Caritas Continues Support for Lebanon in Wake of Massive Explosion

Two weeks after twin explosions devastated the port area of Beirut and left around 300,000 people homeless, Caritas Lebanon is focusing on providing healthcare, covering basic needs such as food and water and repairing homes and shelters.

Caritas Lebanon helped more than 46,200 people in the capital and provided them with more than 38,200-hot meals in the first nine days after the blasts. More than 4,500 people received medicines from Caritas, which has also distributed first aid and hygiene kits and food kits and continues to do house calls.

Over 170 people died as a result of the two explosions caused by the poorly stored ammonium nitrate. Beyond the death toll, the 6000 people injured and the 300,000 made homeless, the impact of the explosions on the Lebanese capital is catastrophic and the needs are massive.

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Myanmar Needs Religious Leaders’ Prophetic Voices, Moral Courage in Building Peace and Justice

Religions for Peace issued an appeal signed by Religious Leaders of Myanmar in connection with the elections scheduled for November. The document is entitled “Seize the opportunity!” and was published on July 13, 2020. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) interviewed Bishop John Saw Yaw Han, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar, to understand the importance of this document and to bring into light more about interreligious dialogue in the country. Most importantly, this document also seeks to highlight what the future holds based on the important role of the Religious Leaders of different religions. It aims to shed light on how the Religious Leaders of Myanmar are responsible to the better establishment of peaceful coexistence while respecting human rights. Interview by Maria Lozano

All the Burmese Catholic Bishops, as well as the religious leaders of Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu have signed the text. Why is this document so important?

Religion is a sensitive issue in Myanmar. In Myanmar, politically motivated religious violence has a very ancient root and has got far-reaching consequences. Religious intolerance is often manifested in hostile acts in the country by denouncing or ridiculing religious values of a particular religion. The country has already experienced extreme violence about religious issues resulting in many deaths and homelessness. The rising cases of religious fanaticism and negative indoctrination are disturbing in the country. Sometimes religion is being used for social dominance, protection of economic and political interests by a small group of individuals.  For them, conflict and violence are necessary in order to de-stabilize the country, to deter outside investors. With little competition, only these individuals control the economy, which leads to a lack of development and poverty. Indeed, it is “Religious Belief” which is the easiest way to create tensions.

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San Francisco churches adapt to 12-person outdoor Mass limit

Denver Newsroom, Aug 19, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Parishes in San Francisco, including the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, have been holding concurrent outdoor Masses in order to adapt to the city’s COVID-19 health orders.

Several Masses took place concurrently on San Francisco’s Cathedral Plaza Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption.

The San Francisco County Department of Health is limiting outdoor worship services to 12 people, with indoor worship services prohibited. The San Francisco archdiocese covers the city and county of San Francisco, as well as San Mateo and Marin counties.

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