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Much of Puerto Rico still has no power; aid distribution facing obstacles
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10.11.2017 

















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Sara Ocasio, who was affected by Hurricane Maria, washes clothes in a river Oct. 9 near her home in the Trujillo Alto municipality outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico remains with little clean water, little electric power and almost no telecommunications. (CNS photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (CNS) -- The only way a military veteran who works for the Diocese of Caguas could get a message out from Puerto Rico to contacts elsewhere illustrates conditions in Puerto Rico nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island Sept. 20.

"He sent the email from his car in the mountains -- the only place where he can charge his phone and get some periodic reception," reported Joe Boland, vice president of mission at Chicago-based Catholic Extension.

He got word from the veteran "that they have armed guards at gas stations. Communications and transportation are still a mess," Boland said in an email sent to Catholic News Service in Washington Oct. 10.  Full story...

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, Oct 5, 2017 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Ghana should openly profess their faith in God if they want to improve their country, said Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu of Ho last week, encouraging the faithful not to be ashamed of their Catholicism but rather boldly to proclaim it everywhere.

“Our world today does not want teachers but models; people who take the lead and invite others to follow them instead of sitting in their comfort zones and pointing out the way to others without they themselves ever taking the way,” said Bishop Fianu, chair for the Ghanaian bishops' Commission of Laity, Women and Youth, according to CANAA.


​“The witness of life and word demands that we march our words with our life so that what we say corresponds to what we do,” Fianu continued.

The bishop’s words came during a Sept. 29-30 conference on “Living Our Vocation as Catholic Faithful” held at the Star of the Sea Cathedral in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana.

The conference also celebrated the legacies of the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi's three deceased bishops: Joseph Amihere Essuah, Charles Kweku Sam, and John Martin Darko.

Fianu told those gathered at the event that the sacraments of baptism and confirmation have endowed them with the responsibility of boldly sharing their faith with others, whether in groups or individually.

He also encouraged the faithful to become involved in ministry and to utilize their talents for the Church. Fianu also prompted local priests to help the laity in their parishes become active members within their communities.

Fianu did note that he was inspired by the growing number of Catholics who showed interest in Bible studies and scriptural reading.
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Bishop Jean-Vincent Ondo Eyene of Oyem, in northern Gabon. (Credit: File photo.)

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Poverty, violence hinder progress for many women, girls, says nuncio

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Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, greets Sundra Lee-Ingemanson and her husband, Matts Ingemanson, following a prayer service Sept. 11 at Holy Family Church in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) 

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- Conditions in many parts of the world force women and girls to bear the burden of carrying out everyday chores for their families and communities, keeping many of them from getting even a basic education, the Vatican's U.N. nuncio said Oct. 6.

Females are often the victims of sexual and other violence, which prevents them from improving life for themselves and their families, said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations. Migrant women and girls are particularly vulnerable to these situations, he added.

He addressed the issue of women's advancement during a session at the United Nations of the Third Committee, which focuses on social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

"Young women in rural areas are disproportionately involved in unpaid domestic work and especially bear the greatest burden when access to clean water and sanitation is not readily available," Archbishop Auza said. "They are forced to spend considerable time and effort collecting water for the community, and in doing so, their access to basic education is often thwarted, not to mention that, in many isolated places, they are also exposed to risks of violence."

Failure to achieve "that basic human right" of universal access to safe drinkable water "can undermine other human rights, as it is a prerequisite for their realization," he said.

Pope Francis in his encyclical "Laudato Si'" points to "the abandonment and neglect … experienced by some rural populations which lack access to essential services," Archbishop Auza said, quoting the document. In many areas, the pope noted, "some workers are reduced to conditions of servitude, without rights or even the hope of a more dignified life."

Women and girls often bear "the heaviest burden from these deprivations," the archbishop said.  Full story...


















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Bishop Jean-Vincent Ondo Eyene of Oyem, in northern Gabon, says the Church cannot stay silent in the face of ritual killings that continue to haunt the central African country. Between 2011 and 2014, at least 157 people were killed in Gabon for their body parts, which are used by witch doctors in rituals meant to give power to individuals. The crimes are especially prevalent before elections.


YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Gabon’s Catholic Church says more must be done in the country to stop ritualistic killings, which are carried out by witch doctors and their collaborators in the central African country.

Gabon is nominally Christian, with over 40 percent of the population claiming to be Catholic and another 45 percent belonging to other Christian denominations, but many people still also practice animist religions and visit witch doctors.
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