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ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he's proud of people who have donated to the Clinton Foundation and the work the organization has done, as he waded into a dispute that Republicans are hoping will damage his wife's presidential campaign....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Barbara FraserBy Barbara J. FraserJAMA, Ecuador (CNS) -- Ask Jose Santos about the earthquake that struck the northern coast of Ecuador in April and he paints a vivid picture."The ground moved like waves on the ocean," he recalls, while a pall of sulfurous-smelling haze rose over the town.Santos' welding shop collapsed, destroying the tools on which he depended for a livelihood. At his home in the village of Bigua, a few miles away, his wife and their children fled their house as the walls cracked.After the quake, they slept outdoors, afraid that one of the more than 150 aftershocks might bring the house down. Now, they and nearly 80 neighbors have temporary homes in 10- by 20-foot tents donated by the Catholic Church.Four months after the April 16 earthquake -- which killed more than 670 people, injured nearly 5,000 and left as many as 80,000 homeless -- residents of northern Ecuador are slowly rebuilding. But the disaster exposed long-standing problems that will t...
A life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the residence of the Calcutta archbishop on Aug 25, the eve of Mother Teresa’s 106th birth anniversary.This was announced by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta at a press meet at the Archbishop’s House in Kolkata on August 19. The Teresa statue will be installed next to a statue of Saint John Paul II.The statue has been donated by Namit Bajoria, who is the Designate Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata. Bajoria is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.The statue would be installed by Church Art – a Kolkata-based firm engaged in making various work  of art for the church, schools and museums.Mother Teresa was born on August 16, 1910, in Skopje the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia. The Macedonian government announced earlier this month that the Balkan nation will mark the Mother Teresa canonization with several events and manifestations.(Matters Ind...
Baltimore, Md., Aug 19, 2016 / 12:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A monument of the Ten Commandments outside a Maryland courthouse is safe, after a lawsuit against it was dropped this week.The monument was donated in 1957 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. It stands on the courthouse grounds in Allegany County, near a monument to George Washington.Jeffrey Davis, a man living in the neighboring county but owning property in Allegany County, had filed a lawsuit saying that he was offended by the monument. He dropped that lawsuit Tuesday, without offering his reason for doing so.The monument in question was similar to one, also donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, on the grounds of the Texas Capitol. That monument was upheld by the Supreme Court, which ruled in 2005 that it did not violate the Establishment Clause.Attorneys defending the Maryland monument applauded the dropping of the lawsuit.“The emotional response of an offended passerby doesn’t automatically amount to a viol...
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland woman has collected and delivered more than 20,000 new and gently used bras and 50,000 feminine hygiene products to shelters around the country....
An Indian Catholic priest spearheading a campaign for cornea donation has invited Pope Francis to pledge his corneas to inspire others to help the blind.  Claretian Father George Kannanthanam's appeal, which asked the Pope to pledge his corneas to mark World Sight Day on Oct. 13, was handed to Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio on Aug. 10.  "Your one act will inspire millions of people around the world to emulate," read Father Kannanthanam's appeal to the Pope.  "Sight will be the best gift you could give to the world in the Year of Mercy," said the appeal.Father Kannanthanam who founded Project Vision a year ago to create awareness about cornea donation, told UCANEWS that India needs around 140,000 cornea transplants every year but currently only 30,000-40,000 corneas are collected.  Media reports say thee are some 39 million blind people worldwide with more than 15 million of them in Indi...
A parish in the South Korean capital Seoul has created a fund to help improve education initiatives by the Catholic Church in Mongolia.  Daech2-dong Catholic Church of  Seoul Archdiocese donated 50 million won (US$45,000) to Peace Makers, a social welfare arm of the Catholic Education Foundation, on Aug. 11 to support ongoing work in Mongolia.   Peace Maker will send the funds to Korean Salesian nuns working in the Mongolian education ministry. The money will be used to repair and expand school buildings run by the Salesian nuns and to provide student scholarships.   Currently, the nuns are running an elementary school with 40 students and a kindergarten that has 135 children attending.The Catholic Church in Mongolia does not have any diocese, but the entire country comes under the jurisdiction of the Prefecture Apostolic of  Ulaanbataar,  headed by Filipino Scheut Missionary Bishop Wenceslao Padilla.  According to the Vatican’s F...
Catholic Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday this week donated assorted food items to Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Lilongwe. The centre is run by the Missionaries of Charity Sisters.Speaking on behalf of the MPs, leader of the Catholic community in the Malawi National Assembly, Francis Kasaila said as Catholics they wanted to join the rest of the Catholic faithful in this Year of Mercy by doing charitable works.“You know this is the Year of Mercy as it has been declared by our Pope, Pope Francis and as a Catholic community at parliament, we thought that we do something in order to support those that need our support,” said Kasaila who is Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) representative for Nsanje Central Constituency.He said after thorough consultation with their chaplain, they decided to make a donation to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters who are taking care of the orphans.“This is just a small donation of course otherwise; we know that these Sister...
Wheeling, W.V., Aug 2, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s been over a month since West Virginia was pounded by torrential rains that resulted in one of the worst flash floods in state history, killing at least 23 and leavings hundreds more displaced.And while recovery efforts are ongoing, the need is still dire.“Federal assistance and donated goods, although significant, will quickly be depleted,” warned Mark Sliter, executive director of Catholic Charities West Virginia. “In our experience, we anticipate extensive long-term needs.”Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who heads the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, recently toured some of the most devastated areas to see both the damage and relief efforts.“It is vital for us to see both what has occurred, and how people are beginning to put their lives back together,” Bishop Bransfield said, according to the diocesan website. “This way, we can make sure we get them what they truly need at t...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will be leaving a powerful legacy of faith and hope in the people of Poland and in the millions of young people gathered in Krakow for World Youth Day.Apart from his prayers, his encouragement and his closeness, his words of hope and his tears of sorrow, he will also be leaving two houses for the poor and the elderly in need.Through the work and intervention of Caritas Poland and Caritas Internationalis, headed by Cardinal Luis Tagle, two solid Centers made of bricks and cement are a concrete witness of solidarity for the poor on the part of the Pope who is scheduled to bless them on Sunday morning before their inauguration.Lydia O’Kane caught up with Cardinal Tagle in Krakow and asked him to tell her about the two houses, one for the poor and the other for the elderly…Listen:  Cardinal Luis Tagle says that a gesture such this is a mark of papal visits such as when he went to the Philippines last year when – aside from the gift ...
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