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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Russian man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh last month donated his organs - and the Army National Guard veteran who received his kidney gave an emotional thank-you to the man's widow....
By VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Nativity scene and Christmas tree,like those displayed in St. Peter's Square, are visible reminders of God'sbenevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said. The traditional Christmas displays are "the signs ofthe heavenly Father's compassion, of his participation and closeness tohumanity who experience not being abandoned in dark times, but instead visitedand accompanied in their difficulties," the pope said."Every year, the Christmas Nativity scene and treespeak to us through their symbolic language. They make more visible what iscaptured in the experience of the birth of the Son of God," Pope Francissaid Dec. 7 in a meeting with delegations from Poland and Italy, responsible respectively for the2017 Vatican Christmas tree and Nativity scene. The centerpiece of the Vatican's Christmas holiday decorationsis the towering 92-foot spruce tree.Measuring nearly 33 feet in diameter, the tree was donatedby the Archdiocese of Elk, Poland, and tra...
(Vatican Radio) Eight dioceses in England have pledged to support vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land through Christmas crib donations.Churches in the dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Birmingham, and Hexham and Newcastle will give their crib offerings this year to the Friends of the Holy Land (FHL), a charity that provides relief to Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.Parishes in the dioceses of Leeds, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Salford and Southwark will also donate to the charity, which provides practical support to families facing poverty and unemployment in the region.A spokesperson for FHL said: “Christmas and Advent is a key time in the FHL calendar as Christians across the world focus their attention on the ‘little town of Bethlehem’.“Unfortunately, ‘peace and goodwill’ is not reflected in the harsh realities lived by many Christians in the West Bank today. Bethlehem’s Christians are increasingly fleeing ...
“The Nativity Scene is the suggestive place where we contemplate Jesus, who having assumed our wretchedness, invites us to do likewise through our acts of mercy.”  Pope Francis made the reflection on Thursday while thanking all those who donated this year’s Nativity Scene on the theme of works of mercy and the 28 meter tall ‎Christmas tree set up in the centre of St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope wished that the birth of the Lord be an occasion for all to be attentive to the needs of the poor and all those who like Jesus don't’ find anyone to welcome them. Listen to our report: The Pope met some 4000 people of various donor delegations at the Vatican’s audience hall.  They represented the southern Italian Benedictine Abbey of Montevergine that donated the Nativity Scene, Poland’s Warmia Archdiocese and Elk Diocese that donated the red fir tree and children undergoing cancer treatment in various Italian hospitals w...
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Nativity scene and Christmas tree,like those displayed in St. Peter's Square, are visible reminders of God'sbenevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said. The traditional Christmas displays are "the signs ofthe heavenly Father's compassion, of his participation and closeness tohumanity who experience not being abandoned in dark times, but instead visitedand accompanied in their difficulties," the pope said."Every year, the Christmas Nativity scene and treespeak to us through their symbolic language. They make more visible what iscaptured in the experience of the birth of the Son of God," Pope Francissaid Dec. 7 in a meeting with delegations from Poland and Italy, responsible respectively for the2017 Vatican Christmas tree and Nativity scene. The centerpiece of the Vatican's Christmas holiday decorationsis the towering 92-foot spruce tree.Measuring nearly 33 feet in diameter, the tree was donate...
(Vatican Radio) To the extent God freely granted us the gift of life and the created world, we in turn should donate and share with others to create a better world, Pope Francis said on Monday.  Faced with the ecological crisis we are going through, the perspective of donation received and given to those coming after us is indeed a reason for commitment and hope, he told some 150 members of the Italian Donation Institute (IID) in the Vatican.  "We have the duty to preserve and hand down to future generations an intact planet that we have received as a free gift from God’s goodness,” he told the institute ahead of Italy’s Donation Day on October 4, that it sponsors.  God's gift - life and creationThe Pope reminded them that the greatest gift that God has given to each one of us is life, which is part of another divine original gift which is creation. Hence, he said, “All of us must feel it a great responsibility to safeguard and ...
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hope mixed with fear Friday on a 60-foot stretch of a bike lane in downtown Mexico City, where families huddled under tarps and donated blankets, awaiting word of their loved ones trapped in the four-story-high pile of rubble behind them....
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- On rubber mats spread across a Mexico City recreation center, the Montero family cuddles under donated wool blankets, their first new possessions after abandoning their apartment following the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Christine Bordelon, The Clarion HeraldBy Christine BordelonBEAUMONT,Texas (CNS) -- Hope. That's what 50-plus volunteers from a Louisiana Catholicparish offered to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey as part of a pre-dawncaravan of six 18-wheelers with donated supplies to Texas Sept. 9."Weare so glad to see you," a Beaumont resident told the group from St. Catherineof Siena Parish as they arrived at the first Texas stop. "God bless you."Thestop was a warehouse run by Catholic Charities of Greater Beaumont that servedas a storage and distribution site for food, water, hygiene and cleaningsupplies, baby food, diapers and more for parishes and people in need.Thecaravan left St. Catherine of Siena in Metairie, Louisiana, at 4:30 a.m., andthe bus of volunteers arrived back home at midnight. In Beaumont, the firststop, volunteers first unloaded 18-wheelers already on site before unloadingthree of their own that had been part of the six-hour convoy from Metairie.CatholicCh...
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