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Wail of sirens calls priest, religious sisters to train crash site to offer help

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The wailing of sirens called Father Tom Higgins from his parish rectory and Sisters Linda Lukiewski and Julie Sertsch from their convent to the scene of the Amtrak train derailment the evening of May 12. At about 9:30 p.m., the TV news reported the wreck of Amtrak's Northeast Regional Train 188, which started in Washington and was headed for New York City. 


Fresh quake rattles confidence of people, relief workers in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) -- The second major earthquake in less than three weeks spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, said Church and charity workers. "The death and devastation may be less, but the psychological impact is very high," Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal told Catholic News Service May 13. 


In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at general audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said. Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said May 13 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.