Archive for 九月, 2015

Stone by stone – obituary of a ‘God’s Builder’

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WHEN the young St Francis knelt in prayer in the filthy, derelict church of San Damiano in Assisi, around 1206, the wide-eyed figure of Christ on the cross asked him to restore it. When Padre Pietro Lavini, already a Capuchin friar walking in Francis’s footsteps, came for the first time to the ruined church of San Leonardo high in the Apennines, his experience was almost the same. The stones seemed to say: “Why don’t you rebuild us?” Pushed by some mysterious force, he found himself answering: “Why not?”

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In Lunch for the Homeless

A cheering crowd welcomed Pope Francis as he headed to St. Patrick’s Church in Washington on Thursday. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

A cheering crowd welcomed Pope Francis as he headed to St. Patrick’s Church in Washington on Thursday. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

The residents of the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter rose at 3 a.m. on Thursday to give everyone time to shower, fix their hair and get dressed in the best clothes they had after years on and off the streets, coping with evictions, abuse and jobs that disappeared.

They were going to have lunch with Pope Francis.

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Homes for quake survivors in the bag

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Three months after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, many of its houses, especially those in villages, are still in disrepair.

Local non-governmental organisation Operation Hope Foundation hopes to help by building houses in a village in the Dhading district starting this month.

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「慈善阿嬷」捡回收济弱

高龄90岁的胡玉环阿嬷,每天捡拾回收帮助弱势,20年如一日。(记者张进安/摄影)

高龄90岁的胡玉环阿嬷,每天捡拾回收帮助弱势,20年如一日。(记者张进安/摄影)

台湾屏东县村民胡玉环,高龄90岁,除了有轻微高血压,身体相当硬朗。乐于助人的她,平常会捡拾回收物品,并将所得全数捐予慈善单位,20年如一日。

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The Coat of a young Scruffy looking man in 1984

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Refugee crisis: Son of Vietnamese ‘boat people’ shares story of how Britain treated asylum seekers in the 1980s

As calls continue to grow for the UK to take in more of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to Europe, the son of a “boat person” who arrived in England in the 1980s has shared his story.

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10-Year-Old Girl Bitten by Shark Saved Friend

2B8E921300000578-0-image-a-20_1440169642201A brave 10-year-old girl is being hailed a hero after being attacked by a shark, setting herself free, then heading back into the danger waters to rescue her 6-year-old friend.

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Judge praises lawyer for helping teen client

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A district judge yesterday commended lawyer R. Thrumurgan for stepping forward to help his teenage client with a troubled past to turn around.

Community Court Judge Mathew Joseph said this was probably the first case he had seen of an accused person’s lawyer and his spouse stepping forward to be sureties to ensure the teen’s good behaviour.

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