Pediatric Plastic Surgeon

first_imgThe Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Division of PediatricPlastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, Florida seeks a BC/BE plasticsurgeon with fellowship training in pediatric plastic surgery whowill be a full-time faculty member in the Department of Plastic andReconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School ofMedicine. The professional opportunity would involve participationin multidisciplinary clinics, resident education, and research aswell as building a community practice in pediatric plastic surgeryin the metropolitan Tampa Bay region.Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a 259-bed teachinghospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report BestChildren’s Hospital. We serve as the craniofacial/pediatric plasticsurgery rotation site for the University of South Florida plasticsurgery residency. We offer a competitive salary and benefitspackage including medical malpractice insurance (tail insurance),relocation assistance, paid vacation, paid time and expenses forCME, 403(B) retirement plan, pension plan, short and long-termdisability coverage and life insurance and health benefits.Interested individuals must be dedicated to academic plasticsurgery and expanding the scope of pediatric plastic surgeryavailable on the west coast of Florida. You will work within adynamic academic environment located in an expanding clinicalcampus in St. Petersburg within Johns Hopkins Medicine. There aremany opportunities and support to develop clinical, educational,and research interests. Applicants with interest in facialreanimation, peripheral nerve, pediatric microsurgery, migrainesurgery, hand surgery, transgender medicine, vascular anomalies,adolescent breast surgery, microtia, and other disciplines areencouraged to apply. Opportunities are available to care for adultpatients for transitional care and cosmetic surgery in addition toour pediatric practice.To confidentially learn more details, please contact:Sarah StephensAdministrative ManagerJohns Hopkins All Children’s [email protected] Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

first_imgNorth Bergen goes pink for women’s healthNorth Bergen Town Hall is leading the charge to “Paint the Town Pink” in support of women’s health, in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health. More than a dozen other buildings in town will be joining the cause, with pink banners, bows, signs, and more. Paint the Town Pink is a community-wide effort to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography and overall women’s wellness. North Bergen is making preparations to support women’s health. (See briefs.) ×North Bergen is making preparations to support women’s health. (See briefs.)center_img For the past 10 years, Paint the Town Pink has partnered with towns and businesses throughout New Jersey to encourage women to get their annual mammogram. In 2017, women are encouraged to go even further and care for their whole well-being.Look for pink reminders to appear at both library sites, all the schools, the Parking Authority, courthouse, Health Department, and Board of Education throughout the month of May.Robot makes recycling funKids at Lincoln School were enchanted when Rocky the Recycling Robot came to visit, spreading the word about the value of recycling and being environmentally conscious. Almost 700 kids in kindergarten through third grade met with Rocky in the auditorium on May 2, learning about which items of trash should be thrown away and which ones recycled.Rocky lives in Toms River and was accompanied by his “handler,” Cheryl Pirrera, with local assistance from North Bergen Recycling Program Aide Tom Stampe. After a short presentation, the floor was opened to a Q&A session, with enthusiastic kids asking questions like how old Rocky was and if he had a brother.Students in the remaining elementary schools can expect a visit from Rocky on May 16 and 23. The program was coordinated by the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority and New Jersey Clean Communities.Game night with the North Bergen Police DepartmentThe Main Library will host a special Game Night with the North Bergen Police Department on Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m. The event is open to grades 4 and up. This is a free event. The Main Library is located at 84-11 Bergenline Ave. Please contact the library for more information or visit www.nbpl.org.Shred private documents at no extra costNorth Bergen residents are invited to shred personal confidential and/or sensitive documents for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 in Braddock Park.Identity theft continues to top the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints. Approximately 15 million U.S. residents have their identities used fraudulently each year. Properly disposing of personal documents is a necessary step in safeguarding and protecting your personal information and credit, and preventing identity theft.Documents will be commercially shredded safely, privately, and properly by trained, licensed, and bonded document destruction specialists. The shredding is provided by the Hudson County Improvement Authority and will take place in the parking lot near the 70th Street entrance of Braddock Park. Please remove large binder clips (staples and paper clips are okay) and limit your documents to no more than 40 lbs. Residents only; no businesses.New Jersey blood drivesNew Jersey Blood Services will be holding free local blood drives for the public throughout May. The first one will be at the Jersey City Fire Department, located at 715 Summit Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be another one at the department on May 10 at the same time.Another drive will take place on the 31st at Guttenberg’s Hudson Church, located at 68-13 Madison Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. ThereContact Marie Forrestal at (732) 616-0798 for more information. You can also email her at [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: Government backs new memorial to Sikh servicemen

