Peruvian earthquake: scope of damage begins to emerge
Aug 20 2007
LIMA, Peru – When a violent earthquake shook southern Peru in 2001, it jolted the Ica River out of its bed, flooding part of the city of Ica and forcing Celinda Terrones and her children to spend the night on the roof of their house.
When a magnitude 8 quake struck Aug. 15, however, their former refuge turned deadly.
The initial tremor swelled to a rolling shudder, buckling the walls of their adobe dwelling. As Terrones and her family fled, her adult daughter fell while carrying her 5-year-old son. The daughter stumbled and fell in such a way as to try to protect her son, and falling bricks battered her arms.
Then they were in the street, watching as the roof caved in.
“Everyone ran out of their houses screaming and holding their children,” Terrones said. “Our house just collapsed.”
Novak explains his Catholic conversion in new book
Aug 12 2007
WASHINGTON – Syndicated columnist Robert Novak has made a living writing articles containing information from his carefully cultivated sources, and when he first became interested in Catholicism, it was, coincidentally, a former source who aided him in his conversion.
His story about a source turned priest who baptized him, as well as many other stories about his life and his work as a journalist, appear in his new book, “The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington.”
Maryknoll announces student essay contest
Aug 10 2007
Maryknoll announced the sponsorship of the 2007 Maryknoll Student Essay Contest for grades 6-12. Winners will receive nearly $3,000 in scholarship money, as well as coverage in “Maryknoll” magazine and on the Maryknoll Web site www.maryknoll.org/winners.
Baltimore conference focuses on evangelization
Aug 04 2007
The Archdiocese of Baltimore will sponsor a conference on Catholic evangelization Aug. 25 at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25 per person.
Interreligious dialogue called critical to solving ‘family problems’
Jul 31 2007
NEW YORK – Problems among Christians, Muslims and Jews are “family problems,” because the three traditions, sharing an ancestor in Abraham, have much more in common than what divides them, said the Italian founder of a monastery community in the Syrian desert.
Hoops player rebounds with faith
Jul 31 2007
Just before his freshman year of high school, Kevin Steenberge and his family moved from New Jersey to the Clarksville area. As a way of connecting with folks, Steenberge was hired by Monsignor Joseph L. Luca, pastor of St. Louis in Clarksville, to serve as their Monday evening receptionist.
Lack of mental health care in New Orleans leaves children at risk
Jul 21 2007
WASHINGTON – Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region, the city of New Orleans is struggling to fill gaps in its mental health care system that could potentially leave thousands of children vulnerable to depression, teenage suicide and pregnancy.
Sacraments have universal meaning, says Nigerian archbishop
Jul 18 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Such common themes as the nourishing nature of the Eucharist and the cleansing of baptismal waters convey universal meaning to believers of many cultures, a Nigerian archbishop told participants in the 10th National Black Catholic Congress.
Report tells bishops to make abuse rules conform to canon law
Jul 17 2007
LONDON – An independent commission has urged the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to bring their child-protection measures in line with the Code of Canon Law amid fears that false allegations are driving priests away from working with young people.
Black Catholic congress closes with reports on challenges, responses
Jul 17 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The 10th National Black Catholic Congress came to a close July 15, after more than 2,000 black Catholics spent four days praying, celebrating and learning more about the eight principles that pose challenges to African-American communities and how those challenges relate to the seven sacraments.
The theme of the July 12-15 gathering was “Christ Is With Us: Celebrating the Gifts of the Sacraments.”
“Take what you have learned in the workshops and share it with the people back at home. Communicate that back home, and allow the Lord to use you,” said Father Raymond Harris, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, at the congress’s final session on “Foundations for the Future.”
High-LI creates young leaders
Jul 16 2007
For seven, fast-moving, uplifting days, 60 young people from across the Archdiocese of Baltimore advanced their ability to lead during the High School Leadership Institute at the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks.
Teens learn about justice on streets of Baltimore
Jul 15 2007
Twenty-one youths from across the archdiocese sat and listened in awe, July 11, as Michael Austin told the story of how, as an innocent man, he was convicted of murder and armed robbery.
The crowd of young people participating in Justice Action Week July 8-13, joined peer leaders and chaperones at Our Lady of Pompei, Highlandtown, to listen to Mr. Austin talk about being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, how he made the most of his 26 years in jail and how he has forgiven those who wrongfully put him there.
“No matter your circumstance, you can overcome it,” said Mr. Austin, who while in prison acquired his GED and took college courses. “Prison is a state of mind.”