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Nov 19, 2013

Recovery begins after U.S. storms kill eight in U.S. Midwest

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm system that left eight people dead in two U.S. states.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

Nov 19, 2013

Survivors of deadly U.S. Midwest tornado sift through wreckage

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – When a powerful tornado bore down on the small city of Washington, Illinois, on Sunday, Ryan Bowers took his wife’s advice and sheltered in the basement with their 2-1/2-month-old daughter and their dogs.

Winds of up to 200 miles per hour leveled their home, along with a large swath of the city of 15,000 people east of Peoria, but the Bowers survived, as did almost all of their neighbors.

Nov 18, 2013

Survivors of deadly Illinois tornado sift through wreckage

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Some residents of Washington, Illinois, picked through the remains of their tornado-flattened homes on Monday, recovering what they could a day after a series of twisters pounded the Midwest, killing six people in Illinois.

Bits of American flags and insulation from destroyed houses clung to trees that had been stripped of most of their branches and remaining leaves by the Washington twister. Spawned by a fast-moving storm system, the tornado had winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 kph).

Nov 18, 2013

Illinois city locked down as officials assess tornado damage

, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Police were turning
residents away from Washington, Illinois, on Monday morning, the
day after a series of tornadoes pounded the Midwestern United
States, killing six people across the state and flattening the
city of 15,000 people.

Bits of American flags and insulation from destroyed homes
clung to trees that had been stripped of their remaining leaves
and most of their branches by the Washington twister. Spawned by
a fast-moving storm system, the tornado had winds of up to 200
miles per hour (322 kph).

Nov 18, 2013

Six killed as tornadoes rip through U.S. Midwest

WASHINGTON, Illinois, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A fast-moving storm
system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that killed at
least six people and flattened large parts of a town in Illinois
as it tore across the Midwest, authorities said.

The tornadoes leveled scores of homes and demolished entire
neighborhoods. Some 80 tornado reports were received, along with
358 reports of damaging winds and 40 reports of large hail,
according to Rich Thompson, a lead forecaster with the weather
service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Nov 18, 2013

Fast-moving storm kills five as tornadoes rip U.S. Midwest

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, officials said.

The storm also forced the Chicago Bears to halt their game against the Baltimore Ravens and encourage fans at Soldier Field to seek shelter as menacing clouds rolled in. Chicago’s two major airports also briefly stopped traffic with the metropolitan area was under a tornado watch.

Nov 14, 2013

Illinois bishop plans exorcism ritual to protest gay marriage

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Catholic bishop in Illinois said on Thursday he was planning prayers of “supplication and exorcism” to protest the state governor’s plan to sign same-sex marriage into law.

Next week, Illinois will become the 16th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to gay couples, following Hawaii, whose governor signed it into law on Wednesday. The Illinois law will take effect on June 1, 2014.

Nov 13, 2013
via FaithWorld

U.S. Catholic bishops’ new leaders echo pope’s concern for the poor

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(Volunteers serve needy people during a free dinner service at Chicago Catholic Charities in Chicago, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young)

U.S. Catholic bishops elected two centrist conservatives as new leaders on Tuesday, an archbishop from Kentucky and a Texas cardinal, both of whom expressed “solidarity” with Pope Francis’ strong emphasis on the poor.

Nov 12, 2013

U.S. Catholic bishops’ new leaders concerned with poor

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – U.S. Catholic bishops elected two centrist conservatives as new leaders on Tuesday, an archbishop from Kentucky and a Texas cardinal, both of whom expressed “solidarity” with Pope Francis’ strong emphasis on the poor.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, 67, of Louisville, Kentucky was elected to a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, while Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, 64, of the Galveston-Houston diocese, was chosen as vice president.

Nov 12, 2013

Cardinal Dolan defends U.S. bishops’ record on poverty issues

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan agreed on Monday with Pope Francis’ call for a heightened concern for the poor, but disputed the idea that U.S. bishops haven’t paid enough attention to the issue.

“That’s been a constant, constant concern of the conference of bishops since our founding in 1917,” said Dolan, the outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is meeting this week to pick new leaders.