first_img Media enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Plans for a national memorial to honour the contribution Sikhs made to Britain and her allies has today (30 January 2018) received backing from Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.He confirmed government support for campaign to erect a Sikh war memorial in London. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Social media – MHCLG Sikh servicemen in the British Armed Forces have displayed extraordinary acts of bravery and sacrifice in the service of Great Britain and her allies. Hundreds of thousands of Sikh soldiers saw active service during the First and Second World Wars and in subsequent conflicts. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers gave their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during both Wars.Despite making up only two per cent of the Indian population when the First World War broke out, Sikhs accounted for more than 20 per cent of the Indian Army’s manpower. Sikh soldiers from the Punjab and surrounding states saw action in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, most notably on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.On the Western Front Sikhs fought and died alongside their British, Indian and Commonwealth counterparts. Their contribution was essential to the war effort and of the twenty-two Military Crosses awarded to Indian soldiers, fourteen went to Sikhs.As part of marking the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, Government has extended support for a campaign led by Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi to help set up a Working Group and support the campaign to find a suitable location. Once an appropriate site has been identified and a memorial agreed on, the Government has agreed to provide funding towards the project.More information on government activity for the First World War Centenary. If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 The part played by Sikh servicemen really stands out – a contribution that’s all the more remarkable when you consider that these brave men travelled thousands of miles to fight for a country that wasn’t their own. We are indebted to all those servicemen who volunteered to serve and fought to defend the freedoms we enjoy today. That’s why a Sikh war memorial in our nation’s capital will honour their sacrifice and ensure that this part of our shared history is never forgotten. So I’m delighted to get behind this campaign and ensure its success. Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

Widespread Panic Shares Pro-Shot “Cortez The Killer” Footage With Jerry Joseph [Watch]

first_imgOver July 4th weekend, Widespread Panic spent some time delighting Bend, OR with two great performances. With Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons on as support, it was no surprise that Joseph found his way over to Panic’s sets for some choice sit-ins throughout the weekend.One of those sit-ins happened to be during a great cover of the Neil Young classic, “Cortez The Killer.” Fortunately, Panic has shared some new pro-shot footage of the collaboration.Widespread Panic picks up their fall tour on October 21st, when they kick off a three-night run in Milwaukee, WI. They’ll be on the road throughout the season and more, so don’t miss out! The band’s full tour schedule can be seen here.last_img read more

