Upwards of three million people will gather in Rome this weekend, for Sunday’s canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Pope Francis will declare sainthood on two of his most influential predecessors.
Francis made the announcement last October during a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican. Each pope gained high international profiles – John for the modernizing the Church in the 1960s, and John Paul for encouraging the fall of Communism in his native Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe.
Four years after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, it appears another year will pass before BP learns how much it will owe under the Clean Water Act.
On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines, leading up to the January 20 trial date set by presiding Federal Judge Carl Barbier. The schedule also calls for the trial to end on February 5.
The Pensacola Symphony will bring its season to a close this Saturday with a performance of Mozart and Mahler on the stage of the Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola. Music Director Peter Rubardt came by the studios and spoke with Hedi Salanki about the program.
The concert will take place on Saturday at 8:00 pm in the Saenger Theatre, and will feature Leonid Yanovskiy and Brian Brown. Tickets and more information are available at 435-2533, or on line at pensacolasymphony.com.
Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer ran his fifth Boston Marathon on Monday. After the race he spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett on his cell phone from the finish line. They started with the atmosphere at the start of the race.
Brian Spencer says, "Absolutely celebratory and at the same time solemn... more than 30,000 people observed a moment of silence."
On running by the blast site:
"I wanted to focus on the families and the victims who were affected by this event. I think I did that."