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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.
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Quake aftermath continues to torment ancient town of Amatrice as the death toll rises

August 25, 2016. Rescue teams continue to work tirelessly with the hope of finding new survivors, but the number of deaths will increase as there are still dozens missing. Italy's civil protection agency has announced that 190 have dead in the affected areas in the province of Rieti are overcome, while 57 were killed in the province of Ascoli. During the night, there have been up to 60 new tremors of between 3 and 4 degrees of magnitude. Rescuers worked overnight in the most affected Arquata del Tronto, Pescada< g> del Tronto, Accumoli< g> and Amatrice. The most dramatic situation exists in Amatrice, the largest municipality affected, and where 2,000 people live, but in the summer months doubles its population with vacationers and many tourists who had come to enjoy the weekend party pasta "amatriciana,” a dish that has its origins here. More than 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake.
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Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.
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Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.
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Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
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Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”

Dr. Patch Adams...Taking laughter seriously

2014-06-13

This isn't how doctors are usually welcomed into a room. But, then again, Patch Adams isn't your average doctor. 

DR. PATCH ADAMS
Physician and Clown
"I can engage people aggressively in such a way with clowning, that I never could dressed normally.” 

For the last 50 years, he's been clowning around with patients, with his funky hair, clunky shoes and pants that can be worn in one....two...three....or four different styles. He shared his techniques with medical students in Rome's Gemelli Hospital, which is the same hospital where St. John Paul II was treated. 

DR. PATCH ADAMS
Physician and Clown
"No matter how horrible the suffering, humor is huge in helping.” 

It's not just about a quick laugh though...Years ago, the 69 year old doctor, realized that laughter, love and compassion is actually good for your health.

If his story sounds familiar, it's because his life was made into a film. Robin Williams played him in the1998 film Patch Adams. 

Every time he walks into a hospital, nursing home or orphanage, he knows exactly where he wants to go. 

DR. PATCH ADAMS
Physician and Clown
"I say please take me to whom is suffering the most. Maybe humor can have a place in working towards peace and justice in the world.”

He's taken over 6,000 volunteers all over the world, to clown around, from age 3 all the way to 88.

DR. PATCH ADAMS
Physician and Clown
"Anyone can be compassionate all day long.”

For two years he called random phone numbers to see how he could engage people in conversations. His longest hug, he says, lasted 12 hours, and one day, he decided he would walk into elevators, this way...

His personality may be extreme, but so is his desire to help. In 1971 he and a group of 20 adults, three of them doctors, moved into a six bedroom house, and made it an makeshift hospital. For 12 years, they treated hundreds of patients a month, for free...The group worked odd jobs, so they could offer free treatment. Patients were offered to live there at no cost. 

DR. PATCH ADAMS
Physician and Clown
"More than the love and more than the joy it was the humor that made nobody want to leave.Every day was fascinating.”

When asked if he ever gets exhausted from always lending a helping hand, he says it's just the oppositethe more energy you give, he says, the more you get back. 


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