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Fire Destroys Copenhagen’s Old Stock Exchange Dating To 1600s, Collapsing Its Dragon-Tail Spire

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A fire blazed through one of Copenhagen’s oldest buildings Tuesday, destroying roughly half of the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange and collapsing its famed dragon-tail spire, while bystanders hurried to assist emergency services in saving priceless paintings and other treasures.

During renovations, the blaze started on the building’s roof, but authorities said it was too early to determine the cause. The red-brick structure, with its green copper roof and distinctive 56-meter (184-foot) spire shaped like four interwoven dragon tails, is a prominent tourist attraction in the heart of the capital, near Denmark’s parliament, Christiansborg Palace.

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Fire Destroys Copenhagen’s Old Stock Exchange Dating To 1600s, Collapsing Its Dragon-Tail Spire

As fire devoured the spire and drove it plummeting down the scaffolding-covered edifice, bells tolled, and sirens screamed. Huge billows of smoke ascended above downtown Copenhagen, visible from southern Sweden, separated from Denmark’s capital by a thin strait.

“A piece of Danish history is on fire,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Instagram, lamenting the loss of “irreplaceable cultural heritage.”

There were ambulances on the scene, but no reports of injuries.

Firefighters pumped water from a nearby canal and sprayed it into the doorway of the Old Stock Exchange’s gilded hall, which hosts gala dinners, conferences, and other events and displays many paintings.

Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said it was “touching” to see how many people came together “to save art treasures and iconic images from the burning building.” Soon after the fire broke out, one man rushed off his bicycle to aid, while public members assisted first responders in transporting large items of art to safety.

Among the pieces on show in the building was a massive 1895 painting by Danish artist P.S. Krøyer, “From Copenhagen Stock Exchange.” No information has been revealed on which works of art were saved from the blaze, although camera footage shows the Krøyer painting being removed.

Brian Mikkelsen, chief executive of the Danish Chamber of Commerce, which controls the Old Stock Exchange, was spotted with his team going through a binder containing images of artworks that needed to be conserved. Work was done on the adjoining parliament and national archive building. According to Mikkelsen, rescuers used crowbars and other tools to retrieve valuables and save them from the fire.

“We have been able to rescue a lot,” a moved Mikkelsen told reporters. “It is a national disaster.”

According to Jakob Vedsted Andersen, a Greater Copenhagen Fire Department spokeswoman, the fire started on the roof Tuesday morning and swiftly spread, collapsing parts and damaging around half of the building. He said no other structures were in danger, but it could take firemen 24 hours to clear the situation.

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Fire Destroys Copenhagen’s Old Stock Exchange Dating To 1600s, Collapsing Its Dragon-Tail Spire

Tim Ole Simonsen, another fire department spokesman, stated, “The fire started in the part of the building where work has been going on, but that’s all I can say about it.”

René Hansen of the coppersmith firm refurbishing the roof informed TV2 that 10 people were on the roof when the fire alarm sounded.

“After five minutes, smoke began to rise from the floor to the ceiling,” Hansen said.

Tommy Laursen of the Copenhagen police said it was too early to determine what started the fire, but officers would be allowed to access the building in “a few days.”

According to Denmark’s armed services, an army squad of up to 90 members was deployed to seal off the area and “secure valuables.”

King Frederik posted on Instagram that “an important part of our architectural heritage” was being destroyed. He also stated in an email that “this morning we woke up to a sad sight.”

The exchange, built in 1615, is a prime example of Dutch Renaissance design in Denmark. After the Copenhagen Stock Exchange left in 1974, the Chamber of Commerce moved into the building.

The roof, brickwork, sandstone, and spire were all being rebuilt, and Mikkelsen stated that the royal family, government leaders, and other dignitaries would be invited to observe the work later this year.

“That won’t happen now,” he stated.

