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Last week, hundreds of people gathered at Virginia Commonwealth University in honor of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman.
RICHMOND, VA (Catholic Online) - Martin's death has caused a national debate over guns and self-defense laws. The 17-year-old was killed by George Zimmerman in Florida on February 26. According to Zimmerman, he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman has not been arrested nor charged in the shooting.
People gathered on the university's campus wearing hoodies and holding "weapons," which were actually Skittles and iced tea. This is what Martin was wearing and carrying the day he was shot.
Miracle Allums, a student organizer, said they had planned to send empty bags and cans of Skittles and iced tea to the Sanford police with a note attached saying:
"We surrender our weapons."
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.