunity to reflect in the presence of Rome’s most precious relics, Lichon said. Easter is the most important feast of the year for the Church, Lichon said, but the pilgrimage will take on special significance this year. “We’ve been doing the pilgrimage for a long time, but it just turned out this year it was with the new pope, so that has been exciting,” Lichon said. “The main focus is truly to be on pilgrimage for Easter, to truly enter into Triduum.” Lichon said Campus Ministry offered two pilgrimage “tracks.” The full track includes three days of sightseeing and guided reflection, while the Easter Sunday track admits students only for the Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Lichon said. “It’s been fantastic. There’re about 40 students doing the full track with us, and we did the whole Triduum service together. We did a bunch of churches together on Friday, we did Saint Peter’s [Saturday] morning and we’re going to do the Vatican Museum,” he said. “Then about 110 students are coming just for the Easter Sunday Mass.” Though the tours and photo opportunities excite the participants, Lichon said the goal of the pilgrimage was to engage in prayer. “Rome at this time is just crazy, and we wanted to create a space that was prayerful and reflective and truly enter into Triduum,” he said. “I think that’s what this week is really about.” Junior Caity Bobber, who is studying abroad in London, participated in all of the pilgrimage’s planned events. “We began [Friday] with morning prayer at the Coliseum, and we saw the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, where the skulls of Saints Peter and Paul are,” Bobber said. “It’s actually where the bishop of Rome is, so that’s the cathedral of Rome.” Each day of the pilgrimage is scheduled from 7 a.m. until late at night, while some days stretch past midnight, Bobber said. “Last night, the Stations of the Cross began at 9:15 p.m., but we met at 6:45 p.m. to wait for our spot,” Bobber said. “It was a jam-packed day.” Mary Coghlin, a junior studying abroad in London, said visiting the Holy Stairs held special religious significance for her. “I would say we were all surprised by that,” Coghlin said. “It’s 28 stairs taken from the office of Pontius Pilate, so when Jesus was walking to his condemnation, he was walking down those stairs.” Coghlin said Saint Helen, Constantine’s mother, moved the stairs and other elements of Christ’s crucifixion back to Rome. “It’s the original marble, and now they’re covered in another wood, and pilgrims go up each of these 28 steps on their knees while praying. It’s about a 25-minute ordeal,” she said. “It’s way more moving than you would expect. People did specific prayers, acts of contrition. Some people received indulgences.” The students also attended the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross ceremony, held at the Coliseum on Friday night, Coghlin said. “It was candlelit and we were close to Papa Francesco and it was beautiful,” Coughlin said. “[In the ceremony] there was Italian and a lot of Latin, which was nice because you were able to say the Our Father in that. There were also a lot of Notre Dame people there, and it was a great day.” The group’s intense touring schedule didn’t leave the pilgrims much free time, but Lichon said the group purposefully walked a fine line between seeing Rome as tourists and visiting the churches as worshippers. “You visit the churches for a purpose, you don’t just walk in and take a picture,” he said. “You [try to] understand what this church brings to you in a special way. You ask, how is God trying to speak to you through this place?” Contact Meghan Thomassen at mthomass@nd.edulast_img read more

