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Message Subject Jesus was a leftist peacenik
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Re: Orphanages from Wikipedia:


Orphanage
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This article is about the institutions for orphans. For the band, see Orphanage (band).


An orphanage is an institution dedicated to caring for orphans (children who have lost their parents). The term is sometimes also used to denote institutions where children reside without cohabiting parents, irrespective of the life status of the latter.

Though various practices encouraged support of orphans -- Jewish law prescribed care for the widow and orphan, and Athenian law supported all orphans of those killed in military service until the age of eighteen -- the first orphanages, called orphanotrophia, were founded in the first centuries AD. The care of orphans was particularly commended to bishops, and during the Middle Ages, to monasteries. In many times and places, orphanages have been founded to provide an alternative to child abandonment.

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So, see, first known organized care of an orphan (first orphanage) was done in the first centuries AD, commended to BISHOPS.

That is a Christian term, a Christian institution.
 
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