Orange Sky Laundry’s Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi had reached 80 washloads and counting, four days after Cyclone Marcia devastated the Rockhampton/Yeppoon region.
Less than one percent of Thailand's people are Catholic, but they now have a representative at the highest level of the Universal Church. On February 14, the Archbishop of Bangkok was elevated to Cardinal. He said that during the ceremony Pope Francis told him that that his job "is a service of love.”
It's often true that when the worst of humanity manifests, so does the very best. Large parts of Syria have been completely destroyed by the lengthy civil war. More than 210,000 people have died. Millions more became refugees as one of the most unique cultural centers in the world has been ruined. Civilians have paid the biggest price in the four year conflict. But amid the darkness, a group of volunteers provides some hope. That group is the White Helmets, 2,200 citizens who help their community in extraordinary ways.
A priest who witnessed to a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what his parishioners had seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr. At a recent gathering in Cihost' commemorating the priest's brutal death, his current successor at the parish church says he's grateful for efforts to overturn the decades-long silence on atrocities against Catholics in the 20th century. Visit this article to read more.
It's one of the most visited place on earth, but hidden from the eyes of tourists, these people wait in line behind the Vatican's Bernini Columns. They're homeless. They're hoping to take a shower and get a hair cut in the newly opened shower stalls.
I was given an assignment for my theology class to create a mosaic. We had to recreate the icon of our choice. I instantly knew that I wanted to do Saint André. He is my patron saint and affects my daily life. As I was doing this project, which took all day to complete, I noticed something beautiful. I was spending hours putting tiny pieces of paper onto a poster board that would later create a larger image of someone amazing. Isn’t that what God did? He created the Earth for us. Then, He created us with a specific plan in mind.
The nightmare is over... After being kidnapped for eight months in Afghanistan, Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, is now free and back home with his family in India. His friends and colleagues with the Jesuit Refugee Service, got a phone call with the good news. The details of his release are not being shared. But at least on one occasion, the captors did ask for a ransom. The Jesuit Refugee Service says the Indian and Afghan government played key roles in his release.
A colored photocopy of a smiling, blond toddler is the only thing adorning the bare walls of the tiny room where Ayda Abada, her blind husband, and four children shelter after they were chased out of their Christian village in Iraq by Islamic State extremists. The picture is one of the few items left of 3-year-old Christina. She is the youngest member of the family and was snatched by the militants from a bus last August as Abada pleaded to have her child back.
As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of the Vatican's newly-christened showers and barbershop, volunteers who assist them say they are deeply moved by their encounter with a population often rejected by society.
The country’s foreign ministry has rejected Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s escalation of rhetoric on two condemned Australians, saying “threats are not part of diplomatic language”.Mr Abbott yesterday made his strongest statement yet against the executions of the heroin traffickers urging Indonesia to remember the $1 billion worth of assistance Australia offered its neighbour after the Boxing Day tsunami.
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