11.30
Pope Francis: I Seek Communion with Orthodox Churches

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Pope Francis being blessed by Patriarch Bartholemew

Pope Francis asked the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to “bless me and the Church of Rome” at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul. You can see him receive his blessing in the photo above. Francis said, “The one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Read his remarks from Vatican Radio here: I Seek Communion with Orthodox Churches. Watch the video after the jump:

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11.30
Misc: Poet Uses MacArther Grant Money to Give Vacations to Caregivers

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Tricia Elsner and her son with autism

When Seattle poet Heather McHugh was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” of $500,000, she used the money to start a charity that gives vacations to exhausted caregivers. Read the story from The Seattle Post here: Poet Uses MacArther Grant Money to Give Vacations to Caregivers

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11.29
Police Who Fatally Shot 12 Year Old Didn’t Give Him First Aid

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Tamir Rice

Police officers in Cleveland who fatally shot a 12 year old boy who was playing with a toy gun in the park, did not attempt to give him first aid. Lord, have mercy. Pray for peace and an end to the culture of death. Read the story from The New York Post here: Police Who Fatally Shot 12 Year Old Didn’t Give Him First Aid

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11.27
Misc: A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends

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nikki mcclure

John Tierny writes for The New York Times about how cultivating gratitude, as people of faith do in prayer, is good for your health. People who cultivate gratitude have better health, sleep more soundly, are less anxious and depressed, report greater satisfaction with life, and are kinder towards others. Read the entire story here: A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends. The paper cut above is by the artist Nikki McClure. You can purchase her calendars, cards, books and original art here: Nikki McClure.

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