THE Pope's "right hand man" has told how he held Michael Schumacher's hands and made a sign of the cross during a visit to his home. Archbishop Georg Gänswein has revealed details of his moving meeting with the stricken Formula One champ as he recovers in Lake Geneva. The news of the 2016 visit comes as it can be revealed Pope Francis himself has held prayers for the critically-ill German sports legend. The pontiff offered prayers for the recovery of racing legend following a personal request from former Ferrari boss Jean Todt. "Michael is close to my heart, as everyone knows," Todt has told Vatican Radio. "He is part of my family. I asked (Pope Francis) if he would like to pray for (Schumacher), and he gladly accepted. "Francis knows of Schumacher and had also heard of his accident." Todt said he phoned Schumacher's wife, Corinna, after the meeting to inform her of the Pope's prayer promise. Meanwhile Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary … [Read more...] about Pope’s right hand man tells how he held Michael Schumacher during visit as it’s revealed Francis prays for stricken F1 legend
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Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 2:14 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, has died, her niece Sabrina Ownes confirmed to the Free Press. She was 76. She died at 9:50 a.m. surounded by family at her home in Detroit. A family statement released by her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family." Franklin was the loftiest name in the rich history of Detroit music and one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of gospel, R&B, classical and jazz, … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Detroit star transformed American music
THE abduction of a one day old baby sparked a manhunt across the United States after the infant was snatched from his mother's arms. Here's what we know about the kidnap, the FBI search and Paul's ongoing search for identity. Who is Paul Joseph Fronczak? He was born to parents Dora and Chester Fronczak, in Michael Reese hospital in Chicago on April 26, 1964. Dora had nursed the baby throughout the day, when a woman dressed as a nurse came into Dora's room to take him for an examination. She never returned, but shortly afterwards a real nurse came to take Paul to the nursery. It was then that they realised Paul had been taken. What did the FBI case discover? Police launched the biggest manhunt in Chicago's history, along with the FBI and 175,000 postal officers. But they came up with only blanks and the investigation was shelved. Then, nearly two years later in March 1966, Paul's parents received a letter from the FBI. A toddler had been found in Newark, New Jersey, matching their son's … [Read more...] about Who is Paul Joseph Fronczak, was he stolen as a baby in Chicago and what did the FBI kidnapping case discover?
ROMAN Abramovich became one of Russia’s richest men with the help of Vladimir Putin who he gifted a £25m yacht while being described as the leader’s “favourite son”. The Chelsea owner, 51, and his business dealings are under the spotlight once again after his UK visa was delayed amid a government probe into Russian oligarchs living in Britain. Known for his “stealthy” and often ruthless business acumen, Abramovich has amassed a fortune of £9billion thanks to his close ties to the Kremlin and in particular President Vladimir Putin, 61. After meeting future business partner and Kremlin insider Boris Berezovsky in 1993, Abramovich was able to forge alliances in the Yeltsin government including with Putin. He and former car dealer Berezovsky were able to buy Siberian oil giant Sibneft for less than $200 million (£148 million) in an auction which is alleged to have been rigged. But it was his relationship with then-Prime Minister Putin … [Read more...] about How Roman Abramovich is treated like Putin’s ‘favourite son’ and thrusts lavish gifts – including a £25m yacht – on the Russian leader
PUBLISHED: 13:12 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:46 01 May 2018 Emily Banks Fans have been laying tributes to George Michael in The Grove since he died on Christmas Day 2016. Picture: Michael Stephens/PA PA Wire/PA Images The family of popstar George Michael are to dismantle the memorial garden outside his home in The Grove. Flowers and tributes to the late star have been laid out on the green opposite The Grove, Highgate. Picture: Emily Banks They have asked any fans who wish to to collect their tributes to the star from today until the weekend of May 26. Once the tributes are cleared the family aims to restore the area to its original state by improving the railing and the grass which has been trampled by thousands of fans laying flowers and tributes since the popstar’s death on Christmas Day 2016. Sisters Yioda and Melanie Panayiotou and father Jack said they had made some difficult decisions about the situation since the death of George, who they knew affectionately as … [Read more...] about George Michael memorial garden in Highgate to be dismantled by star’s family