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by Euro Reporter
2012-08-25 11:03:03
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Poland church distributes food at Covelli Center

Members of Poland New Life Church donated their time and effort to give back to the community during the third annual Food Drive at the Covelli Center in downtown Youngstown Aug. 18. “It’s called the goodness invasion big food give out. We’re prepared for 3,000 families to receive produce and perishables. It’s been great. We’ve had 1,000 families come thorough and the Covelli Center has just been great. I think it’s important for people in the community, No. 1, to know that there are people who care about them. What may seem like a little to us is a lot for these families,” said Pastor Juan Rivera.

The event garnered the support from hundreds of local businesses and more than 300 volunteers from several churches and organizations who were excited to be able to help others in need.  “It makes me feel amazing to be able to share the love of Jesus with them and put a smile on their faces. This is my love. This is my passion. I love making people smile and making them feel like they’re worth living for,” said volunteer Nicole McMaster.

According to Rivera, the food drive catered to people from all walks of life. “Some are the working poor and some people have jobs, but things get tight. A lot of kids are going back to school and we can help save money for those families,” Rivera said.


Poland's jobless rate declines to 12.3 percent

Poland's jobless rate fell to 12.3 percent in July, down from 12.4 percent the previous month, the country's main statistical office says. Figures released by the Central Statistical Office on Friday showed that unemployment continued to decrease, a trend that started in the spring thanks to seasonal jobs in agriculture, forestry and tourism.

In July some 1.95 million people registered as unemployed in this country of 38 million, slightly less than about 1.96 million in June. Poland's economic growth is stronger than some of its neighbours but is not immune to the European financial crisis.

It grew by 3.5 percent year-on-on year in the first quarter of 2012 after posting overall growth of 4.3 percent in 2011. Economists foresee slower growth this year and next.


Church seeks Russia-Poland 'forgiveness'

The stain on relations between Russia and Poland can be overcome through faith and forgiveness, a Russian Orthodox religious leader said last weekend. Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said in a sermon Sunday at the Holy Mount Grabarka in Poland that lingering feelings of mistrust between Polish Catholics and Russian Orthodox Christians can fade through forgiveness of historical wrongs. The patriarch, wrapping up a four-day visit to Poland, cited a joint memorandum he and Polish Archbishop Jozef Michalik signed Friday in Warsaw aimed at reconciling relations between two countries.

The document, he said, shows that "we are praying for the reconciliation between the Polish and Russian nations," Polish Radio reported. Addressing the estimated 14,000 people gathered at the Polish holy site on the Feast of the Transfiguration, Patriarch Kirill said a Polish-Russian reconciliation can only take hold if it is faith-based, asserting that secular politicians, businesspeople and cultural activists can only do so much to bring it about. "You in Poland, as well as us in Russia, in the former Soviet Union, know what it means to build a society without God," he said. "It is our experience which should show the whole world that it is not possible to build a just society ... if God is driven out." Poland holds Russia responsible for many wrongs inflicted upon it, including the imposition of communist rule after World War II, during which the Catholic Church was persecuted by Marxist ideologues. Another issue that continues to rankle Poland is the 1940 massacre of 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals in the Katyn Forest, ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Russia launched an investigation into the massacre in 1990, but the probe was halted 14 years later and its findings were classified. The Russian Parliament recognized in 2010 that Stalin ordered the executions, which were carried out by agents of the NKVD secret police. Also speaking Sunday at Mount Grabarka was Metropolitan Sawa, head of the Polish Orthodox Church, the Voice of Russia reported. "His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, whom we have been looking forward to seeing for a long time, has arrived," he said. "He came to see our faith, give us his blessing, and say his prayers for us, for our families, for our children, for our fatherland and for the world. His visit is a great joy to us." Earlier in the week, the patriarch met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, who said his country is committed to establishing good relations with Russia and cited the joint declaration as "an important landmark in the development of our relations." "We are hoping it will turn over a new leaf in our bilateral relations," Komorowski told RT Television. "Reconciliation can only be achieved through communication based on fundamental values such as freedom and responsibility, love for your neighbour and forgiveness ... We will strive to establish good relations between our countries."

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