A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri when it tore through the heart of the small city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. Weather officials said the tornado that hit the city of 50,000 at dinner time on Sunday was the deadliest single tornado in the country since 1947 and the ninth-deadliest tornado of all time. Please keep those suffering in your prayers!
China is under pressure to change its one-child family planning policy following publication of the latest census figures. The census has confirmed the trend toward a rapidly aging population, and noted that there are 34 million more men then women. This is the result of sex selective abortions, facilitated by the use of ultrasound. Fr. John Flynn looks at the population crisis in China, in this article.
Parishioners in one Louisiana town are ‘stressed, concerned and praying fervently’ during this time of uncertainty before Mississippi swelling eases.
Benedict XVI is praying for the victims of the earthquake Wednesday that killed nine people in Spain and left thousands homeless. The Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sent a telegram to Bishop José Manuel Lorca Planes of Cartagena, assuring the Holy Father's "particular closeness to those affected." Visit this article to read more.
A team of two dozen scientists was commissioned by the Vatican to study the effect of mankind on climate change. In their report they warn of a “serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming.” They also warn that inaction will result in the disappearance of glaciers that millions of people depend on for drinking water. Different communities will also be threatened by floods and mudslides.
This video marks the launch of the '100% Natural' World Youth Day Campaign! WYD Madrid volunteers are encouraging all pilgrims to protect the environment so that World Youth Day 2011 will be 100% sustainable, and 100% Christian... "Be Part of the 100%"!
According to official sources, Japan's earthquake and tsunami killed 15,000 people. Another 10,000 are still missing. Benedict XVI has sent Cardinal Robert Sarah to support the victims. He's the president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum.” He will be there from May 13th to the 16th. As chairman of the department responsible for the pope's charities, he will visit Sendai, where the epicenter struck.
Earthquake hits southern Spain, eight deadAt least eight people were reported dead and dozens injured after an earthquake shook southeastern Spain on Wednesday, toppling historic buildings in the medieval town of Lorca.
As the earthquake hit Spain, one in five residents of Rome stayed off work and children were kept out of school over earthquake fears following a 1915 prediction by seismologist Raffaele Bendandi that "the big one" would strike on May 11, 2011.
Catholic agencies pitch in to help those hit by Mississippi’s rising waters and recent storms in the South.
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