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Irish nun wins prize, says money to go to health clinic in South Sudan Irish nun wins prize, says money to go to health clinic in South Sudan

Irish nun wins prize, says money to go to health clinic in South Sudan

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Sarah Mac Donald, Catholic News Service (CNS photo/Don MacMonagle, courtesy O'Flaherty International Humanitarian Award)
 
An Irish missionary Sister said she will use prize money raised by schoolchildren to help buy medicine for the Loreto Sisters' health clinic in South Sudan, where 10 percent of babies die before they are 3 months old.

Pope John Paul I, ‘the smiling pope,’ is on the path to sainthood

Monday 6 November 2017

Gerard O’Connell, America magazine

‘The smiling pope,’ John Paul I, who served as leader of the Catholic Church for only 33 days in 1978, is on the path to sainthood. Next Tuesday, 7 November, the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will meet in the Vatican, and sources say they are expected to recognise that he lived the Christian virtues to ‘a heroic degree.’ Pope Francis is expected to approve this and declare him ‘Venerable Servant of God.’

Two miracles attributed to the intercession of the man Italians called ‘the smiling pope’ are under examination. If one of them is recognised as a miracle, then he could soon be beatified.

Sister Ilham offers children a safe place near Mosul

Thursday 2 November 2017

Jaco Klamer, Aid to the Church in Need

Although Sr Ilham and her order suffered terrible losses when ISIS invaded Iraq, she manages to speak with an inspiring calmness: ‘None of us wanted to abandon our place - but as the attacks didn´t stop, we had to save our lives and flee,’ reflects Sr Ilham quietly. The 57 year old Dominican nun was serving in a Mosul church when the rapid advance of ISIS forced her and the community to flee taking only what they could carry. Today she serves those remaining IDP’s in the Christian city of Telleskuf in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains.
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