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Vatican City, Apr 27, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has donated the rent for a private Italian beach that allows disabled people to enjoy the shore, the charity that manages the project announced this week.The group Work of Love, a Catholic non-profit, has rented part of the Little Madonna beach located near Rome since 2012 in an effort to give disabled people better access to the beach. It is equipped with ramps, walkways and specialized beach chairs and water-friendly wheelchairs, and includes amenities such as a snack bar, changing rooms, and showers.The beach is run by a group of volunteers and specialized FINP (Italian Swimming Federation Paralympic) staff and is open every day of the week during peak summer swimming season.Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told CNN Pope Francis gave the group an undisclosed sum to "support the project that helps disabled youth and in particular to cover the cost of the annual rent for the beach known as the ...
To express the Easter joy, Nigeria’s Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah with the diocese’s Legion of Mary Society, on Easter Sunday, visited patients in two health centres: Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital Kware LGA and Amanawa Leprosarium.The annual Easter visit which witnessed its fourth year was led by Bishop Kukah and Bro Emmanuel Igono, City of Refuge Comitium President.The team which was well received at both hospitals donated relief items to the patients.Bishop Kukah prayed for the sick and urged them to keep faith in God for their healing and restoration.The clinic administration appreciated the Bishop and his team for choosing to celebrate Easter with them and for the items donated to the patients.(Richie Nabuk, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria)
Vatican City, Apr 12, 2017 / 12:29 am (CNA).- A new initiative in Italy will allow blood donors to receive a free ticket to the Vatican Museums.“Without blood, there is no life. Without art, life would be empty and sad,” said Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums.The initiative is the product of a partnership between Rome’s Gemelli University Hospital and the blood donor group “Francesco Olgiati,” in collaboration with the Vatican Museums.Seeking to encourage the donation of blood, which can be life-saving for patients who need transfusions, the agreement allows people who donate blood to receive a voucher, which is valid for entrance into the Vatican Museums without waiting in line. The vouchers, which are worth 4 euro each, must be used by the end of 2017.Gemelli University Hospital distributes more than 17,000 units of blood and blood components, which are used in treating patients with a variety of conditions.Such initiatives, Jatta said, a...
As a way of responding to the three pillars that the Catholic faithful are encouraged to observe during the Lenten period, members of staff at Malawi’s Catholic Secretariat this Thursday took time off their busy schedule to interact with children at Tikondane Care for Children Centre in the capital, Lilongwe.During the visit, members of staff participated in the Holy Eucharist along with the children and later donated assorted items including a refrigerator, bags of Maize, Beans, Rice and bales of Sugar.During the Season of Lent, Catholics strive to observe periods of fasting; try to lead a more prayerful life and at the same time share what they have with those most in need.“It is for this reason that we, members of staff at the Catholic Secretariat decided to come here and of course to fulfill two of our obligations as Catholics which are: Praying along with you and at the same time sharing with you the little that we have,” said Fr. Regis Kamera, Deputy Secret...
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’. ...
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