What's deeply encouraging is the willingness of people to help. In one of the classier moves of recent time, American Airlines donated $100,000.00 to the Red Cross to support tornado relief in Texas. That company has also encouraged donations from its customers - the webpage, if you're interested, is here:
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Pope Francis' call for an end to indifference may be falling on a world where many have already reached the same conclusion. This is a remarkable basis for hope. There may be risks to the public wellbeing from any number of quarters (Electromagnetic pulse, anyone? Or earthquakes?). Even so, there are more reasons than ever to think that people will respond in the finest of ways.