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Help for Peru

We have received a letter from the National President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul asking for urgent help for Peru the relief of the many poor who have suffered the recent floods: To the Worldwide Vincentian Family: I extend my fraternal greetings on behalf of all the members of the Society of […]

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Chilean Provincial Reports on Catastrophic Fires

“Nature is giving tough lesson to the Poor in Chile once again” Dear Friends: The various means of communication have reported to the world the devastating consequences of the forest fires that have ravaged various regions of Chile.  These fires reached heavily populated zones and have left thousands of people homeless.  The most recent government […]

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Vincentian Marian Youth Thailand: Selfless, Committed and Always Ready to Serve!

For the past few days, Thailand has been experiencing flooding which has affected a lot of people. Because of the situation, families cannot go out from their houses making it difficult to get the basic needs for everyone. As Vincentians, with the conviction of serving the poor, the Vincentian Marian Youth of Thailand, headed by […]

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Nutrition – Vital to Effective HIV/AIDS Treatment

For AIDS patients in sub-Saharan Africa there is a vicious cycle of immune deficiency, onset of infectious diseases and co-infections, and malnutrition. The result is increased illness, suffering and even death. The DREAM Center (treating HIV/AIDS patients) in remote Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo serves more than 1,000 clients. Integrated in all DREAM Centers, a […]

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Daughters of Charity Visit Places Ransacked by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with enormously destructive power once again bringing another disaster and misery to the land which is not yet fully rebuilt from earlier natural disasters. The international website of the Daughters of Charity has published report from of one of the Sister working in Haiti: Once again, our dear Haiti has been […]

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From War Relief to Hurricane Relief – A Vincentian Heritage

From the war torn provinces of 17th century France in the brutal Wars of Religion (echoed today?) to the devastation of 21st century hurricanes, Vincent and Vincentians illustrate a rich heritage of providing war relief and disaster relief. In his correspondence Vincent details at length his efforts to relieve the sufferings of the people caught up in […]

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SSVP Applauds Ceasefire on Syria

The International General Council (CGI) of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) supports and affirms the US-Russia led ceasefire in Syria which will allow humanitarian aid to reach Syrian cities under siege by various forces and groups. Even the unplanned timing is symbolical, happening on the day of the celebration of Eid-al-Adha, the Muslim […]

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Last Responders: Vincentian Disaster Relief

Extreme weather conditions are all over the news this summer, most recently the flooding in Louisiana. West Virginia is still trying to recover from extensive flooding that killed 23 people and damaged/destroyed over 1200 homes in June. Members of the Vincentian Family, specifically members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are often called “last responders.” […]

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