Father Stephen Beatty was fast asleep when the tornado hit Ridgeway, Ill., at five in the morning on Feb. 29. He awoke to a “loud tearing noise” that could have been the sound of his rectory dormer being ripped off. Or it could have been the roof on St. Joseph Church next door and the towering, 118-year-old, Gothic-revival church collapsing inward.
Heavy snow in recent weeks has already wreaked havoc across Europe -- now it is damaging some of the continent's most recognized historic monuments.
This month, the Holy Father has asked Catholics everywhere to pray: "That all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life." Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for February 2012 in this video.
Many fear that dozens of people have been killed in a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines. Rescue workers are combing through landslides and toppled buildings on the heavily populated islands of Negros and Cebu. Rescuers are frantically searching the rubble for survivors, using their hands and shovels. Visit this article to read more, and please continue to pray for
The fertility rate, the expected number of children born per couple, is expected to reach 1.35 in 2060 from 1.39 in 2010, well below the 2.08 needed to keep the population from shrinking. Despite this the UNFPA, which is the United Nations' agency responsible for promoting family planning, is claiming that reducing fertility is key to ensuring economic success.
Just one day apart two priests were killed in the neighboring countries of Mexico and Guatemala. Church officials are attributing their deaths to the activity of criminal bands in the first case and to endemic violence in the second.
The sharia court in Muslim-majority Kashmir has no constitutional or legal authority. But its recent verdict ordering the expulsion of five Christians from the troubled Indian side of Kashmir has sent alarm bells ringing among Christians in India.
With the number of people in the world hitting 7 billion last year, we often hear of the so-called threat of "overpopulation", with many advocates claiming that we should work to reduce the world population. What they are forgetting is that the world is made up of PEOPLE - we are not just 'numbers' that need to be reduced. Watch this 30-second video that celebrates the beauty and majesty of the human person.
Catholicism continues to be a minority religion in the black community, but these clergymen are pushing on. About 24% of all Americans identify themselves as Catholic, but in the black community, the percentage is far lower. According to a CARA Catholic Poll, just 3%, or 3 million Americans, identify themselves as both black and Catholic.
Five people have been confirmed dead, and dozens are still missing, after a luxury liner carrying more than 4200 passengers and crew, hit rocks just off the Tuscan island of Giglio on the evening of Friday, 13th January 2012.
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