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.
For the second day in row on Tuesday, a massive power outage left much of northern India without power, leaving Khan and 600 million other Indians — roughly half the country’s 1.2 billion population — in the dark. The day before, about 370 million were without power.
Communist authorities in China are cracking down on the seven priests of the Diocese of Heilongjiang who opposed the ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng to the episcopate.
On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of fishermen, a Spanish bishop expressed solidarity with fishermen and their families amid the economic crisis affecting their industry.
Melinda Gates, the wife of billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has launched a massive campaign to expand artificial contraception and abortion across the globe in direct opposition to the Catholic faith she claims as her own. One of the world’s wealthiest women, Gates paired with Andrew Mitchell, the United Kingdom’s secretary for the Department for International Development (DfID), to raise $4 billion in order to extend “affordable, life-saving contraceptive services to an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.”
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