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Virginia Federal District Court Rejects Constitutional Challenges To Health Reform [plus other religion news updates]


December 1, 2010 Posted by | Health, Law, news, Religion | Comments Off on Virginia Federal District Court Rejects Constitutional Challenges To Health Reform [plus other religion news updates]

Pro-Obama Catholics to launch news service?

The story is not only vague but also bereft of useful details.The Global Catholic Network, ETWN News, reported today:

Chris Korzen [twitter], Executive Director of Catholics United, told EWTN News in an e-mail last Friday that his group is getting ready to launch a news organization of its own.

EWTN News had contacted Korzen to confirm whether or not the organization Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) had gone out of business. Korzen refused to answer any questions about the status of CACG, claiming that EWTN News has not made clear “what your real motivations are” in asking questions about Catholics United and CACG.

Nevertheless, in his e-mail, Korzen revealed that “Catholics United is moving into the news business.”

More, later.

September 4, 2010 Posted by | Catholic, news | | Comments Off on Pro-Obama Catholics to launch news service?

‘Senseless’ attack on World Vision in Pakistan

A Christian aid agency suspended operations in Pakistan after six of its staff members were killed in an attack March 10.

World Vision International, which has offices in about 100 countries, called the attack in the Mansehra district of Pakistan “brutal and senseless.” The victims, which included two women, were all Pakinstani nationals, according to a BBC report.

Seven other World Vision staff members were injured in the attack, which included gunfire and a bomb.

About 97 percent of World Vision’s more than 30,000 staff members work in their home countries, according to the World Vision web site. More than 500,000 people sponsor children through the organization.

“No threatening letters were received prior to the attack,” the World Vision statement said. “World Vision’s relief and development work in Pakistan is conducted by local citizens.”

World Vision has been working in Pakistan since 1992 and expanded its operation there after an earthquake hit the country in October 2005.

No group immediately took credit for the attack, according to the BBC report.

March 11, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Comments Off on ‘Senseless’ attack on World Vision in Pakistan

Winter storms bury Cheyenne River Sioux in misery

South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is besieged by winter storms, “leaving about 30,000 residents in two communities without water, electricity or heat for at least a week,” and Bishop John Tarrant of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota has appealed for emergency relief funds.

Cathy Lynn Grossman writes:

No photos or video of sweet suffering faces. No popular vacation landscape for a backdrop. No personal connective ties. Are those the reasons the natural disaster in the Great Plains has gone below our philanthropy radar?

Keith Olbermann appeals for help:

February 10, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment

Haiti, a week after the earthquake

Nicholas Laughlin at Global Voices writes:

Relief efforts are under way in southern Haiti, exactly a week after the country was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. As many desperate Haitians flee the capital, Port-au-Prince, for what they hope will be relative safety in other towns and rural areas, and as growing numbers of relief aid workers and foreign troops arrive, bloggers and Twitter users continue to report on local developments, make pleas for emergency assistance, and comment on the government and international response to the crisis.

He recommends:

  • Musician and hotelier Richard Morse, tweeting as @RAMhaiti:

    A 6 or 7 story hospital building collapsed and fell over on the Dessalines School. No chance 4 the children.Search&Rescue headed 2 St Gerard

  • Radio and TV journalist @carelpedre:

    I love haiti! I see hope and smile on so many faces today:

  • Photographer Frederic Dupoux tweetingh as @fredodupoux:

    Just spoke to a 5 y-o girl a block fell on her head its an open wound and there’s no help around. People around just gave her amoxiciline.

  • Troy Livesay in Port Au Prince tweeting as @troylivesay:

    Our clinic turned into a hospital,and our sewing room into a surgical ward,and an arm was amputated with a reciprocating saw.

Laughlin also pointed us to Konbit Pou Ayiti where melindayiti wrote:

This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to Champs Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are staying which has been transformed into a field hospital.

Since we arrived in Port au Prince everyone has told us that you cannot go into the area around the palace because of violence and insecurity. I was in awe as we walked into downtown, among the flattened buildings , in the shadow of the fallen palace, amongst the swarms of displaced people there was calm and solidarity. We wound our way through the camp asking for injured people who needed to get to the hospital.

Despite everyone telling us that as soon as we did this we would be mobbed by people, I was amazed as we approached each tent people gently pointed us towards their neighbors, guiding us to those who were suffering the most.

We picked up 5 badly injured people and drove towards an area where Ellie and Berto had passed a woman earlier.

