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Muslim Charities Collect Money To Help Rebuild Black, Christian Churches Destroyed By Fire

n an effort of compassion, sympathy and typical human concern, Muslim charitable organizations are raising money to help African Americans rebuild churches that were the target of arson in the United States.

There have been eight black churches torched since the deadly Charleston Massacre that left nine innocent people dead while practicing their faith in the historic AME Church of Charleston. Dylann Roof was the physcopath responsible for the shootings.

church burningThus far, the Muslim charities have been able to raise over $20,000 for the churches rebuilding efforts. It will take much more, but what a great gesture to show these two faiths are not at odds.

“ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear. We are calling on you to help add our support to faith communities across the country pooling their resources to rebuild these churches.”


My mom is undergoing a few tests this month.

Yesterday she had a CAT scan. Next week she will have a couple more tests.

She has had health problems for a little while now.

Your prayers are very much appreciated. Thank you.

From foster care to Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30

Recently names to the Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list, Ola Orekunrin is a West African doctor and founder of the regions first indigenous emergency service, Flying Doctors Nigeria. Becoming a doctor at just 21-years-old made her the youngest doctor in Britain ever. Fueled by her personal conviction and impassioned by a family tragedy, Orekunrin is one of Africa’s most successful pioneering entrepreneurs, and oddly enough, her name “Ola” means “wealth” in Yoruba, a native African language.

Orekunrin was born in London and grew up in a foster home with her sister in Lowestoft, a small seaside town in south-east England. She attended University of York for medical school. She reports immediately becoming interested in emergency trauma medicine.

After graduating as a qualified doctor at just 21-years-old, Ola was awarded the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship after a meteoric rise in the field of medical studies. Studying at Jikei University Hospital, Ola conducted research in the field of regenerative medicine. She moved back to Europe upon completing her research.

It was during her time in medical school that a tragic event served as a catalyst for he major life and career decisions Ola made. Her 12-year-old sister, who had sickle cell anemia, fell extremely ill while visiting family in Nigeria. The closest hospital was unable to properly treat her, so Ola and her family tried to find an air ambulance service that could transport her sister quickly and safely to a healthcare facility capable of treating her. Despite searching all across West Africa, they were unable to find an air ambulance service closer than South Africa. This was a stark contrast to what she experienced growing up in England, where there were around 20 air ambulance services.


Let us pray for those impacted by the church fires in South Carolina.

May the Lord watch over these church communities.

May they find hope and healing.

Cupich statement on ACA subsidies, same-sex marriage rulings

I'm not sure I've ever seen a statement quite like this:

In the first, the Court preserved subsidies for the 6.4 million low-income Americans who depend on them to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We have issues with provisions of that legislation and will continue to advocate to preserve our religious freedom. However, we understand that for millions of individuals and families, most of them the working poor, this decision preserves access to health care and the promise it offers of a healthier, longer life.

In the second decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that two persons of the same sex have a constitutional right to marry each other. In doing so, the Court has re-defined civil marriage. The proposed reason for the ruling is the protection of equal rights for all citizens, including those who identify themselves as gay. The rapid social changes signaled by the Court ruling call us to mature and serene reflections as we move forward together. In that process, the Catholic Church will stand ready to offer a wisdom rooted in faith and a wide range of human experience.

It is important to note that the Catholic Church has an abiding concern for the dignity of gay persons. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” (n. 2358). This respect must be real, not rhetorical, and ever reflective of the Church’s commitment to accompanying all people. For this reason, the Church must extend support to all families, no matter their circumstances, recognizing that we are all relatives, journeying through life under the careful watch of a loving God.

It is also important to stress that the Supreme Court’s redefinition of civil marriage has no bearing on the Catholic Sacrament of Matrimony, in which the marriage of man and woman is a sign of the union of Christ and the Church. In upholding our traditional concept of marriage, we are called to support those who have entered into this sacred and loving bond with God and each other.

Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle

She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming.

Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate change action. Klein, who campaigns for an overhaul of the global financial system to tackle climate change, told the Observer she was surprised but delighted to receive the invitation from Turkson’s office.

“The fact that they invited me indicates they’re not backing down from the fight. A lot of people have patted the pope on the head, but said he’s wrong on the economics. I think he’s right on the economics,” she said, referring to Pope Francis’s recent publication of an encyclical on the environment.

Release of the document earlier this month thrust the pontiff to the centre of the global debate on climate change, as he berated politicians for creating a system that serves wealthy countries at the expense of the poorest.


World War II Vet Finally Takes His Sweetheart to Prom 66 Years Later

But all that’s changed now. On June 18, he finally got to twirl his wife on the dance floor at the Hillsborough County Aging Services Senior Prom.

“It just made us feel alive again,” said LaVerne, who donned a gorgeous gold gown that reminded her of her younger years.


Ralph, looking handsome in his grey jacket and black bow tie, was officially crowned prom king after his name was drawn out of a hat.

“Since 1944 when I joined the Marine Corps until this date today I never thought I’d be a king, and here I am a king,” he beamed with pride.


Man allegedly licked toad, ran around parking lot (Indiana, not that other state)

An Indiana man was arrested on Sunday for trespassing after he licked a toad while dancing around the parking lot of a local bar, authorities say.

Richard Mullins, 41, was escorted out of JJ's Sideout Bar & Grill in LaPorte early on Sunday morning after failing to show valid identification, police said, according to WSBTV.

After he left the bar, witnesses said Mullins began dancing around the parking lot. He then picked up a toad and started licking it.

“The subject ... reportedly picked up a toad and was licking it prior to our arrival,” Officer Vincent Bowman of the La Porte Police Department noted in a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.


Graduating for good: Teen turns over open house for charity

When the attention should have gone to Donyea Freeman, who just graduated magna cum laude from high school, he was deflecting it toward others.

He turned his graduation open house into a charity event.

"He put it on someone else," Lorene Jones said, remembering how her grandson turned his open house at Four Points by Sheraton Saginaw into a huge food and clothing drive for the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw.

The next day, they delivered two full carloads of goods to the shelter at 1021 Burt.


Boy gives birthday to kids of fallen officer for Father's Day

"It made me feel good because I knew that I was helping someone else."

So says Carson Atkins, who used his ninth birthday party earlier this month to collect donations for the children of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Officer Benjamin Deen, after the policeman was killed in the line of duty on May 9 along with his colleague, officer Liquori Tate.

"Father’s day was coming up, and police officers give to us every single day, so I thought that one day I could give to them," Carson said to WDAM, explaining his motive. The boy asked for donations at the party instead of presents.

"It caught me off guard,” Carson's dad, Jonah Atkins, told the Clarion Ledger of his son's decision. “It’s hard for adults to think that way, much less kids. The world today is filled with me, me, me. {This} is something that is in him. He is very special.”

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