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Strong quake rocks southern Philippines

Strong quake rocks southern Philippines

by: Joe Torres - UCAN in World News,

At least two people were killed and damage to churches, school buildings and other structures was reported after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Oct. 29. The tremor came more than a week after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the Mindanao region, killing seven people and injuring at least 60 others.

Lightning doesn't strike twice but in Kerala, flooding does

Lightning doesn't strike twice but in Kerala, flooding does

by: Thomas Christopher, Kochi - UCAN in World News,

The social service departments of all 32 dioceses in Kerala worked together to mobilize some 200,000 volunteers to assist the flood-affected in the various phrase of rescue, relief and restoration interventions, said Father George Vettikattil of Kerala Social Service Forum. The forum, a coordinating body Catholic charity efforts in the state, helped 269,000 families, spending $45 million in flood rehabilitation projects.

World ignores plight of Indian refugee boat lost at sea

World ignores plight of Indian refugee boat lost at sea

by: Luke Hunt, Kuala Lumpur - UCAN in World News,

Authorities now believe 183 passengers, including women, children and infants, were on board the boat, with people smugglers charging each adult US$5,000 and US$1,600 per child for a trip that would brave monsoons and storms in three oceans: the Indian, Southern and Pacific.

Easter atrocity in Sri Lanka: A deep wound to the nation

Easter atrocity in Sri Lanka: A deep wound to the nation

by: Kiri Kankhwende , Steven Selvaraj - The Tablet in World News,

The bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday were intended to strike a devastating blow to the country’s million-strong Christian community. Suicide bombers detonated one set of bombs at churches in the cities of Colombo and Negombo on the western coast, home to many Sinhalese-speaking Catholics. Another was detonated in a Protestant church 200 miles away – in Batticaloa, a city on the Tamil-majority eastern side of the island.

Alfie Evans dies after long-running legal battle

Alfie Evans dies after long-running legal battle

by: Rose Gamble , Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World News,

Announcing the news on Facebook, the boy’s father, Tom Evans, wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.” Pope Francis, who met with Tom Evans last week, signalled his support for the Bambino Gesu to care for the toddler, also responded to the news today. "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie," he tweeted. "Today I pray especially for his parents as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace." 

Sri Lanka hopes for reconciliation at last

Sri Lanka hopes for reconciliation at last

by: Jehan Perera, Colombo - UCAN in World News,

Among the key issues will be the government's reconciliation process, which has two primary components — constitutional reform that will ensure improved sharing of power between the ethnic majority and minorities, and transitional justice that will ensure accountability for rights violations in Sri Lanka's three-decade-long war.

2018: The Year when public Opinion will swing decisively againts BREXIT.

2018: The Year when public Opinion will swing decisively againts BREXIT.

by: Clifford Longley - The Tablet in World News,

My prediction for 2018? That this is the year when public opinion will swing decisively against Brexit. The polls are already suggesting it. There is nothing on the horizon likely to reverse it. And the Tories are blithely walking into a trap partly of their own devising, which they are nothing like clever enough to avoid.

Macron is a realistic who tells the truth

Macron is a realistic who tells the truth

by: Sylvie Goulard - The Guardian in World News,

Macron is proudly pro-European. He has taken the “risk” of a founding EU country of not just standing by its commitments to the EU, but proposing to strengthen them. Reform of the EU is needed. Macron is proposing to work with his European partners to strengthen and develop it.

Sectarian strife still plagues Sri Lanka

Sectarian strife still plagues Sri Lanka

by: ucanews.com reporter, Colombo in World News,

Despite the war between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil dying down in 2009, embers of sectarian and religious conflict remain, according to rights activists and church officials.

A window into heaven... and hell

A window into heaven... and hell

by: Abe Howken - MailOnline in World News,

A window into heaven... and hell: As another battered Iraqi town is liberated from the evil clutch of ISIS, Christians celebrate their first mass in two years while the Battle for Mosul enters its third week.

Something positive for religious minorities in India

Something positive for religious minorities in India

by: ucanews.com reporters in World News,

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's all-conquering Bharatiyta Janata Party (BJP) was brushed aside in Delhi state elections on Tuesday with anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal’s party winning by a landslide. This APP victory in its wake will bring greater security to religious minorities in general and Christians in particular.

More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghan landslides

More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghan landslides

by: The Guardian in World News,

At least 2,100 people were killed in massive landslides that struck a remote region of Afghanistan on Friday. A spokesman for the governor in Badakhshan province, bordering Tajikistan, said on Saturday that 2,100 people had been confirmed dead after a village was buried in up to 100 metres of mud.

Sainthood 'spectacular' draws faithful to the Vatican

Sainthood 'spectacular' draws faithful to the Vatican

by: David Willey - BBC News in World News,

St Peter's Square this weekend becomes the stage for one of the most spectacular events ever celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican will hold the simultaneous canonisation by Pope Francis of two 20th-Century popes, who led the transition of the world's oldest international organisation into the modern world - John XXIII and John Paul II.

South Sudan rebels, government start ceasefire talks

South Sudan rebels, government start ceasefire talks

by: Aaron Maasho - Mail&Guardian in World News,

South Sudan's rebels and a government delegation have begun peace talks in Ethiopia to try end fighting that has killed at least 1 000 people. The South Sudan Project organised by Religious Congregation tries to prepare teachers and nurses. Who brought the arms?

Tutu: We thank God for Madiba

Tutu: We thank God for Madiba

by: Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Mail&Guardian in World News,

Our world is a better place for having had a Nelson Mandela, and we in South Africa are that bit better. How wonderful if his successors were to emulate him and if we were to value the great gift of freedom he won for us at the price of so much suffering. We thank God for you, Madiba. May you rest in peace and rise in glory. 

Kenya: Bishops condemn shopping mall attack in Nairobi

Kenya: Bishops condemn shopping mall attack in Nairobi

by: Independent Catholic News in World News,

In a statement signed on behalf of the Kenya Bishops Conference by the Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop, David Kamau, Catholic Bishops in Kenya call for unity after the terrorist attack on Westgate shopping centre in down town Nairobi that has left 72 people dead and scores of others injured.