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IMAGE: CNS photo/Dale GavlakBy Dale GavlakZAHLE,Lebanon (CNS) -- On a rainy spring day, the misery of hundreds of thousandsof Syrian refugees is compounded as they shelter in dilapidated shanties dotting along muddy swathe of the verdant Bekaa Valley. Colorfulplastic sheeting, advertising cameras and cosmetics, bundle the creakystructures like unusual parcels stacked in jaunty rows, but the sheeting doeslittle to keep out the damp and cold. Approximately150,000 such informal camps for Syrian refugees exist in the valley because theLebanese authorities do not allow the United Nations to set up camps in thecountry. The refugees must pay Lebanese landowners $35-$100 a month to parktents and shanties on land used mainly for agriculture. Suchvictims fleeing Syria's 5-year conflict were among those visited by PopeFrancis on the Greek island of Lesbos, as their hopes of starting a new life inEurope fade. Hundreds have died in the past year making the perilous journeyinto Turkey and onward ...
Guayaquil, Ecuador, Apr 19, 2016 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Clare Crockett, an Irish religious sister, was among those who died in the massive Ecuador earthquake on Saturday. Her vocation is the story of a woman who left the party life for an “amazing” life in God.“I knew that I had to leave everything and follow Him. I knew with great clarity that He was asking me to trust in Him, to put my life in His hands and to have faith,” Sister Clare Crockett said in her vocation story, according to EWTN. “It never ceases to amaze me how Our Lord works in the souls, how He can totally transform one’s life and capture one’s heart.”Sister Clare, from Derry in Northern Ireland, was 33 years-old. She was the voice of Lucy on the long-running EWTN children’s television series “Hi Lucy.”Residents of Playa Prieta, some 125 miles from Guayaquil, were able to recover the bodies of six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home...
Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2016 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Now that the U.S. has declared that the Islamic State is waging genocide against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, what will be done to help the victims move forward?That was the question at an April 19 congressionalWill the US take action to protect the victims of genocide by Islamic State?hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.“Defining these crimes does not necessarily mean that justice will prevail,” Frank Wolf, a former congressman, stated in his testimony.On March 17, the U.S. State Department declared that ISIS – also known as ISIL or “Daesh” –  is committing genocide in Iraq and Syria against Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims. The agency’s designation followed similar declarations by the European Union, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of ...
Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- The Catholic University of America’s business school has received several major financial gifts, including the largest donation in university history. The Washington, D.C., university announced a total of six commitments totaling $47 million. The money will go to general university programs as well as operational costs for the business school, which will be renamed the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics after the lead donor in the project. Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, praised the development.“Today marks a historic day for Catholic University, in which it is propelled forward in its mission to serve both Church and nation through the incredible generosity of several benefactors,” he said.According to a statement by the university, “The lead gift of $15 million from the Busch Family Foundation is the largest financia...
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City's Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Thunder 85-84 on Monday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece....
NEW YORK (AP) -- From a car wash in Queens to a hockey arena in Buffalo, both parties' presidential candidates spread out across New York Monday in a final quest for votes, a surreal scene for a state that hasn't experienced contested White House primaries in decades....
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday....
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- President Dilma Rousseff said Monday she is "indignant" over a congressional vote to open impeachment proceedings against her and vowed to fight what she called the injustice. She again categorically ruled out resigning....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed sharp skepticism about President Barack Obama's immigration efforts Monday, leaving his actions to help millions of people who are in the country illegally in the hands of a seemingly divided court....
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