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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has pledged to donate about half a million dollars to support Church-run education, healthcare and agricultural projects in South Sudan.At a press conference in the Vatican on Wednesday, Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the office for Integral Human Development, led a panel of speakers giving details of those humanitarian projects, run by Caritas and by missionaries from different religious institutes. The cardinal also outlined numerous initiatives that the Holy See has taken to stop the war, which flared across the country in 2013.Listen to Philippa HItchen's report: Pope Francis may have postponed a planned visit to war-torn South Sudan this year, but he’s clearly more determined than ever to raise awareness about the need to support those suffering from conflict and starvation.Over half the population doesn’t have enough food to eat, a million and a half people have fled their homes, thousands are suffering from a cholera epidemic an...
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's best friends in the U.S. used to be a smattering of Washington policy wonks and leftists who sent donated school buses and computers to the communist-led island....
IMAGE: NS photo/London police handoutBy Jean Ko DinTORONTO(CNS) -- The death of a young Canadian Catholic woman during the London Bridgeattack has inspired people to help save lives in their own community.ChristineArchibald, 30, whose family lives in British Columbia, died in the June 3attack that also claimed seven other lives and injured 48 people.TheArchibald family, parishioners of St. Rita Parish in Castlegar, British Columbia, released astatement June 4 describing Christine Archibald as person who "had room in herheart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued andrespected.""Shelived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved toEurope to be with her fiance," the statement continued. "She wouldhave had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death. Pleasehonor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and laboror donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you."Sincethe statement ...
New Delhi, India, May 31, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of India’s Legislative Assembly is encouraging the Church to raise money for the release of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, claiming a need for concrete action beyond prayer.Legislative member P.C. George expressed concern that prayer and words are the only action taken to release Fr. Tom, and said the terrorists only “want money.”“The Catholic Church should take initiative to raise the fund to pay as ransom to them,” he said, according to Manorama on May 27.The legislator said he would be willing to donate money, and suggested local churches set aside a particular collection to raise the money necessary for the freedom of priest, who was kidnapped last year by terrorists while serving the poor in Yemen.George’s words followed a similar call to action from Kerela chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan a day before. Vijayan emphasized the serious nature of kidnapping and the need...
Caritas Philippines, the social arm of the Philippine Catholic Church has launched a solidarity appeal to dioceses to extend help to people displaced by the ongoing clash between government troops and the Maute terrorist group in the south of the country, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades. ‎   “The national Caritas is now appealing to your generosity for any assistance to augment the needs of the internally displaced persons affected by the Marawi siege,” said Caritas Philippines head Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of Cáceres in a letter to 85 dioceses and social action directors nationwide.Caritas Philippines, locally known as the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), has initially released an equivalent of some $6,000 to support the relief efforts in the Diocese of Iligan.   Private individuals and groups have also been invited to donate through a bank account.Marawi cathedral attackedViolence erupted i...
(Vatican Radio)  Floods and mudslides triggered by four days of heavy rains have inundated vast areas in southwest Sri Lanka with at least 169 deaths and more than 100,000 taking shelter in 339 relief camps.  The Ministry of Disaster Management said that as many as 112 people are still missing, and the death toll is expected to rise, as authorities battle to rescue those still stranded.Army helicopters and boats and police were searching for those stranded in vulnerable areas.  Special medical teams have been sent to the affected areas, while medicine has been sent by air to hospitals unreachable by road, said Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna.The United Nations said it had joined the relief efforts and would donate water purification tablets, tents and other supplies for the displaced. India sent shiploads of goods and some rescue and medical staff while the United States and Pakistan also promised relief supplies.  The flooding is the worst since May 200...
Umbria, Italy, May 24, 2017 / 02:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to pick out their special gown – all for the cost of a donation.Sister Maria Laura at the Augustinian monastery of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy began running the thrifty wedding dress service out of a surplus of donated wedding dresses.“It gives me great joy to see a young woman who can fulfill her dream of love with a dress appropriate for the happiest day of her life,” said Sister Maria Laura, according to the DailyMail.  Since about 1950, brides have been making pilgrimages to St. Rita's to ask for her special intercession in marriage, and would leave their wedding dresses at the monastery in gratitude. Over the years, the monastery has collected hundreds of dresses.Sister Maria Laura entered monastic life at the age of 28, having previously been a seamstress and designer in Tuscany. She has...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Christina Lee Knauss, The Catholic MiscellanyBy Christina Lee KnaussWALHALLA,S.C. (CNS) -- For a century, a simple but serenely beautiful wooden buildingtucked away in the picturesque mountain town of Walhalla has been the spiritualhome for Catholics.St.Francis of Assisi Mission was built by parishioners who donated their time, money, hours of sweat and labor, and even the wood, so they could havetheir own church. Today, the mission is home to a small but strong congregationwho love and care for each other and treasure the little building passed downto them by that early group of dedicated people.OnMay 13, current and former members packed the small church nearly tooverflowing for a 100th anniversary celebration. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmoneof Charleston celebrated Mass followed by a joyful reception in the parishhall.Thebishop congratulated the members of St. Francis on their close-knit community."Peoplecome to an understanding of who Jesus is through seeing others...
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)
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