Eight players added to Ireland squad

first_imgEIGHT PLAYERS have been drafted into the Ireland squad and added to the match 22 that were on duty in the last round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, ahead of their Sunday clash against Scotland.Andrew Trimble returned to competitive action for his province at the weekend following his hand injury and is included in the squad for this week’s preparations ahead of the game against Scotland in Edinburgh. Tommy Bowe also returned to play for his club Ospreys after recovering from his knee injury that has kept him out of the opening two rounds of the championship and has been named in the squad. Backs Denis Hurley and Gavin Duffy also came through unscathed from their provincial games in the Magners League and are included. Second rows Mick O’Driscoll and Donnacha Ryan have also been called up as have Tony Buckley, who played for his province after returning from a hip injury, and back row Rhys Ruddock.The Ireland squad will gather in Dublin this evening with the first training session scheduled for tomorrow morning.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Daily news from New Zealand – 1 October – Video

first_imgIreland defence coach – Les KissIn today’s RWC Daily we have reaction to all of Saturday’s crucial matches. Plus we catch up with Canada ahead of their match with New Zealand and we chat to Ireland defensive coach Les Kiss. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Ireland defence coach Les Kiss talks to media during an Ireland IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 captain’s run press conference at Eden Park on September 16, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Journey through rugby – Simon Shaw

first_imgI was sitting on a toilet when an earthquake hit. We’d gone on holiday after the World Cup in New Zealand and on the first day my wife, Jane, and I went to the supermarket – the only four-storey building in Bali! – to get essentials like nappies. I went to the loo and that’s when the earthquake struck. The mirrors smashed and the toilet came out of the wall and the floor. Then I had the ultimate dilemma: get myself together when there’s a chance I could die or run out into the middle of the supermarket with my trousers around my ankles!I decided to take my time and when I found my wife hiding under a clotheshorse we ran out of the building. I persuaded a taxi driver to take us back to the hotel to see if the kids were okay. He was listening to pop music so I got him to put on the news so we could find out what was going on. Bizarrely there were still roofers on houses putting down tiles! The quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, but luckily the kids were fine.My best rugby moment came with Wasps, not England. For me the game is about playing with mates and achieving something with guys who you play with week in, week out. So after the years I had at Wasps, the 2004 Heineken Cup victory against Toulouse stands out as the best.Mark Regan was very nervous about meeting the Queen. We went to the Palace after winning the 2003 World Cup. He was okay meeting the Queen, then we went into a big hall where there were lots of dignitaries and a big buffet. A footman, in all his regalia, approached myself and Ronnie and said, “Earl Grey?” Ronnie replied, “Mark Regan, pleased to meet you.” Any moments with Ronnie are memorable!DID YOU KNOW?Shaw is the oldest player to represent England at a Rugby World Cup. He was aged 38 years, nine days when RWC 2011 kicked offThis article appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. 17 Sep 2000: Simon Shaw of Wasps in action during the Zurich Premiership match against Gloucester at Loftus Road, in London. Wasps won the match 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers /Allsport LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click hereFor Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Shaw reckons he’s lost an inch and a half in height over the years of scrum impactsCountry: EnglandAge: 38 (1 September 1973)Position: Second-rowBorn: Nairobi, KenyaA three-time Lions tourist, Simon Shaw spent 14 years at Wasps and has represented England in 71 Tests and at three World Cups. Here are a few things you might not know about Toulon’s newest lock…I needed a change. The move to Toulon came at the right time because I wanted a new experience. I needed something completely different and I came with an open mind. I’m enjoying life down here and I want to immerse myself in the culture.Life’s more relaxed in France. Every time I go back to the UK I go into overdrive. As soon as I get to the airport I’m thinking about where I have to go next, what time, and so on. Here it’s very laissez-faire.I used to speak Swahili. I was brought up in Kenya but remember little of the language now. I can also speak Spanish as I spent time in Spain. I’m trying my best with French but my schooling was many years ago and I don’t recall much. I pretty much understand everything but can’t converse very well yet.The kids love it here. I wanted the kids (Samantha, 8, Tyler, 7, Beau, 5, and Sienna, 2) to have a different experience. At home it rains a lot but over here the weather’s fantastic and they can play outside. The chance for them to learn another language is great. Everyone said they’d be speaking French in three months, so I expected them to be able to speak a third of French in a month! They’re doing well and are ordering meals for us.France has a lot of incredibly large players. Even at 6ft 8in and 18st 8lb, I often find that I’m no longer one of the biggest or heaviest on the pitch – I’m fourth or fifth on the list. I thought the game might be a lot faster in France, but it’s slower than I expected and all French clubs have a tough pack up front.Back in the day: Wasps v Gloucester, 17 September 2000Our trampoline ended up in the swimming pool. I spent a day and a half constructing this 13ft trampoline in the garden for my kids and the Mistral blew the thing in the air and it landed in the pool. It’s supposed to be a coastal breeze, but it’s a very hefty wind that comes out of nowhere.I’m not in any hurry to retire. It’s all doom and gloom out there and Toulon are interested in signing me for another year. I’ve also got a corporate events company, Set Piece Events. We’re launching a sevens festival in Brighton on 8-10 June (thebrighton7s.co.uk), which should be great. People concentrate on age too much. Lots of sportsmen and women achieve their ultimate goals in their 30s, such as Kelly Holmes, Linford Christie and Steve Redgrave, who won the last of his Olympic gold medals at 38.My first rugby memory is a bit random. I was playing football in the garden when my dad and our Welsh neighbour started swearing at each other across the porch for ten minutes. It was only later that I found out it was half-time during a Five Nations game between England and Wales.I hope rugby doesn’t become like football. I wouldn’t want players to ever be separate from fans, the people who watch and love the game. To socialise with fans is part of rugby. As soon as that stops rugby will be like football and other sports where players are so ‘big’ they’re untouchable.last_img read more

