Father Maurice Chase, a.k.a. "Father Dollar Bill" (KTLA-TV)
Many received blessings from the 91-year-old as well.
Some of the most needy were given $20 bills and even $100 bills.
Father Chase, a Catholic priest who works with the Skid Row Charity Fund, has been handing out cash every Thanksgiving for some 32 years.
He says the money comes from Mrs. Bob Hope, Mrs. Frank Sinatra, Bob Newhart, Eli Broad, Vin Scully and many others.
Seoul – In the tense atmosphere that has descended upon the Korean Peninsula, the Church prays for peace. This morning, the Most Rev Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il, bishop of the Military Ordinariate, visited the funeral chapel where the two soldiers killed in the North Korean attack against Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday are laying in state.
“Their life was great,” the prelate said surrounded by their relatives. “I shall pray God to grant them his mercy and eternal peace for their souls.”
During his visit, Bishop Yu urged everyone to pray for peace in the Korea Peninsula, for the families of the four people killed as well as for the 15 people who were wounded in the attack, including four Catholics.
Cath News report: Private schools are threatening court action to prevent the publication of information about their finances on the My School website, after previews that indicated the website is riddled with errors, said The Australian.
The schools fear that if the updated website goes live next month as planned, incorrect data could smash their reputations and lead parents to false conclusions about the value they are getting for their school fees.
And the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority - the government body responsible for the website - has conceded that data on about 300 schools is in dispute and that some could be excluded from the updated site when it goes live.
The opposition accused the Gillard government of attempting to engineer data to justify its "secret agenda" to slash funding to private schools, while the Australian Education Union accused private schools of attempting to avoid scrutiny after already having been given generous concessions on what data would be made public.
Independent Schools Victoria revealed yesterday that many of its 220 member schools had used the government's preview portal and discovered My School's assessment of their financial resources was wrong.
Chief executive Michelle Green told The Australian ACARA was using a formula to crunch figures to iron out differences in data between independent, Catholic and public schools.
But Ms Green said that one independent school had found the site overstated its income by $11 million, while another found three different assessments of its income on three consecutive days it checked the site.
Others using the portal, which closes on Tuesday, found the site had no data on their finances.
An ACARA spokesman said data from about 300 of the nation's 10,000 schools was in dispute and that the body was working with schools to adjust errors. The spokesman said the site was expected to go live next month but that if officials were not certain of the accuracy of data, some schools might be excluded and "asterixed" until the data was verified.
ALL AFRICA REPORT: The Archbishop of Kampala diocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has cautioned Ugandans who are to participate in the forthcoming general elections against succumbing to politicians' lies.
"How many times do we hear politicians promising us heaven and earth and failing to fulfil their promises? Do not be deceived. Vote for only people who will steer development in our country."
Lwanga further cautioned Ugandans against turning sex into a recreation instead of having it for procreation. "Each organ on the human body was made for a purpose. You cannot use your nose to eat food. Likewise, sexuality was made for a certain purpose, not for recreation."
Lwanga, who had just arrived from Italy, was addressing a press conference at which a five-year advocacy campaign against domestic violence was launched, in partnership between the Irish government and the Catholic church.
Journalists who attended the press conference at his residence in Rubaga sought his reaction to recent remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, who accepted the use of condoms in certain circumstances.
Journalists also sought his thoughts on the heated political campaigns, which fuel domestic violence over political differences in homes.
Lwanga said, "The Catholic church in Uganda is waiting for an official communication from the Vatican on the Pope's alleged remarks. We cannot depend on media reports. But what I understood from what I read was that the Pope was saying that sexuality is for a purpose, not for recreation, as most people currently take it to be."
He regretted that often politicians buy their votes with cheap items like soap, sugar and salt.
"Good leaders do not lie. Do not risk your votes on liars," the Archbishop said.
He urged Ugandans to understand politics and negotiate it objectively to create peace and harmony. Lwanga noted that most African states misunderstand politics to mean creating enmity with people of divergent views, yet politics should be used to forge unity and development.
Lwanga said lack of transparency among couples was one of the major causes of domestic violence: "How many husbands are open to their wives on how much money they get and where it is kept and how it is spent? This applies to women too. How many women do not want to know their husbands' income?"
He amused journalists when he said that he had met a couple in Italy that told him that they have a joint account for all their income and they agree on how the money is to be spent.