Pope's anniversary tweet: 'Pray for me'

Pope's anniversary tweet: 'Pray for me'

Pope Francis marked the first anniversary of his election Thursday with a typically humble message, telling his followers on Twitter: "Please pray for me." No celebrations were planned for the occasion. "Today the pope is doing nothing special or different from other days. He prays," the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on behalf of Capitol Hill leaders, invited the pope to address a joint session of Congress during his expected U.S. visit next year.

Surveillance bugs Facebook Chief

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he calls long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Zuckerberg wrote Thursday in a posting on his Facebook page.

by the numbers

88,000 The number of deaths alcohol is responsible for each year in the United States, according to a new government report on the toll of excessive drinking, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Times wires

Pope's anniversary tweet: 'Pray for me' 03/13/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:15pm]


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