The structure’s future was unknown, but Engel-Schmidt, the cultural minister, stated on the social media site X that he would do everything he could “so that the dragon spire will once again tower over Copenhagen,” describing it as “a symbol of Denmark’s strong history as a trading nation.”

The adjacent Christiansborg Palace has burned down multiple times, and in 1990, a fire broke out in an annex of the Danish parliament known as Proviantgaarden. However, the Old Stock Exchange remained unaffected.

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Fire Destroys Copenhagen’s Old Stock Exchange Dating To 1600s, Collapsing Its Dragon-Tail Spire

Police closed a prominent route in Copenhagen and notified the public that the area would be roped off for some time. Several bus routes were redirected, and the Danish media reported massive traffic congestion.

Queen Margrethe, who turned 84 on Tuesday, scaled back her celebrations due to the fire, according to broadcaster TV2. A band from the Royal Life Guard was supposed to perform for the former monarch outside Fredensborg Castle, where she is staying for the spring and summer, but it was canceled.

The Copenhagen fire was similar to the one at Notre Dame in April 2019. The 800-year-old cathedral in Paris also lost its spire. Its rehabilitation is scheduled for completion this year. When Windsor Castle in England caught fire in November 1992, troops and workmen rushed to salvage precious works of art. The fire destroyed the state dining room and other areas of Queen Elizabeth II’s vacation palace.

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Pope Francis Says Clergy is Overflowing with “Faggottness”

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According to La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, Italy’s major circulation dailies, Pope Francis stated that seminaries, or priestly institutions, are already overflowing with “frociaggine,” a vulgar Italian phrase loosely translating as “faggottness.”

The Vatican did not return a request for comment.

La Repubblica cited many nameless sources, while Corriere cited a few unnamed bishops who argued that the pope, as an Argentine, may not have realized the Italian term he used was derogatory.

Political gossip website. Dagospia was the first to report on the alleged incident, which occurred on May 20, when the Italian Bishops Conference began a four-day conference with a private meeting with the Pope.

Francis, who is 87, has been credited with moving the Roman Catholic Church toward a more tolerant stance to the LGBT population.

Pope’s message to gay seminarians

In 2013, at the start of his papacy, he famously declared, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” Last year, he permitted priests to bless members of same-sex couples, eliciting strong conservative criticism.

Nonetheless, when he met with Italian bishops in 2018, he issued a similar message to gay seminarians, minus the reported swear word, instructing them to thoroughly scrutinize priesthood hopefuls and reject any suspected homosexuals.

In a 2005 declaration issued by Francis’ late predecessor, Benedict XVI, the Vatican stated that anyone who had decisively overcome homosexual impulses for at least three years might be admitted to the priesthood.

The statement stated that practicing homosexuals, people with “deep-seated” gay tendencies, and those who “support the so-called gay culture” should be excluded.

Gay men in the Catholic priesthood

The acceptance of gay men in the Catholic priesthood has long been controversial. While the Church officially forbids same-sex partnerships, many priests are considered to be gay, sparking issues about celibacy, secrecy, and hypocrisy among the clergy.

Critics claim that gay priests frequently conceal their sexuality, living secretive lifestyles that breach their vows of honesty and integrity. This secrecy can foster toxic cultures and encourage aggressive conduct. Supporters argue that a person’s sexual orientation does not determine their ability to serve God or live a faithful life.

The problem presents difficult considerations about the Church’s position on homosexuality, the function of celibacy in the priesthood, and how societal perceptions affect religious institutions. Finally, whether gay men should be allowed to become priests remains a divisive issue in the Catholic world and elsewhere.

 

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Trans Activist Jared Ravizza Arrested for Stabbing Four Girls in Movie Theatre

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Jared Ravizza, a trans activist who identifies as a woman, has been detained in connection with a stabbing at an AMC theater in Massachusetts, which injured four people. Ravizza has also been named as a suspect in a second murder investigation in Connecticut.

