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As part of a continuing series of community service projects by Perth Amboy Catholic School, students made Merry Christmas Cards to be given out by New York City Meals on Wheels to its homebound elderly clients. The handmade items are personal and precious to the seniors that receive a Christmas dinner from Meals on Wheels. The students wanted the recipients to know that someone cares about them and they are not forgotten. The project was coordinated by Maria Arcelay, a parent of one of the students, and art teacher Rose Pennyfeather. Students shown in photo, from left, Kenny Ortiz, Katherine Zevallos, Melissa Gonzalez, Emmanuel De Jesus and Lizbeth Nunez. photo courtesy of Perth Amboy Catholic School.
Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, 53, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 6. Riva, who is afflicted with neurofibromatosis, said receiving the pope's embrace was like being in paradise. Riva is from a small village nea r Vicenza in northern Italy. --CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA Nov. 19, 2013