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There was an especially welcome gift under the Christmas tree for families of the Army Reserves 196th Transportation Company. The reservists are home in time to spend Christmas with their families.
About 130 members of the company arrived in the morning at the Armed Forces Reserve Center after a flight from Fort Hood, Texas. The company had spent most of the past six months in Iraq, where U.S. military operations are winding down.
For Trey Robinson, only five years old, today's event marked one of the best days of his young life. His father, Staff Sgt. Orian Robinson, was among the returning soldiers.
During the long separation, technology eased some of the pain of their loved ones absences. Many families carried cell phones with then 24/7.
About 15 members of the company were not able to make the trip to Orlando. They were injured and are being treated at Fort Hood.
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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.