Wales: Five things we learned v Italy

first_imgHard to roll awayOn Saturday numerous players were penalised for not rolling away. Some of the decisions were very harsh. Admittedly no one wants to see players deliberately slowing the ball down, however some of the situations that the players are expected to move away from seem very unfair. When you’re 18st 5lbs and 6ft 6in it’s difficult to get off a sofa with any degree of urgency. If you add in a 16st back row forward lying on top of you and the legs of a 19st prop draped over your chest – things become even more difficult. You are now talking about the sort of scenario that Houdini would struggle to get out off. A little bit of sympathy from referees for felled giants wouldn’t go amiss. No walk in the park: Italy provided sterner opposition than many had predicted at the Millennium StadiumBy Paul WilliamsHard fought openerWales secured their opening win of the 2014 Six Nations with a 23-15 win over Italy. For Wales, this was an uncomfortably competitive fixture, with Italy deservedly gaining near parity in both territory and possession – Wales secured 54% in both. Whilst the score line and the possession stats may seem a touch below par there were some impressive individual performances. Richard Hibbard once again proved why he is arguably the best hooker in Europe, Jamie Roberts dominated the 12 channel and the Welsh systems allowed Dan Lydiate to focus on his defensive strengths – a luxury that he isn’t afforded in Paris.It was also good to see Wales scoring a try from a set piece/ first-phase possession – as they did through Scott Williams‘ score in the 37th minute. Tries from lucky bounces and interceptions may get the crowd on their feet, but they are by their nature erratic and unpredictable and therefore not an accurate measure of a team’s progression. There will be some who will be disappointed with this performance and the scoreline, yet it is worth remembering that this Italian team finished above France and Ireland in last year’s championship. The true cost of this score line may not be truly known until the end of the tournament. ‘Points difference’ may have a big role to play come the final weekend.The power is back: Jamie Roberts shoneJamie Roberts is backOnly recently, French media voted Jamie Roberts one of the ten biggest flops in France. On Saturday he was the best player in Wales. Roberts was the team’s top ball carrier, he made 17 carries and dominated the gainline from first-phase possession. He was also the backlines’ top tackler making nine and missing none.His upper body wrap tackles were particularly effective and seriously limited Italy’s ability to offload the ball in the central channels – the Italian centres didn’t make one offload between them. But Roberts didn’t just dominate the 12 channel. When he and Scott Williams switched channels, as they did for Scott William’s try, the extra-yard of space meant that was running at arms not shoulders. You won’t stop Roberts’ with an arm alone. Unless it’s the arm of an industrial crane.Richard Hibbard impresses yet again CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 01: Mike Phillips (L) of Wales feeds a ball from the scrum during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millenium Stadium on February 1, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) There was a time when Richard Hibbard’s career was blighted by question marks – particularly over his fitness. Against Italy, as with his performances of the last 12 months, Hibbard now has all the answers. He was bombastic against the Italians and is fast becoming