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January 2015

Martin Luther King Day was a day of Service for the Students at Keystone College in LaPlume Pennsylvania.

An event coordinated by Lucas Taylor who, for the 4th year, had a very successful day.

21 Sleeping bags were made by students from Keystone, Univ. of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and

Scranton University.

Thanks to all that spent the day with us and helped to keep 21 homeless people, who are on the street, warm for at least one night.Keystone College MLK Day 1-19-15 031Keystone College MLK Day 1-19-15 017Keystone College MLK Day 1-19-15 021Keystone College MLK Day 1-19-15 036Keystone College MLK Day 1-19-15 007Keystone College MLK Day 1-19-15 005

December 2014

Pope Francis, who turned 78 on December 17, celebrated the occasion by handing out 400 sleeping bags to homeless people living on the streets in Rome. There are approximately 3,276 homeless people currently living in Rome, half of whom have no shelter at all and live on the streets, a recent survey found.
According to Religion News, the Pope’s archbishop in charge of charitable giving, Konrad Krajewski, led a group of volunteers around the local area to distribute the sleeping bags. “This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday,” the group told recipients. The pope also held a birthday lunch at the Vatican, with four homeless individuals among the guests.
But if you’re surprised that Francis would rather give out presents than receive them for his birthday, you haven’t been paying enough attention to this pope. Last month, despite some internal opposition in the Vatican, the pope ordered that public showers be installed in St. Peter’s Square so homeless people would have a place to bathe.
Francis has also been quietly sneaking out of the Vatican to minister to homeless residents living on the streets.
Addressing poverty and economic inequality has become a central theme of Francis’ nearly two-year tenure. He has attacked unbridled wealth accumulation,pointing out that Bible calls for a “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits” in order to care for the poor. “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” said Francis last year. He has also been highly critical of trickle-down economics.