Tuesday, September 29, 2009

RENEW International Helping Foster Spiritual Renewal

RENEW International for the past three decades has been helping dioceses in the United States with spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition. They help out by providing programs for these dioceses to meet their annual goals. The impact of RENEW International has been felt by over 25 million people in the United States and in over 23 countries as well. They keep reaching more people all the time as there ministry reaches new people all the time.

One of the things that RENEW International commitment to excellence is just as strong now as it has ever been. Faith sharing and providing the materials those dioceses need help spread the Catholic tradition throughout the world. Fundraising is also a vital part of RENEW International as well. By providing all the tools dioceses need Catholic traditions continue to grow the world over and that will not stop anytime soon.

Flood kills 246 in Philippines

Flood victims trudged through ankle-deep sludge to crowded relief centers in the Philippines on Tuesday, as the death toll rose to 246 from water that inundated the homes of nearly 2 million people. Tropical Storm Ketsana brought the worst flooding to the Southeast Asian country in four decades, chasing some victims to their rooftops to escape the rising water and sweeping others down raging rivers.

The storm struck Saturday in Manila, one of the world's largest cities with about 12 million people, and dumped more than a month's worth of rain in just 12 hours. Flooding was worst around the Pasig River that cuts through the capital, including wealthy suburbs and shanty towns. The presidential palace was opened as a relief center, and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's executive chef cooked gourmet food for victims at another shelter. Ketsana strengthened and crashed into central Vietnam on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people who drowned, were caught in mudslides or hit by falling trees, officials said. Some 170,000 people were evacuated.