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Caritas in Karachi will plant 5,000 trees as part of the Trees for the Earth campaign said Mansha Noor, executive secretary of the Catholic aid and development agency there. "Our planet Earth will no longer be able to support life if we continue cutting down trees, and we all know about the heat wave disaster that killed more than 2,000 in our city last year," Noor said. The elderly and laborers were the main victims from last summer's deadly heat wave, which also badly affected livestock and agricultural crops in surrounding areas.Caritas is also assisting with the planting of mangrove trees in coastal areas near Karachi.  "With the collaboration of the Sindh Forest Department about 1,000 mangrove plants will likewise be planted to protect the livelihoods of fishing communities," said Noor.Giyan Chand Essrani, Minister for Forestry and Wildlife for the Sindh government, said that the state has donated 2,000 trees to be planted around Karachi as p...
BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts 6-year-old's love of sea turtles prompted him to skip his birthday gifts and ask instead for money he could donate to sea turtle rescue efforts....
(Vatican Radio)  At least 32 people died in the second of two major earthquakes that struck Japan last week. Catholic parishes in the area appealed for donations to help survivors.Pope Francis during his Regina Coeli address on Sunday prayed for the victims of the earthquake.Listen to Alastair Wanklyn's report: In Japan's southern island of Kyushu, more than 100,000 residents remained evacuated on Sunday, cramming into public buildings and makeshift camp sites.Troops handed out water and food, some of it donated by supermarket chains.Japan's government accepted an offer of help from the United States to send in U.S. military helicopters.Some evacuees told Japanese television the shelters are full. Many people resorted to sleeping in cars or on cardboard outdoors.A Catholic parish in the city of Fukuoka was among those asking for donations to help survivors, and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan said it was considering how volunteers might best be ...
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin paid a visit Wednesday to the Paul VI International Scientific Institute for Research on Human Fertility and Infertility (ISI-Paul VI) to inaugurate a new laboratory for the study of human fertility and responsible procreation. The Cardinal Secretary of State also took the time to observe an ultrasound machine donated by Pope Francis to the Institute.The ISI-Paul VI was created in response to the desire of Pope Saint John Paul II for a scientific institute dedicated to research in the field of procreation. It provides a “concrete response” to Paul VI’s call, in Humanae vitae (quoting Gaudium et spes) , for men of science “to elucidate more thoroughly the conditions favourable to a proper regulation of births.” Cardinal Parolin noted that Benedict XVI also praised the Institute as “an eloquent example of that synthesis of truth and love which constitutes the vital centre of Catholic culture.”Finally, ...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald J. Trump's first book was a memoir/manifesto dedicated to a life of big-time negotiating. Hillary Clinton debuted with a call for community involvement in raising the young. Trump was a brash star in New York real estate who agreed to a six-figure contract for "Trump: The Art of the Deal." For "It Takes a Village," then-first lady Clinton accepted no advance and donated most of the royalties to charity....
(Vatican Radio) A well-known sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz has found a new home in the entry to the Office of the Papal Almoner in the Vatican. A press release from the Almoner’s Office explains that Homeless Jesus – a 2013 piece in the hyper-realist style that depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench, with his face and hands are obscured, hidden under a blanket, though his exposed feet bear the wounds they received in the Passion, revealing the figure’s identity.The work has been described as a “visual translation” of the passage in the Gospel according to St. Matthew (25:40), in which the Lord looks forward to the Last Judgment and explains to the disciples that they shall be judged according to the way they treated the weakest and most vulnerable in society.In November 2013, during a General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the artist had the opportunityi to present a reduced size copy of the Homeless Jesus to ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has personally inscribed the copy of his new book "Dear Pope Francis" which was given to the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Children's hospital.The dedication reads: "To all the children of the Hospital Child Jesus and to those who lovingly provide care for them."The presentation of the book at the hospital was attended by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, who helped Pope Francis prepare his answers to the questions sent by children around the world, and the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi."In essence, we are the hospital of the Pope, and our children - we can say - are the children of the Pope! How often our doctors, our nurses, our volunteers have to answer the children's questions, which are often difficult or tragic. Perhaps the Pope's answers can also help us," said Mariella Enoc, the president of the hospital.In addition to the copy signed by Pope Francis, the publisher donate...
About 60 Indian sisters from various congregations have pledged to donate their eyes upon their death. The decision was reached during a program organized on 29 Feb. by the Claretian Fathers at the Indian Institute of Spirituality in Bangalore.  The event was part of the initiative called "The Vision Project", which aims to raise awareness about vision problems in a country that is home to a third of blind people worldwide.   This is why the religious are committed not only to donate their cornea, but also to become "Ambassadors of vision" in the places where they live and work. Fr George Kannanthanam, the organizer, explained that it is a "programme to make citizens aware of the problem and motivate the sisters to work for this cause.  During the event, Fr. George told the sisters  not to “burn or bury” their eyes.  “They could be the eyes for someone else. After your death, leave them to someone who ha...
Vatican City, Mar 2, 2016 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of those who exploit others and then donate to the Church, telling them their “dirty money” isn’t wanted.Taking his cue from the first chapter of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis said March 2 that God doesn’t like “the blood of bulls and lambs, especially if the offering is done with hands dirty with the blood of their brothers.”Francis spoke to pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience. He has dedicated the catechesis of the weekly address to the theme of mercy as seen in Scripture, as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.In his speech, he said that when Isaiah tells the Israelites to “Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me…when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood,&rd...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift is giving some financial assistance to fellow pop star Kesha as she fights to get out of a contract with a record producer she has accused of sexually assaulting her....
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