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I am Mercy Gawason, and I am a Subanen woman. I am 26 years old, and I work in the Subanen Craft Center in Ozamis City, the Philippines. I met Columban Fr. Vincent Busch in 2004, and he taught me the art of making Mandalas and wooden beads. In 2007 we began making Christmas cards at the Center, and I am now in charge of mailing, packing and sending the Christmas cards we make.

Pope Francis looks at Praying Hands picture Deacon Edwin Ng shows Pope Francis a picture of "Praying Hands" drawn by inmates at Hong Kong's Shek Pik Correctional Institution.

A long time ago in Japan there lived a travelling man who went from place to place with his monkey who could dance. Sometimes he played music or sang and the monkey danced along with the music. After he put on a show he got money from the people who watched. After a while the monkey got old and stiff, and he was no longer able to dance very well.

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