Vautour off to impressive start

first_imgVautour put up an impeccable display as he made a winning debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan. Last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle victor led from flag-fall and gave Ruby Walsh an armchair ride as he indicated he is sure to take high rank among the new recruits to fencing. None of his 15 rivals could get close enough to give the 2-11 favourite a race and it was simply a case of getting over the fences for Willie Mullins’ five-year-old, who did everything asked of him with aplomb and scored effortlessly by eight lengths from Clarcam. Walsh said: “I thought he jumped super. I thought he was absolutely amazing at the fourth-last. He has loads of scope and only does what he has to do. I’m very happy. “The first morning we schooled him he looked confident and was out the wings a little bit, but the second morning he was much better and today he was brilliant. “I suppose there aren’t many horses like him. What he did last year was spectacular. He always rode like a chaser to me even when he won his maiden hurdle here. I thought he’d be a great chaser. That was good today, but he has to build on it. “The trip to him is inconsequential. You can do what you want.” Mullins added: “He jumped well and it’s nice to see him pass his first test. I don’t think he could have jumped any better. “The fourth-last was the only fence he got a bit close to and I’d give him the benefit of the doubt because of the sun. For a novice he handled it well. “Ruby asked him after the second-last and I was delighted the way he jumped the last after changing gear. “The obvious thing is to go for the two-mile-one Grade One novice chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. We’ll see if there’s something before that or whether we wait for that, I don’t know. “His dam won from a mile and a half to three miles and being a Robin Des Champs, there’s no reason why he won’t stay.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse rolls past Pittsburgh, 71-53, for 4th-straight win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 16, 2020 at 3:09 pm Contact David: Midway through the second quarter, a 7-0 Panthers run brought Syracuse’s lead down to 10. The Orange hadn’t scored in more than two minutes, so they reverted to what had allowed them to build their lead: simple ball movement and staying in front of their man.As the shot clock wound down with just over two minutes remaining, Kiara Lewis dribbled back-and-forth at the top of the key surrounded by three Panther defenders. She swung it to Digna Strautmane, who then calmly threw it to Whisper Fisher in the paint. The buzzer sounded a split-second after the ball left Fisher’s fingertips and dropped in. On the other end, SU’s bench cheered as Fisher emphatically stuffed Amber Brown’s layup attempt.Syracuse (14-11, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) had reasserted its dominance and began to rebuild their lead on the way to a 71-53 win over ACC bottom-dweller Pittsburgh (4-21, 1-13) on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. All afternoon, Syracuse had uncontested shots, easy steals, blocks and forced turnovers. The gap between the Orange and Pittsburgh was as substantial as the conference standings indicated. Syracuse’s fourth-straight win was expected — the Panthers have one win in their last 18 contests — but also one it needed to bolster its chances at an NCAA tournament bid.“On any day, you can be beaten,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We never go into any game thinking we’re going to show up and just win the game. We knew we had to play with energy, we knew we had to execute. And we did.”As of Feb. 11, ESPN’s Charlie Creme didn’t have SU in his projected field for the NCAA tournament, or even on the bubble. The Orange have since added two wins to their win streak and sit with a similar record to bubble teams. With four games remaining — two against teams Syracuse has already beaten this season — the Orange have a chance to creep back into the 64-team field, something that seemed impossible after their 57-41 loss to Virginia on Feb. 2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve always felt that way, we always felt like we’re an NCAA tournament-caliber team,” Hillsman said. “We have to keep winning games to get into the tournament, so that’s our goal.”Early in Sunday’s game, it was clear SU would cruise. The Orange picked off weak passes on each of Pittsburgh’s first two possessions. Despite missing its first four shots, Syracuse snagged three offensive rebounds in the first minute of the game.All it took on offense for SU to get an open or lightly contested shot was quick ball movement. After starting 0-for-5, the Orange finished the first quarter shooting 9-for-18, including several wide-open 3s for Lewis and Teisha Hyman. Six different Syracuse players scored in its highest-scoring first quarter (24 points) since Jan. 2 against then-No. 8 Florida State.“We were just sharing the ball and knocking down open shots,” Lewis said. “That’s something we’ve been doing in our four-game win streak, and that’s why we’re able to spread the lead out a little bit more.”On the Panthers’ first possession of the second quarter, Strautmane stuffed Dayshanette Harris. After a SU turnover, Harris bricked an open 3. Emy Hayford got an offensive rebound and missed a layup attempt. An offensive foul moments later handed the ball right back to the Orange. Pittsburgh couldn’t muster any rhythm on offense — its possessions were often cut short by airballs, travels and 3-second violations. Syracuse tallied five blocks in the first half while turning nine Panther turnovers into 11 points.Syracuse’s defense caused the Panthers to turn the ball over 17 times and shoot 36.4% from the field. Elizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorIn the third quarter, SU extended its advantage from 14 to 24. Hillsman had the Orange run their full-court press after every Pittsburgh made bucket despite holding a 20-plus point lead. Elemy Colomé and Strautmane dove and fought for loose balls, spurring spirited reactions from the SU bench. The Orange even forced a violation for 10 seconds in the backcourt late in the quarter.“I think that we work on our zone so much that it’s kind of like second nature to everybody,” Emily Engstler said. “Coach Q always tells us he’s never worried about us knowing the mechanics of our zone, our plays, but more how much energy we bring.”Hillsman kept SU’s starters and usual bench players in for most of the fourth quarter. Graduate transfers Colomé, Fisher and Brooke Alexander — who have watched from the sidelines for much of the season but played in short spurts recently — all got in the game in the final period.The final five minutes were the worst stretch of the game for the Orange, but it didn’t matter. The Panthers went on 10-0 run to narrow SU’s deficit to 13, but six straight points from the home team officially buried the game. By then, Hillsman could afford to give Lewis, Engstler and others rare time on the bench as the bench players closed out another double-digit SU victory.When Syracuse scored 41 points in a loss to Virginia two weeks ago and dropped below .500, it looked to be nowhere near an NCAA tournament bid. All season, Hillsman has said the Orange were capable of ringing off a four- or five-game win streak, but it never proved that it could. Until now.The wins have shot the Orange up the conference standings and back into consideration for an at-large bid. But Hillsman has believed all along, and he will until the Orange’s fate is decided on the ESPN Selection Special exactly one month from Saturday.“We never lost our confidence, I know I never lost confidence in our players,” Hillsman said. “Normally this time of year, as long as you’re healthy you start to play well. That’s what we’re doing, we’re healthy and our kids are playing with some enthusiasm.” Commentslast_img read more

