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Fr. Sean Carroll: Why my priesthood calls me to resist immigration injustice

This is our ministry, and as a Catholic priest, it is an answer to a divine calling.

For me, the teachings of the Catholic Church are as clear as God’s commands to the people of Israel in Hebrew Scriptures: We are called to welcome widows, orphans, the poor and migrants.

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Perhaps no person has done more to focus the public’s attention on the plight of migrants and the risks they face than Pope Francis.

When the pope visited Mexico a year ago this week, he traveled to the border with the U.S. and articulated his vision for a world where death and the exploitation of those seeking a better life are no longer commonplace.


http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/02/15/why-my-priesthood-calls-me-resist-immigration-injustice?utm_content=bufferae2f2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

2-ton cement ball at Target rolls through parking lot, damaging car

It looked like a scene from an Indiana Jones flick. A big red boulder, the 2-ton logo of one of the world's largest retailers, rolling across one of their busiest parking lots, causing thousands in damage. But who's responsible to make this right? Check out the video, you be the judge.

Keep your eye on the ball, the first in a row guarding the gate to the Target location in Paramus, New Jersey.

The video was shot by a Target parking lot surveillance camera. You can watch as a pick up truck bumps the ball, jarring it loose, the ball starts to roll into traffic, and smash! Right into a moving car.

"All of sudden I hear this crash and a really loud noise," Eileen Grady said. She thought she ran something over, but it was the 2-ton bollard bouncing of her driver's side door.


http://abc7ny.com/news/incredi-ball-2-ton-target-cement-ball-rolls-through-paramus-parking-lot/1734236/

Surgeons remove live cockroach from inside woman's skull

The patient, identified as Selvi, 42, said she thought she was coming down with a cold Tuesday night when she first felt the itching sensation in her nasal cavity.

Selvi visited a hospital where doctors suggested the possibility of a nasal growth and referred her to a second hospital, where doctors attempted to flush her nasal cavity out with water.

The woman then went to Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, where she underwent a nasal endoscopy to determine the cause of her discomfort.

"It was a full grown cockroach," Dr. M N Shankar told The Times of India.


http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/02/07/Surgeons-remove-live-cockroach-from-inside-womans-skull/5471486480782/

Syrian family to reunite in Toronto, thanks to unlikely partnership between synagogue, mosque

After civil unrest broke out in 2011, violence escalated across Syria. The country that ignited Ms. Elendari’s love for archeology began its reduction to rubble, and her hopes of seeing her family again were dashed.

Now, Ms. Elendari – who moved to Toronto four years ago – is counting down mere days until they’re reunited.

At 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, a plane from Turkey will carry all eight members of the Elendari family to Toronto as privately sponsored refugees. Out of the over 38,000 Syrian refugees who have landed in Canada since November, 2015, though, very few have been due to such an unconventional partnership – the Elendari family’s arrival comes thanks to the joint-sponsorship project of a Jewish synagogue and a Muslim mosque that share a parking lot in Thornhill, Ont.

The unlikely project began last December, when one of the first groups of Syrian refugees arrived at Pearson International Airport. Amid the flurry of media coverage on the country’s newcomers, Temple Har Zion reached out to their neighbours at the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre and asked if they’d be interested in sponsoring a family together.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/unlikely-partnership-reunites-syrian-family-in-toronto/article33465701/

Syrian family to reunite in Toronto, thanks to unlikely partnership between synagogue, mosque

After civil unrest broke out in 2011, violence escalated across Syria. The country that ignited Ms. Elendari’s love for archeology began its reduction to rubble, and her hopes of seeing her family again were dashed.

Now, Ms. Elendari – who moved to Toronto four years ago – is counting down mere days until they’re reunited.

At 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, a plane from Turkey will carry all eight members of the Elendari family to Toronto as privately sponsored refugees. Out of the over 38,000 Syrian refugees who have landed in Canada since November, 2015, though, very few have been due to such an unconventional partnership – the Elendari family’s arrival comes thanks to the joint-sponsorship project of a Jewish synagogue and a Muslim mosque that share a parking lot in Thornhill, Ont.

The unlikely project began last December, when one of the first groups of Syrian refugees arrived at Pearson International Airport. Amid the flurry of media coverage on the country’s newcomers, Temple Har Zion reached out to their neighbours at the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre and asked if they’d be interested in sponsoring a family together.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/unlikely-partnership-reunites-syrian-family-in-toronto/article33465701/

Guy Lombardo's last New Year's Eve - 40 years ago tonight

(You Know Which State) Dumb Criminals: Fleeing burglars hop fence into police parking lot

Two Florida burglary suspects running from police thought they could escape by hopping a fence.

One problem — on the other side was the Boca Raton Police Department parking lot.

Video released by Police Chief Dan Alexander on Thursday shows numerous gun-wielding officers running toward suspects to capture them. Officer Sandra Boonenberg said she and other officers heard the suspects were nearing the station Wednesday, so they went outside in case they were needed.

A neighbor had spotted the two men and a woman burglarizing a house and called police, giving officers a description of the suspects.


http://woodtv.com/2016/12/22/fleeing-burglars-hop-fence-into-police-parking-lot/

Judge orders immediate start of Michigan recount

Source: Detroit Free Press

A federal judge early Monday morning ordered a recount of Michigan's presidential ballots to begin at noon on Monday, and for the state to "assemble necessary staff to work sufficient hours" to complete the recount by a Dec. 13 federal deadline.

Lawyers for Green Party candidate Jill Stein urged the action in an emergency request, and U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith held a rare Monday hearing in federal court. It lasted three hours, and Goldsmith issued a written opinion just after midnight on Monday morning.

Goldsmith said a state law requiring a two business day waiting period to start the recount likely violates voting rights.

"With the perceived integrity of the presidential election as it was conducted in Michigan at stake, concerns with cost pale in comparison," Goldsmith said in his opinion.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/04/michigan-recount-decision-jill-stein-donald-trump/94952282/

Pope recognizes first US-born martyr

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

Father Rother, born March 27, 1935, on his family's farm near Okarche, Oklahoma, was brutally murdered July 28, 1981, in a Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor.

He went to Santiago Atitlan in 1968 on assignment from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He helped the people there build a small hospital, school and its first Catholic radio station. He was beloved by the locals, who called him "Padre Francisco."


http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/pope-recognizes-martyrdom-oklahoma-priest-killed-guatemala

Segways and selfies: It's the hipster nativity

Few iconic cultural events have such clear hipster readings as the birth, or startup if you prefer, of Jesus. There is the stable – an ancient form of glamping. And the candlelight – very hygge. The three wise men have the kind of names hipsters give their children – Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. There are the beards. And shepherds (very now – look at the success of James Rebanks’ memoir about sheep rearing).

Still, one company has decided that nativity scenes need an overt hipster makeover. And lo!, San Diego-based company Modern Nativity has created a set featuring three wise men on Segways, bearing boxes containing gifts from Amazon Prime, Mary and Joseph taking a selfie over the baby Jesus in their stable with its solar-powered roof, and an organically reared cow eating gluten-free feed.

The company’s founder, Casey Wright, has described the response as “very polarised. It’s usually, ‘This is hilarious. I need one,’ or ‘This is sacrilegious. I hope you burn in hell,’ and almost nothing in between those two extremes.” Although Wright added, to CNBC, that what is perturbing many people is the authenticity of the hipster details. The company has had comments such as: “Segways aren’t hipster. They’re technically early-stage millennial with a tinge of east coast liberal.”


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2016/nov/23/segways-and-selfies-its-the-hipster-nativity
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