Pope Benedict XVI says prayer most important for Christian unity

Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 15 (KATAKAMI.COM / VATICAN RADIO) — Pope Benedict XVI greeted an ecumenical delegation from Finland on Saturday. The group of Lutherans were making their annual pilgrimage to Rome to mark the feast of Saint Henry, the patron of their country. The meeting is coming just before the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins next week.

The majority of Finns belongs to The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, which has nearly 4 ½ million members.

Speaking in German, the Pope reminded the delegation that Christian unity is ultimately a fruit of the action of God, and its success depends on the effectiveness of efforts which come from persistent prayer.

He noted the recent final report on Justification in the Life of the Church prepared by the Nordic Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Group in Finland and Sweden, whose members he was able to meet last year.

He said a deepening of the understanding of justification will help Catholics and Lutherans reach a common view regarding the nature of the church and the episcopal office.

He also drew attention to the awareness that the ecumenical journey has become in many ways more difficult and more challenging. The Pope said questions have been asked about the ecumenical method and the achievements of recent decades, and some express uncertainty about the future.

In this light, the Holy Father said this annual pilgrimage to Rome for the feast of St. Henry is important, and an encouragement for ecumenical efforts.  (*)

British Foreign Secretary William Hague urges rapid return to law and order in Tunisia

William Hague

Jan 15 (KATAKAMI.COM / FCO.GOV.UK) — Foreign Secretary William Hague calls for restraint from all sides and an orderly move towards free and fair elections.

“I condemn the violence and call on the Tunisian authorities to do all they can to resolve the situation peacefully.  I am calling for a rapid return to law and order, restraint from all sides, an orderly move towards free and fair elections and an immediate expansion of political freedoms in Tunisia.

Our Embassy in Tunis is providing help and assistance to the UK citizens affected. Britons worried about travel to Tunisia should check the FCO’s travel advice, which is kept under constant review.

Our advice to concerned British Nationals is to follow developments closely and stay in touch with their tour operator. They should respect advice or instructions given by the local security authorities and tour operators and avoid rallies and demonstrations.”  (*)

Zsa Zsa Gabor to have leg amputated: Spokesman

Zsa Zsa Gabor listens in court during her trial in Beverly Hills in this May 1, 1990 file photo. Gabor, a fixture on Hollywood's social scene for decades, will have most of her right leg amputated on January 14, 2011 in an effort to fight a gangrene infection, her spokesman said. REUTERS/Pool/Files

LOS ANGELES, Jan 15 (KATAKAMI.COM / ASIAONE) — AILING actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was to have most of her right leg amputated on Friday, the 93-year-old’s spokesman said, adding that otherwise she would die.

The flamboyant star – who was read the last rites during a health scare last year – was admitted to hospital just after New Year due to an infection, and had been treated with antibiotics.

But doctors decided they had no alternative but to remove her leg, as the infection had permeated into the bone. ‘This is a very dangerous operation for someone her age,’ said her spokesman John Blanchette.

‘But she will die otherwise,’ he added, saying that she would have about three quarters of her leg amputated.

A spokesman for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said the hospital would hold a press conference at 2pm (2200 GMT, 6am Singapore time) to give further information about the surgery.

The Hungarian-born actress was hospitalised last July after she fell and broke her hip. She underwent hip replacement surgery but suffered more complications, including a blood clot for which she had more surgery.

Doctors amputate actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's right leg

Zsa Zsa Gabor



Jan 15 (KATAKAMI.COM / BBC) — Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor’s right leg, which was infected with gangrene, has been amputated in a life-saving surgery her doctors have deemed a success.

She is in “frail health” and will be closely monitored in a Los Angeles hospital, Dr David Rigberg said.

Gabor was hospitalised on 2 January after attempts to save her leg with antibiotics proved unsuccessful.

The 93-year-old has been admitted to hospital a number of times since breaking her hip in July.

“Ms Gabor needed an amputation above her knee due to poor circulation and a large ulcerated area on her right leg,” said Dr Rigberg, an associate professor of vascular surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“The surgery today went well, however, she is in frail health so we will continue to monitor her closely,” he said, adding that after consulting with Ms Gabor’s husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, he felt amputation was the best decision.

Multiple hospital visitsGabor had been hospitalised several times for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body, following a hip replacement surgery this summer.

She was readmitted to hospital in the new year because a wound in her right leg had grown and “wasn’t healing any more”, her publicist John Blanchette said earlier this month.

Gabor had reportedly been bedridden in recent months.

She was in critical condition and had asked for a priest during a trip to the hospital in August, but Gabor soon recovered and was sent home.

The veteran actress was partially paralysed in a car accident in 2002 and suffered a stroke in 2005, forcing her to use a wheelchair.

Gabor starred in the films Moulin Rouge, Touch of Evil and Queen of Outer Space, among others.  (*)


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