What Happened On July 30 1898

Otto von Bismarck Death of Otto von Bismarck Otto von Bismarck—who, as prime minister of Prussia (1862–73, 1873–90), used ruthlessness and moderation to unify Germany, founding the German Empire (1871) and serving as its first chancellor (1871–90)—died this day in 1898.

The UN Arms Embargo against Iran Must Be Extended

‘If the embargo is not renewed, this will allow Iran to import and export arms with impunity. They are already buying and selling arms on the black market, but ending the arms embargo will allow them to do so officially.’ — Senior Israeli official who

Source: The UN Arms Embargo against Iran Must Be Extended

7 Ways to Maintain Authentic Leadership

.A few years ago I met with a group of Millennials in our church – asking them to help me think through leadership today. The most repeated word was “authentic”. Funny , they couldn’t necessarily define the term, but they apparently know when they see it – and when they don’t.

I was talking with a young staff member of another church recently. She said the reason she struggles to follow her pastor is he isn’t off stage who he claims to be on stage. She said he yells at staff members, doesn’t protect his family and never encourages others.

How can we be respected and remain respected as authentic as leaders?

7 thoughts to maintain authentic leadership:

Make sure yes is yes and no is no.

This likely means not over committing so you can follow through on commitments made. It means learning to prioritize and learning to delegate. Team members need to know you can always be depended upon as a person of your word. It helps people learn you’re worthy to follow.

Don’t call it awesome if it was mediocre at best.

Many leaders pretend something is better than it really is – rather than admit when something could be improved. We exaggerate our success and the success of the organization. Some pastors pretend our church is bigger than it really is. We can also pretend our life is more perfect than it really is. All the while our team is watching. People soon spot a pretender.

Don’t claim to know everything – or act like you do.

No one knows everything. People know when we don’t. It’s better to admit it on our own. Plus, we devalue the contribution of others when we pretend to have all the answers.

Don’t receive credit when it’s not deserved.

Taking credit for other people’s work is not only wrong, it causes people to mistrust leadership. Authentic leaders seek recognition for others equal or more than their own. They share ownership of recognition for the team’s success.

Ask for help.

Every leader needs it. Authentic leaders seek it. And they give credit to where they received it. If you want to be respected by your team – ask for their input – and take their suggestions.

Remain accessible and accountable.

Authentic leaders are always accessible to people they lead. They live transparent lives in front of all people and completely open to a few. People need to have the freedom to ask the hard questions and challenge us where necessary.

Admit failures and confess fears.

Everyone trying to follow a leader knows the flaws of the leader. Authentic leaders readily own up to them. Authentic leaders push through fear but don’t pretend the fear is not real. They shoulder their burdens with their team

World Day Against Human Trafficking: A Fight that Concerns All Countries

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Says Pope Francis Regarding This Scourge July 30, 2020 16:04 Larissa I. LópezJustice and PeaceWhatsAppFacebook MessengerFacebookTwitterShare

Every year, on July 30, the United Nations Organizations observes the World Day against Human Trafficking, a crime and grave violation of Human Rights.

According to the UN, every year thousands of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Virtually all the countries of the world are affected by trafficking, either as the country of origin, of transit, or of the victims’ destiny.

Victims of Trafficking

The UN also states that, as a minimum, human trafficking is used for sexual exploitation, forced labor, forced begging, forced marriage, the sale of children as child soldiers but also to extract their organs.

According to the data, women constitute 49% of the total victims, and girls 23%. Sexual exploitation is the most common form of exploitation (59%), followed by forced labor (34%). The majority of victims of trafficking are victims within their countries’ borders. The victims of trafficking abroad are taken to the richest countries.

Relief Figures

This year, on World Day against Human Trafficking, the UN has focused on emphasizing the efforts of the personnel fighting on the front line against human trafficking. They are individuals working in different aspects: to identify, support, advise, and seek justice for the victims of trafficking and challenge the impunity of the traffickers.

The UN also stresses the essential role of these relief figures, which has become even more important during the coronavirus crisis, particularly because the imposed restrictions have made their work even more difficult.

In order to contribute to the proliferation of the positive testimony of these workers, the UN invites to join the conversation and uses the hashtags #Findela Trata [EndofTrafficking] and #Trata dePersonas[HumanTrafficking] on all digital platforms.

Caritas Internationalis’ Appeal

For his part, given this World Day and this time of the spread of COVID-19, the Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysiius John, laments this worrying reality and affirms that the concentration of attention and efforts in the emergency caused by the virus “should not hinder us from taking care of the people most prone to exploitation, by offering them “safety nets” and “material, medical, legal and psychological support” to “accompany them in difficulties.”

Therefore, Caritas Internationalis has appealed to governments to pay more attention to the “collateral damages of the global pandemic, especially to migrants and informal workers, who are now more exposed to trafficking.”

