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Parishioners, Knights knock on doors, check on senior citizens after Irma

Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

Rescuers searched for survivors in the debris of collapsed buildings Sept. 20 in Mexico City. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Sept. 19 to the southeast of the city, killing hundreds.

MEXICO CITY — Mexican Church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives — including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake Sept. 19 added to the misery of Mexicans who suffered a magnitude 8.1 earthquake 12 days earlier. That quake left nearly 100 dead in the country's southern states and left thousands more homeless.

Myanmar leader condemns human rights violations in speech on Rohingya

Rohingya refugees attempted to get aid and food distributed Sept. 19 at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — After nearly half a million people fled Rakhine state in three weeks following attacks by the military, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya while broadly condemning human rights violations in her first major address on the issue.

Catholic agencies prepared to help in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Rescue workers helped people Sept. 20 in Guayama, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria. After battering the Virgin Islands, the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico, bringing “catastrophic” 155 mph winds and dangerous storm surges.

WASHINGTON — Thousands sought shelter in Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Maria, called a "monster storm" by many, hit the Caribbean island just short of a Category 5 storm Sept. 20, with winds of 155 miles per hour.

The hurricane had the potential of being the "most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said before Maria hit.

Catholic Relief Services had staff in Tortola, in the nearby British Virgin Islands, preparing to help. News reports stated the entire island was without power Sept. 20.

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Supreme Court blocks lower court's lifting of travel ban

Catholic judicial nominee grilled by senators on her religious views

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., spurred outrage about possible religious tests for judicial appointees when she questioned a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.

Reaction from Catholic leaders to the hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was swift, with the head of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious liberty calling the Senate hearing "deeply disappointing."

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