Improving South African schooling

first_imgWhen South African Al Witten was a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Gradate School of Education (HGSE), he dreamed of connecting Harvard scholars with educators in his homeland. Slowly, that dream is becoming a reality.The effort started several years ago when Witten had coffee with HGSE Professors Robert Peterkin and Jerry Murphy. The three devised a plan to connect South African school administrators and their collaborators at the University of Johannesburg with Harvard experts on education leadership. Their goal was to reform public schools from the inside.The goal is in keeping with longtime efforts at Harvard to improve U.S. and South African public education collaboratively. Harvard President Drew Faust and HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney have visited South Africa to support collaborations in leadership, teaching, and learning.“We have been there,” said Deborah Jewell-Sherman, a senior lecturer on education at HGSE and principal investigator of the project envisioned by Witten, “preparing them both with tools and helping them create a vision for where they want their individual schools to go.” She believes that the same commitment to education in the public sector, espoused in HGSE’s new Doctor of Education Leadership program, undergirds the work being done in South Africa.“Transformational leadership in South Africa, as in the United States, is a major lever for the reforms and improved outcomes we want to see occur for all learners — and in the near future, not some distant point in time,” she said.Jewell-Sherman, who visited Soweto in 2009 and again this spring, has worked with HGSE and University of Johannesburg colleagues to help school administrators develop strategic planning and thinking skills. Soweto is part of the Johannesburg central school district, which has 230 schools and more than 140,000 students.In early July some of those same administrators attended a weeklong Harvard Institute for School Leadership program, sponsored by HGSE’s Programs in Professional Education (PPE).Later in the month a second group of South African educators was at Harvard for another leadership program, the National Institute for Urban School Leaders, also sponsored by PPE.At a discussion during the first conference, some of the educators related a few of their educational challenges, along with some of the important lessons from their Harvard trip.“We are struggling to get our literacy and our numeracy numbers up,” said Prevein Marnewicke, the principal of a primary school. Coordination is a problem too, he said. “Somewhere, there is something lacking to make us grow together.”One useful solution came up during the conference, said Marnewicke: comprehensive classroom visits by the school principals known as “instructional rounds.” The strategy is “one I am taking home with me,” he said. “I need to get in there and spend time understanding what is happening in the classroom.”A U.S. principal discussed how he also conducts home visits with students who are struggling in the classroom. The strategy impressed Michael Meyers, a South African high school principal. “Do we visit our children when there is something wrong, when they struggle to learn in school?” he wondered. “We don’t, and that is something that I want to take back with me.”Jewell-Sherman plans to return to South Africa in early October “to build on what we have learned together.”last_img read more

“Being Mortal” gets Emmy nod

first_img“Being Mortal,” the PBS documentary based on the 2014 book of the same name by surgeon, writer, and public health researcher Atul Gawande, has been nominated for an Emmy award. The documentary, which first aired on PBS’s “Frontline” program in February 2015, explores how doctors struggle to care for their dying patients.“Being Mortal” is one of five television shows nominated in the “Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form” category. Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and executive director of Ariadne Labs, served as co-writer and correspondent for the documentary.The news and documentary Emmy awards, in categories ranging from breaking news to investigative reporting to documentaries, will be awarded September 21 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Which Workloads are Best Run On-Premises?

first_imgWe’ve talked about the benefits of Hybrid IT, which allows organizations to run some applications in the cloud and others on-premises.This ability to customize your workload placement sounds great in theory, and for most organizations a hybrid infrastructure truly is the best choice. But even if you understand the benefits and know that 100% cloud isn’t right for you, you still have plenty of decisions to make.You’re certainly not alone if you’ve ever second-guessed your strategy, or wondered “which workloads do I run where?”It’s not easy. Determining the right workload placement strategy is tough, and every organization is different. The workloads you currently (or plan to) run, as well as the lifecyle of those applications, play a key role. But considerations such as company size, security, cost and your IT staff all factor into the decision too. Fortunately, there are guidelines to help you navigate this path.Workload lifecycle can impact your workload placement strategyTo create the most effective strategy, you want to start by defining your objectives, top priorities (security? response time? performance? dependability?) and most used workloads. Once you’ve identified these, you’ll have a clearer vision to help guide your strategy. And while it’s true that many workloads can run in the cloud or on-premises, there are certain workloads that make more sense to run on-premises.So, which ones are they?Workloads That are Best Left On-PremisesOrganizations that have a choice where to run their workloads typically choose to run mission critical workloads on-premises. When performance is critical, you’ll want to keep those applications onsite and maintain tighter control. Although there are no absolute rules, a good rule of thumb is to run the following workloads on-premises:Unstructured Data AnalyticsMany businesses choose to run unstructured data applications on-prem for security reasons. In fact, 31% of hybrid IT organizations report that they choose to run unstructured data analytics on-premises because their IT infrastructure is more secure (than running in the cloud).[i] Response time is also critical with unstructured data analytics, so running on-prem helps organizations respond faster to business needs.Structured Data Management & Analytics Structured data management and analytics often use sensitive information, so security is a top priority.[i] In fact, 37% of hybrid IT organizations cite “our on-premises IT infrastructure is more secure” as a top reason they choose to run structured data management and analytics on-premises.[i] Organizations often need to consider regulatory and compliance issues, so running on-prem gives firms a greater piece of mind. Not to mention it can also be more cost efficient.Business Applications (including CRM & ERM) Business applications are often revenue-generating and considered “mission critical” to the business. You need them to keep daily operations going, as disruption would cause significant problems. Because reliability is an absolute must, most organizations want to maintain tight control and choose to run business applications on-prem.Engineering/Technical Engineering and technical applications often have custom requirements that need training or specific expertise. They may be for innovation or R&D testing (intellectual property) so security is critical. They are also commonly subject to regulatory and compliance laws. For these reasons, engineering and technical workloads are best run on-premise.No two businesses are alike. Firms grow, technologies advance and priorities change. For these reasons, it’s critical to develop a workload placement strategy based on your specific needs, resources and business objectives. The Dell EMC eBook Developing an Effective Workload Placement Strategy is a great resource to help you achieve this.[i] Source: Workload Placement Separates the Winners from the Losers in IT, an IDC White Paper Sponsored by Dell EMClast_img read more

