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Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Friday unveiled a project in an effort to reach out to people for ‎whom healthcare services are hardly a reality.  The Archbishop of the Philippine capital, Manila, blessed ‎two mobile clinics of Caritas Manila, donated by the US-based Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry for ‎its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project in Pennsylvania in September 2015.  Through the two trailers, ‎volunteer doctors and nurses will provide services to street children and the homeless in areas of ‎Metro Manila. “If they can’t come to the hospital then the clinic will ‎go to them. Through these clinics, we hope that God’s concern and healing could reach many people,” ‎said 59-year old Card. Tagle, who in May last year was elected the president of Caritas Internationalis ‎by over 130 member organizations from all over the world. ‎According to American Barnabite priest Fr. Robert Kosek, who hea...
(Vatican Radio)  In a bid to promote religious harmony in Pakistan, Muslim farmers have joined hands with Christians to build a demolished church in Khalsabad village near Gojra in Toba Tek Singh district.Gojra made the news in 2009 when houses of Christians were attacked by a Muslim mob on accusations of blasphemy. As many as ten Christians were killed in the tragedy including seven who were burnt alive in their houses. Four churches located in nearby villages were also destroyed by the mob.However, some six years after the Gojra incident, Muslims of the same area have decided to support their Christian fellows in the construction of a mud chapel, which was swept away during the last monsoon rains season.Dilawar Hussain, who is a Muslim shopkeeper in the same village, also participated in the building of the church. He donated Rs10,000 for construction of the church, after he came to know about the project at a community meeting in the beginning of April.Hussain says that ch...
(Vatican Radio) Saturday morning Pope Francis, via the Papal Almoner Mgr Konrad Krajewski, sent a special gift to an elderly disabled couple: an electric scooter. The couple, which lives on the outskirts of Rome, is being helped by the Italian Association Medicina Solidale and will now, thanks to the gift, be able to move independently.The woman has recently had a leg amputated and together the couple has many health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Medicina Solidale had been planning to raise funds for the electric scooter but Pope Francis anticipated the problem and has been able to fulfil the Roman couple’s need.Lucia Ercoli, Director of Medicina Solidale, says that "the Pope never ceases to amaze us, thanks also to the intervention of Mgr Konrad – after [we received] medicine, food, the ambulance – and now this special papal scooter has arrived.”Medicina Solidale was established in 2003 as a voluntary nonprofit association with...
Rome, Italy, Jun 1, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Irene Bertoni was 18 years-old during World War II. And it was at this tumultuous time that she discovered God's vocational call for her to be a mother.She adopted two abandoned children, and with the blessing of her bishop founded the Catholic charitable work Nomadelfia, along with a priest named Father Zeno Saltini.Mama Irene fully lived out her calling and died on May 15, the Solemnity of Pentecost, at 93 years-old. She was the adoptive mother of 58 children and an example for dozens of women who followed in her path.Irene died in the home that Blessed Paul VI donated to her in the 1960s. Hundreds of people, including Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, attended the funeral which was held at the Nomadelfia community, founded in 1948 and which currently is comprised of more than 50 families that take in abandoned children as their own.Saint John Paul II visited this community in 1989 and praised their way of life, saying it reminded ...
Palai, India, Jun 1, 2016 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syro-Malabar Catholic bishop from the southern Indian state of Kerala has a special way to celebrate the Year of Mercy: he is donating his kidney to save a young Hindu man battling for his life.“I have no anxiety about the surgery, and it’s only a simple sacrifice for a fellow being,” Bishop Jacob Muricken, 52, told CNA. He is an auxiliary bishop of the Sryo-Malabarese Diocese of Palai.He will donate his kidney to save 30-year-old Sooraj Sudhakaran. The young man is from Kottakkal, another city in Kerala, about 120 miles northwest of Palai.Sudhakaran is the only breadwinner of his family, and supports his wife and his mother. The low-cast Hindu man has lost his job, and sold his house to pay for the treatment costs of dialysis. He was diagnosed with kidney failure two years ago.“If I can save the life of Sudhakaran, a family would be saved,” Bishop Muricken said.The procedure is taking place June ...