Wales’ fourth backrow forward – as is demonstrated by his stats. Not only did he execute his core role well, Hibbard was also the packs’ second top ball carrier and tackler – he made ten tackles, missing none. But whilst Hibbard’s tackle stats are top drawer it was his array of tackles that was so impressive.Hibbard has a reputation for big, head-on shoulder hits, but against Italy he executed some remarkable diving tackles using just his arms. The power of most players tackles are usually weakened when they use just an arm, and no shoulder – not Hibbard. He’s got arms like legs and even his ‘weak’ tackles make ball carriers look like they just ran over a landmine.Changes: Wales are no longer winning penalties at scrumtimeWelsh scrum weakenedThe new post-engagement scrum protocols have definitely affected the Welsh scrummage – as we saw against Italy. This isn’t to say that the Welsh scrum was weak against Italy. It wasn’t. However, the Welsh scrum used to thrive on the ‘hit and chase’, where a weight advantage provided a significant benefit. This is no longer the case.The Welsh front row had approximately a two and half stone advantage against Italy and the Welsh pack as a whole was approximately four and a half stone heavier overall. Yet the weight advantage counted for little. The Welsh scrum was by no means an issue of grave concern. But equally it is no longer the penalty generating machine that once gave Wales an extra three or four kickable penalties per game. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Jonny Wilkinson and fellow stars give back to grass roots

first_imgSome of the most celebrated names in rugby got together on a blustery Sunday afternoon to give a little back to the grass roots, in advance of the Rugby World Cup LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Former Ireland wing Shane Horgan, was on had to add some comment to proceedings. ‘Rugby is not just about the World Cup, it’s about where rugby starts, where it lives and dies. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it.” Selfie time: Some of the world’s greatest players got together for grass roots rugby Taking up the coaching duties was a man who knows a little bit about winning, Sir Clive Woodward, and he enlisted former England World Cup winner, Will Greenwood to pysch up the assembled team with former Scotland captain Kelly Brown in attendance. The players looked a little surprised at their celebrated guests, if we’re honest.With the game underway, and some penalty kicking needed, Wilkinson was on hand to bring on the kicking tee on. He was impressed with the kicker, even though he joked, he’s sure he could’ve managed it with the wind… On a windy and blustery day in Farnborough some of the world’s elite rugby players, past and present, assembled in Farborough for the game between the world’s smallest club, Racal Decca RFC and Croydon-Streatham Thirds. The aim, with the help of Land Rover, was to give a little bit back to grass roots of the game.In the pre-match prep, Jonny Wilkinson shared duties with Puma legend Felipe Contepomi in cutting up oranges for the half-time team talk.World Cup winner and current Leicester Tigers lock Brad Thorn was tasked with being the waterboy (wonder who had to tell him that was his job!) and fellow World Cup winner, and Springbok superstar Bryan Habana, put the jerseys carefully on pegs.For Wallaby and Toulon star Matt Giteau, it was his job to pump up the balls, a job he jokingly said he’d only given up last year when good friend Wilkinson retired from the game. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

