Today brings news and reminiscing of unlikely meet-ups, past, present, and future.
In a Nixon-in-China moment, India’s newly minted prime minister, Narendra Modi (a Hindu nationalist), welcomed Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif (a Muslim nationalist), to New Delhi for the former’s swearing-in ceremony. The two nations have been arch-rivals since Pakistan was carved out of Greater India in 1947, and both possess nuclear weapons. The New York Times reports that the two became emotional when discussing their mothers.
Pope Francis, on a return flight from his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, announced plans to meet with a small group of people who survived sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, according to the Guardian. Joelle Casteix of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is not impressed, the Times reports, saying it’s all for show. The Vatican has been under extreme pressure ever since a United Nations commission denounced the sexual abuse of children by priests as a form of torture.
Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir discusses her "unexpected partnership and friendship" with President Barack Obama after the two faced off in the hard-fought 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. The Washington Post has the goods.
Until we meet again ...