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WATCH VIDEO: MARK ZUCKERBERG, VIA FACEBOOK CONNECTS LIVE WITH 3 SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS

 
Published on Jun 1, 2016 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive officer, will speak with three astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 1. The Earth-to-space call will be seen live on NASA’s Facebook page. John Maxi During the 20-minute Facebook Live video call with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, and ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) Tim Peake, Zuckerberg will ask questions submitted on NASA’s Facebook page. To ask a question and watch the call, visit NASA’s Facebook page at:
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ALSO: Pope Francis met with a bunch of YouTube vloggers. Here’s what he told them...


MAY 31 -The Internet loves Pope Francis — even if the 79-year-old leader of the Catholic church has admitted to being a technology “dinosaur.” For the most part, the pope has praised the Internet’s potential for good from afar, not quite understanding what the Internet is like, but educated on what it can do. On Sunday, the pope had a very close encounter with that culture when he met 12 YouTube vloggers for an hour-long, face-to-face meeting.
The vloggers present cover everything from video games to beauty tips in their videos, and it might be tempting to write a little bit of fan fiction about cool Pope Francis knowing all about contouring now. But based on the available information and excerpts from the meeting so far, it seems that Pope Francis and the group of YouTube celebrities spent a lot of time discussing something the pope does very much care about: how to improve the lives of younger people. While it seems doubtful that Francis will ever start loving Let’s Plays, he seemed aware that the people who make them and videos like it end up reaching a lot of people. Although Pope Francis may never really participate in the Internet as an individual, he’s repeatedly talked about its potential to be a force for good in the lives of young people — and the consequences of an Internet gone wrong. “The digital world is a public square, a meeting place where we can either encourage or demean one another, engage in a meaningful discussion or unfair attacks,” he said in January. “The Internet can be used wisely to build a society which is healthy and open to sharing.” The “private” meeting will eventually be vlogged by each of the participants, who come from 10 countries and have a collective total of 26 million subscribers, according to YouTube’s news release on the meeting. Each YouTuber got to ask the pope a question, after being introduced and telling him about what sort of things their channel made. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lovely to meet you! Amal and George Clooney have an audience with the Pope at Vatican conference highlighting the plight of migrants


MAY 29 -Pope met number of high profile celebrities including George and Amal Clooney, Richard Gere and Salma Hayek. The pontiff has recently held a number of events highlighting plight of migrants - 550 are missing after boat capsized Pope Francis also revealed he has no intention of quitting the papacy because 'of my many responsibilities' Awarded medals to Gere, Clooney and Hayek at event to promote the work of foundation, Scholas Occurrentes See more news updates on George Clooney and his wife Amal's visit to Rome to meet Pope Francis
As one of the best-connected couples in showbusiness, George and Amal Clooney are no strangers to spending time with the famous. It wasn’t a Hollywood star they were meeting yesterday, however, but the altogether more important figure of the Pope. Clooney, 55, beamed as he leaned forward to shake Pope Francis’s hand in Rome – but the pontiff seemed to have eyes only for Mrs Clooney, stylish as ever in an Atelier Versace lace dress, matched with a black headpiece and nude heels and clutch bag. The actor and his human rights lawyer wife were at a seminar in Vatican City where the actor and fellow movie stars Richard Gere, 66, and Salma Hayek, 49, were awarded medals for their contribution to the work of the Scholas Occurrentes foundation  Yesterday the Pope met the stars at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City as he continues to highlight to plight of migrants attempting to reach Europe. During the event Pope Francis said he has no intention of quitting the papacy - a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. READ MORE...


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NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Mark Zuckerberg to Connect with Space Station Astronauts via Facebook


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MEDIA ADVISORY FROM NASA, JUNE 6, 2016 (WWW.NASA.GOV) May 27, 2016 - Live NASA Facebook page Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive officer, will speak with three astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 1. The Earth-to-space call will be seen live on NASA’s Facebook page.

During the 20-minute Facebook Live video call with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, and ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) Tim Peake, Zuckerberg will ask questions submitted on NASA’s Facebook page. To ask a question and watch the call, visit NASA’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/nasa

The International Space Station serves as the world's leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research, and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including asteroids and Mars.


SCREENGRAB YOU TUBE VIDEO: Jason Townsend Headquarters, Washington 202-358-0359 jason.c.townsend@nasa.gov  Hayley Fick Johnson Space Center, Houston 281-483-5111 hayley.m.fick@nasa.gov  For more information about the crew and research on the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

The International Space Station serves as the world's leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research, and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including asteroids and Mars.