Meaningful Partnerships are at the Center of Alienware’s Commitment to Community

first_imgGreat partnerships are built upon shared beliefs and long-term commitment. In my own life, there’s no better example of a partnership than the 19 years I’ve shared with my wife Jennifer. We started our life journey together as high school sweethearts. Professionally, I’ve seen Dell and Alienware become a beacon of how partnerships should be built – based on trust and commitment with a “community first” approach.Within the realm of Esports and gaming, core values of “listening and learning” are central to long term success. Two community-minded partners that stand out are those Alienware cultivated with Riot Games and Microsoft. We have some exciting news to announce with both partners along with some updates to our flagship Alienware Area-51m, giving our community even more ways to access, watch and dominate their favorite games.RIOT’s LoL World Finals in ParisOfficial The Outer Worlds gameplay screenfill in horizontal formatAlienware announced its partnership with Riot Games top grossing game, League of Legends (LOL) Esports at CES 2019 as the official competition PC and display partner, supporting the LCS (League of Legends Championship Series), LEC (League of Legends European Championship), and flagship global competitions: The World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational, and All-Star Event. Recently having crossed the ten-year threshold, League of Legends has seen sustained interest and massive growth from its fan base because of its commitment to putting the community first. They have maintained status as one of the world’s most popular games, attracting around 8 million concurrent players daily. Our shared approach to our fans and community made a partnership with LoL Esports a no-brainer. I’m proud that Alienware powers both LoL domestic and international competitions, but what I think is even better – showing the gaming community that Alienware is committed to helping the scene grow through technology.As we wrap up the first year of our multi-year partnership, there’s much to celebrate. We’ve literally circled the world with League of Legends Esports and have continued to expand our commitment to LoL Esport fans.  Here are a few examples:We’ve built 1v1 stations at live LoL Esports events to give fans an opportunity to challenge their friends, and even select League Partners, in order to win special in-game skins, jerseys, and other prizes.We’ve hosted live community events, such as Hotline League and held viewing parties throughout the year to give fans additional ways to watch the competition with their friends.By supporting creators and LoL Esports personalities like Travis Gafford, Ovilee May, VoyBoy and others, we’ve helped enable the production of content that connects fans with the storylines surrounding tournaments, favorite personalities, and insights into gameplay from former pros.And expanded our LoL Esports partnership to additional leagues around the world including, CBLOL in Brazil, LPL in China and LJL in JapanRight now, we’re at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship in Paris, where Alienware and Dell hardware will be front and center both onstage and in the event production. For five days (Nov. 6-10) we’re hosting a booth at the Paris Esports Village on the forecourt of the Hotel de Ville from noon to 8 p.m. daily, leading to the main event itself – the World Championship Finals at AccorHotels Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10.How prominent have Alienware and Dell been on the road to the World Championship? The numbers tell the story:Alienware’s hardware & monitors have been part of LoL Esports connected by 13 domestic leagues around the world, and in 2019 Riot Games hosted Esports events across five continents and over 20 countries.Over the course of the 2019 competitive season, nearly 800 players took to the stage to play on the Alienware Aurora and competed across five regional leagues and three global competitions as well as Rift Rivals using our Alienware PCs and displaysPlayers from more than 40 nations have played on Alienware’s hardware, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Poland, Russia, Vietnam, the United States and moreThe focus has and will continue to be on the community. So, not heading to Paris? No problem, you can watch live matches by tuning in at watch.lolesports.com, and visit the Alienware Arena to learn more about our partnership with Riot Games.Gears 5 game action screenfillMicrosoft Xbox Game Pass & Alienware Area-51m Upgrade KitOur focus on enabling gamers expands beyond our partnership with Riot Games, and I’m glad to write on a few exciting bits of news. Alienware will be expanding our already deep-rooted partnership with Microsoft to offer Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) exclusively on Alienware and Dell Gaming devices. Microsoft has introduced a new and exciting way for gamers to play and enjoy their games, and we’re in on making that happen! So, if you like exclusive member discounts, and you’re a fan of titles like Halo: Reach, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5 and Football Manager 2019 – check out this offer when you purchase a new gaming PC. Make sure you check out Alienware Arena for more information.Lastly, holding true to our commitment announced with the launch of the Alienware Area-51m, customers can now purchase a GPU upgrade for their notebook! Just two days ago, we released a graphics card Upgrade Kit for Alienware Area-51m. It includes desktop-grade NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 or 2080 cards, a thermal module and matching power adaptor. You can order and upgrade yourself, or you can have an Alienware product technician come to your home to install and make sure it runs perfectly. Meeting this customer commitment was very important to us, and we’re proud to make it a reality.Alienware’s most important partner is and always will be the gamer. We are gamers, dedicated to building the Alienware brand for gamers, and will always be committed to gamers,  with the exuberance of high school [email protected]last_img read more