Man United statement on Louis Van Gaal

first_imgLOUIS VAN GAAL STATEMENTIt has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |Louis van Gaal’s sacking as Manchester United manager was finally confirmed on Monday, as the Premier League club announced the Dutchman had left with immediate effect. MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT(NYSE: MANU) Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect. Van Gaal had appeared certain to lose his job since reports leaked out after United’s FA Cup final victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was being lined up to replace him.Van Gaal out: Photo by MAN UNITED“I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries),” United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward told the club’s website Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon.last_img read more

Jerry Stiller Dead at 92

first_imgAfter a long career performing in comedy routines with his wife Anne Meara, Stiller became known for his role on Seinfeld as Frank Costanza, and as Leah Remini’s father on The King of Queens.### Jerry Stiller, George’s dad on Seinfeld has passed away at age 92. His son, actor Ben Stiller confirmed his father’s death in the early hours of Monday morning on Twitter. Stiller says his father died of natural causes. last_img

Can Steelers right the ship and return to the Super Bowl in 2014?

first_imgTAKING A BOW—Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress (80) bows after making a touchdown catch as Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) walks away on Dec. 30, 2012, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) by Ulish Carter Courier Staff WriterWay back in 2003 the Steelers finished with a 6-10 record causing many fans to demand that Bill Cowher be run out of town and for the total overhauling of  the team. According to the critics, the defense was too old and the offense was ineffective.  But the Steelers, unlike chronic losers like Cleveland, Kansas City, Cincinnati and others didn’t panic, but chose to simply make a few changes which led to the best season in their history in 2004 with a 15-1 record, followed by a 12-4 season in 2005 culminating with a Super Bowl title. So what will the Steelers do after an 8-8 season which is the worst in Mike Tomlin’s six year career as head coach? The criticism this year is that the defense is too old, and the offense is too inconsistent. So what can be done to correct the problems?First of all the defense is just fine. With Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Ike Taylor and LaMarr Woodley missing a large portion of the season, they still finished as the number one defense in the NFL. There has been talk about not bringing Harrison, Casey Hampton, Barry Foote and Keenan Lewis back. Hampton and Foote because of age; Harrison because of his big contract, and Lewis because after an outstanding season, he may be offered big bucks from other teams because his contract is up.  Harrison has to be brought back because there’s no one on the Steelers or in the league who can replace him. He’s still one of the five best in the NFL, and without him teams can keep on stopping Woodley. But with the two healthy and Lawrence Timmons playing the best ball of his career, the Steelers would continue to have the best set of linebackers in the game.  Foote can be replaced by one of the young reserves, but why mess with a good thing.If Hampton is not brought back it will be because the team feels that young second year player Steve McLendon is ready to start. He has looked very impressive with limited playing time. Even with Hampton back they will share the nose tackle slot. Brett Keisel is old, but is playing as well as any defensive end in the game and Ziggy Hood is getting better each year.Even though Curtez Allen  was impressive filling in for the injured Taylor, he’s still not as good as either Taylor or Lewis. Lewis, in his third season, is a Pro-Bowl caliber player who is desperately needed if the Steelers hope to be a Super Bowl contender. With him returning to the team with Taylor, Polamalu, and Ryan Clark, who also has developed into one of the 5 best safeties in the game, the Steelers defense would be second to none. Who cares about age? The teams battling for the top draft picks are generally the youngest teams in the league and perennial losers. Veterans win, because it takes time for teams to jell together.On the offensive side of the ball there has to be changes but not massive changes. They must come up with a way to score more points because they cannot beat Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or all these young guns at quarterback scoring 20 or less a game. Look for Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall to be gone, because Wallace is asking for superstar money when he’s a one dimensional player who has a long way to go before even being mentioned in the same breath with the top receivers in the league. Mendenhall has been injury prone, and has a big contract. Both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have proven they can be effective, and Chris Rainey will also see more action next season. The Steelers problem is keeping a healthy offensive line and improving the deteriorating production from Ben Roethlisberger. It’s time he stop living off the past. What has he done in the past two years to put him among the elite quarterbacks in the league, especially with all these youngsters hitting the league? He has had a great career, but that don’t win games today. With rookies David DeCastro, Mike Adams and Kevin Beachum all getting critical playing time on the line this year because of injuries they will be much improved next year, and if Willie Colon can stay healthy he showed he can be one of the better run blocking guards in the league. He and Max Starks make a solid combo on the blind side and shouldn’t be tampered with.  With Wallace gone, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller should have Pro-Bowl seasons, with Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress giving them one of the best groups of receivers in the league. Signing Burress is a key to the return of Roethlisberger to past years effectiveness because he gives him a big target, and maturity on the field. Hines Ward was missed dearly last season mostly because of his leadership. They also need to pick up a quarterback in the draft and sign a veteran quarterback to back up Ben. Even though Charlie Batch has performed well when given a chance, it’s clear the coaching staff doesn’t have the confidence in him, and Byron Leftwitch is injury prone. They need a veteran who can come in and win if Ben gets hurt, and a youngster who can be groomed to take over for Ben in the near future, instead of waiting until he becomes totally ineffective with age. No the Steelers don’t need a major overhaul, they just need a few tweaks here and there, starting at the quarterback position. In a league that has moved from the running game and hard nose defense to the high scoring passing game with guys like Manning, Brady, Aaron Rogers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, and Andrew Luck, to make it to the Super Bowl, which Pittsburghers expect, 20 or less points a game is not going to do it. And the buck stops at the quarterback whether we want to admit or not. After a humbling season, look for Ben and coach Mike Tomlin to get serious about improving the offense, which is still young. If the offensive production is improved look for the Steelers to once again be in the Super Bowl hunt next season. If it isn’t, look for changes at quarterback and the head coaching slot in the very near future.last_img read more

