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Patch Blogs: The Pope; 5K; Peter Pan

A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

Donkey Sense and the Pope

"Pope Francis’ spectacularly inauspicious beginning is full of encouraging signs of the man’s humility.

He instills a hope that change is in the wind, not only in the Roman Catholic Church but among persons of faith and good will around the world.

The Vatican has a reputation for secrecy and self-protection. The clergy child abuse scandal, the secret report on curia corruption that was promptly locked in Pope Benedict's safe, claims of money laundering in the Vatican Bank, all these concerns and more have been swept under the potifical rug."

To read more, click here.

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From Couch to Quest: A Beginner’s Goal to Run a 5K Anxiety Free

"Last month I set myself a goal: to run a 5K. For some, this is may be an easy, enjoyable task. But for me, it’s a nerve-wracking prospect. For one, I’m 36 and have never run so much as one lap around a track. My running is usually reserved for dashing—arms flailing—to catch my train.

And then there’s the small matter of panic...the main reason I’ve never attempted a race—I’m scared."

To read more, click here.

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Peter Pan, Interfaith Role Model

"I don’t know when it happened.

Five years ago I didn’t know a Muslim, hadn’t a clue about Muhammed, the Qur’an, or head coverings. I didn’t have Muslim friends, didn’t know about mosques, daily prayers, Ramadan, or the Hajj. 

You could even say, I didn’t know I didn’t know.

And now I do."

To read more, click here.

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