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April 2nd, 2013
10:34 AM ET

Pope embraces disabled boy on Easter

(CNN)–A mother who was with her husband and five children in St. Peter's Square for the holiday helped lift her young son with cerebral palsy, Dominic, into the arms of Pope Francis for a blessing after Easter Mass. Christiana Gondreau describes the touching moment to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"There was not a dry eye around us. It was really, really moving," she says. "Not in a million years, really, did I expect to end the Easter Sunday Mass with a kiss from the pope. It was very beautiful."

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  2. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too.................time to EVOLVE !!!

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    By Kelly Murray, CNN

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    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

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    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

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    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

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    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

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    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

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    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

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    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

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    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

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    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

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    NASA: Mars could have supported life

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    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

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    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

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    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

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    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Peace

    May 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  3. Roberto

    This pope loves staged photo ops almost as much as Obama.

    April 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  4. omeany

    I'm not a Catholic and have often viewed the Catholic Church as being rather tribal and controlling in their thinking and behavior. I saw a ray of light during the election when the Nuns On The Bus were visiting US cities assisting and bringing attention the to the needs of the poor even though the previous Pope condemed their actions as not being obedient enough(?)

    This new Pope seems to embrace the humility that has been so lacking not only in the Catholic faith but the other Christian faith based churches as well. Jesus took a lot of time taking care of the poor and instructing his followers to do the same. This begs the question why are there so many multi million dollar ministries?

    Hopefully this will herald a new age of enlightenment for the Catholic church.

    April 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  5. Just Call Me Lucifer

    Hmmmm... looks like public pedophilia to me.

    April 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
    • jim

      they had to pull him away from the kid...

      April 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • Observer

      When I saw that photo I thought...oh hell the atheists on CNN belief blog are probably having a field day. Good to see you didn't disapoint me on my morning read.

      April 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  6. EX catholic

    He is an Idolater, IDOLATRY is not Religion. IDOLATRY is a very grave and Serious SIN. Only Idolaters will follow him.

    April 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  7. John 3:16

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-4eJ9cxVe0&w=640&h=390]

    April 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  8. april

    I like this pope. He's shaking things up and I think he's gonna do some great things.

    April 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Flung

      He's a jesuit. A propaganda scholar. He's out to bullshlt people and has clearly made you his latest sucker. Sucker.

      April 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • twocents

      I agree. He is a wonderful Pope.

      April 9, 2013 at 2:03 am |
  9. mzh

    O People...

    The Pope is just a human and kissing a disabled boy does not make it something especial or should you feel something devine... please don't think that getting some tears by seeing this will make you good in the eyes of The Almighty... one should work hard especially use the intellectuals to live this earthly life and shoot for hereafter... few things should be considered of thinking:
    - should I ask The Almighty who is The Creator of the entire universe and who does not need any help from His creation to maintain it as when He wishes to create something He just says 'Be and it is...' OR the creation like son, daughter, association and so on who can't even make sure about himself or a dead person?

    April 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
  10. Because of your love..

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekrKOYRZC0I&w=640&h=390]

    April 6, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  11. Liberated-open-mind

    People, were forgetting to point out that the kiss was weird and gross.

    April 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Joe Wepley

      Anybody notice how "liberated-open-mind" is neither?

      April 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  12. HotAirAce

    Any update on the boy Pope-A-Dope hugged? No molestation charges filed yet? No miraculous cure?

    April 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • carmen rose

      you are an idiot ...an IDIOT.....

      April 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      And you appear to need anger management counseling.

      So, no change in the boy's status then?

      April 9, 2013 at 2:36 am |
    • clide barreto

      yoo'll close your eye,before my lord cure him.Amen

      April 22, 2013 at 4:16 am |
    • clide barreto

      yoo'll close your eyes,before my lord cure him.Amen

      April 22, 2013 at 4:20 am |
    • clide barreto

      you'll close your eyes,before my lord cure him.Amen

      April 22, 2013 at 4:21 am |
  13. Ken Margo

    In today's miserable religious news. A judge ruled that plan b should be sold over the counter and that a prescription is not needed. In other words BUY AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! The religious whack jobs are going to lose their mind over this! Imagine, allowing a woman to make a choice. WOW!

    April 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • babies need advocates

      Yes, the millions of babies that will die because a woman couldn't be inconvenienced with its life.

      April 7, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • Ken Margo

      Women don't abort babies. They are called fetuses.

      April 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
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