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By Jonah McKeown CNA Staff, May 11, 2024 / 06:00 am A rural Oklahoma parish hit this week by a powerful tornado suffered serious damage, especially to its parish hall. But amid the rubble, broken glass, and winds possibly as high as 175 mph, the church’s tabernacle containing the body of …

Just as the workday was winding down on April 3, 1974, an F-5 tornado that was part of what would later be called a super outbreak, touched ground 10 minutes southwest of Xenia. Ten minutes later on that fateful day 40 years ago, the storm charged into the city of …

By Shannon Mullen Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Mar 26, 2023 / 07:20 am Pope Francis on Sunday offered prayers for the victims of a deadly tornado that struck parts of Mississippi and Alabama Friday night. Cutting a swath of ruin across the impoverished Mississippi Delta, the twister killed at least 26 people …

By AC Wimmer CNA Newsroom, Feb 6, 2023 / 09:23 am Pope Francis and local Church leaders on Monday reacted with dismay and calls for prayer following a devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. According to Reuters, the series of earthquakes — up to 7.8 magnitude — killed about 1,700 people …

by Edie Heipel, Jonah McKeown Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 30, 2022 / 13:00 pm Local and national Catholic Charities agencies are working to assess needs and provide aid after Hurricane Ian devastated Florida’s Gulf Coast this week, leading to what will likely be billions of dollars in damage and several confirmed …

by CNA Staff Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 16:00 pm As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg asked for prayers for “protection during the storm.” In a message emailed to each parish in his diocese and posted on the …

by Jonah McKeown Denver, Colo., Jan 16, 2022 / 16:00 pm As Bob and Tina McLaren fled the Superior, Colorado neighborhood they had called home since 1992, Tina looked back and saw flames at the end of their street. As the Catholic couple, their daughter and two grandchildren made their …

by Jonah McKeown Denver, Colo., Jan 6, 2022 / 19:19 pm A Catholic couple who lost their home in a historic Colorado wildfire late last year say they have experienced “absolutely heroic virtue” from their neighbors, as they and thousands of others reel from the complete loss of their homes. …

by Alejandro Bermudez Denver, Colo., Dec 31, 2021 / 14:06 pm Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver announced on Friday the establishment of an emergency fund to assist victims of the most destructive fires in Colorado’s history. Local Catholic parishes have been opened to receive displaced families. “The wildfires that suddenly started yesterday …

by Kate Olivera Denver Newsroom, Dec 11, 2021 / 14:19 pm A bishop in Kentucky is asking for prayers following a series of fatal storms and tornadoes Dec. 11 that killed at least 70 people in the state. “Let us…unite in prayer as a Catholic community for all of the …