JUNE 1, 2016 -NASA FACEBOOK - National Aeronautics and Space Administration 41 mins · Extremely bright fireball lit the pre-dawn sky over much of Arizona early Thursday. There were no reports of damage or injury. Based on numerous eyewitness accounts, a small asteroid estimated at 10 feed in diameter, with a mass in the tens of tons entered Earth’s atmosphere above Arizona just before 4 a.m. MST. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/25Dmefq

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Last Updated: May 27, 2016 Editor: Karen Northon


WASHINGTON POST

Pope Francis met with a bunch of YouTube vloggers. Here’s what he told them. By Abby Ohlheiser May 31 View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Jamie and Nikki @JamieAndNiks Taking a selfie with Pope Francis #PopewithYTcreators #scholas 1:56 AM - 30 May 2016 48 48 Retweets 388 388 likes

The Internet loves Pope Francis — even if the 79-year-old leader of the Catholic church has admitted to being a technology “dinosaur.”

For the most part, the pope has praised the Internet’s potential for good from afar, not quite understanding what the Internet is like, but educated on what it can do.

On Sunday, the pope had a very close encounter with that culture when he met 12 YouTube vloggers for an hour-long, face-to-face meeting.

The vloggers present cover everything from video games to beauty tips in their videos, and it might be tempting to write a little bit of fan fiction about cool Pope Francis knowing all about contouring now.

But based on the available information and excerpts from the meeting so far, it seems that Pope Francis and the group of YouTube celebrities spent a lot of time discussing something the pope does very much care about: how to improve the lives of younger people.

While it seems doubtful that Francis will ever start loving Let’s Plays, he seemed aware that the people who make them and videos like it end up reaching a lot of people.

Although Pope Francis may never really participate in the Internet as an individual, he’s repeatedly talked about its potential to be a force for good in the lives of young people — and the consequences of an Internet gone wrong.

“The digital world is a public square, a meeting place where we can either encourage or demean one another, engage in a meaningful discussion or unfair attacks,” he said in January. “The Internet can be used wisely to build a society which is healthy and open to sharing.”

The “private” meeting will eventually be vlogged by each of the participants, who come from 10 countries and have a collective total of 26 million subscribers, according to YouTube’s news release on the meeting. Each YouTuber got to ask the pope a question, after being introduced and telling him about what sort of things their channel made.

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According to YouTube, the group talked about “immigrant rights, gender equality, loneliness and self-esteem, and greater respect for diversity of all kinds.” Here’s a short round-up of some of Pope Francis’s answers.

On the haters.

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Follow Matthew Patrick ✔ @MatPatGT Forgot to ask the Pope to bless my water bottle! There goes my infinite supply of Holy Water!#PopeWithYTCreators 10:25 AM - 30 May 2016 239 239 Retweets 3,305 3,305 likes Matthew Patrick, a.k.a. the Game Theorists’ MatPat, asked Pope Francis about an issue he and the YouTube celebrities in that room had in common: haters.

Noting that Pope Francis has taken stands on controversial issues that have “anger[ed] a lot of people,” Patrick asked Francis to advise others who are “dealing with having to take a stand, to fight for what’s right?”

“I am not always successful. Sometimes I fail and I do not succeed in neutralizing the anger that an opinion or a speech I give can produce,” he said, according to a translation of his remarks in a video excerpt from the meeting. He later added:

“What really helps me is to listen. To hear what the positions of others are. And if my position is not in tune with that, we try to persuade …. to sit down, (Argentinians would say with a drink of mate), and chat and talk.” By doing that, he said, “at least the level of belligerence, the level of opposing views will have gone down.”

On religious division.

 

Noting that “the Bible practically begins with a crime, with a war among brothers” (referring to the Cain and Abel story), Pope Francis responded to a question about religious division from a member of the Israeli musical group Anna RF.

“The tendency to separate, to become divided, is a tendency we all carry with ourselves,” he said.

“What betrays us unconsciously is the conception that unity is the equivalent of uniformity,” he said, “and it is not so. it is a relationship between differences.”

On beauty blogging.

The pope told Louise Pentland, who runs the Sprinkle of Glitter beauty channel, that he is “glad that you carry out the type of work you said, following the line of beauty.”

“It’s a great thing. To preach beauty and show beauty helps neutralize aggression,” he added, according to a write-up of the meeting from the Guardian.

Pentland wasn’t the only beauty vlogger present in the meeting.

Dulce Candy, a popular YouTube personality who served in the U.S. Army, was also present — though she hasn’t said a ton about the meeting yet.


View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Dulce Candy ✔ @dulcecandy We just landed in Washington DC :) next stop, ROME! 4:28 PM - 25 May 2016 4 4 Retweets 129 129 likes

On building a community online.

Apparently in response to a question about whether this soccer goal was the result of God intervening or nah, Francis dodged and talked about what he believed the YouTube stars in the room could do to help those of their followers who were having a hard time, according to the Guardian.

“You can create a virtual identity; you belong to this circle at least virtually,” he said. “From that you can start taking a path of optimism and hope.”

The meeting happened toward the end of the Scholas Occurrentes World Congress in Rome — the same event where the pope met a small group of movie stars, including Salma Hayek and George Clooney.

The conference focused on many of the issues the pope discussed with the small group of YouTubers: how to build bridges among young people.