Fired-up Ravens beat Steelers 26-6 without Rice

first_imgBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) gets a hand on, but does not catch, a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) defends during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BALTIMORE (AP) – A short and tumultuous work week for the Baltimore Ravens ended with a surprisingly lopsided victory.Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night.Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video of him striking his then-fiancee surfaced Monday. By the end of the day, the three-time Pro Bowler had been cut by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.The media immediately descended upon the team’s training complex, and the line of questioning had little to do with this heated AFC North rivalry.The Ravens (1-1) shrugged off the distraction to bounce back from a season-opening loss at home to division rival Cincinnati.Bernard Pierce took over for Rice to gain 96 yards on 22 carries as part of a ground game that finished with 157 yards. Flacco went 21 for 29 for 166 yards and two TD throws to tight end Owen Daniels, and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals.Pittsburgh (1-1) managed only two field goals and committed three turnovers – one that halted its opening drive, another that set up a fourth-quarter field goal by Tucker, and an interception by Ben Roethlisberger with 1:51 remaining.It was only the second time in the last 11 regular-season meetings between the teams that the outcome was decided by more than three points.Roethlisberger completed 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards. It was the first time since Nov. 26, 2006, that Baltimore held Pittsburgh without a touchdown.After Tucker kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 20-6 lead, Steelers tight end Heath Miller fumbled on a hit by rookie C.J. Mosley, who took the loose ball to the Pittsburgh 20.That led to a 22-yarder by Tucker with 11:14 left.Although the Rice video and the reaction was the talk of Baltimore for much of the week, a few fans showed their loyalty to the banished running back by wearing his No. 27 jersey.But the crowd of 71,181 was quick to turn its attention to on-field action at the opening kickoff.Aided by a roughing the passer call against Courtney Upshaw on the third play of the game, Pittsburgh held the ball for more than eight minutes before Justin Brown fumbled and Baltimore recovered at its own 15.The Ravens then moved 85 yards in 12 plays with the help of two Pittsburgh penalties, the last a 23-yard pass interference call against Cortez Allen that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Daniels.Pierce and Justin Forsett combined for 32 yards on Baltimore’s next series, which ended in a field goal for a 10-0 lead.Pittsburgh finally broke through with 2:50 left in the half, getting a field goal to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive.It was 10-6 before Flacco connected with Daniels on a 1-yard touchdown pass to cap an 80-yard drive highlighted by Flacco’s 24-yard completion to tight end Dennis Pitta.___AP NFL website: and read more

Saints v Chelsea player ratings

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