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first_img 130 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Pope FrancisBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) – Pope Francis says he has felt “used” by people claiming to be his friend since he became pontiff, in a radio interview touching on the personal side of his papacy.“I never had so many quote-unquote ‘friends’ as now. Everyone is the pope’s friend,” Francis said in a telephone interview with radio station Milenium in his native Argentina.“I have felt used by people who presented themselves as my friends and whom I hadn’t seen more than once or twice in my life. They have used that to their own benefit. But it’s an experience we all go through,” he told Argentine journalist Marcelo Gallardo, a real-life friend since the days when the pope was bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.“Friendship in the utilitarian sense — let’s see what advantage I can gain by getting close to this person and becoming friends — that pains me,” he told Gallardo in the interview, broadcast Sunday.“Friendship is something sacred. The Bible says to have one or two friends.”Francis, whose papacy began in March 2013, also touched on environmental destruction and religious fundamentalism in the wide-ranging conversation — a rare interview with a non-religious broadcaster.Echoing the bold appeal to care for the planet he issued in a sweeping encyclical in June, the pope condemned humankind’s “abuse of creation.”“We’re not friends of creation. Sometimes we treat it like our worst enemy. Think of deforestation, misuse of water, methods of extracting minerals with elements like arsenic and cyanide that end up making people sick,” he said.Of fundamentalists, he said: “Their mission is to destroy in the name of an idea, not a reality…. They kill, attack, destroy, malign in the name of an ideological god.”The interview came as the pope prepares to visit Cuba and the United States from September 19 to 28.center_img Sharing is caring! Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope feels ‘used’ by fake friends by: Associated Free Press – September 14, 2015last_img read more

first_imgRon Bonham, age 73, of Muncie Central and the University of Cincinnati passed away recently.   He also played pro basketball with the Boston Celtics and Indianapolis Pacers.In 1960 he was Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana.  That year Muncie Central was runner-up to East Chicago in the state tournament.  At UC he led the Bearcats to an NCAA championship in 1962.  Ron Bonham always seemed to be in complete control of his body, and I am sure some people didn’t think he was playing hard.  He was truly poetry in motion on the basketball floor.After his stellar career in basketball, he returned to Muncie, Indiana, and became a civic leader and politician in his home town.  Muncie will miss his presence.  Boyhood heroes are remembered with fondness.  I was in college at this time and enjoyed this home-state hero.last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOne of kids’ favorite times of the year, summer break, is right around the corner. It’s a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the sun, but literacy sometimes suffers with the extended time away from academics. Alpena Public Schools is working to make sure that doesn’t happen.Students at Hink’s Elementary participated in a summer reading kick–off today, just before break starts. Instructional coach, Jennifer Marceau, says this is the perfect way to get parents involved, and kids interested in reading.“So what we did today is we just kind of introduced parents to ideas they can utilize at home while they’re working with their students. Just some ideas. Some are water coloring, getting out chalk to play on a sidewalk, write their sight words or their fry words. We also had in there just showing them how to read with their kids, explaining how to read with them. We also had sand to play with different activities that you can incorporate into just simply playing in the sand.”Students from junior kindergarten through first grade will be sent home with a packet containing all the books they’ll need, as well as an interactive app to track progress and engage parents. The school hopes the children will return in the fall ready to pick up right where they left off.“Our major goal here is to try to stop the summer slide because many kids, if they’re not picking up a book or they’re not reading, summer slide happens and we’re hoping to close that gap and not have kids come in having summer slide. So encourage them to read as much as they can throughout the summer.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Hinks, Literacy, Reading, Summer, summer reading programContinue ReadingPrevious Jeff Wallace Memorial Golf Outing to benefit youth sports this summerNext Twenty-two arrested in mid-Michigan sting operation to catch child predatorslast_img read more