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Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood

Pope John Paul is slated to be declared a saint on Sunday, but some disagree with the declaration of his sainthood

JOHN PAUL II. A picture made available on April 7, 2014 shows a portrait of Pope John Paul II during the final preparations for the opening of The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home Museum in Wadowice, near Cracow, Poland, 05 April 2014. Jacek Bednarczyk/EPA

VATICAN CITY A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees.

John Paul II also alienated many left-wing Catholics and has been blamed for hushing up child sex crimes.

“Not all the people of God agree about canonisation,” the International Movement We Are Church said in a statement ahead of the canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s for John Paul II and his Italian predecessor John XXIII.

The group accused the late pope of “spiritual authoritarianism” and of putting too much emphasis on “hierarchical control” two traits it said left little room for victims and investigations of abuses.

“Pope John Paul II was a pope of great contradiction. His tragedy lies in the discrepancy between his commitment to reform and dialogue in the world and his return to authoritarianism,” it said.

The pontiff credited with helping to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe was accused of backing right-wing dictators in Latin America including Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the Cold War.

At the same time, the Vatican cracked down on the Liberation Theology movement of pro-social justice clergymen which it saw as being too Marxist.

Bishops accused of being leftists were replaced by ultra-conservatives and dissident priests were banned from teaching, while more conservative Latin American movements were given favourable treatment.

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Allied Kitchen & Bath expanding to Oakland Park

Joe Feinberg, left, and Bill Feinberg, co-founders of Allied Kitchen & Bath, announced plans to open an additional showroom at 3484 NE 12th Ave. Allied’s main showroom is at 616 W

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13 questions with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

All eyes will be on Boston on Monday as the city hosts its first marathon after last year’s bombings. The marathon marks a major milestone for Mayor Marty Walsh, who was sworn in earlier this year — the first person not named Tom Menino to run Boston in more than two decades. We caught up with Walsh over the weekend to ask him about the marathon, the anniversary of the attacks, his first 100 days in office, whether Elizabeth Warren should run for president, and if Vice President Biden has figured out his phone number yet: AP Photo FIX: So the race is almost here.

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NYPDs #myNYPD campaign spawns unintended social media reaction

(Photo: @CaseyJAldridge Twitter) NEW YORK (PIX11) The New York City Police Department launched a social media campaign Tuesday to get citizens to share pictures of themselves with New Yorks Finest. Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD?

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Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk is meeting Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday ahead of a visit by Fatah officials on Tuesday. Hamas freed 10 Fatah prisoners before the meetings as a good-will gesture.

Palestinians have been divided since 2007 when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah. Since then, Hamas has ruled Gaza while Abbas governs some areas in the West Bank.

Past reconciliation attempts have failed.

It was unusual for Cairo to allow the visit since Egypt is cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood group, of which Hamas is an offshoot.

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Drilling equipment provider signs lease at Leetsdale Industrial Park

April 17, 2014 2:36 PM Share with others: By Mark Belko / Post-Gazette A Texas company that designs, manufactures and sells equipment used in oil and gas drilling and production has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a new service and support facility being built in Leetsdale Industrial Park. The 27,000-square-foot facility, being developed by Chapman Properties, will allow Houston-based National Oilwell Varco to expand service and support capabilities to meet the needs of customers involved in Utica and Marcellus Shale drilling activity.

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Business Briefs: 4/18/14

Drilling equipment company coming to Leetsdale National Oilwell Varco. a Houston-based company that designs, manufactures and sells equipment used in oil and gas drilling and production, has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a new service and support facility being built in Leetsdale Industrial Park.The 27,000-square-foot facility, being developed by Chapman Properties, will allow to expand service and support capabilities to meet the needs of customers involved in Utica and Marcellus Shale drilling activity.NOV currently operates a facility on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in the city

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Colonists set alight poultry farm near Nablus

Ramallah: Israeli colonists from the colony of Yitzhar, south of the city of Nablus set alight a Palestinian poultry farm, causing the deaths of thousands of birds and animals on Thursday morning.

The poultry farm, located to the side of the village of Madama and close to Route 60 north of the Zaatarah Junction (Tapuach Junction), is owned by Yasser Taher Al Qout. It has suffered financial losses of greater than a quarter million Shekels because of the fire.

Both Palestinian authorities and the residents of the village are certain that Israeli colonists burned the poultry farm because the residents found Israeli made boxes of matches and containers containing the type of fuel used to ignite the blaze.

Ehab Al Qout, a member of Madama Village Council, said that the birds were brought to the farm only a day ago and that the Israeli colonists were aware of that fact.

The colonists have added yet another violation by attacking the poultry farm just to increase the suffering of the Palestinian farmers in the area, he told Gulf News.

The colonists know their targets perfectly and know the ways to harm the Palestinians.

Palestinians widely regard the residents of the colony of Yitzhar as the most harmful and dangerous in the West Bank. The Palestinian firefighters failed to show up in time to fight the fire at the farm, despite the fact that there is one civil defence centre in the nearby village of Boureen.

The owner of the poultry farm has lodged an official complaint with the Israeli Police via the Palestinian-Israeli Civil Affairs Coordination Liaison Office, accusing the Israeli colonists of Yitzhar with setting his farm alight.

To support his claim, he provided the pieces of evidence he and the fellow villagers collected from the scene. The farms owner urged the Israeli police to pay a visit to the site and inspect it themselves to evaluate the damage the Israeli colonists have caused to the entire regions poultry industry.

Al Qout said that the Israeli colonists reached the farm from the routes, which connect their colony with other colonies in the Nablus area or via routes which lead to Israeli colonies in Qalqilia.

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Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma gay-marriage case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage and the clerk who refused to grant them a license head to a federal appeals court Thursday with the rare opportunity to build on arguments the judges heard in a similar case just a week earlier.

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Mass squatter eviction in Rome causes riots

Riot police have dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes which are the latest to come in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured on Wednesday as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in. An AFP photographer saw between 100 and 150 officers then entering the building – a former state-owned insurance agency – and escorting the residents out, nine days after the occupation began.

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