floods Tag

ECUADOR, via AICA • Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the victims of the landslide that occurred in Quito on January 31, and asked God “for the repose of the deceased and the consolation of their families,” the Archdiocese of Quito reported. — The Holy Father sent a telegram signed by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Archbishop of Quito, Monsignor Alfredo José Espinoza Mateus, where he assures to feel “deeply saddened to learn of the natural disasters that are affecting that beloved nation and that haveRead More
PRAYING WITH POPE FRANCIS – IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY • Last week it was Peru. Now it’s Colombia.  According to the authorities, at least 254 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in flooding and mudslides caused by strong rains in Mocoa, the capital of Colombia’s Putumayo Province in the south east of the country. Some 400 people are also thought to be missing.  Our Holy Father is on a pastoral visit to the Italian diocese of Carpi which was affected by an earthquake in May 2012.  He cameRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, by Msgr Peter Wolf DD • Picture of the floods at the Original Shrine have made their rounds of the social media since Monday evening. Msgr Peter Wolf tells us what happened and why he got wet feet, while the Original Shrine remained relatively dry. When I returned from an outside engagement towards 6 p.m. I saw at the crossroads to the Original Shrine that brown water was shooting up from a drain through which the Wambach brook normally flows and making its way to the Original Shrine.Read More
PARAGUAY, Dequení and Maria Fischer • Strong storms and floods have recently affected three important Dequení community centers caring for more than 1,000 children. Activities have been suspended, or they are being carried out in provisional locations. The Manos Juntas community center, located at the Pirapomi neighborhood of Arroyos y Esteros, is isolated by floodwaters from the Manduvirá River, Dequení is working with community and city leaders to guarantee help for this area. El Triunfo community center at Caaguazú also suffered serious cracks, a collapsed roof and wall. Dequeni hasRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • On 30 December, Pope Francis dedicated the last general audience of the year to the devotion to the Christ Child that is common during this time. A tradition, he explained, that goes back to St. Francis of Assisi who “keeps alive in our hearts the mystery of God who became man.” He also mentioned St. Teresa of the Child Jesus who knew how to live this “‘spiritual childhood’ which is assimilated through meditation, as the Virgin Mary taught, on the humilityRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequení • In the midst of fundraising to collect funds and to conquer scholarships in solidarity so that thousands of children from families with limited resources can attend school in 2016, Dequení is in solidarity with all the families affected by rising Paraguayan and Paraná’s rivers and their tributaries.  Among the displaced, there are families accompanied constantly by the Foundation projects, in the communities of Villeta and Arroyos y Esteros. Dequení is working with community leaders and SEN’s (National Emergency Services) contacts, the cities and governments to assist theRead More