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Catholics in Philippines are being urged to support a Church-based feeding program for  the country’s malnourished children. The “Fast2Feed” asks people to fast and donate the money that would otherwise be spent for food to Hapag-Asa program of Pondo ng Pinoy (Funds for Filipinos) of the Archdiocese of Manila and its suffragan dioceses.In a pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asks the faithful to feed hungry children as their concrete act of charity in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.“It only takes Php 1,200 or ten pesos a day to bring back a hungry and malnourished child to a healthy state in six months,” noted the prelate.“Let us make a difference in their lives by fasting and donating whatever we save to Hapag-Asa. Let us Fast2Feed,” he said. The program provides not only supplemental feeding but also early childhood education and livelihood and skills training for parents.L...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Jan 29, 2016 / 06:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mexican artist Pedro Francisco Rodríguez is asking for the public’s help in making a larger-than-life sculpture of Pope Francis to commemorate his historic visit to Mexico next month.How can the general population help? By donating millions of scraps of bronze, including old keys.Fr. Hesiquio Trevizo, spokesman for the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez, said at a recent press conference that people can donate their scraps at ten stations located in public areas throughout the city, such as malls.Any bronze still needed for the project will be donated by local businesses.Rodríguez began work on the 16-foot statue in December and said he hopes to have it ready in April, just a few months after the Holy Father’s Feb. 12-18 visit. The sculptor described how the statue will depict a smiling Pope Francis releasing a white dove into flight. Realizarán estatua de bronce al Papa Francisco, medir&aac...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Ted Cruz sometimes sounds more like a preacher than a presidential candidate, praising the transformative love of Jesus Christ and promising to defend religious liberty. But the Texas senator rarely evokes the biblical tenet of tithing, the mandate that 10 percent of possessions be donated to God....
Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 21, 2016 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families have announced that they have a unique way to raise money for local charities this year: auction off the car that Pope Francis used during his historic first trip to the United States.“I’m deeply grateful to FIAT Chrysler for its generosity in giving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the two FIATS used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia on September 26-27, 2015,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. in a Jan. 20 press release.During his September 2016 visit, FIAT Chrysler made a pair of FIAT 500Ls available for the Holy Father to use during his time in Philadelphia.After the trip, the cars were donated to the archdiocese who has teamed up with the annual Philadelphia Car Show to auction at least one of the cars to benefit various archdiocesan charitable initiatives including Catholic Charities, a women’s maternity ho...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said on Friday that the Christmas crib scene reminds us that Jesus made himself small like a child to touch our hearts with his humble goodness. Saying that God doesn’t like the revolutions of the powerful, he explained that through his poverty Jesus gives a jolt to those who are scurrying to accumulate the false treasures of this world. The Pope’s words came in an address where he thanked the local authorities from the German state of Bavaria and representatives of the Italian archdiocese of Trento who this year respectively donated the Christmas tree and the crib scene and figures for St. Peter’s Square.The Pope said the nativity scene reminds us that Jesus never imposes himself by force but came into this world in simplicity, humility and meekness.  The crib scene, he said, speaks to us of God’s tenderness and His divine mercy and how He wants to move our hearts. This year’s Christmas tree in St Peter’s ...
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Seeing baby Jesus in the Nativityscene reminds people that Christ uses humility and love to save the world, notimpressive force or a magic wand, Pope Francis said."God does not love powerful people's imposing revolutionsin history, and he doesn't use a magic wand for changing the situation,"he said Dec. 18, meeting the people who donated the centerpieces of the VaticanChristmas decorations in St. Peter's Square."Instead, he makes himself small, he becomes a baby, inorder to draw us in with love, in order to touch our hearts with his humblegoodness, in order to shake up those who race to accumulate the false treasureof this world," he said.The northern Italian province of Trent donated thelife-sized Nativity scene, and three small towns in Germany's Bavaria regiondonated the 82-foot spruce fir. The tree was lit and the scene officiallyunveiled during an early evening ceremony in the square Dec. 18.The painted ceramic tree orn...
Vatican City, Dec 18, 2015 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis greeted the donors of the Christmas tree and the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Friday, recalling that Christ's birth in the manger shows that he never imposes himself upon us.“He makes himself small, he becomes a child, to attract us with love, to touch our hearts with his humble goodness,” Pope Francis reflected Dec. 18 at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.“I give you my cordial welcome and thank you for the gift which you have prepared. They are very beautiful; and it gives me joy to think that they are not presented only to the Pope and to the pilgrims who will admire them, but above all to the Lord Jesus: for it is he whom we are celebrating!”Pope Francis met with faithful from the Bavarian towns of Hirschau, Schnaittenbach, and Freudenberg, all in the Regensburg diocese, who donated the 105 foot Christmas tree adorning St. Peter's Square; and with the faithful of the ...
(Vatican Radio) The lights on the Christmas tree and crib scene in St Peter’s Square were officially lit up during a ceremony on Friday. Standing 32 metres high, this year’s tree was donated by the German state of Bavaria whilst the crib scene with its 24 life-sized figures was donated by the Italian archdiocese of Trento.In an earlier address to thank the Bavarian authorities and representatives from Trento for their donation, Pope Francis said the Christmas crib scene reminds us that Jesus made himself small like a child to touch our hearts with his humble goodness. Declaring that God doesn’t like the revolutions of the powerful, he spoke of how through his poverty Jesus gives a jolt to those who are scurrying to accumulate the false treasures of this world.The Pope also said the nativity scene reveals how Jesus never imposes himself by force but came into this world in simplicity, humility and meekness.  The crib scene, he said, speaks to us of God’...
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A few days ago, a pastor asked Syrian-born restaurant owner Marie Jarrah to donate food to a welcoming event for recently arrived Syrian refugees. Jarrah, who said she regularly helps people in need, declined....
SEATTLE (AP) -- Many voters don't have the money to donate to political candidates or don't care enough to bother. But what if the government gave them $100 to dole out as they saw fit?...
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