What’s inside the new edition of Rugby World?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight With a new year upon us, the latest issue of Rugby World is full of advice to help you make 2017 your best yet. Plus, there are plenty of big-name interviews as we speak to players looking to make their mark in Lions year. Here are ten reasons to buy a copy of the February issue…1. New Year, New YouWe’ve enlisted the help of various experts to offer you advice to help make 2017 a year to remember. From how to put together the best conditioning programme to ensuring you get a good night’s sleep, from ten nutrition rules to eat by to tips to enhance your mentality in games, there is a host of useful information. Plus, Neil Back explains why it’s never too late to get fit and Ben Ryan lays out a plan to give your team culture an MOT.Best foot forward: Power into 2017 with our conditioning tips. Photo: Getty Images2. Unbeaten EnglandEddie Jones’s England ended 2016 unbeaten and on a run of 14 straight wins – so what can they achieve in 2017 and beyond? We compare the current crop to the 2003 World Cup winners and analyse whether Eddie’s England can better Woodward’s greats. Are this team legends in the making?All smiles: Can England keep their winning run going in 2017? Photo: Getty Images3. New Zealand travel tipsPlanning to follow the Lions in New Zealand this summer? Well, Rugby World is here to help with a look at what is on offer for travelling fans in the Land of the Long White Cloud – and trust us, you will not be bored! As well as a look at tourist attractions in each of the match cities, five former All Blacks offer their best travel tips.4. Who is Huw Jones?Centre Huw Jones excelled for Scotland during the autumn Tests, but what do you know about him? We give you the lowdown on the Scot currently plying his trade in South Africa – and put right a few misconceptions about him.Centre of attention: Scotland’s Huw Jones on the attack against Scotland. Photo: Getty Images5. How to use two ball-playersGeorge Ford and Owen Farrell, Danny Cipriani and Jimmy Gopperth, Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade… plenty of teams are reaping the rewards of having two ball-players at ten and 12 right now. Worcester coach Sam Vesty explains how your side can benefit from such a selection. Ten reasons to buy Rugby World’s February 2017 editioncenter_img Double act: Owen Farrell and George Ford have formed a good partnership. Photo: Getty Images6. Bright young thingsOspreys fly-half Sam Davies is making waves in Wales with his attacking style and we catch up with him about instincts, the Six Nations and Dan Biggar. We also discover how centre Jonathan Joseph bounced back from the disappointments of the 2015-16 season to excel for Bath and England. From the backs to the pack – Leinster and Ireland prop Jack McGrath talks the highs and lows of playing New Zealand.Mind the gap: Jack McGrath tries to get through New Zealand’s defence. Photo: Getty Images7. A 2017 wish-listA new year is always full of hope and expectation – and our columnist Stephen Jones presents a dozen wishes for rugby in 2017. From Lions to league and fixtures to finances, he reveals what he would like to see happen in the game over the next 12 months. Will you agree?Red wave: Will Lions supporters be celebrating in New Zealand this summer? Photo: Getty Images8. Foreign influenceRuan Pienaar only has a few months left at Ulster and he tells RW he’s hoping for a fairy-tale finish to his time with the province as well as explaining why Belfast now means so much to him and his family. Italy back-rower Simone Favaro is having a similar love affair with Scotland and believes his game has vastly improved since joining Glasgow.Home from home: Ruan Pienaar has excelled during his time at Ulster. Photo: Getty Images9. The two sides of Mike BrownEngland’s full-back Mike Brown is known as ‘Mr Angry’ for the feistiness he shows on the pitch, but he insists there is an ice-cool side to him as well. The Harlequin talks to RW about what drives him, who he needs to impress and why England must improve during the Six Nations.Mighty Quin: Mike Brown opens up in the latest issue of Rugby World. Photo: Getty Images10. And more! On top of all that, the current issue also features Wales prop Rob Evans, Fiji Sevens captain Osea Kolinisau, Canada Women’s coach Francois Ratier, Sale code-crosser Josh Charnley, winger turned whistle-blower Richard Haughton and insight from our regular columnist, The Secret Player.Prop star: Rob Evans is back from injury and eager to make an impression. Photo: Huw Evans AgencyFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

