VATICAN CITY — A Canadian artist’s sculpture has been unveiled in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis as part of a Mass for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.The work in bronze and clay by Kitchener, Ont.-based Timothy Schmalz depicts more than a hundred migrants and refugees from different cultural and racial backgrounds and different time periods.Pope Francis said he wanted the piece in St. Peter’s Square to remind everyone of the evangelical challenge of hospitality.Schmalz, who travelled to the Vatican City for the unveiling, said he wanted the statue to bring forward the idea that everyone is sacred and worthy of human dignity and respect.Many migrants and refugees from conflicts throughout the world attended the Mass, which closed with the unveiling of the statue.During the Mass, a multiethnic chorus sang and the incense burned came from a refugee camp in southern Ethiopia, where refugees are rekindling a 600-year-old tradition of collecting incense.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.— with files from The Associated Press.The Canadian Press
BALURGHAT: Train services were disrupted for about two hours after a woman and her two minor daughters were crushed to death under a truck near Dalkhola railway crossing on National Highway 34, around 39 km away from Raiganj on Thursday night. The deceased were identified as Ghurni Bansfore and her two daughters as Rinki and Mala. The mob chasing the truck, caught the driver and thrashed him rampantly. Later, police after being informed rushed to the spot, rescued the killer truck driver and admitted him to the Raiganj super-specialty hospital. His condition is stated to be critical. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe agitated locals staged a demonstration at the railway crossing and blocked the NH 34 for about two hours following the mishap for which both train and road transport services remained disrupted. Normalcy was, however, restored after the law-enforcers pacified the wrath of the locals. Police later sent the bodies for autopsy. According to police, the truck was going to Siliguri from Raiganj at a high speed. While reaching Dalkhola railway crossing, the driver lost control and hit the victims. “It is apprehended that it was too late for the driver when he found the victims just in front of the speeding vehicle and hit them causing immediate death of the trio” said a police officer. Police seized the vehicle. A case of reckless driving has also been registered.