The final hours of Pope Francis' African tour might well have been most dangerous moments of his papacy, as he visited a volatile Muslim neighborhood in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, followed by an open air Mass at a stadium.
Before the Romans, pagan tribes of Europe held a special reverence for the natural world. They honored nature outdoors under enormous ancient oaks, where the spirit of the vegetation was thought to dwell. In winter, when the trees were bare, the spirits moved to evergreens, explaining why holly, with its bright red berries, was first cut and brought indoors to bless the household around the winter solstice.
The holiday season is the perfect time to decorate your home in a fun, festive and affordable way. Holiday decorating doesn't have to break the bank - many of the items you can use to decorate may already exist inside your home, be purchased at budget-friendly stores or consist of items found in nature.
Parents need to know that "The Good Dinosaur" - Pixar's lush animated prehistoric saga that successfully melds "Finding Nemo" and "E.T." - has stunning visuals, clever humor, strong messages, and some scenes of violence and peril that could certainly frighten younger/more sensitive viewers. (Spoiler alert!) Apatosaurus Arlo is separated from his family after a flash flood that claims his father (a series of events that could definitely upset kids); plus, carnivorous, sharp-toothed beasts attack Arlo and his human friend, Spot; thunderstorms bring massive explosions of deadly water; and the heroes barely survive a dangerous ride down a waterfall. And the settings all look very real. There's also a scene in which Arlo and Spot scarf down fermented berries, appear to get a little drunk, and then wake up "hung over."
There's nothing like a bowl of soup to warm the soul on a chilly winter night. The best part is soups are generally easy to prepare and combine ingredients from a number of different food groups. Consider planning double batches of some of these recipes so you can stock your freezer with easy to reheat meals for later.