Man buys Christmas gifts for homeless
A US man dubbed “The Random Altruist” made Christmas for some homeless people when he bought presents for them last week. The good Samaritan had asked each homeless person what they “really, really wanted for Christmas” and then went ahead and bought the items. Their choice of presents varied from a jumper to a burger to a box of cereal, with one man even asking for a calculator. Upon receiving their gifts, many burst into tears and some even broke out into a celebratory dance. “While most of us want the best phone or the biggest TV for the holidays, there are a lot of people out there who just need the basics like food and clothing,” the altruist wrote on his YouTube page. “So this year, instead of shopping for people who already have a lot ... I decided to spend my money shopping for people who don’t have much at all.” Canadian pop star Justin Bieber spent Christmas teasing fans with his imminent retirement from the music business, posting mixed messages over his Twitter feed. The tweet to the 19-year-old’s nearly 48 million followers read: “My beloved beliebers, I’m officially retiring.” But it was quickly followed by another message: “I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle.” And then: “I’m here forever.” The tweets came on the eve of the Christmas Day release of the latest film chronicling the life of the Baby singer called Justin Bieber’s Believe. The “retirement” message went out on the night of Christmas Eve and by the following morning had nearly a quarter million retweets and more than 185,000 favorites. The Vatican will take on the Church of England in a game of cricket, nearly 500 years after the two Churches split. Last October, the Vatican formed the St. Peter’s Cricket Club, a league composed of teams of priests and seminarians from Catholic colleges and seminaries in Rome. The best players formed a Vatican team, called the “Vatican XI”, and recently challenged the Church of England to form its own team of Anglican priests and seminarians to play in London at Lord’s, the home of cricket, next September. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the 80 million strong worldwide Anglican communion, accepted the Vatican’s challenge last week. The Anglican side will put together a similar team of amateurs from Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and nearby theological schools.