Nieuws volgens datum: 25 Sep, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state in US capitol


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a week ago, has become the first woman in US history to lie in state at the US Capitol in Washington DC. The liberal icon died from pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the nation’s top court.

Thousands have been paying their respects as she lay in repose outside the Supreme Court building this week.  Ginsburg, who died aged 87, was an outspoken advocate for gender equality and civil rights. She has been mythologised by liberals and feminists as a barrier-breaking leader. Dubbed by her fans as the Notorious RBG, she also became the first justice to have two days of viewing at the Supreme Court. Given the sheer number of visitors coming to pay their respects, organisers determined one day would not be enough.

Makeshift memorials lined the court steps as the lines of those attending Ginsburg’s public viewings snaked around the National Mall. Her casket was kept outside the Supreme Court earlier this week to allow for outdoor visitation in light of Covid-19. The formal ceremony – in which she is lying in state at the US Congress – is invite-only, also due to the pandemic. It is being attended by senior elected officials. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife are also present.(BBC)…[+]

Vatican official forced out in rare resignation

High-ranking Vatican official Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu has unexpectedly resigned but has revealed he was told to do so by Pope Francis.
He said he was suspected of giving Church money to his brothers, and denied any wrongdoing.
Cardinal Becciu was a close aide to the Pope and previously had a key job in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.
He became involved in a controversial deal to invest in a luxury London building with Church funds.
That investment has since been the subject of a financial investigation. Resignations at this level of the Vatican are extremely rare and the Holy See said little in its communique released late on Thursday.
“The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected to the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu,” a statement said. But the cardinal, 72, told Italian website Domani he was being forced out because he was suspected of giving Church money to his brothers. “I didn’t steal even one euro. I am not under investigation but if they send me to trial, I will defend myself,” he was quoted as saying.(BBC)…[+]