Franciscans in Syria call for dialogue not weapons

Damascus, Syria, Jul 14, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Franciscans in Syria are calling upon foreign powers to stop sending arms to the country after reports that over 200 civilians have been massacred in the village of Tremseh, potentially the bloodiest single incident of the Syrian conflict so far.“It is a tragedy, the news is confusing, truth is the first victim,” Franciscan Father Romualdo Fernandez, Director of the Ecumenical Centre of Tabbaleh, said on July 13 in … [Read more...]

CRS helps rural Filipinos made homeless by storm 6 months ago

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 14, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services needs help funding temporary shelters for 1,500 Filipino families who lost their homes in Tropical Storm Washi, which struck Mindanao last Dec. 16-17, CRS’ Philippines country representative Joe Curry told Catholic San Francisco.He said nearly 3,000 people displaced by the storm are still living in camps and in public buildings.CRS has played a major part in aid relief to storm victims and is the only aid … [Read more...]

Mother’s book shows faith’s reaction to grief

Phoenix, Ariz., Jul 14, 2012 / 07:04 am (CNA).- Author Dawn Marie Roeder’s two-year-old son died under tragic circumstances, but she credits her Catholic faith for helping her survive, grieve and forgive.She now wants others to know that God’s heart is “so big ...  beyond our understanding.”“I just really hope to touch individuals who may be on the brink of losing hope or faith, to know they’re not alone. God loves them,” Roeder told CNA July … [Read more...]

Young people flood Rio for launch of World Youth Day prayer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 13, 2012 / 08:10 pm (CNA).- On the evening of July 13, thousands of young people flocked to Rio de Janeiro for the release of the official World Youth Day prayer as preparations for next year's global youth event continue. “The prayer was made so that, in a more intense and focused manner, people may pray for the intentions we have for this one-year countdown mark which is already drawing near,” said Fr. Leandro Lênin, of the Pastoral … [Read more...]