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A paralyzed, fearful Church is ill, needs Spirit for courage, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- True Christians are not sad or afraid, Pope Francis said. Christians are courageous and full of joy because they know Christ is victorious, he is near and he loves them forever, the pope said in his homily May 15.


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.