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Biden and Pope Francis to meet this month

President Joe Biden is expected to meet Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day tour through Italy and the UK for global meetings on the economy and climate change.

Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis and poverty during his meeting with the Pope, according to the White House. The meeting will take place on October 29, and Biden will then attend a two-day summit of G-20 leaders in Rome, before traveling to Glasgow, Scotland, for the United Nations climate conference known as of COP26.

Biden, who is a Roman Catholic, often talks about his faith in public and attends mass every weekend. But his political views, including his support for same-sex marriage and the right to abortion, have at times put him at odds with Catholic doctrine and have sparked controversy and criticism from some leaders of the Catholic Church.

First Lady Jill Biden will join her husband for his meeting with the Pope.

Africa detects one in seven COVID cases

Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa is detected, which means the continent’s estimated infection level could be 59 million people, according to a new study from the World Health Organization.

“With limited testing, we are still flying blind in far too many communities in Africa,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said at a press briefing Thursday.

To get more accurate numbers of infections and better curb transmission, the UN plans to increase rapid diagnostic tests in eight African countries with a goal of testing 7 million people next year. The initiative is a “radically” new approach that shifts from passive surveillance to active surveillance by working with communities, Moeti said.

Norway mourns victims of bow and arrows

Many Norwegians remember it too well: politicians, locals and the Norwegian royal family together mourn an act of local mass violence that has deeply shaken a Scandinavian nation where such tragedies are rare.

A bow and arrow attack that killed five people and injured three in a quiet town on Wednesday brought immediate comparisons to a terrorist attack a decade and three months earlier that still ranks as the worst act of massacre in peacetime in Norway.

It was not until July that church bells rang across the country as people gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the day right-wing extremist Anders Breivik killed eight people while bombing government buildings in the capital, Oslo, and 69 others by opening fire on a youth camp on the island of Utoya.

Flags at half mast on all public buildings and flickering candles on the steps of Kongsberg church on Thursday recalled the rampage of Breivik and quietly bore witness to the still unfathomable events that unfolded for over 30 minutes the night before. .

“What no one thought could happen has happened. A horrific violent incident has hit our city, ”Kongsberg leaders said on the municipal website.

—Compiled from Tribune Wire Services

Compiled from Tribune Wire Services

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