Through a network of Syria-based Catholic churches, CNEWA is now feeding and sheltering about 4,600 people in four areas of the country that had suffered the most damage.
In a letter dated Feb. 23, Bishop Patrick Neary asked parishes to take up a special collection for earthquake relief on the weekend of Feb. 25-26 or the weekend of March 4-5.
Pope Francis opened the basilica’s holy door as part of the annual penitential rite and was the first pope to do so since 1294. He also prayed before the relics of St. Celestine, whose tomb lies inside the basilica.
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The Archdiocese of Tuguegarao in northeastern Luzon has appealed for aid following the July 27 earthquake that killed at least four and injured dozens.
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In the spotlight: Roe v. Wade decision, World Meeting of Families, restoring earthquake-damaged artwork
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