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Pope Francis Nephew Mugged At Gunpoint In Buenos Aires

Pope Francis Nephew Mugged At Gunpoint In Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES — José Ignacio Bergoglio, the nephew of Pope Francis, was attacked Wednesday night by a band of armed thieves as he and his girlfriend were about to enter their home in the Argentine capital, Clarín reports.

The thieves forced the couple inside at gunpoint at around 10 p.m. local time in the apartment in Buenos Aires' Ituzaingó district. Marina Muro, Bergoglio's girlfriend, later wrote on her Facebook page that the attackers "pushed José to the ground and pointed two guns to his head, while pointing another one at me."

With two other relatives who were already inside, the couple managed to lock themselves in a room, and later heard gunshots. "We all shut ourselves in a room until we heard the shooting stop and the police arrived," Muro wrote.

Bergoglio, the youngest son of Maria Elena, the Pope's only surviving sister, later thanked the police for coming quickly.

Clarínreported that a search was on for the assailants, and there are no initial reports about how many attackers were involved, nor information any property loss or damage.

Photo: José Ignacio Bergoglio Facebook page

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Why Poland's Break With Ukraine Weakens All Enemies Of Russia — Starting With Poland

Poland’s decision to stop sending weapons to Ukraine is being driven by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's short-term electoral calculus. Yet the long-term effects on the world stage could deeply undermine the united NATO front against Russia, and the entire Western coalition.

Photo of ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Bartosz T. Wieliński


WARSAW — Poland has now moved from being the country that was most loudly demanding that arms be sent to Ukraine, to a country that has suddenly announced it was withholding military aid. Even if Poland's actions won't match Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s words, the government has damaged the standing of our country in the region, and in NATO.

“We are no longer providing arms to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland,” the prime minister declared on Polsat news on Wednesday evening. He didn’t specify which type of arms he was referring to, but his statement was quickly spread on social media by leading figures of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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When news that Poland would be withholding arms to Ukraine made their way to the headlines of the most important international media outlets, no politician from PiS stepped in to refute the prime minister’s statement. Which means that Morawiecki said exactly what he meant to say.

The era of tight Polish-Ukrainian collaboration, militarily and politically, has thus come to an end.

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