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The Claretian community in Sri Lanka is actively engaged in helping victims of the floods that hit the country last month.  A letter  written by the Major Superior of Sri Lanka, Fr. S. Rex Constantine CMF, he stated that the Claretians in Sri Lanka and our Missions are not directly affected by the floods that brought a national disaster to the country. But as Christians they have decided to respond with a sense of urgency and solidarity with some little relief work according to their capacity. They have appointed in the Delegation a team (Claretians Disaster Recovery) to plan and coordinate the Relief and Reconstruction efforts of the Claretians. The team is planning strategies and actions to be of help to the affected people.Many areas of Sri Lanka received over 300 mm of rain from May 10, 2016 that resulted in flooding and significant landslides. 22 districts across the country have been affected by floods, landslides and heavy rain. 92 persons were confirmed dead with...
NEW YORK (AP) -- On a Friday evening almost a year ago, the White House was awash in rainbow-colored lights, celebrating the momentous Supreme Court ruling that led to nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. Across the country, gays and lesbians embraced and partied and in some cases scrambled to arrange can't-wait-another-day weddings....
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian authorities charged three men with terror-related crimes after two days of raids and the detention of 40 people in a major investigation which they said required "immediate intervention" because they feared a new attack was close....
BATH, Maine (AP) -- The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL christened the second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer Saturday in honor of her son, who died in Iraq when he threw himself on an insurgent's grenade to save the lives of two fellow SEALS....
(Vatican Radio) Belgian police have raided dozens of homes and detained 12 people for allegedly preparing new terror attacks in the country during at least one of Belgium's matches at the ongoing European Football Championship. Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel urged the people to remain calm at a time when the nation still deals with the aftermath of recent terror attacks which killed dozens of civilians.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: As people in Belgium planned massive parties Saturday to watch live broadcasts of the country's football team playing Ireland, police forces rushed into action. Authorities said one or more attacks were feared including in the capital Brussels, during one of Belgium’s Euro 2016 football matches. The federal prosecutor's office said that homes and car ports were searched overnight in 16 municipalities, mostly in and around Brussels. It explained that 40 people were taken for inter...
(Vatican Radio) Saturday afternoon Pope Francis visited Villa Nazareth in the Pineta Sacchetti area of Rome. Villa Nazareth was founded in 1946 for orphans and poor children in order to provide the underprivileged with educational opportunities.Today Villa Nazareth helps young people who are experiencing economic hardship but who also show great intellectual potential. It provides them with a program of Christian formation and inspiration. The institution’s charism, its mission, is to promote a “diaconate of culture” and to form people who can be role models in society as moral witnesses.Pope Francis gave a catechesis on Luke’s gospel passage of the Good Samaritan. There are many characters in this passage, he said, but who qualifies as a neighbor? The robber, the poor man who was left for dead on the road, the priest, the doctor of the law, the lawyer? Or the innkeeper? Perhaps none of these knew how to answer such a question. The priest was in a hurry, li...
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for 19th of June 2016 features our weekly selection of readings and reflections on the Sunday gospel presented by Jill Bevilacqua and an interview focusing on ‘Chesterton & Eugenics: the challenge of our time’ with the President of the Chesterton Institute at Seton Hall and editor of the Chesterton Review, Fr. Ian Boyd, CSB along with his Seton Hall colleague and friend, Prof. Dermot Quinn.Listen to a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: 
(Vatican Radio)  Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council Thursday, drawing attention to the efforts of the Catholic Church in education on behalf of young women and girls.The 32nd session of the Human Rights Council has as its focus Women’s rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: delivery on the promise to leave no one behind. Archbishop Jurkovic said education "represents one of the most important determining factors for the promotion of women in society", empowering them in their role as protagonists in society in the face of inequality and violence. "Collaboration with and respect for women are fundamental in building a society based on real values, including those related to religious convictions."He noted that the Catholic Church sponsors around 400,000 elementary and secondary schools in all parts of t...
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for Saturday 18th of June, 2016 features our report on the weekly general audience of Pope Francis with pilgrims from across the world. This is followed by an interview to  mark the ‘Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church’ currently taking place in Crete and an historical journey back in time focusing on relations between Canterbury and Rome. In the last part of the programme we share a  tour of Christian and pagan Rome with Latinist Carmelite Father Reginald Foster. A programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:   
VIENNA (AP) -- The Latest on the IAAF's meeting on Russia (all times local):...
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