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(Vatican Radio) To the extent God freely granted us the gift of life and the created world, we in turn should donate and share with others to create a better world, Pope Francis said on Monday.  Faced with the ecological crisis we are going through, the perspective of donation received and given to those coming after us is indeed a reason for commitment and hope, he told some 150 members of the Italian Donation Institute (IID) in the Vatican.  "We have the duty to preserve and hand down to future generations an intact planet that we have received as a free gift from God’s goodness,” he told the institute ahead of Italy’s Donation Day on October 4, that it sponsors.  God's gift - life and creationThe Pope reminded them that the greatest gift that God has given to each one of us is life, which is part of another divine original gift which is creation. Hence, he said, “All of us must feel it a great responsibility to safeguard and ...
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hope mixed with fear Friday on a 60-foot stretch of a bike lane in downtown Mexico City, where families huddled under tarps and donated blankets, awaiting word of their loved ones trapped in the four-story-high pile of rubble behind them....
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- On rubber mats spread across a Mexico City recreation center, the Montero family cuddles under donated wool blankets, their first new possessions after abandoning their apartment following the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Christine Bordelon, The Clarion HeraldBy Christine BordelonBEAUMONT,Texas (CNS) -- Hope. That's what 50-plus volunteers from a Louisiana Catholicparish offered to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey as part of a pre-dawncaravan of six 18-wheelers with donated supplies to Texas Sept. 9."Weare so glad to see you," a Beaumont resident told the group from St. Catherineof Siena Parish as they arrived at the first Texas stop. "God bless you."Thestop was a warehouse run by Catholic Charities of Greater Beaumont that servedas a storage and distribution site for food, water, hygiene and cleaningsupplies, baby food, diapers and more for parishes and people in need.Thecaravan left St. Catherine of Siena in Metairie, Louisiana, at 4:30 a.m., andthe bus of volunteers arrived back home at midnight. In Beaumont, the firststop, volunteers first unloaded 18-wheelers already on site before unloadingthree of their own that had been part of the six-hour convoy from Metairie.CatholicCh...
HOUSTON (AP) -- The gymnasium at the Champions Islamic Center is covered with mats and blankets, donated clothes and boxes of food lining its walls....
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund which will go toward short and long term relief and recovery efforts....
We join in prayer and support for those impacted by Harvey. The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities USA are on the ground to assist. Your donations are appreciated!
St. Louis, Mo., Aug 2, 2017 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus on Tuesday announced it will raise and donate $2 million to re-settle Iraqi Christian families displaced by the Islamic State in their home town of Karemlesh on the Nineveh Plain.“The terrorists desecrated churches and graves and looted and destroyed homes,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, said in his Aug. 1 remarks announcing the $2 million project.“Now we will ensure that hundreds of Christian families driven from their homes can return to these two locations and help to ensure a pluralistic future for Iraq,” he said. In order for Iraq to have such a future, he said Christians must be treated as “free and equal citizens” and not suffer the “religious apartheid” of previous years.Anderson addressed the 135th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus held in St. Louis, Mo. Aug.1-3. 90 bishops and 12 cardinals were present, alon...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has donated €25 thousand to the efforts of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, in support of people facing famine and food insecurity in East Africa.The Holy Father had pledged personal assistance in a message to FAO's Conference on 3 July 2017, in which he said he was "inspired also by the desire to encourage Governments".In February of this year, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan (where civil strife has largely interrupted daily life). While the situation has eased after a significant scaling up in the humanitarian response, some 6 million people in the country are still struggling to find enough food every day.Meanwhile, there are an estimated 16 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in five other East African countries: Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. That figure represents an increase of about 30 percent since late 2016.Below, please find the official s...
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster....
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