Jason Ravizza, 26, of Martha’s Vineyard, is thought to have been involved in another violent crime in Deep River, Connecticut. According to WCVB, police discovered a body at the address associated with this investigation approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said he also drove thirty miles and stabbed two McDonald’s employees.

On Saturday at 3:36 p.m., Connecticut State Police responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence in Westbrook. The name of the victim is unknown, but Ravizza is a suspect in the murder.

Ravizza, whose father, Jared, is an acclaimed sports psychiatrist, identifies as a woman and has been reported to be a trans activist.

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Jared Ravizza Laughed Entire Time

According to Fox News, a Massachusetts mother claims her girls were among the victims of a stabbing spree that left six people injured in two towns over the weekend, and that the suspect was “laughing the whole time” during the assault.

“I received a call from my sister informing me that my oldest daughter had contacted her and that I needed to hurry to the AMC movie theater right immediately because they had been stabbed.

Honestly, I just hopped in my car and drove right there,” Lisa Dembowski told reporters about the first incident, in which Braintree Police said four young females aged 9 to 17 had “non-life-threatening injuries.”

“They were the only four individuals in the movie theater. They’d just sat down. They had just received their concessions. And I believe he walked up behind them in the row – they were in the second row – and he approached them,” Dembowski explained.

“My oldest was leaning forward to grab something. He hit her in the back, then my other daughter in the top of the chest. Then, my last daughter crossed her arm, giggling the entire while, grabbed their friend, and went off.”

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Jared Ravizza: Image Shore News

Second attack on McDonald’s employees

Dembowski stated that her girls are now “physically fine” but “shaken up” and “terrified that they could just go to a movie on a Saturday night and this could happen, someone could just walk into a movie theater and do this.”

Officials said the movie theater stabbing occurred at 6 p.m., before Ravizza reportedly carried out a second attack on McDonald’s employees at a rest stop on Route 3 in Plymouth about an hour later.

The current investigations in Massachusetts and Connecticut are closely linked as police strive to determine the links between these terrible crimes. Further information is expected as the investigations progress.

According to a statement published by the Braintree Police Department, a man snuck into the movie without paying, and then suddenly attacked and stabbed the four young females. “The attack appeared unprovoked.”

Paramedics responded quickly to the site, while police initiated a manhunt for the perpetrator and shared a description of his car with other law enforcement agencies.

All of the girls were sent to the hospital, but none had life-threatening injuries. Dembowski described the two older girls as heroes who cared for her two smaller children before the authorities arrived.

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North Korea Appears To Have Fired A Missile Into The Sea, Japan And South Korea Say

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TOKYO — North Korea launched a missile into the sea on Monday, according to Japan and South Korea, just hours after announcing preparations to launch a rocket into space, reportedly carrying its second military reconnaissance satellite.

North Korea had previously informed Japan’s coast guard of its plans to launch “a satellite rocket” during a launch window from Monday to June 3.

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North Korea Appears To Have Fired A Missile Into The Sea, Japan And South Korea Say

Following North Korea’s launch, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office canceled a missile alert for the island of Okinawa, stating that the missile was not considered to be headed for the region.

North Korea launched its first military reconnaissance satellite into orbit in November of last year as part of attempts to establish a space-based monitoring network to counter what it considers growing US-led military threats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later said at a governing party conference that the country would launch three more military spy satellites in 2024.

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North Korea Appears To Have Fired A Missile Into The Sea, Japan And South Korea Say

The United Nations prohibits North Korea from carrying out any satellite launches, perceiving them as cover for testing long-range missile technologies. North Korea has consistently claimed that it has the right to launch satellites and test missiles. Kim has stated that spy satellites will help his military to better observe US and South Korean military activity while also increasing the threat posed by its nuclear-capable missiles.

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North Korea Appears To Have Fired A Missile Into The Sea, Japan And South Korea Say

North Korea provides Japan with launch information because the Japanese Coast Guard coordinates and disseminates maritime safety information throughout East Asia.

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