DAILYMAIL.UK

Lovely to meet you! Amal and George Clooney have an audience with the Pope at Vatican conference highlighting the plight of migrants By KEILIGH BAKER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 17:37 GMT, 29 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:25 GMT, 30 May 2016


Pope met number of high profile celebrities including George and Amal Clooney, Richard Gere and Salma Hayek
The pontiff has recently held a number of events highlighting plight of migrants - 550 are missing after boat capsized Pope Francis also revealed he has no intention of quitting the papacy because 'of my many responsibilities' Awarded medals to Gere, Clooney and Hayek at event to promote the work of foundation, Scholas Occurrentes See more news updates on George Clooney and his wife Amal's visit to Rome to meet Pope Francis

As one of the best-connected couples in showbusiness, George and Amal Clooney are no strangers to spending time with the famous.

It wasn’t a Hollywood star they were meeting yesterday, however, but the altogether more important figure of the Pope.

Clooney, 55, beamed as he leaned forward to shake Pope Francis’s hand in Rome – but the pontiff seemed to have eyes only for Mrs Clooney, stylish as ever in an Atelier Versace lace dress, matched with a black headpiece and nude heels and clutch bag.

The actor and his human rights lawyer wife were at a seminar in Vatican City where the actor and fellow movie stars Richard Gere, 66, and Salma Hayek, 49, were awarded medals for their contribution to the work of the Scholas Occurrentes foundation

Yesterday the Pope met the stars at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City as he continues to highlight to plight of migrants attempting to reach Europe.


Pope Benedict XVI

During the event Pope Francis said he has no intention of quitting the papacy - a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

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Amal looked as stylish as ever in an Atelier Versace lace outfit as she accompanied her actor husband to the event in Vatican City


The couple were joined by actress Salma Hayek, her husband Francois-Henri Pinault and their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault


American actor Richard Gere and his girlfriend, Alejandra Silva, during a meeting for the Scholas Occurrentes an educational organization founded by the Pontiff, at the Vatican.

The pope has met a number of high profile celebrities, including the Clooneys, as he continues to highlight to plight of migrants attempting to reach Europe.


Pope Francis awarded medals to Mr Gere, Mr Clooney and Ms Hayek at an event held at the Vatican to promote the work of his foundation

The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday `'I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities.'

The pope has previously said he envisioned a short papacy before going on 'to the Father's house,' but he has never specifically ruled out following in Benedict's footsteps.

Benedict retired in 2013, the first pope to step down in 600 years. The pope spoke at a Vatican gathering for the Scholas Occurentes global educational initiative that he launched.

During the event Pope Francis said he has no intention of quitting the papacy - a possibility opened up by his predecessor Benedict XVI


Actress Salma Hayek Pinault poses with husband French luxury and retail group PPR Chairman and CEO Francois-Henri Pinault and their daughter Valentina before an audience of Pope Francis to the participants of the Sixth World Congress of Pontifical Foundation Scholas

More than 700 migrants - including 40 children - have been killed in shipwreck disasters in under a week, it has emerged. Hundreds drowned between Wednesday and Friday when their boats all overturned off southern Italy, according to the UN refugee agency.

Yesterday Pope Francis held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children on Saturday, including a Nigerian boy whose parents drowned in a shipwreck, and told them migrants 'are not dangerous, but in danger'.

The meeting followed a surge in migrant traffic this week between Libya and Italy, with more than 14,000 saved from overcrowded boats since Monday and three consecutive days of shipwrecks in which hundreds may have died.

Three infants were among 45 bodies recovered at sea on Friday, UNICEF Italy said.


Hundreds drowned between Wednesday and Friday when their boats all overturned off southern Italy, according to the UN refugee agency

Meeting the mostly Italian children who took a special train from southern Italy to the Vatican's own railway station, Francis hugged the Nigerian boy, Osayande, who has been taken in by an Italian family.

He showed them an orange life jacket he was given by a Spanish rescuer working to save lives in the Mediterranean. 'He brought me this life jacket and, crying a little bit, he said: 'Father, I failed. There was a little girl in the sea and I wasn't able to save her. All I could reach was her life jacket'' the pope said. 'What was her name? I don't know - a little girl without a name ... She's in heaven and watching us. Let's close our eyes, think about her and give her a name.'

The influx of migrants and refugees into Europe in recent years has fanned popular fears of foreigners and prompted politicians to tighten border controls and limit the number of newcomers allowed to stay.

The pope has repeatedly sought to underscore the plight of these people, especially the hundreds of thousands who have risked their lives to come to Europe in flimsy boats.

In southern Italy on Saturday, about 4,000 migrants made it to dry land, many of them exhausted and dehydrated.
'The number of minors who make the journey on their own and arrive in Europe is much higher than what we saw last year,' Save the Children spokeswoman Giovanna Di Benedetto said.

'But we are increasingly coming across much younger children, children of nine or ten years of age, who have made the journey alone or who have lost their parents or family members with whom they were travelling,' she said.


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