Pope Francis against Trafficking

The Holy Father labels human trafficking “an ignoble activity, a shame for our societies that call themselves civilized. As the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano points out, in an article entitled “Pope Francis’ Teaching against Human Trafficking,” since occupying the Petrine See, the Pope has strongly denounced this scourge, describing it as “the greatest slavery of this 21st century and making it one of the recurrent subjects of his teachings.

According to the Vatican newspaper, for the Pope, this scourge is a crime against humanity that, in his words, “concerns all countries, including the most developed, and it affects the most vulnerable people: women, girls, boys and girls, the handicapped, the poor, those coming from situations of family and social disintegration.

Priority in Pastoral Agendas

To seal his original “vocation” of service to the excluded, the Pontiff has not failed to call the Church, stressing to other religious leaders, to rulers, and to the International Community the need to put the subject among the priorities of their pastoral agenda.

Thus, for example, in a note written and sent by the Pontiff in August 2013, the year his pontificate began, to the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and of Social Sciences, his compatriot Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, he requested specifically “that it would be good to address human trafficking and modern slavery.”

Since then, the Pontiff has made numerous appeals in addresses, homilies, and documents, including concrete initiatives. Such is the case, for instance, of the creation in 2014 of the Saint Martha Group, a global alliance of Police Chiefs, Bishops and Religious Communities, as well as the establishment of the World Day of Prayer and Reflection, observed every year on February 8, in memory of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a nun native of Sudan, who was sold as a slave when she was a child.

‘If you cannot take over Baga, we should forget about it’, Governor Zulum of Borno State berates Army over Boko Haram attack on his convoy

You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here; if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base, and then we should forget about Baga

Source: ‘If you cannot take over Baga, we should forget about it’, Zulum berates Army over Boko Haram attack on his convoy | The ICIR

Police inspector, Ebah allegedly threatened, raped widow for not wearing a facemask in Rivers State, Nigeria

Ebah is a police officer with the rank of an inspector attached to the Saakpenwaa Police Division in the Tai LGA of Rivers State.

Source: How police inspector, Ebah allegedly threatened, raped widow for not wearing a facemask | The ICIR

Satan Demanded to Have You, That He Might Sift You Like Wheat

Jul 28th 2020 Joe Heschmeyer / Catholic Answers

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:31-32).

In and of itself, this is a remarkable passage, although much is lost in translation. The Enduring Word biblical commentary remarks on this verse that “Satan wanted to completely crush and defeat Peter.” But this fundamentally misunderstands the verse.

It’s about Satan’s plan to crush and defeat not Peter, but all of them…or all of us.

The error here is simple. Unlike Hebrew and Greek, today’s English lacks a formal “you-plural.” As a result, we miss an important shift in Jesus’ words from you-plural to you-singular in this passage. Fortunately, there are still plenty of regional or slangy options: depending on where you’re from, you might use y’all, youse, yinz, you guys, you lot, or something else.

The passage is clearer if we plug in a you-plural so we can understand what’s going on. Now it reads, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you all, that he might sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” Now we can see the important shift that’s obvious in the Greek but lost in the English—that Satan is out for all twelve (and, more broadly, all of Jesus’ followers), and that Jesus responds by praying for one of them, Peter, and then commissioning him to strengthen the others.

How Might a Protestant Respond?

What might Protestants say in response to this passage? Keith Mathison, in The Shape of Sola Scriptura, writes that Peter:

. . . overestimates his own faith despite Jesus’ warning. That is an especially dangerous place for any believer to be, and therefore Jesus, because of his love for Peter, prays especially for him. . . . This text in Luke 22 is a beautiful picture of our Lord’s love and concern for Peter. It has absolutely no bearing on the question of the papacy.

To be sure, part of what’s going on here is that Peter’s going to deny Christ three times. But that doesn’t really explain the line “strengthen your brethren.” This isn’t as much exegesis as a hand-waving dismissal. The problem with Mathison’s read is clear from John Calvin’s commentary on the passage, in which he notes that all of the Twelve are described as making similar boasts, and all are described as falling away. “Peter said to him, ‘Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples” (Matt. 26:35). Calvin rightly notes that the fact that they should do this even “after Peter had been reproved” shows “how little they knew themselves.” And Jesus warns that all of the Twelve, not just Peter, are about to fall away: “You will all fall away because of me this night” (31). Sure enough, after Jesus’ arrest, “all the disciples forsook him and fled” (56).

So why do we focus on Peter’s denial?

Two reasons. One is simply that Peter doubles back and “followed him at a distance” (Matt. 26:58), while most of the Twelve are nowhere to be found. Only he allows himself to be put into harm’s way again, either out of love of Christ or an overestimation of his own strength, or both. The second is that Peter is consistently held to a higher standard throughout the Gospels. When all of the Twelve fall asleep in the Garden, it’s only one who gets rebuked: Peter (Matt. 26:40; Mark 14:37). Jesus explains this principle expressly: “every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more” (Luke 12:48). Why is more expected of Peter? Because more has been entrusted to him.