‘Hidden euthanasia’? Senior care homes could become prisons, pope warns

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Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“I really like having (Benedict, who’s 87) living here in the Vatican,” Pope Francis says, “because it’s like having a wise grandfather at home.”

Don’t forget your grandparents, Pope Francis has urged.

In a special Mass for the elderly, the pontiff — who is 77 himself — lashed out at “throw-away culture.” Continue reading

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Daughter’s globe-trotting tribute goes viral

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parisPhotoByJinnaYang“I took a lifesize cutout of my dad around the world to celebrate his life & bring peace to my family,” Jinna Yang posts on Instagram.

Her dad, Jay Kwon Yang, was only 52 when he died of cancer in Virginia in 2012.

After her parents split up when Jinna was 7, she writes on her blog, it was her mom who moved out. Her dad worked 12-hour days, six days a week in the family dry cleaners while raising her and her younger brother.

By the time her dad receives his diagnosis, his dreams are unfulfilled. “He’s never been to Europe or Africa. California. Florida,” Jinna says. “He never got to travel because he sacrificed his life for our family.” Continue reading

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Video: Veteran, 95, stops runners in their tracks

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Joe Bell is a fixture on his block in San Jose, Calif., writes his neighbor, Julia Prodis Sulek, a San Jose Mercury News reporter.

The 95-year-old still has his uniform from World War II, so on Sunday when a local race benefitted a foundation in honor of Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinal who left football to become an Army Ranger, there stood Bell in full regalia in front of his house, cheering the runners on.

What happened next made Sulek document “this sweet moment.” Continue reading

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Grab a hankie: 8-year-old makes soldier’s day

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myles-noteA boy who never got the chance to know his father, an Army sergeant killed in Iraq, is keeping alive the selfless spirit of his dad.

Myles Eckert was going to eat lunch with his family at Cracker Barrel in Toledo, Ohio, last month when he got a windfall: He found a $20 bill in the parking lot.

“I kind of wanted to get a video game,” Myles tells CBS News.

But after he spotted a man in uniform in the restaurant, he changed his mind.

The 8-year-old decided to pay it forward and wrote a note to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey:

“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

Dailey was touched. “It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner. I look at it (the note) every day,” says Dailey, who in turn  paid the $20 forward.

After Myles and his family were through with lunch, he asked his mom if they could go visit his dad, Sgt. Gary “Andy” Eckert Jr., who was killed by a roadside bomb in 2005. Myles was 4-weeks-old, his dad was 24.

His mother snapped this picture of Myles telling his dad all about it:

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To learn more about the Eckert family, go here.

To watch the CBS News report, go here.

 

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10-year-old with no friends finds 1.5 million of them on Facebook

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colinWhen a mother of a boy with Asperger’s asked him who he wanted to invite to his 11th birthday party, he had quick answer:  “He said there wasn’t a point because he has no friends,” Jennifer Cunningham reveals on a Facebook page she created to cheer Colin up.

No doubt it will. In less than two weeks, it has prompted 1.56 million likes, heartfelt messages of support from around the world and news reports. Continue reading

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