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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

"The blood of today's martyrs makes us one," Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square.

He cited the slaying of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya in February.

"When those who hate Jesus Christ kill a Christian, before killing him, they don't ask, 'Are you Lutheran, or Orthodox, or Evangelical or Baptist or Methodist?'" the pope said. Francis added that these killers say "'You are Christian' and they cut off their heads."

"If the enemy unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?" Francis asked rhetorically.

He urged Christians to seek "unity in diversity of expression" through common prayer and practicing charity together.

Orthodox patriarchs, Anglican and Lutheran bishops and Evangelical pastors joined cardinals and other Vatican prelates in attending the spiritual renewal gathering. With his head bowed, Francis listened as tenor Andrea Bocelli and other performers sang "Amazing Grace."

Pope Francis will begin a weeklong tour of three South American countries on Sunday, July 5, when he arrives in Ecuador at 3 p.m. local time (7 p.m. PST). He will travel to Bolivia on Wednesday, July 8, and to Paraguay on Friday, July 10. He is scheduled to return to Rome on Sunday, July 12.

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