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  • Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for church's role in Rwanda genocide

     

    Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the Catholic church’s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days of violence. The “sins and failings of the church and its members” had “disfigured the face” of Catholicism, he said.

    Speaking after meeting the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, the Vatican acknowledged that some Catholic priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence” by participating in the genocide.

    According to the Vatican, Francis “expressed the desire that this humble recognition of the failings of that period, which unfortunately disfigured the face of the church, may contribute to a ‘purification of memory’ and may promote, in hope and renewed trust, a future of peace”.

    Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists in a wave of violence sparked by the death of the Rwandan president, Juvénal Habyarimana – a Hutu – when his plane was shot down. Violence spread from the capital, Kigali, throughout the country, encouraged by the presidential guard and radio propaganda.

    The killing was led by a militia called the Interahamwe, but ordinary citizens were urged to join in. In some cases, Hutus were forced by military personnel to murder their Tutsi neighbours.

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  • The most expensive cities in the world 2017

    This is one time where most Americans don’t want to be No. 1.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of The Economist Group this week ranked the world’s priciest cities. Of the 10 most expensive cities, five are in Asia. Singapore came out at No. 1, followed by Hong Kong. The third-most expensive city is Zurich, Switzerland, the city with the highest cost of living in Europe. Tokyo and Osaka, both in Japan, are fourth and fifth, followed by Seoul, South Korea. Geneva, Switzerland, and Paris tied for seventh, and New York and Copenhagen tied at No. 9.

    The study rated the cities according to how expensive it is to buy basic items there at supermarkets, mid-priced stores and specialty outlets, using the price of food, drinks, clothing, recreation and entertainment and the cost of buying and running a car (including the cost of gasoline).

    It also includes recurring expenses, including the cost of renting a home, utility bills, private schools and domestic help. It takes into account the relative strength of each of the countries’ respective currencies. A slight weakening of the U.S. dollar, for instance, contributed to New York’s relatively low ranking and kept many other pricey U.S. cities off the list.

     

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  • How to heal cracked heels - Amharic

     

    Cracked heels are a frequent notion among world population. Moreover, different creams, peels, rubbing stones, etc. often require a lot of effort, money, as well as persistence. However, even if you have all these three allies, there is still a chance of failure to soften the cracked heels. But, do not worry, since one of the best natural solutions is available to everyone: lemon. First, take a lemon that is at the size of your heel and squeeze it. Use the juice for lemonade, whereas you will need the peel for the treatment. And, put a half of the peel on the heel and put on socks.

     

    The lemon peel will remove all the dry and hard skin. For optimal results, leave the peel overnight. You will feel the difference only after one night of treatment. Repeat the treatment several times until you notice improvement. Instead of lemon peel, you can also apply chopped onion.
     

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  • Acid Reflux – Foods To Avoid

     

    There are many people worldwide who struggle with gastroesophageal reflux disease, so they always wonder what kind of food is causing it in order to avoid it. In order to prevent this condition, people should avoid foods that are causing it and start eating foods that have the potential to confer significant long-term health benefits among acid reflux sufferers. The most important thing is our lifestyle and proper diet.

     The most important thing the keep our body’s delicate natural inner balance is the foods we consume. We all know that certain foods and dietary habits directly and indirectly promote the aggravation of acid reflux, so avoiding them and adopting specific dietary habits for optimal digestion while suffering from acid reflux could have a tremendously positive effect on your existing medical condition. We will provide some of the foods that should be avoided in order to prevent acid reflux.

     

    Alcohol

     

    Eliminate alcohol since it can irritate the stomach and relax the LES muscles, which will lead to increased acidity and reflux.

     

    Peppermint

     

    Avoid foods that contain peppermint, spearmint and other mints, including mint-based herbal nteas since they can worsen acid reflux symptoms.

     

    Acidic foods (such as oranges and tomatoes)

     

    Make sure to avoid acidic foods such as cruciferous vegetables ( broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower, spinach) which promote the opening of the esophageal sphincter, thus increasing acid reflux.

     

    High-fat foods

     

     They are considered as one the major culprits behind GERD symptoms because they take longer to digest and are not easily eliminated out of the body, which is why they increase the chances acid will splash up into your esophagus. The only exceptions are omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oil, which are in fact powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

     

    Coffee

     

    You definitely need to avoid coffee and other caffeine containing beverages if you are struggling with acid reflux. Limit your daily intake of coffee to 2 cups or less. It possible, split your coffee cup into two half cups, and reduce coffee drinking before the bedtime.

     

    Chocolate

     

    It may be difficult for you to avoid chocolate, but you should since it contains a great deal of caffeine and fat which may increase acidity and worsen digestion. If you are chococholic, try eating dark chocolate or organic varieties, and eat no more than 2 or 3 tiny squares 2 or 3 times a week.

     

    Milk

     

    Milk and milk-based products that contain a big proportion of calcium should also be avoided before bedtime.

     As you can see, avoiding the above mentioned foods can improve your problems with gastroesophageal reflux so make these lifestyle changes as soon as possible in order to improve the quality of your life and well being.

     

    No matter what your medical condition is, when you decide to improve your quality of life, you can literally choose to cure GERD and prevent its recurrence, by adopting the holistic approach.

     

    This article is based on the book, “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin. He is an author, health consultant, nutritionist and researcher who dedicated his life to find the ultimate acid reflux solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of heartburn and acid reflux thus improving the overall quality of people’s lives without having to use medications and surgical procedures.

     

    Source: eatingnaturallymag.com

     

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