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FUHEIS, Jordan (AP) — The Vatican’s top aid official and possible papal contender held high-level meetings in Jordan on Wednesday to assess Catholic relief work for Syrian refugees that has been hampered by ongoing violence.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, 67, of Guinea, has been mentioned as a possible successor to Pope Benedict XVI, whose resignation takes effect next week. He could be chosen if the conclave of fellow cardinals looks to Africa for the first time in the modern age. The papal electors will gather in Vatican City in March.
Sarah is president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which organizes Catholic relief activities worldwide. He was in Fuheis, a suburb of the Jordanian capital, Amman, to attend a regional meeting of the international Catholic relief agency, Caritas.
Sarah also met Syrian refugees and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who highlighted Jordan’s efforts to provide humanitarian aid to about 368,000 Syrian refugees sheltering in the kingdom. He urged for concerted efforts to provide better services to displaced Syrians, according to the official Petra news agency.
Sarah and the Caritas delegation thanked Abdullah for Jordan’s humanitarian assistance, saying they also valued the monarch’s role in spreading the values of peace and tolerance.
The cardinal refrained from commenting directly on the Syrian crisis, which has prompted hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced internally and others fleeing to neighboring countries, such as Jordan.
But Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, who oversees Caritas in Jerusalem and Jordan, decried the spiraling violence.
“Fear God, you makers of war and death,” he warned.
Caritas Syria representative, Monseigneur Antoine Audo, said the group has been able to distribute aid supplies, including blankets and other winter items, to about 5,000 Syrian families, but that violence makes it difficult to reach more.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.