Teenage pregnancies decline as funding for sex education is cut

first_imgThe Times 30 May 2017Family First Comment: “(The) evidence suggests that when the government involves itself in teenagers’ sex lives it often winds up achieving the opposite of what was intended.”Yep. That’s what our “R18” report said also https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/r18-sex-ed/Teenage pregnancy rates have been reduced because of government cuts to spending on sex education and birth control for young women, according to a study that challenges conventional wisdom says the Times. The state’s efforts to teach adolescents about sex and make access to contraceptives easier may have encouraged risky behaviour rather than curbed it, the research suggests.In 1999, faced with some of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, ministers paid councils tens of millions of pounds a year to tackle the problem. Some local authorities made the morning-after pill freely available through pharmacies, while most hired teenage pregnancy “co-ordinators”, opened sexual health clinics in schools, and funded sex and relationship education (SRE) classes. The number of pregnancies, however, has fallen at a significantly faster rate since the grants were scrapped in 2010, in spite of critics’ dire prophecies to the contrary.David Paton, of the Nottingham University Business School, and Liam Wright, of the University of Sheffield, found that the decline was steepest in areas where councils slashed their teenage pregnancy budgets most aggressively. “There are arguments to suggest that the impact [of the cuts] on teenage pregnancy may be not as bad as feared and, indeed, that spending on projects relating to teenage pregnancy may even be counterproductive,” they wrote in the Journal of Health Economics.Mr Wright said that the effect was fairly small but had remained robust after all of the pair’s adjustments to the data. “It’s quite a surprising result, so we’ve tried to do a lot of different tests to see whether we could explain it away effectively,” he said.Analysis of 149 local authorities from 2009 to 2014 adds to a body of evidence that suggests that when the government involves itself in teenagers’ sex lives it often winds up achieving the opposite of what was intended.A study in 2009 looking at a typical Teenage Pregnancy Unit campaign, which included SRE and access to family planning in schools, found that it resulted in significantly higher pregnancy rates. Meanwhile a gold-standard Cochrane review of SRE published last year found that the measure had “no apparent effect on the number of young women who were pregnant”.Several other groups have found that making it easier for adolescents to get hold of contraceptives has, at best, an ambiguous impact on their sex lives. “Put simply, birth control will reduce the risk of pregnancy for sex acts which would have occurred anyway, but may increase the risk among teenagers who are induced by easier access to birth control either to start having sex or to have sex more frequently,” Professor Paton and Mr Wright wrote.After the financial crisis in 2008, Whitehall cut its grants for teenage pregnancy projects and then abolished them. Most councils cut these services too. Over the next five years, pregnancy rates fell 42.6 per cent to their lowest level since 1969. In 2014, 4,160 girls under 16 were recorded as being pregnant, down 10 per cent in a year.The researchers said that much of this is likely to be down to teenagers drinking less alcohol and getting better GCSEs rather than targeted programmes. Adolescents may also simply be more risk-averse than their parents were. “There’s less long-term risk-taking behaviour, so these trends might all be of a piece,” Mr Wright said.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/sex-education-funding-cuts-drive-decline-in-teenage-pregnancies-n67v6mnzrlast_img read more

