• Top of the Morning: Pope Francis Receives 2016 International Prize

    Plus, see the Kardashian family 2015 Christmas card and find out who who gave birth, got engaged, and more!
  • 4. Pope Francis will receive award for "fostering European values"

    The Charlemagne prize, a prominent annual German award for promoting European values will be award to Pope Francics. He will receive the medal at a ceremony in Rome, next year on a still undisclosed date. The organizers cite the Pope's moral leadership during Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War II. "At a time which many citizens of Europe are looking for orientation, Pope Francis sends a message of hope and encouragement," their statement said. It also adds that the Pope stands for "peace and understanding, for mercy, tolerances, solidarity and the conservation of creation." Previous winners of the award include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French president Francois Mitterrand. (gmanetwork.com

     

    2. The Kardashians release their family's 2015 Christmas card

    Just in time for Christmas, the Kardashian family have released the 2015 Christmas card--and it's the kids who take the spotlight. Kim Kardashian was the first one to debut the card on her website and app. It shows Kim's daughter North, 3, with Kourtney Kardashians' kids Mason, 6, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 1. The newest Kardashian kid, Kim's son Saint, whom she gave birth to just last December 5, did not make an appearance. The message of the card? "All you need is love." Plain and simple and yet so perfect. (people.com

     

    3. Outstanding Fil-Am students receive Rizal awards
    Thirteen Fil-Am students were recently awarded the Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Awards for their academic excellence and community service by the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC). Col. Shirley S. Raguindin, chief diversity officer at the U.S. Air National Guard Bureau, said in her keynote speech during the awarding ceremony held last week, “You are the future’s emerging leaders. Earning top grades in school is significant. But like Dr. Rizal, you must learn to lose yourself in the service of others. You stand on the shoulders of giants like him. Continue to strive for excellence by always respecting the leaders in our past who sacrificed and gave back to our country.” (inquirer.net

     

    4. Shiri Appleby welcomes her second child

    The former "Rosswell" actress and now staring in Lifetime TV's hit show "UnREAL" has welcomed her second child, a son, last week with fiance restaurateur Jon Shook. "Glad to welcome home Owen lee SHook," she tweeted, along with a photo of the then five-day-old newborn. Appleby shared the pregnancy news back in August, and also revealed last September that her pregnancy is fairly easy the second time around The two are already parents to their daughter Natalie Bouader, 2. Congratulations! (people.com

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    5. Pretty Little Liars star is engaged!

    Sasha Pieterse is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend Hudson Shaeffer. He popped the question to her on bended knees on top s what looked like a meadow. The 19-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress shared the news on her Instagram. She captioned an engagement photo, "The best day of my life!" judging by the smile on her face, she's happy to be engaged! (people.com

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