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  • ROME, April 16, 2009-Twenty-eight Filipina nuns belonging to the religious congregation "Zelatrici del Sacro Cuore" were among those affected by the earthquake that struck the medieval city of L'Aquila, in central Italy (Abruzzo Region) northeast of Rome last April 6.
    According to a report by Ms. Lilibeth V. Pono, Charge d'Affaires of the Philippine Embassy to the Holy See, the Filipina nuns were based in the different houses of their religious congregation located in L'Aquila.

  • Bangkok (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Sondhi Limthongkul's the leader of the "yellow-shirts," which brought down former PM Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, has been shot and injured. He was ambushed by gunmen who attacked his car in the Thai capital, Bangkok, spraying it with bullets and hitting Sondhi in the shoulder; another two people were injured in the attack.

  • Kabul (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Two earthquakes have hit Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, killing at least 22 people and injuring another 30. A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 01.57 local time (21.27 GMT), followed by a 5.1-magnitude aftershock two hours later.
    Ahmad Shekib Hamraz, a disaster management official, said that "the centre of the earthquake is located 45 kilometres km from Sherzad district".
    Survivors in Mir Gadkhel village were scrambling through the rubble of flattened houses to recover bodies after the quake.

  • VATICAN CITY, April 6, 2009 -Residents of L'Aquila, Italy are working to recover from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that has left 92 dead and some 1,500 people injured. Upon hearing of the disaster, Pope Benedict sent a telegram to the local archbishop offering his prayers for the victims and expressing his solidarity.

  • ROME, April 9, 2009-- The Obama administration has seen three possible candidates it floated for the position of U.S. ambassador to the Holy See sunk due to their views on abortion. Additionally, a source at the Vatican confirmed to CNA that Professor Douglas Kmiec will not become the ambassador due to his stance on life issues.
    With the President traveling to Rome in July, when he hopes to meet Pope Benedict XVI, not filling the position would be a major gaffe.