Hotshot: Wasps fly-half Connor Eastgate

first_imgGet to know rising star and Wasps fly-half Connor Eastgate with this exclusive Q&A.  It must be good to ask those players for advice…They’re probably the highest-calibre decision-makers in the league so it’s good to pick their brains. How do you qualify for Scotland?My mum’s dad was born in Scotland and I was involved in the Exiles programme, then moved up through the U18s and U20s. The U20 World Cup was really good – I loved being in that environment. It was really professional and day in, day out I was with my mates.What are your goals this season?I’m really focused on Wasps and want to show I can be the back-up to Cips and Jimmy if needed. So it’s about performing in the A League and Anglo- Welsh Cup when I’m picked, and hopefully being involved in the Premiership.RW Verdict: Eastgate, who shares a house with fellow academy players, has serious talent. A standout at the U20 World Cup last year, he also qualifies for England and Germany but is likely to remain loyal to Scotland at Test level if selected. TAGS: Wasps This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Rugby World Young Talent: Wasps player Connor Eastgate kicks at goal during the Anglo-Welsh Cup match between Ospreys and Wasps (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS  Date of birth 7 October 1997 Born Ramstein, Germany Club Wasps Country Scotland Position Fly-halfYou were born in Germany…Yes, my dad is in the military and was based there. I was only there for a year and a bit, then we came back to the UK.When did you begin playing rugby?I started playing tag at Aylesbury when I was eight and moved up with them until I was 14, then I joined the academy programme at Wasps. I played in their age-group sides and signed two years ago.What positions have you played?When I was younger I played a lot at 12. It was only when I was 17 or 18 that the academy coach thought I’d fit at fly-half and I’ve played there since. At the start it was a challenge; as the key decision-maker you’re put under a lot more pressure than in a wider position. I enjoy it now.Are you happy telling people what to do?When I was younger I never liked bossing people around, so it was difficult. But as I got older I realised that’s what I needed to do to improve and to make it at the top level. So I’ve grown into it.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREWhat are your strengths?Definitely my kicking – my kicking game, the length of my kick and stuff like that. I pride myself on being quite a strong defender too. People don’t recognise tens as the biggest defenders but I like to have a good defensive game. I’m working on my attacking game, especially at Wasps with Danny Cipriani and Jimmy Gopperth. I’m working on staying square in attack and being able to put team-mates in better positions.last_img read more

South Africa chosen to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022

first_img Time to celebrate: Siviwe Soyizwapi of South Africa at the Cape Town Sevens (Getty Images) The three-day event will take place in Cape Town in September Winners: New Zealand women in San Francisco in 2018 (Getty Images)In 2018, New Zealand men and women took both world titles in San Francisco’s AT&T Park – the men’s third title and the women’s second. As there have only been three World Cups in women’s sevens, Australia are the only other team to lift the title.Of the seven previous World Cups for the men, Fiji have also won it twice, England once and Wales once.Related: Japan sevens can inspire again at Olympic GamesSA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said of the World Rugby council’s choice in Tokyo: “We’re delighted that South Africa and Cape Town has been confirmed as hosts for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022. We have been eager to host global rugby tournaments for a number of years and to have the flagship event in the growing sport of sevens come to South Africa is exciting.“We saw how the sport engaged the audience in San Francisco last year and we are certain that it will be just as big a success in Cape Town. The HSBC Cape Town Sevens has established itself as a rugby bucket-list tournament in the past few years and we’re sure that international visitors to the event will experience a great tournament at an ideal rugby venue in a fantastic city.”Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. South Africa chosen to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022The Cape Town Stadium in Green Point will be the venue for three days of Rugby World Cup Sevens action in 2022, after South Africa won the right to host the men’s and women’s event in September of that year.In a decision made by the World Rugby council in Tokyo on Tuesday, it was announced that the eighth installment of the competition would also be the first ever sevens World Cup to be held on the African continent.Earlier in the year it was revealed that eleven unions have formally expressed their interest in hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Argentina, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Qatar, Scotland, South Africa and Tunisia all declared their interest to the governing body by the end of March.In the end it was decided that the 55,000-capacity Cape Town Stadium would be the chosen home. It is the same venue that has hosted the HSBC Cape Town Sevens since 2015. For the first time, this year, it will also host both men’s and women’s events as part of a re-jigged HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The 2022 competition will be played in September due to the international calendar, which includes the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the Commonwealth Games that take place in Birmingham, England, in July 2022. Competition dates will be confirmed at a later juncture.last_img read more

