What's Next: April 16, 2016

Pope Francis greeting the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 13, 2016 at the Vatican.
Pope Francis greeting the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 13, 2016 at the Vatican. PHOTO: AFP

Pope, Orthodox leaders to meet refugees

Pope Francis and the spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians will set aside centuries of dispute today when they visit Lesbos, a Greek island on the front line of Europe's migrant crisis, to highlight the plight of refugees. In a lightning trip, the Pope will meet refugees along with Bartholomew I, the Istanbul-based spiritual head of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians, and Ieronymos II, head of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Run to show support for ex-offenders

A run to raise awareness of the good work done by former offenders and former drug addicts will be held today.

Named the "Unlabelled Run", the event will provide an estimated 2,500 participants with a temporary tattoo that can be rinsed off. The message is to reduce the stigma against former offenders, who often bear tattoos and are discriminated against in part because of them.

Fed official may offer clues on rate hike

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president Charles Evans will speak on current economic conditions and monetary policy at a seminar today. The Fed is nearing the blackout period before its next meeting, so this will be one of the final public appearances before then. An April rate hike is off the table, but as economic conditions appear to stabilise globally, investors are looking for signs of whether the drift towards June is starting to accelerate.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: April 16, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe