Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick's brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal" life. This was just the beginning of Dick and Judy's quest for Rick's inclusion in community, sports, education and one day, the workplace. In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."
Hundreds of thousands across Australia tuned in to watch the live television coverage of the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis last night. But for one Sydney family the Inauguration Mass was not only an unforgettable ceremony and historic moment in the life of the Church, but was deeply personal.
While recording for an upcoming album with De Montfort Music, the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, received news that rocked the world. "White Smoke!" Spirit Juice Studios was there to capture the excitement.
Preparations are nearly finalized for the Inauguration Mass on Tuesday for Pope Francis. The Vatican says over 200 religious and political delegations confirmed their attendance, the largest of which hail from the Pope's native Argentina, as well as Italy. The Mass will begin at 9:30am (Rome time), but activity starts nearly an hour before,when the Pope takes a ride across St. Peter's Square before getting ready inside the Basilica. For just the second time, he will be joined by other Catholic leaders.
In this video, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, shares an insight into the recent election of Pope Francis, the reactions in Rome, and his personal thoughts about our new pope.
Three young people share their stories on how The Smith Family has helped them and their own families through financial hardship. To sponsor an Australian kid visit this website:
Cardinal Philippe Xavier Ignace Barbarin, is Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gauls. He was born in Rabat, Marocco in the year 1950. He studied at the Sorbonne University. At the age of 23, he joined the Carmelite seminary and at 27, he was ordained to the priesthood. He lived in Madagascar for four years, where he taught Theology at the seminary.
Sixty seven year old, Cardinal Robert Sarah is from Guinea. Throughout his life he has studied in the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal, Israel and Italy. He was ordained at the age of 24. Then when he was 34, John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Conakry in Guinea, making him the youngest bishop in the Catholic Church. Then at the request of John Paul II, in 2001, he began working as Secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Raymundo Damasceno Assis is the archbishop of Aparecida in Brazil, one of the most important dioceses in Latin America. He was ordained a priest at 29, John Paul II named him archbishop in 2004. He presided CELAM, the governing body for all bishops in Latin America, for four years. He also joined Benedict XVI on his first trip to Latin America, to Brazil, in May 2007.
The Cardinal with the longest name is from Sri Lanka. Sixty five year old, Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don is the second cardinal, in history from that country. Over the years he has divided his work between the Roman Curia and in Pastoral work carried out in Asian regions with a Catholic minority.
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