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placeholder Bishop Vigneron says farewell

Bishop Emeritus Cummins reflects
on Bishop Vigneron’s appointment

Detroit welcomes a native son as new archbishop

Cathedral food service hires grads of Kitchen of Champions' culinary training program

Cathedral interfaith prayer service for President-elect, administration

St. Bede School/Moreau High grad creates award-winning adventures of a holy hit man

Moraga parishioners put new shoes on students’ feet

Schools plan civic lessons, celebrations to observe Obama inauguration

Gaza priest: ‘We cry and nobody hears us’

Catholic clinics destroyed in Gaza; patriarch calls for peace

Catholic Relief Services pledges to continue aid to Gaza

Immigration reform advocates hopeful of success with Obama

Religious coalition urges Obama to end U.S. torture practices

Americans report religion’s influence on the decline

Guatemalan Catholics march on crime rate

Operation Rice Bowl funds delivered to nine local service organizations

Pastoral ministry schools graduate 50 lay leaders

Youth in diocese instructed on possible sex abuse

placeholder January 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Catholic Relief Services pledges
to continue aid to Gaza

More than one million Gazans out of a population of 1.5 million are without electricity and running water since Israel’s military operations began in the Gaza Strip in late December, according to the latest reports from Catholic Relief Services.

CRS officials, who have offices in Gaza, said that some 750,000 people had already been dependent on food aid because of the area’s high unemployment rate and the Israeli blockade of many shipments of food and other necessities. Now the shortages of staple foods and cooking gas are even more critical.

As The Voice went to press, the fighting was continuing despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire. To date some 900 Gazans have been killed, including 277 children and at least 3,600 adults and children have been injured.

On Jan. 3, CRS coordinated the delivery of a limited supply of cooking gas, diapers and bottled water to the Missionaries of Charity in Gaza whose work there ncludes caring for disabled children.

As soon as conditions permit the safe movement of staff, CRS plans to provide 500 of the most vulnerable, war-affected families in Gaza with desperately needed food, water and other humanitarian relief supplies.

Using a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development and $100,000 from American donors, CRS will distribute such food as tuna, canned meat high protein biscuits, and hygiene items including soap, towels and diapers, plus other essentials such as blankets, candles, bandages and water-purification tablets.

CRS staffers say that four decades of Israeli occupation, expanding Jewish settlements, military operations, the Separation Wall, restrictions on the movement of people and goods in Gaza and the West Bank, and general insecurity have devastated Palestinian society.

Donations to help the Gazans can be sent to: Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090. Specify “Gaza Emergency” on the memo portion of the check. Individuals can also donate online at www.crs.org, or phone 1-877-HELP-CRS.

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