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Faith Helped Filipinos Survive Typhoon

Last edited 11th March 2014

Philippine family recounts horror and reality of Typhoon Haiyan's storm surge. Video by Catholic News Service.

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Caritas Bangladesh Opens New Facility for Typhoon Victims

Last edited 10th March 2014

Caritas Bangladesh continues to help cyclone Mahasen victims as well as those who will suffer damage from future typhoons. Despite the danger that the authorities might forget such tragedies, the Catholic organisation has opened a new shelter for displaced people in the village of Chalitabonia, Patuakhali, which will operate as a short-term typhoon rescue shelter as well as a long-term emergency facility.

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Priest Brings Eucharist to Place Never Reached by the Church

Last edited 4th March 2014

Father Christopher Hartley Sartorios is a 55-year-old missionary from Toledo, Spain. He is serving in Gode, Ethiopia, 700 miles away from any other priest. He awaits the arrival of the Missionaries of Charity, who with him, will serve the population of the area, which is 100% Muslim.

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How Wolves Change Rivers : 2014

Last edited 28th February 2014

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers?

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100 Days After Cyclone Haiyan People in the Philippines Struggle to Rebuild

Last edited 27th February 2014

Millions of men, women and children in the Philippines still require assistance 100 days after one of the world's most powerful cyclones cut a swathe of destruction, killing more than 6,500 and devastating the city of Tacloban and the nation's eastern seaboard.

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China Smog Declared a Crisis by World Health Organisation

Last edited 26th February 2014

The WHO representative in China has described the choking pollution as a "crisis" and urged residents in the Chinese capital to stay indoors.

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Ukraine in Flames

Last edited 19th February 2014

Early in the evening of February 18, Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church went to the tent-chapel in Kiev’s Independence Square, where he prayed with other clergymen and then read publicly a statement by his superior, Major-Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. The statement said that the government of president Viktor Yanukovych bore “total responsibility” for the violence that had broken out across Kiev hours before.

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Work on Christ the Redeemer begins

Last edited 16th February 2014

A team of specialists have begun to restore the mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most iconic monument, which was damaged last month by a lightning strike.

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Too Few People - New Report Confirms Decline in Fertility

Last edited 3rd February 2014

Recent years have seen a dramatic decline in the number of children being born, according to a new report from the United Nations. The “World Fertility Report 2012" was published earlier this year by the population division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The data covers the period from 1970 to recent times. Visit this article by fr. John Flynn to read more.

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The Harmonium Project

Last edited 12th January 2014

The goal is simple. My friends and I are trying to integrate the impoverished downtown of Steubenville, OH with the student body of Franciscan University, for the mutual benefit of both parties. Our first step is to establish a thriving music scene — giving students a reason to come downtown, to encounter their neighbors and build personal relationships, to patronize local businesses, and to give local business leaders a reason to invest in the downtown area, to open up shop, to bring life, jobs, and culture to the downtown.

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