The Catholic Diocese of Kakamega, in Kenya, has embarked on a programme of self-reliance by encouraging the faithful to contribute funds towards projects and the running of diocesan and parish activities.According to the Bishop of Kakamega, Joseph Obanyi, dwindling donor funding is what prompted the Diocese to engage Christians beginning with Small Christian Communities upwards to support the Diocese with contributions.  Speaking at Don Bosco Utume Centre in Nairobi, Bishop Obanyi expressed his appreciation to all those who donated to the fundraising exercise. He said the funds raised would come-in handy for the support of diocesan operations and activities; acquisition of a piece of property and the running of Mukumu farm project where the Diocese is growing tea, coffee and sugar cane. The diocese also rears animals at the farm. In all 15 Million shillings (about US$150 000) was raised during 2015. The Diocese of Kakamega hopes to double the amount raised in 2016. Brief...
Sixty Indian nuns from the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel last week pledged to donate their organs, saying it was their contribution for the Year of Mercy.  The nuns of Dehradun province in northern India's Uttarakhand state made the pledge on May 11 to state sports and forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal.  "We have been helping people through our social services when we are alive and now after death our organs will be helpful to those in need," Sister Jaya Peter told UCANEWS.  She said 110 Carmel sisters in Kerala made the same pledge last month.  Lamenting that not many people are aware about organ donation in the country, the nun said that it was imperative to educate people about its importance.In India, people are hesitant to donate their organs despite the fact that the country has been facing acute shortage of donor organs.  More than 3,000 organs transplants occur in the country annually while more than 1 million people nationwide a...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPABy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is funding a job-creationprogram for Iraqi refugees in Jordan, a country that is hosting close to 1.5million refugees, but is struggling to provide work for them.With $150,000 donated to the Vatican by visitors to itspavilion at the World's Fair in Milan in 2015, the Vatican will provide thefunding that Caritas Jordan needs to launch the project.Fifteen Iraqi refugees will have full-time work cultivating,producing and selling vegetables and oil, said a communique May 10 from thePontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican office which promotes and distributesCatholic charity. The jobs will allow them to provide for their families andbecome self-supporting, the office said.Another 200 Iraqi refugees will be given training incarpentry, agriculture and the food industry, Cor Unum said, and an additional500 will be given seasonal employment.Jordan currently is hosting about 130,000 Iraqi refugees, CorUnum...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said missionaries are docile to the call of the Holy Spirit which leads them to be consumed by a burning desire to dedicate their life to announcing the gospel, even in the most distant places. The characteristics of those men and women who choose to serve the Church by going on mission were the focus of the Pope’s homily at his morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence on Tuesday.The cue for Pope Francis’ reflections during his homily were taken from the day’s reading where Paul takes his leave from the community at Miletus and talks of being compelled by the Holy Spirit to go next to Jerusalem. The Pope describes this call from the Spirit as an irresistible drive to donate one’s life to the service of Christ and even to consume it or burn it up on His behalf. He said this was the flame that burned in the heart of St Paul and every apostle and it’s the same flame that’s alive in the hearts of so many youn...
Recently, Young Christian Students (YCS) at the University of Zimbabwe embarked on an environmental clean-up and awareness campaign in areas around the university in a bid to reduce the rate of littering and advocate for environmental care.About thirty members from Zimbabwe’s Young Christian Students, Joshualites and the Catholic Society at University of Zimbabwe participated in the event.  The Catholic students group managed to pick up litter from the streets and made efforts unblock water drainages which were blocked by piles of plastics, metal cans and discarded containers of various products.Following the campaign to clean up the streets, the group managed to place three rubbish bins cemented on slabs donated by the National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS). University of Zimbabwe YCS Chairperson, Polite Magadza, said the group’s action was aimed at raising awareness of students’ responsibility in maintaining the environment and to correct and e...
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