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Giving gardens to the needy

Giving gardens to the needy Dan Barker, a poet and novelist, has been giving away vegetable gardens in Portland, Oregon, for seven years. Funded by private foundations and trusts, Barker builds gardens in the back yards of recipients - at no cost to them. He...

70% of Defense funds in USA goes to "overhead"

A Washington Post op-ed by a former U.S. senator and the former CEO of ADP concludes that "a remarkable 70 percent" of the $300 billion defense budget is devoted to overhead and infrastructure, with only 30 percent being spent on things that directly help combat...

Fresh Approach to Charity Urged by Pope

In a Letter to St. Vincent de Paul Society VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2001 (Zenit.org).- A "fresh approach to charity" is needed that emphasizes solidarity with those who suffer, John Paul II said in a letter to the president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Pope...

AIDS Treatment Dilemma in Brazil

Last year, some 90,000 people received the drugs that would each of them up to $15,000. Thanks largely to the drug handout, in just four years the number of AIDS deaths in Brazil has fallen from 11,024 to 4,136. The program has been hailed by doctors as a model for...

Lenten Letter of Fr. Robert Maloney, CM

To the members of the Vincentian Family throughout the world My very dear brothers and sisters, May the grace of Our Lord be always with you! As the accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection unfold, some fascinating characters appear on the stage. Some play...

International Reactions to US Bombing Iraq 2/2001

A summary of impressions from International Papers By June Thomas of www.slate.com Friday's U.S.-British airstrike on Iraqi radar stations elicited a backfire of comment in the international press. Dawn of Pakistan summarized the reaction: "The opinion now emerging...

Palestinian Priest Wins Award for Peace Efforts

TOKYO, FEB. 19, 2001 (ZENIT.org-FIDES).- Father Elias Chacour, a Palestinian Melkite Catholic priest involved in education for Palestinian and Jewish children, has been awarded the Buddhist Niwano Prize for 2001. The prize, about $173,000, will be presented to him May...

Spiritual Retreats Wooing London Executives

LONDON, FEB. 19, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Benedictine Abbot Dermot Trudget has made spiritual retreats for executives fashionable in the high-powered central City of London.Directors of important firms and enterprises, subjected to the tyranny of work, seek in St....

Afghanistan Producing the Most Refugees

ROME, FEB. 19, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Afghanistan is a world leader -- in producing refugees. Sources of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees said there are 500,000 refugees within the Afghan borders, in addition to 1.4 million in Pakistan and 1.3 million in Iran. Laura...

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