According to NBC News, the pope met with National Basketball Association players Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Kover, Anthony Tolliver, and Italian Marco Bellini, who translated for everyone present.
According to excerpts of the book published on Monday by La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, the pope was quoted as saying he didn't know if he was going live or die when he was hospitalised in Argentina in 1957, after he came down with a lung infection.
In the book that covers wide-ranging issues, Francis addresses the persecution of Christians in Islamic countries as well as economic, social and political changes he says are needed to address inequalities after the pandemic ends.
The Chinese-speaker of the CChina is slamming Pope Francis over an e-book statement on the Uighur minority Chinese Overseas Ministry Zhao Lijian claimed at a day-to-day information briefing in Beijing that the citizens of all ethnic teams benefit from the full rights of survival, development, and independence of non-secular interpretation. A police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee against his neck for minutes while Floyd said he couldn't breathe. It's just I can't exclude. We athletes have a very big media platform and we've got to use it positively to reach where institutions are lacking.
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Earlier, the pope had spoken out about the Rohingya who fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidis by Islamic militants in Iraq, but it is the first time the Holy See has mentioned Uyghurs as persecuted people. "The key is to remain humble".
Milwaukee Bucks players were so upset by what happened to Blake that they refused to take the floor for an opening round series game against the Orlando Magic. Brown himself was a victim of police brutality when was tased by police for a parking infraction in 2018. A settlement where Brown would receive $750,000 plus an admission from the city that his civil rights were violated was agreed to this month.
"Kind of having a different perspective and a different stance from a lot of other guys in the league, and even the guys that showed up, to be given the opportunity to speak (to Pope Francis) was huge for me", Isaac said Tuesday. "His openness and eagerness to discuss these issues was inspiring and a reminder that our work has had a global impact and must continue moving forward".
The delegation did not wear masks during its papal visit.