Gwenn Mangine at The Life and Times of the Mangine Many in Jacmel wrote:

Mad props to my kids and staff. I miss being around them. Except Hugues, cause he’s there working alongside of us. Really hard– just as hard as we are, no, actually probably harder. Tonight he was just toast after another long day of carrying boxes virtually all day long. I told him that since tomorrow is his day off he should just take it easy and not worry about coming to the airport– we’d find someone to do his work. He refused. He said he wants to be there as long as we’re there. I tried to talk him out of it, but he says his country needs him now. I really, really love the spirit of Haitian people– love it, love it, love it.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | news, WWW | , | Comments Off on Haiti, a week after the earthquake

Haiti outside Port-au-Prince

Repeating Islands, called to out attention by Janine Mendes-Franco, followed the Miami Heraled team to the town of Carrefore:

This town, which on Tuesday was the epicenter of the earthquake, is living in the epicenter of oblivion.

Gwenn Magine wrote:

Out today from the UN in Jacmel— statistics ON Jacmel, which is a city of 34,ooo…

* 1,785 homes completely destroyed
* 4410 homes partially destroyed
* 87 commercial businesses destroyed
* 54 schools destroyed
* 24 hotels destroyed
* 26 churches destroyed
* 5730 families displaced
* Death count approaching 3,000 (nearly 10%)

Pwoje Espwa – Hope In Haiti, wrote from les Cayes:

Food prices are skyrocketing, as predicted. There has been discussion of moving children form PAP to Espwa, and we are willing to take them; transportation is being worked out, and it is not known how many will come or when. Two orphanages have asked for help so we are working on the logistics of this now. We will need lots of money to do this work. Cash is still what we need the most.

Trying to get word out about their community, Logou Corner wrote:

Our work in Haiti focuses on long-term sustainable development. But with a crisis as deep and broad as a crushing and devastating earthquake, any organization, groups of individuals, and individuals themselves would be in a rescue mode utilizing whatever resources they would have at their disposal to help people out. As hurting Haitians continue to stream back to their towns and villages, we know that the earthquake fallout even after the immediate initial relief will be felt and endured all over Haiti for many years.

These blogs and others like them don’t give us Pat Robertson’s accursed land, but one rich in people somehow coping with the insurmountable and who need our help to continue.

The Global Voices Haiti Earthquake 2010 page is rich in additional resources about this complex nation where rescuers struggle to relieve widespread agony.

January 18, 2010 Posted by | news | , | 1 Comment

Largest earthquake in more than 200 years strikes Haiti [Updated]

To help

CBS News “How you can help” list.

National Public Radio “some ways to help” list.

SFGate earthquake donation list

Or donate $10 to the American Red Cross via text message.

As many as three million people may be homeless, according to International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally. The Haitian prime minister said several hundred thousand people may have been killed in the quake, which destroyed most of Port-au-Prince.

“It’s going to be a real killer,” said earthquake expert Tom Jordan at the University of Southern California. “Whenever something like this happens, you just hope for the best.”

The U.S. Agency for International Development has responded. An “aggressive, coordinated” U.S. effort is being mounted, according to the Washington Post.

Troy Livesay tweeted from Port Au Prince about 3 a.m., Wednesday:

Church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. It is a beautiful sound in the middle of a horrible tragedy.

Livesay’s blog here.

This twitpic account has images of the devastation.

You may view photos of the devastation here.

Follow the CNN Haiti twitter list at

Follow the NPR News twitter earthquake list at

Follow the Los Angeles Times Haiti twitter list at

Follow the New York Times Haiti twitter list at

Baptists are responding with aid. Initial efforts are led by Florida Baptists, “who have had ministry relationships in Haiti for more than 20 years and currently have six staff members who live and work in the country, said Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global Response. The Southern Baptist International Mission Board does not have long-term personnel stationed in the country.”

The Catholic Relief Service reports that the building opposite CRS Port-au-Pr office has collapsed. According to CNS, those reported dead include Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot of Port-au-Prince and Zilda Arns Neumann, a pediatrician who founded the Brazilian bishops’ children’s commission and sister of Brazilian Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, retired archbishop of Sao Paulo. The Vatican missionary news agency, Fides, reports that 100 priests and seminarians also were killed. The clergy, members of the Montfort order, were in Port-au-Prince on retreat.

The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is numerically the largest of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Cafe blog is monitoring developments.

United Methodist Church volunteers in Haiti who can be reached thus far are reported safe.

CNN reported:

Haiti’s infrastructure was among the world’s worst even in the best of times, the country’s ambassador to the United States said Tuesday.

“It was a catastrophe waiting to happen,” Raymond Alcide Joseph told CNN from Washington shortly after a 7.0 earthquake leveled parts of his home country, cutting power and phone lines in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. “Sadly, it has happened.”

January 13, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Comments Off on Largest earthquake in more than 200 years strikes Haiti [Updated]