Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas Associated Press Published 9:56 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 Las Garzas, Panama – Pope Francis on Friday brought World Youth Day to Panama’s juvenile delinquents, celebrating an emotional penitential liturgy inside the country’s main youth prison since the inmates couldn’t participate in the Catholic Church’s big festival of faith outside. Fulfilling his belief that no one should be separated from God’s mercy, Francis also heard the confessions of five inmates at the Las Garzas de Pacora detention center. At least one of them wept uncontrollably afterward. “There are no words to describe the freedom I feel in this moment,” one of the inmates, Luis Oscar Martinez, told the pope at the start of the service inside barbed wire-ringed facility outside Panama City. It was an emotional highlight of Francis’ four-day trip to Panama and a hands-on demonstration of his belief that prisoners deserve the same … [Read more...] about Pope brings World Youth Day to prisoners
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Steve Annear Globe Staff January 08, 2019 If your social media streams have been suddenly clogged by friends and family sharing pictures of laundry folded into intricate squares, you’re not alone — there’s a tide of people who have latched on to a de-cluttering trend in the new year to help get their lives in order.On Jan. 1, Netflix smartly timed the release of a new series called “Tidying Up,” which teaches viewers how to rid their homes of unnecessary garments; books (this one has caused some contention); and other items, while hanging onto the things that “spark joy” in a person’s life.The show, hosted by author and “tidy guru” Marie Kondo, leans on her trademarked “KonMari Method,” a way to bring happiness and joy through cleanliness or simplicity, in so many words. Advertisement So, … [Read more...] about What is KonMari and why are people folding their shirts weird? What you need to know about Marie Kondo
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
Rebecca Golden Free Press special writer Published 2:05 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 Gordie Morton wants everyone in Ferndale to be on the lookout for aliens hiding around town. Green ones. Blue ones. Sparkly ones. The Ferndaliens, as he calls them, could be hiding anywhere, and starting Sept. 1, area residents will have the chance to capture as many as they can find. Morton, 26, and girlfriend and business partner, Hannah Ghneim, 23, want hunting Ferndaliens to become a civic tradition that supports local small businesses like their own. Morton, an artist and graphic designer, created the Ferndaliens this spring. He and Ghneim then came up with the idea of a citywide scavenger hunt where people could receive clues via social media and hunt for treasure boxes of alien swag in Ferndale’s parks, streets and businesses. He and Ghneim think of their treasure hunt as a kind of real-life Pokemon Go where people get out and interact with one … [Read more...] about Ferndale treasure hunt will have people looking for this
John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 They don’t want to flee from Detroit. They’d like to continue the work they came here to do. But the devil is doing his best to stop them. “I just wanted to make a change, man,” said Apostle Michael Beasley, the 55-year-old pastor of Total Life Change Ministries on the city’s west side. “I want to stay, but I can’t tell you I don’t get moments where I’ve thought about leaving.” His church is located inside a defunct elementary school near Greenfield and Tireman. Just a few years ago, he had a nice home and a successful church in the suburbs. Then, he said, he heard the voice of God tell him to move to Detroit, buy this massive school and help rebuild a neighborhood. He followed the call. And his church has been beset by thieves and robbers ever since. Over and over, someone keeps breaking into the building, methodically stealing the copper pipes … [Read more...] about After 20 burglaries, a Detroit church struggles to survive