World leaders express 'respect' for pope as he quits
VATICAN CITY, DECEMBER 12, 2012, SOURCE: AFPTV - Arrival of Pope BERLIN, FEBRUARY 11, 2013, SOURCE: German Chancellery *NO RESALE - FOR NON EDITORIAL PURPOSES* SOUNDBITE 1 Angela Merkel (woman), German Chancellor (German, 29 secs): "When Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope eight years ago, we as Germans were proud of our compatriot, the first in a century to be elected as pope. If the pope himself, after mature consideration, has come to the conclusion that he does not have the strength to carry out his office, that has my greatest respect." HAVANA, March 28, 2012, Source: ICRT - VAR pope in popemobile ROME, MAY 1, 2011, SOURCE: TELEPACE - VAR Pope Benedict celebrating mass PARIS, FEBRUARY 11, 2013, SOURCE: POOL **NO RESALE - FOR NON EDITORIAL PURPOSES** SOUNDBITE 1 François Hollande (man), French President (French, 10 secs): "The decision of Benedict XVI raised the greatest respect. This is a courageous and exceptional decision." SOUNDBITE 2 François Hollande (man), French President (French, 10 secs): "We must leave the Catholic Church to determine how will they organize his succession. We will not be presenting a candidate ourselves [smile]." ROME, DECEMBER 24, 2011, SOURCE: TELEPACE - VAR pope giving midnight mass SHOTLIST: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 11, 2013 (SOURCE: CBS) **RESTRICTIONS: NO RESALE for non-editorial purposes No Japan No Free over the air broadcasters in Australia No US cable news outlets, free over the air networks or stations, their websites and their mobile phone services - Dolan greeting reporters SOUNDBITE 1Timothy Dolan (man) New York Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (English, 27 sec): "Once again, I figured, well, he knows he's getting a little wobbly. When you watch the pope in action -- any pope, not just Benedict the 16th, but any pope, I've been able to watch Pope Paul the Sixth when I was a seminarian, John-Paul the Second, Benedict the 16th -- when you watch a Pope in action, you know that he's constantly surrounded by people who are really pushing at him, just to see him, to whisper something, a request for prayer into his ear. So you're kind of jostled all the time." ROME, APRIL 19, 2005, SOURCE: TELEPACE - pope appearing on balcony ------------------------------------------ AFP TEXT STORY: Vatican-religion-pope-US-bishops Pope's resignation shows 'great care' for church: US bishops WASHINGTON, Feb 11, 2013 (AFP) - The US conference of Roman Catholic bishops saluted Pope Benedict XVI's surprise decision to resign as "another sign of his great care for the Church." "We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St Peter," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the conference. The 85-year-old pontiff stunned Catholics Monday by announcing that he would resign at the end of the month, saying that, "due to advanced age," he no longer felt strong enough to lead the church. "His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church," Dolan said in a statement on behalf of the bishops. The cardinal touched on the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the US church during Benedict's seven year reign, recalling his 2008 visit to Washington. "As a pastor feeling pain in a stirring, private meeting at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, he brought a listening heart to victims of sexual abuse by clerics," the cardinal said said. His resignation comes as the US church is fighting mandates under President Barack Obama's health care reform for contraception insurance coverage, as well as against abortion rights and same-sex marriage rights. "Pope Benedict often cited the significance of eternal truths and he warned of a dictatorship of relativism. Some values, such as human life, stand out above all others, he taught again and again. It is a message for eternity," Dolan said. ff/jm/mdl
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Now, at 26, McCartney’s music has matured along with him, and In Technicolor is the result, released on his own Eight0eight Records and distributed by INgrooves, a fully realized nod to the classic ‘70s/early ‘80s disco sound as heard on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album and more recently, by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, with a further nod to Prince and his long-stated love of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Lauryn Hill. “That’s what I’ve always gravitated towards,” says McCartney. “That being said, my record is not a period piece. You study old masters and let it filter through you to make your own unique art.” The first single, “Back Together,” with its vamping funk guitar and hip-hop flavor, came out of a writing session with Nashville pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae’s Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet for their album. “I had a pivotal moment with that song, which – somewhat accidentally – nailed a sound I was searching for - for myself,” says Jesse. “It was both retro and contemporary. I envisioned real horns, real instruments, tight syncopation.” The track turned out to be the start of In Technicolor, as this is where Jesse met the production team The Elev3n, whose credits included Sean Kingston, Cher Lloyd and Karmin. The Elev3n ended up producing most of the album, with two songs produced by Troy “R8DIO” Johnson [Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Backstreet Boys], including the shimmering ballad, “Checkmate.” Songs like “Superbad” could have come right off Thriller, while “Young Love” evokes the time period by name-checking Dirty Dancing in the lyrics and “Tie the Knot” is a thumping wedding song in which you can practically see the mirrored ball spinning at Studio 54 set against the soulful, punchy horn lines. A pulsing bass and insinuating funk rhythm rules the party song, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” Jesse’s version of “Get Lucky,” with its urgent admonition, “Don’t mess with it/Just move with it… Got the invitation to be your plus one.” “This album had a completely different energy from the start,” Jesse explains. “I used to write dozens of demos with many different producers and then cull them down to 11 or 12 songs. This time, we essentially wrote the 11 songs on the album, with a few bonus tracks. There was absolutely no waste. The album as a whole is by far my proudest musical achievement to date.” That is saying something, given McCartney’s remarkable achievements over the young veteran’s impressive 16-year show business career. Born in Westchester, a suburb of New York City, Jesse began performing at local community musicals by the age of seven, making his Broadway debut in The King and I when he was 10, then landing a major role on the daytime soap opera All My Children, earning two Emmy nominations. He later appeared in a Broadway production of A Christmas Carol with The Who’s Roger Daltrey. Two years later, at 12, he was the singer in the “tween” boy band Dream Street, whose self-titled album was certified gold. By 16, he was launching his solo career, performing a version of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Anne Hathaway for the Ella Enchanted soundtrack, releasing his debut album, Beautiful Soul, in Sept. 2004 on the heels of his recurring role in the WB show Summerland. Other acting roles include film credits like Chernobyl Diaries, indie films Keith and Beware the Gonzo, guest arcs on ABC Family’s Greek and now the new 2014 season of Young and Hungry, voiceover work in the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies, and a season as Private Tim Truman in Lifetime TV’s Army Wives. With the release of In Technicolor on his own label through a partnership with INgrooves, McCartney has embraced the indie model of doing it himself. “It was an easy choice for me at this point in my career,” he explains. “I weighed all the options. At the end of the day I wanted to be able to have ownership and control of my music. The fact I already have built a base of loyal fans allowed me to successfully do so. In some ways, it’s definitely harder being independent as opposed to signing with a major label. “But in the end, it’s so much more liberating. I’m enjoying every second of being a hands-on businessman and artist.” Or, as he sings on “:Technicolor Part 2,” “There’s no other place I’d rather be.” Jesse McCartney fans would agree whole-heartedly. With In Technicolor, he’ll find a whole new spectrum of fans.
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