A tornado has killed at least two people and injured dozens in the New Zealand city of Auckland. 3/05/2011
As the U.S. begins its rebuilding efforts after the tragic tornado that hit the country last week, killing hundreds, New Zealand has now been his by a tornado, with one confirmed dead so far. Visit this article to read more - and remember both the US and NZ in your prayers!
The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern US has risen to at least 350, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related disaster in American history.
Tornadoes and thunderstorms have carved a trail of destruction across the southern United States, killing over 300 people in one of the country's worst weather disasters in years. Disbelief and despair were written on the faces of residents of cities and towns in seven states crippled by the ferocious spring storms as they picked through the remains of destroyed homes, businesses and schools, in surreal scenes of devastation more common to war zones and massive earthquakes. Please keep those suffering in your prayers.
The chief Vatican representative to the United Nations said that pushing population control methods on underdeveloped countries offends human dignity and ultimately proves ineffective in eradicating global poverty.
The Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations is challenging the erroneous view that human fertility and population growth is something to be feared. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt stated this Tuesday in an address to the 44th Session of the Commission on Population and Development in a meeting on "Fertility, Reproductive Health and Development."
Low fertility rates and an aging population will present Europe with a big economic challenge. This was one of the points made in a study published by the European Commission at the start of the month. The "Third Demography Report" found that the number of children per woman has increased from 1.45 children, at the time of the last report in 2008, to 1.6. Nonetheless, this is still substantially below the level of 2.1 children that is required to maintain a stable population. In this article, Father John Flynn looks at the declining fertility trend, and the economic consequences of an aging population.
A powerful aftershock has rocked an area of Japan already reeling from last month's earthquake and tsunami disaster. At least two people were killed and more than were 100 injured, as the nation struggles to recover from the devasting natural disaster of 15 March. Please keep Japan in your prayers.
The world does not need the Church to be a cheerleader for war, which always represents a failure of politics to secure liberty and justice. But what of those occasions when armed force is necessary to secure liberty and justice against a malevolent regime.
Caritas Japan will operate an emergency centre established by Japan's Catholic Bishops in the devastated city of Sendai. At an emergency meeting, Japan's bishops and leading church officials gathered in Sendai and decided a centre to direct humanitarian operations would be one of the best ways to help the stricken city as well as villages and towns throughout the Diocese of Sendai. This area encompasses the worst hit areas from last week's catastrophic 9.0 and subsequent tsunamis which swept away everything in their path.
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