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The Catholic Diocese of Kakamega, in Kenya, has embarked on a programme of self-reliance by encouraging the faithful to contribute funds towards projects and the running of diocesan and parish activities.According to the Bishop of Kakamega, Joseph Obanyi, dwindling donor funding is what prompted the Diocese to engage Christians beginning with Small Christian Communities upwards to support the Diocese with contributions.  Speaking at Don Bosco Utume Centre in Nairobi, Bishop Obanyi expressed his appreciation to all those who donated to the fundraising exercise. He said the funds raised would come-in handy for the support of diocesan operations and activities; acquisition of a piece of property and the running of Mukumu farm project where the Diocese is growing tea, coffee and sugar cane. The diocese also rears animals at the farm. In all 15 Million shillings (about US$150 000) was raised during 2015. The Diocese of Kakamega hopes to double the amount raised in 2016. Brief...
Sixty Indian nuns from the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel last week pledged to donate their organs, saying it was their contribution for the Year of Mercy.  The nuns of Dehradun province in northern India's Uttarakhand state made the pledge on May 11 to state sports and forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal.  "We have been helping people through our social services when we are alive and now after death our organs will be helpful to those in need," Sister Jaya Peter told UCANEWS.  She said 110 Carmel sisters in Kerala made the same pledge last month.  Lamenting that not many people are aware about organ donation in the country, the nun said that it was imperative to educate people about its importance.In India, people are hesitant to donate their organs despite the fact that the country has been facing acute shortage of donor organs.  More than 3,000 organs transplants occur in the country annually while more than 1 million people nationwide a...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPABy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is funding a job-creationprogram for Iraqi refugees in Jordan, a country that is hosting close to 1.5million refugees, but is struggling to provide work for them.With $150,000 donated to the Vatican by visitors to itspavilion at the World's Fair in Milan in 2015, the Vatican will provide thefunding that Caritas Jordan needs to launch the project.Fifteen Iraqi refugees will have full-time work cultivating,producing and selling vegetables and oil, said a communique May 10 from thePontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican office which promotes and distributesCatholic charity. The jobs will allow them to provide for their families andbecome self-supporting, the office said.Another 200 Iraqi refugees will be given training incarpentry, agriculture and the food industry, Cor Unum said, and an additional500 will be given seasonal employment.Jordan currently is hosting about 130,000 Iraqi refugees, CorUnum...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said missionaries are docile to the call of the Holy Spirit which leads them to be consumed by a burning desire to dedicate their life to announcing the gospel, even in the most distant places. The characteristics of those men and women who choose to serve the Church by going on mission were the focus of the Pope’s homily at his morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence on Tuesday.The cue for Pope Francis’ reflections during his homily were taken from the day’s reading where Paul takes his leave from the community at Miletus and talks of being compelled by the Holy Spirit to go next to Jerusalem. The Pope describes this call from the Spirit as an irresistible drive to donate one’s life to the service of Christ and even to consume it or burn it up on His behalf. He said this was the flame that burned in the heart of St Paul and every apostle and it’s the same flame that’s alive in the hearts of so many youn...
Recently, Young Christian Students (YCS) at the University of Zimbabwe embarked on an environmental clean-up and awareness campaign in areas around the university in a bid to reduce the rate of littering and advocate for environmental care.About thirty members from Zimbabwe’s Young Christian Students, Joshualites and the Catholic Society at University of Zimbabwe participated in the event.  The Catholic students group managed to pick up litter from the streets and made efforts unblock water drainages which were blocked by piles of plastics, metal cans and discarded containers of various products.Following the campaign to clean up the streets, the group managed to place three rubbish bins cemented on slabs donated by the National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS). University of Zimbabwe YCS Chairperson, Polite Magadza, said the group’s action was aimed at raising awareness of students’ responsibility in maintaining the environment and to correct and e...
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....
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