Catholic organizations are helping organize aid for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in the Philippines after it caused flash floods that have killed hundreds of people and left thousands homeless. “Thousands are in the evacuation centers, many are women and children—hungry, chilling, crying,” the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines of the Northern Mindanao Region said on its website.
Rescuers are searching for more than 800 people missing in the southern Philippines after flash floods and landslides swept houses into rivers and out to sea, killing more than 650 people. The cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on the island of Mindanao were worst hit when typhoon Washi hit shore late on Friday and early on Saturday.
A “people’s tribunal” on the anti-Christian violence in the Kandhamal jungles of India’s eastern Orissa state three years ago has blamed the state government for its failure to safeguard Christians.
About a month ago a tragic story from China surfaced in the Western media. It’s a terribly sad story about a mother, Ma Jihong, who died on an operating table in Lijin, Shandong province, when she was forced by state officials to have a late-term abortion. Why were they forcing her to have an abortion? Because Ma had dared to flout the Chinese one-child policy and was pregnant for the third time. Visit this article to read more.
Pope Benedict XVI met with 10,000 young people participating in the project 'Nature in School', promoted by the foundation to help the environment known as “Sorella Natura” or the Sisters of Nature: “I want to say that I appreciate your decision to be 'guardians of Creation' and you can count on my support.” Watch this video for more.
Over 13.3 million people are in crisis from Famine, War and Drought in the Horn of Africa. But there is hope. Uma Thurman, Josh Hartnett, Geena Davis, and Chanel Iman talk about what you can do to help.
Following attacks that left more than 100 dead, nearly all Christians have fled Damaturu, the capital of one of Nigeria’s 36 states. The Islamist organization Boko Haram (“Western education is a sin”), which seeks the imposition of sharia in Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for the November 4 attacks.
After praying the Angelus in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 9, Pope Benedict called on Catholics to pray for and assist flood victims in Central America and Southeast Asia. “I wish to express my closeness to all those who suffer from these natural disasters,” the Pope said. Visit this article to read more.
Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., the director general of Vatican Radio, welcomed the birth of the seven billionth person in his weekly editorial. “Dear baby number seven billion,” said the Italian priest Nov. 5, “we pray that you can understand that your life will find its fullest meaning not in this world but in the next. Because this is what you were born for. Your Creator and Father made you for this.” Visit this article to read more.
One fifth of Bangkok is now flooded, but many residents refuse to leave their homes at the risk of being electrocuted or suffering from diseases caused by poor hygiene. Food and drinking water are becoming scarce, while the authorities continue evacuations in some districts. According to the latest toll, 437 deaths have been registered since last July when the flood disaster in Thailand first began.
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