Tag Archives: Humble

POSITRACTION: First papal ‘selfie’


31 August 2013 – 09H39

First papal ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media
Pope Francis poses with young people in the Church of Saint Augustine in Rome on August 28, 2013.

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AFP – Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican.

The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going viral on social media on Saturday.

The picture comes in the same week that the Oxford English Dictionary included the word “selfie” to denote a self-taken photograph on a smartphone.

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“There is no marketing behind these actions. The pope clearly likes being with people while his predecessor liked being with books,” said Beppe Severgnini, columnist for the Corriere della Sera daily.

The 76-year-old pope, Latin America’s first pontiff, has repeatedly broken with Vatican tradition since being elected in March, including regularly picking up the phone and calling ordinary people who write to him.

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Reminds me of how Pope John 23 was a people’s pope.

I am very impressed with this Pope’s ability to connect with “real people”.

I bet those youngsters will never forget that moment.

Like when I met Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

We can all take a lesson from his joy. Like the Dali Lama, life has to be “fun”. Life is fun.

He certainly makes things fun.

Imagine getting a call from the Pope?

What would you say?

I know what I’d say: “Forgive me Father for I have sinned …”.

A free pass at the Pearly Gates, cause I’d probably drop dead from the surprise.

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POSITRACTION: He handed Liam over and drove away


Driver ‘a hero’ for saving toddler

Last updated 16:30 23/01/2013

The Paraparaumu truck driver who slammed on his brakes and scooped a toddler out of harm’s way in February last year has been rewarded for his heroic actions.

Dennis Roderick was reunited with the little blond-haired boy for the first time today when he received the supreme Beaurepairs Highways Hero award in Wellington.

”You’re a little bit heavier now mate,” Roderick said as he gave Liam Adamson, now aged two, a hug.

The grandfather was driving at about 40kmh along Mana Esplanade, north of Porirua, last February when he saw Liam just metres in front of him attempting to cross four lanes of traffic.

He swung his 20-metre-long truck and trailer across both southbound lanes to prevent the toddler being run over. He then leapt out of his cab and picked up the boy, who was dressed in a nappy and singlet.

Roderick’s heart continued to race as he cradled the then 16-month old in his arms while trying to figure out where the tot had come from.

He spotted an open gate then Liam’s distraught mum Michelle Barr. He handed Liam over and drove away, not wanting to hold up traffic.

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What were all the other drivers doing?

Typical hero. Just drive away after doing the right thing. No big deal.

Hope I have an opportunity to be that heroic and humble.

But, small challenges only, in line with my limited abilities.

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