Rapidísimas

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Por Onell A. SotoPosted Jan 8, 2013 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Después de largas y complicadas reuniones la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos llegó a un acuerdo con el ejecutivo sobre impuestos y rebajas al presupuesto nacional. La reunión tuvo en vilo a la nación ante la amenaza de una catástrofe financiera.En un tiempo como éste cuando los ideales de negociación y colegialidad son un sueño distante en Washington, un grupo tan diverso como la Coalición de Líderes Religiosos de la Nación ha pedido a todos los residentes del país a que “oren por civilidad”. “A través de la oración, hacemos un llamado a sostenernos como nación y a resolver nuestros problemas”, dijo  Peg Chemberlin, anterior presidenta del Consejo Nacional de Iglesias.La situación de la enfermedad del presidente Hugo Chávez sigue siendo noticia diaria. Según declaraciones de sus más íntimos colaboradores la situación es grave. En Caracas se discute la sucesión en caso de muerte. Observadores locales afirman que hay una grave división entre los dos principales miembros del gobierno: el vicepresidente Nicolás Maduro y el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, Diosdado Cabello. Hay médicos que opinan que la situación del mandatario es irreversible.La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, institución académica de larga trayectoria (fundada en 1293) aspira a situarse entre las primeras universidades de Europa y a consolidarse como centro de referencia para el continente latinoamericano, según informa su página web. Sin embargo, desde la elección del rector José Carrillo han abundado los ataques por parte de grupos radicales a las capillas universitarias en los que ha habido asaltos, profanaciones y amenazas. El rector optó por aliarse con los radicales y chocó con el arzobispado de Madrid. Según se ha publicado en la prensa, Carrillo “quiere ilegalizar las creencias de una parte del alumnado de la universidad, soñando con ilegalizar algún día a buena parte de la sociedad española, aquella que profesa una religión”. Por las aulas de la universidad ha pasado gran parte de la intelectualidad española.El calendario cristiano señala el 28 de diciembre como el día de los Santos Inocentes la fecha en que según la tradición tuvo lugar  la matanza de niños por órdenes de Herodes. En este día en varias ciudades de Brasil se celebraron marchas pro-vida. Además, este año se protestó contra una ley que autoriza a los hospitales públicos a realizar abortos en caso de embarazo resultante de una violación o por riesgo de vida por parte de la gestante. La polémica continúa.Una vigilia organizada en Luanda, capital de Angola, por la Iglesia del Reino de Dios (también conocida como “Pare de Sufrir”) terminó en tragedia cuando una multitud forzó su entrada en el recinto donde se celebraría la vigilia con el resultado de 16 personas muertas, tres de ellas niños, informó el Jornal de Angola.Raquel Gutiérrez-Achón, anterior profesora de música del Seminario Evangélico de Teología de Matanzas, Cuba, falleció el 5 de enero en Los Ángeles, a la edad de 85 años. Tuvo una esmerada educación musical en Estados Unidos. Le sobreviven su esposo David Achón, pastor metodista  y un hijo de ambos, David.  Fue la editora de un himnario ecuménico usado por varias iglesias.El edificio que alberga la Catedral de la Epifanía de la Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana ha sido declarado Patrimonio Monumental de la Nación por el poder ejecutivo y el Ministerio de Cultura. La iglesia fue construida en 1918 pero el huracán San Zenón la destruyó dos años más tarde. El edificio actual fue erigido en 1931 y está situado en la Avenida Independencia 23, cerca del centro de la ciudad. Los dominicanos la admiran con reverencia porque allí fue asesinado el párroco Charles Barnes el 26 de julio de 1938 por la policía del dictador Rafael L. Trujillo. Barnes, de origen norteamericano es el primer mártir de la Iglesia Episcopal en la República Dominicana, dijo Julio César Holguín, actual obispo diocesano. Añadió que la razón de su martirio fue por denunciar al mundo la matanza de haitianos ordenada por Trujillo en 1937.La Iglesia de Inglaterra (anglicana) ha dado a conocer una declaración confirmando que los sacerdotes gay célibes pueden ser nombrados obispos si “viven de acuerdo con las enseñanzas de la Iglesia de Inglaterra sobre sexualidad humana”.PARA RECORDAR. La Epifanía es una de las fiestas litúrgicas más antiguas. La palabra significa manifestación y es la época en que la iglesia redobla su énfasis misionero para dar a conocer a Cristo al mundo. Se celebra el 6 de enero. 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Homeless Jesus sculpture unveiled at Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral

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Michael Jackson and the Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin. The sculpture has been presented to the people of Dublin by an anonymous North American benefactor and the sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, flew in from Canada to unveil it.The bronze sculpture depicts a park bench with a faceless cloaked figure lying on it. Passers by realize that the sculpture depicts Jesus only when they notice the holes in the feet. The sculpture is located in front of the cathedral in full view of the public.Speaking during the short service in the cathedral before the unveiling, Jackson said that the people of Dublin were both honored and chastened to receive the Homeless Jesus sculpture. Honored, he said, because of the beauty of the craftsmanship and the trust expressed in the location of Christ Church Cathedral, and chastened because of the “scandalous fact that the relentlessness of homelessness and the statistics of individual homeless people in Dublin in 2015 still merit such a sculpture as a reminder and as a memorial.”The archbishop said that Scripture spoke of Jesus saying: “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” The sculpture gives everyone who passes an opportunity to reflect on this facet of the narrative of Christianity, the birth, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, he said.“Throughout the world of today human beings are subjected to indignity, homelessness, trafficking and death simply for being alive and getting under the ideological skin of their oppressors,” Jackson said. “Every day for them is a Good Friday. They wait for the day of resurrection in hope and in fear, in trust and in betrayal, in darkness and in light. Homeless people draw us into their world – and rightly; we dare not abandon them here or abroad. The 21st century is not yet an improvement on the 20th century. The Homeless Jesus is a reminder of their plight and terror, whatever their nationality or creed – and an icon of solidarity with them. Evil and exclusion make few distinctions of subtlety as they sweep forward in giddy destructiveness.”Martin said that for Christians, the homeless were not just statistics. Their plight is our plight, he said, adding that the image of the Homeless Jesus reminds us of the demands of belief in Jesus Christ. He said that the sculpture was not just a normal statue; it was not created to be looked at and admired, it was an image which should draw the viewer’s glance to the many park benches, doorways and sheltered corners where Jesus lay homeless every day and every night.Casts of the much-talked-about Homeless Jesus sculpture have been installed in cities in North America, Canada and Europe. The Homeless Jesus first received international attention in early 2014 when a sculpture was installed outside St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in downtown Davidson, North Carolina.Following a competition among prospective Dublin sites, Christ Church Cathedral was chosen to be the location by sculptor Schmalz. 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