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Schools are opening up again in Brooklyn after students were sent to various locations last week due to storm damage. Some 56 schools were forced to close entirely or partially because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - The closures caused many parents to keep their kids home, in spite of alternate sites being opened. Governor Andrew Cuomo was forced to issue an order for kids to be sent to school which authorized the temporary hire of non-certified bus drivers to move them.
Kids in many places attended classes far from home and sometimes without heat.
As schools reopen, parents are sending their kids out, some who have enjoyed a break of more than a week. The Department of Education is reporting that attendance is rising and full attendance is expected soon as the last schools reopen following repairs.
Some schools still have damage from oil leaks and flooding.
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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.