Pope recalls joy and ‘choppy waters’

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope recalls joy and ‘choppy waters’ by: – February 27, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Pope Benedict XVI: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I’m really moved”Pope Benedict XVI has admitted he faced “choppy waters” during his eight years at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church, but says he was guided by God and felt his presence every day. The Pope, 85, will retire on Thursday – the first pope to abdicate since Gregory XII in 1415.Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican for Pope Benedict’s final general audience. His successor will be chosen in a conclave to take place in March. Pope Benedict told the crowd his papacy had been “a heavy burden” but he accepted it because he was sure that God would guide him. At times he “felt like St Peter with his apostles on the Lake of Galilee”, he said, making reference to the Biblical story when the disciples were battling against heavy waves and Jesus Christ appeared to them.The Church has been beset by scandals over sexual abuse by priests and leaked confidential documents revealing corruption and infighting in the Vatican. ‘Serenity of spirit’The Pope thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire and said he was standing down for the good of the Church. “I took this step [resignation] in full awareness of its gravity and novelty but with profound serenity of spirit,” he said in his address. As a result of his surprise announcement, the Church has now amended its laws to bring forward the election of a successor. A conclave beginning in mid-March would have left little time to have a new pope installed for one of the most important periods in the Catholic calendar, Holy Week, leading up to Easter, which begins on 24 March.The BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome says that on Thursday the Pope will travel by helicopter to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles (24km) south-east of Rome. He will cease to be Pope at 20:00 local time.After Benedict XVI steps down, he will become known as “pope emeritus”.He will retain the honorific “His Holiness” after his abdication and will continue to be known by his papal title of Benedict XVI, rather than reverting to Joseph Ratzinger.He will wear his distinctive white cassock without any cape or trimmings, but will surrender his gold ring of office and his personal seal will be destroyed. He will also give up wearing his red shoes. “On the one hand I felt that since the decision that he would leave office and resign became public, Pope Benedict is relieved,” said the head of the German bishops’ conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. “But he also now feels the sympathy of the people for him, and therefore he will have a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, a bit of sadness.” FarewellThe title “emeritus” is used when a person of status, such as a professor or bishop, hands over their position, so their former rank can be retained in their title.The Pope is to spend his final hours at his Vatican residence saying farewell to the cardinals who have been his closest aides during his eight-year pontificate, says the BBC’s David Willey at the Vatican. His personal archive of documents will be packed up and, at 20:00 (19:00 GMT) on Thursday, the Swiss Guard on duty at his Castel Gandolfo residence will be dismissed, to be replaced by Vatican police.This will mark the formal end of his papacy and the beginning of the period of transition to his successor, due to be chosen next month. From 4 March, the College of Cardinals will meet in general congregations to discuss the problems facing the Church and set a date for the start of the secret election, or conclave, to elect Pope Benedict’s successor.That successor will be chosen by 115 cardinal-electors (those younger than 80 years old) through ballots held in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.A two-thirds-plus-one vote majority is required. Sixty-seven of the electors were appointed by Benedict XVI, and the remainder by his predecessor John Paul II.About half the cardinal-electors (60) are European – 21 of them Italian – and many have worked for the administrative body of the Church, the Curia, in Rome. BBC Newscenter_img Share Share 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more