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  • Top of the Morning: Pope Francis Wants to Welcome Back Divorced Catholics to Church

    "They always belong to the Church," the Pope said.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. The Pope wants to welcome back divorced Catholics who remarried
    Pope Francis

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    Pope Francis said that the Catholic church should welcome back its members who were previously divorced and has since remarried. Catholics who are divorced are excommunicated -— that is, they are not allowed to receive communion and are considered to be living in sin. While the Pope has yet to lift the ban, he said that the church should be more welcoming instead. “People who started a new union after the defeat of their sacramental marriage are not at all excommunicated, and they absolutely must not be treated that way. They always belong to the church,” he said.  The Pope also asked pastors “not to add additional weight beyond what the children [of divorce] in this situation have to bear.” (time.com)

    2. The more kids, the more germs?
    A new study finds that the more kids you have, the more germs there is in your home -— thus, the more likely someone in the household will get sick. Researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine found that the family member that is most likely to get a runny nose or other symptom were the youngest children and babies because parents share [with them] everything, even viruses. The yearlong study, which was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, looked at single person households and individuals living with children; the latter experienced three additional weeks of virus detection. (nbcnews.com)

    3. Breastfeeding book features Dr. Seuss style


    The Places You'll Feed


    The Places You'll Feed

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    Mom of two Lauren Hirshfield Belden has written a book about breastfeeding and gave it a Dr. Seuss treatment. The book “Places You’ll Feed” will instantly remind you of the award-winning children’s author’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” The book talks to new moms as they go through the challenging world of breastfeeding —- from nursing on the go to multitasking at home to get the correct latch that baby prefers. Lauren says all her conversations with friends about nursing ended up on the book’s pages. “The Place You’ll Feed!” is illustrated by Isabell Angell, and is available on Amazon. (huffingtonpost.com)

    4. Rapper Macklemore welcomes baby girl, ties the knot
    It’s a girl! Rapper Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) and his wife -— yes, they’re married! -— Tricia Davis had welcomed their first child, a daughter named Sloane Ava Simone, two months ago in May 29. What came with his announcement on Instagram was not only a photo of Sloane grabbing his thumb but also a new song called “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)” featuring British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Tricia, via posting a photo of Macklemore with baby Sloane on her Instagram, also confirmed that they had also married last June 27. Double congratulations! (people.com)

    5. Empress Schuck shows off baby bump in maternity shoot

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    The 22-year-old actress is just about to give birth to her first child with non-showbiz boyfriend Vino Guingona in October, and she says she is super excited to meet her little bundle of joy. Last Monday, the mom-to-be shared photos from her maternity shoot with Nice Print Photography. The photos highlight her baby bump and clearly show her pregnancy glow. She and Vino just came back from a babymoon in Brunei, and are now busy with her upcoming baby shower. (gmanetwork.com)

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