Currently 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water. According to the World Health Organization 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation and around 4,000 children die every day from water borne diseases. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is working to find a solution. It's also collaborating with other Vatican departments such as Cor Unum and Caritas Internationalis.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visited the area in the southwest of China, rocked yesterday by a series of earthquakes, which has claimed at least 80 victims. He met with the families of the victims and gave a speech at a reception center for evacuees, while rescuers are still trying to access the most remote and isolated areas affected by violent shocks, which are concentrated in the border between the provinces Yunnan and Guizhou. Visit this article to read the latest.
Benedict XVI has always expressed his concern on caring for the environment. In 2009, he even had solar panels installed at the Vatican to help with some its energy needs. Now, the pope is taking another step forward in “going green”. The French car company Renault gave one of their new electric cars as a gift to Benedict XVI at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans prayed for victims of Hurricane Isaac as the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate assesses damage and helps those affected.
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans prayed for victims of Hurricane Isaac, as the archdiocese's Catholic Charities affiliate assesses damage and helps those affected: “God has always promised to protect us in challenging times, and we ask that God does that now, especially with those who are struggling. Bless us and help us reach those in need.” Visit this article from CNA to read more.
Tropical Storm Isaac neared hurricane strength Monday night, closing on the Gulf Coast with a projected landfall a day short of the seventh anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
With an El Nino developing in the eastern Pacific, and the current severe drought in the United States and other food-exporting countries, the world could be facing another food crisis unless there is an international effort to solve it. “Above all, we need to respect life and therefore make available for every person a minimum of food so that life may be possible,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva. Visit this article to read more.
Across the Sahel, on the edge of the Sahara desert, more than 18 million people are at risk of severe hunger and malnutrition in the West Africa food crisis. Severe droughts, poor harvests, conflict and rising food prices have left many surviving on just one meal a day, if that. These are real people suffering from real hunger.
The situation in Ambon, capital of the Moluccas (Indonesia) is still critical a week on from a violent wave of floods that have killed at least 10 people and flooded of about 700 homes. Until last night the area was still affected by heavy rains, which hampered rescue operations, the civilian population remains in emergency shelters and the return to normal daily life is still far away. People are waiting for aid and basic necessities; Christian associations have promoted initiatives of solidarity for the displaced. Visit this article for more.
The lights come back in India today after two days of power outages that left than 600 million people in the dark more. The three power grids in the north, northeast and east of the country collapsed, affecting 20 of 28 states in the country. The power outage threw small and big cities into chaos, causing traffic jams, accidents, serious disruption to the rail network and subway transportation, in addition to the daily problems related to lack of electricity in homes. Visit this article to read more.
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