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When second quake hit, fear filled those waiting for relief materials

NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) -- As the magnitude-7.3 quake hit, screaming and shouting filled the mountain village of Namjung, where approximately 600 people had gathered to collect relief material distributed by Catholic Relief Services on May 12. When the quake ended, people were anxiously looking at dust rising from the nearby villages, with the collapse of houses and other buildings.

Pope: Spirit strengthens martyrs, helps people face 'daily martyrdom'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Spirit strengthens modern martyrs, giving them the force to proclaim their faith in Christ even as they are about to die, Pope Francis said. But the Holy Spirit also gives strength to every Christian facing even the tiny trials of everyday life, he said May 11.

Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church.