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WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research - his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood....
The funerals of some of the dead from Tanzania’ Saturday earthquake have been held in Bukoba’s Kaitaba stadium on Sunday. Bukoba, the city worst-hit by the quake is part of Tanzania’s Kagera province which borders Uganda and Rwanda.By Monday, the death toll of people killed in the quake stood at 15. This is according to the Spanish EFE news agency. The agency quoting local police sources also said 253 people were reported injured others seriously.  The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9 degrees on the Richter scale was also followed by Aftershocks Sunday night. Several families are said to have spent nights in the open. About 850 houses have been destroyed while several buildings collapsed; Twitter pictures show main roads with huge craters and many houses in the area have large cracks.83 patients have been discharged from hospital after treatment, and the local government has appealed to citizens to donate blood to help the wounded in critical conditi...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the players and staff of the AS Roma soccer club, along with the players and staff of his own favorite Argentine San Lorenzo de Almagro club on Friday.Click below to hear our report AS Roma is to face San Lorenzo in a friendly contest on Saturday afternoon.All proceeds from the friendly, are to be donated to the ongoing earthquake relief effort in central Italy, which was struck on August 24th by a temblor that killed nearly 300 people and caused massive devastation.“Thanks for your visit,” Pope Francis told the clubs, “and thanks for your generosity in giving to the earthquake victtims.”The audience took place a day ahead of the Festival of the Family organized by Roma as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.A note in English on the AS Roma website announcing the special audience notes that the Family Festival – which will be held at Rome’s Olympic Stadium – comes a...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the players and staff of the AS Roma soccer club, along with the players and staff of his own favorite Argentine San Lorenzo de Almagro club on Friday.Click below to hear our report AS Roma is to face San Lorenzo in a friendly contest on Saturday afternoon.All proceeds from the friendly, are to be donated to the ongoing earthquake relief effort in central Italy, which was struck on August 24th by a temblor that killed nearly 300 people and caused massive devastation.“Thanks for your visit,” Pope Francis told the clubs, “and thanks for your generosity in giving to the earthquake victtims.”The audience took place a day ahead of the Festival of the Family organized by Roma as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.A note in English on the AS Roma website announcing the special audience notes that the Family Festival – which will be held at Rome’s Olympic Stadium – comes a...
Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given $1.25 million in aid to Catholic refugee relief efforts.“Together, as people of faith, we know that refugees desperately need our help – and this generosity allows us to serve many more,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration.The LDS Church, whose members are colloquially known as Mormons, gave cash and donated goods to aid newly arrived refugees. The refugees are helped through Catholic dioceses’ resettlement offices under the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services. The donation will help welcome refugees and help them build new lives, the U.S. bishops’ conference reported.Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of the LDS Church, spoke about the aid.“We are grateful for the ongoin...
The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight....
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...
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