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Kenyan Cardinal John Njue on Friday expressed satisfaction with donations of food made by parishioners in the Archdiocese of Nairobi. The donations are destined for Kenya’s drought-stricken dioceses of Isiolo and Marsabit.“The decision to mobilise food from our parishes came about from the realisation that nearly half of the counties in Kenya are adversely affected by drought with millions of people facing starvation and in desperate need of food and water,” the Archbishop of Nairobi said.The donations weighing 80 tonnes and valued at KShs 8 Million (about US$78,000) were received from the 111 parishes within the Archdiocese of Nairobi. “We are very impressed that after the appeal to Christians in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, food and non-food items amounting to 80 tonnes have been contributed within the last month. The monetary value of all donated items stands at about Kshs 8 million. Along with the donations, funds amounting to Kshs 1.7 million were ...
Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2017 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last year, in a nearly unprecedented event, the United States declared that Christians, Yezidis, Shi’a Muslims, and other religious and ethnic minorities are victims of ISIS genocide.It was only the second time the State Department has used the label to describe ongoing atrocities committed by a state or non-state actor. Genocide is the “crime of crimes,” according to the United Nations, because it involves the intentional destruction, “in whole or in part,” of an entire people.Marking the one-year anniversary of that declaration, the Knights of Columbus are continuing their work to assist persecuted Christians in the region by contributing nearly $2 million in new assistance.In a statement announcing the new aid, the fraternal organization’s CEO Carl Anderson said that “words are not enough” to protect Christians and other targeted populations.“Those targeted for genocid...
(Vatican Radio)  Meals for the poor, bibles for African victims of human trafficking, and a special Lenten cake. These were the gifts Pope Francis received from the Anglican community of Rome on his Sunday visit to All Saints Church.On the occasion of its 200th anniversary, Rome’s Anglican parish offered Pope Francis several gifts, two for the poor in his name and another for his palate.First, All Saints parish and its twin Catholic parish in Rome, Ognissanti (‘All Saints’ in English), said they would offer a meal every Friday evening for the poor around the Ostiense train station in Pope Francis’ name.Second, of the 200 English bibles printed for the parish’s anniversary, 50 will be donated to ‘prostitutes in Western Africa who often ask for them’.The bibles will be distributed by a network of sisters who help victims of human trafficking, many of whom end up in forced prostitution.Finally, some of the best products of the Anglican C...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Mark PattisonWASHINGTON(CNS) -- A massive donation of Ethiopian religious manuscripts to The CatholicUniversity of America in Washington makes the school one of the largest holdersof such texts outside Ethiopia.The valueof the donation, by Gerald and Barbara Weiner of Chicago, is estimated to be more than $1 million. The collection includes more than 215 Islamic manuscripts, 125Christian manuscripts, and 350 so-called "magic" scrolls with prayers toprotect the owner or reader from particular illnesses.Whatmakes the manuscripts valuable is that they're handmade, according to AaronButts, an assistant professor of Semitic languages and literature at CatholicUniversity. What makes them rare, he added, is that such texts are rarely seenoutside Ethiopia, and that the East African nation's rainy season often rendersthe books and scrolls unusable or illegible after repeated use. That so manytexts -- most of which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, wi...
(Vatican Radio) A joint effort between art and mercy has made it possible for one of the most troubled countries in the world to receive a substantial donation for its children in need of medical care.When the project entitled “Christo’s box, between Art and Mercy, A Gift for Bangui” was presented in May 2016 at the Vatican Museums, Pope Francis had made it quite clear that he wanted the proceeds to go to the Bangui Children’s Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.200,000 euros is the sum that has been raised and enthusiastically received by the Pope who has expressed his wish that it be donated to the Hospital so it can care for all poor children “without distinction of religious belonging, because all children need care and attention.” At the heart of the project, a well-known contemporary artist, the Bulgarian-born US citizen Christo, who  “packaged” a fragment of Raphael's ‘The School of Athens’. ...
Rome, Italy, Jan 15, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without food or shelter during the cold winter nights: one by turning a church into a temporary shelter, another by partnering with a newly-opened McDonald’s near the Vatican.Medicina Solidale has plans to hand out around 50 meals to area homeless on Mondays starting Jan. 13 and continuing through June. The first 1,000 meals were donated by the lately controversial, Vatican-area McDonald’s, which has been the subject of mixed reviews.  An association of doctors who volunteer with homeless throughout Rome, Medicina Solidale said they asked if “beyond the controversy,” McDonald’s would donate “some food to give to the homeless of St. Peter’s.”“And the McDonald’s told us yes immediately,” Gianluca Scarnicci, a press officer of the organization, told CNA.Since ...
(Vatican Radio) "We learn from the Magi not to devote only spare time and some thoughts every now and then. Like the Magi, let us set out, clothe ourselves in the light following the star of Jesus, and love the Lord with all our might". Those were Pope Francis’ words to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus of the Epiphany, to which he donated a book on Mercy distributed by the poor attendance.Like the Magi chose to be guided by the star of Jesus - said the Pope, "even in our life there are several stars. It's up to us to choose which to follow.""There are flashing lights that come and go, like the small pleasures of life: although good, they are not enough… “The Magi invite us to follow the true light that is Lord - said Pope Francis - "a light that does not dazzle, but it accompanies and gives a unique joy. Follow today, among the many shooting stars in the world, the bright star of Jesus! ...
India’s national leaders have wished their countrymen on the occasion of Christmas evoking the spirit of love, compassion, service and sacrifice that Christ inspired.  “May the spirit of Christmas fill our hearts with love and compassion. May the divine teachings of Lord Jesus Christ inspire us to contribute our very best for the welfare of humanity,” wrote President Pranab Mukherjee in a message on the eve of Christmas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the nation for the occasion calling on all to stress the importance of “service, sacrifice and compassion.”  Speaking in Hindi in his monthly radio broadcast “Mann Ki Baat”, Dec. 25, he said “Jesus not only served the poor but also praised the service done by the poor.”  Recalling the Gospel episode of the Widow’s Mite, he said “Jesus declared that the widow was the greatest of those donors because while the others had donated substantiall...
Vatican City, Dec 23, 2016 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After taking up a collection earlier this year to aid families affected by the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine, Pope Francis has decided to distribute an initial sum of 6 million euros to different charity projects as a Christmas gift.“In the name of the Holy Father, at Christmas the first installment of the aid for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine will be paid,” a Dec. 23 communique from the Pontifical Council Cor Unum read.The sum of nearly 6 million euro is only part of the 12 million that’s been collected since April, and is destined for more than 2 million people “without distinction of religion, faith or ethnic background.”It will go to projects that assist people currently living in the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, Kharkiv and Dnepropetrovsk, which have been hit hardest by the conflict.The funds were raised in large part as the result of Pope Francis’ decision to take up an Apri...
Catholic Women from Mtima Woyera and Maula Deaneries in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe on Saturday and Sunday last week respectively donated assorted items including sugar, soap and salt to inmates at Maula Prison and Patients admitted at Kamuzu Central Hospital as part of their activity to celebrate with the sick and those in prison during this festive season.Speaking after making the donation, Chairlady for Lilongwe Archdiocese’s Catholic Women under the banner, Catholic Women Organisation (CWO), Anita Kaliu said the gesture is their normal practice as they do the same every year during the same period.She said as women who care for their Children and family need to demonstrate some sense of love to those suffering hence the initiative.“As women, we need to demonstrate love and share with others. As we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ, we ought to celebrate along with the needy and those that need our love. God loves them all and need to love them as well and the on...
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