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Catholic Relief Services aids victims of monsoon flooding in India

Catholic Relief Services aids victims of monsoon flooding in India

By CNA/EWTN News

Record flash floods and landslides in the southwest state of Kerala in India have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced after August rains late in the monsoon season broke three dams and overflowed river banks.

International aid agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has said they are working with the government and other local agencies to quickly provide emergency aid to people most in need.

“People here have lost everything, including their cars, their keepsakes and their…

Caritas India offers assistance to victims of monsoon floods in Kerala

Caritas India offers assistance to victims of monsoon floods in Kerala

By CNA/EWTN News

After at least 73 people were killed in floods caused by monsoon rains in India's Kerala state, Caritas India and local Catholic groups are assisting victims of the torrent with relief materials.

More than 85,000 people in the southern Indian state have been displaced by the flooding since Aug. 9, which has also caused landslides.

“The Catholic Church is already out in the field through … Caritas India,” read an Aug. 15 statement from the Indian bishops'…

Canadian bishops: Keep palliative care distinct from assisted suicide

Canadian bishops: Keep palliative care distinct from assisted suicide

By CNA/EWTN News

In the age of legal assisted suicide and euthanasia, palliative care must remain as a distinct form of care that attends to the needs and dignity of the whole person at the natural end of their life, the Catholic bishops of Canada have said.

The bishops gave their recommendations in a submission for a national public consultation, in response to the passing of a new bill on the development of palliative care in the country.

The bishops’ document…

Australian unions seek limits on religious groups’ hiring freedom

Australian unions seek limits on religious groups’ hiring freedom

By CNA/EWTN News

A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the right of religious organizations to make hiring decisions based on adherence to Church teaching on sexuality.

Wil Stracke, a member of the Victorian Trades Hall Council which proposed the new motion, said that union members hoped the religious exemptions to discrimination laws would be “narrowed significantly so that they can only apply when it’s an inherent requirement…

University removes priest who hosted rosary of reparation for gay pride parade

University removes priest who hosted rosary of reparation for gay pride parade

By CNA/EWTN News

A Catholic priest in Glasgow has been removed as a university chaplain after hosting a rosary of reparation for the city’s gay pride parade.

Father Mark Morris, who served as Catholic chaplain at Glasgow Caledonian University's faith and belief center as well as a parish priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Balornock, hosted a ‘Rosary of reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow’ at the parish.

The July 16 Rosary…

The modern miracle of Fatima

The modern miracle of Fatima

By Courtney Grogan, Catholic News Agency

While men in the trenches of World War I faced chemical gasses and industrialized weaponry that wrought unprecedented human carnage, an Angel of Peace appeared with a message.

“Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me: My God I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You,” the…

Christian doctor in England denied work because of his traditional gender beliefs

Christian doctor in England denied work because of his traditional gender beliefs

By CNA/EWTN News

Dr. David Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist who has worked for 26 years at the National Health Service, has said he was denied employment at the Department for Work and Pensions because he would not refer to transgender people using their preferred pronouns.

“I’m not attacking the transgender movement. But, I’m defending my right to freedom of speech, and freedom of belief,” Mackereth told The Sunday Telegraph July 8.

“I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a…

Foreign bishops respond to German intercommunion proposal

Foreign bishops respond to German intercommunion proposal

CNA/EWTN News

Several bishops from outside Germany have critiqued a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some limited circumstances, citing the proposal’s effects on their own local Churches.

The proposal has been championed by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who announced in February that the German bishops’ conference would publish a pastoral handout that allows Protestant spouses of Catholics "in individual cases" and "under certain conditions" to receive Holy Communion,…

Wounded veterans seek healing and peace in the waters of Lourdes

Wounded veterans seek healing and peace in the waters of Lourdes

CNA/EWTN News

American veterans in search of healing attended a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, through the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus.

Among the pilgrims was Charles Baldinger, a West Point-educated infantry officer who had to retire due to Stage 4 brain cancer.

“We came for physical healing with my right side and speech. We got spiritual healing and strength for the journey instead and it was more important,” he said in a video recap for the…

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