- - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

1| From capo to Christian: A mobster’s tale |The Boston Globe

A notorious Boston mobster who disappeared into the federal witness protection program has resurfaced in Tennessee with a new identity, a new life, and a tantalizing clue involving the world’s largest art heist.

In this city on the Mississippi, he’s known as Alonso Esposito, a tall, charismatic man with graying hair and a Boston accent who self-published a paperback about the Bible and volunteers as a pastor at a nondenominational church.

But in the 1990s, as Mafia capo Robert “Bobby” Luisi Jr., he ran a crew of wiseguys, based in Greater Boston, that included two men suspected by the FBI of stashing $500 million worth of masterworks stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. 

2| Pope to find a Catholic Poland out of step with his vision |AP

When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week for World Youth Day, he will meet a nation still deeply committed to its conservative Catholic traditions and to the memory of St. John Paul II, who inspired this country’s successful struggle against communism in the 1980s.

But Francis will also find a nation under international censure for backtracking on some of its democratic gains, and a clergy deeply entwined with a ruling right-wing party that analysts say is out of sync with his philosophy of humility and mercy.

“The (Polish) Church is a bit uneasy about this visit,” said philosopher of religion, Zbigniew Mikolejko. “On one hand it would like to use the visit to strengthen its importance. On the other hand it is anxious because Francis’ attitude is radically different from that of the Polish Church leaders, who want to have authority over the people’s conscience and to have real power.”

3| Religious people oppose genetic engineering to enhance human abilities |Christian Today

The more religious a person is, the more likely they are to oppose genetic engineering that could enhance minds and bodies, and help babies suffering from genetic diseases.

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, many US adults oppose the application of breakthroughs in bio-engineering.

“In general, the most religious are the most wary about potential enhancements,” says Pew.


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