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Once a powerful storm like Hurricane Michael passes, residents face a haunting reality that life will never be the same. Here are 7 truths for those who must rebuild after the storm. […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) As Congress prepares for a high-stakes battle over federal spending, religious leaders are lobbying senators to preserve foreign aid as a moral obligation. “We’re talking about lives—great numbers of lives that are saved with minimal input on our part,” said the Most Rev. Denis Madden, the Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which sustained millions of dollars in damage in the earthquake that rocked the East Coast on Aug. 23. “The National Cathedral holds a special place in the hearts of all of us in Washington,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Methodist hurricane-recovery ministry that funneled nearly 68,000 hammer-wielding volunteers into metro New Orleans until it essentially ran out of money has reinvented itself—by asking volunteers to pitch in $225 to spend a week repairing houses. And the volunteers are still coming. Some were in Covington, La., recently, putting up drywall for […] Read More

(RNS) As the extent of the death and destruction from the massive disaster in Japan comes into focus, religious relief organizations are sending and supporting teams to assess the damage. Groups such World Vision and Baptist World Aid have teams on the ground determining what kinds of experts and supplies will be needed in the […] Read More

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNS/ENInews) A complete search of an Anglican cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand turned up no bodies buried in the rubble, despite widespread reports that 20 to 22 people had been trapped inside. ChristChurch Cathedral’s spire collapsed into its bell tower on Feb. 22 when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand’s second largest […] Read More

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (RNS/ENInews) Churches shattered by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake were yielding up their dead on Friday (Feb. 25) as clergy and parishioners grieved and searched for places to worship on Sunday. The overall death toll from the Feb. 22 quake reached 113, with more than 200 people missing and hundreds injured. Rescue workers began […] Read More

(RNS) On a recent family trip to Africa, spotting locals wearing T-shirts and baseball caps bearing American brands or slogans became something of a parlor game—a way to pass long hours in the Land Rover driving from place to place. There was a rural farmer in a Washington Redskins cap. A young woman, hips wrapped […] Read More

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (RNS) Driving through downtown Port-au-Prince, it can be difficult at first to see much change from a year ago, when a devastating 7.0 earthquake devastated this impoverished island nation. The presidential palace is still in ruins, with thousands—among an estimated 1 million homeless Haitians—living in massive tent city across the street. Around the […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The last time Matt Sloan saw Sylvia Blanchard’s house after he and Episcopal volunteer crews reclaimed it from Hurricane Katrina, the Blanchards were back in and it was neat, clean and smelling new. But it was raw, too, in the way of new construction: no greenery, no shade trees, no landscaping to […] Read More