February 29, 2008
Lebanon on Friday released 13 Iraqi citizens detained for staying illegally in the country, following mediation by the U.N. refugee agency and a Christian aid group, in a move expected to lead to further releases.
February 28, 2008
The third-graders in Christina Myers’ class at St. John the Evangelist School don’t know a whole lot about the daily lives of children in the faraway countries of Guatemala, India, Mali, Haiti and Cameroon that this year’s Operation Rice Bowl focuses on, but they can really relate to not having access to utilities, food, clean [...]
February 27, 2008
When Col. Pedro Soria walked into his first seminar on peace-building, his classmates eyed him suspiciously, wondering if the Philippine army officer was there to spy on them. But Soria stayed for the two-week course, winning the confidence of his fellow students and helping launch a quiet revolution with the Philippine military.
February 21, 2008
A church-run training program for rural doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo has helped ease the plight of women in the war-torn eastern region where sexual violence is common, an aid worker said.
February 20, 2008
Hunger now has a face for many students at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington. On Feb. 11, Thomas Awiapo of Ghana, in West Africa, spoke to the girls, along with some students from Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell.
February 17, 2008
Pat Ciarrocchi talks to Arlene Flaherty of Catholic Relief Services about the plight of refugees in Iraq.
February 11, 2008
The national gridiron competition between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants Feb. 3 might have monopolized the conversation in many households, but it was briefly intercepted by another bowl among families at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox. Instead of passing around bowls of chips, the parish’s peace and social justice committee [...]
February 8, 2008
“The situation in Kousseri is really quite serious,” Jennifer Nazaire, the representative for Catholic Relief Services in Cameroon, said Wednesday. “Chadians are pouring out of N’Djamena, and there’s little set up to receive them at the moment. The Catholic Church in Kousseri, the local government, United Nations, and aid agencies are all scrambling to work [...]
February 8, 2008
Thousands of people who fled Chad to neighboring Cameroon after rebel fighting in early February are in a desperate situation without any infrastructure to support them, said a spokesman for the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services.
February 5, 2008
Thousands of residents poured out of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, on Monday as clashes between rebel and government forces cooled after two days of combat, according to reports from the besieged city. “We have a lot of injured and dead people in town,” said Christophe Droeven, Chad representative for the aid group Catholic Relief [...]