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Little Sisters in Court: Don't Stop Our Ministry of Serving the Dying Poor
Last edited 9th December 2014

The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.


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Gun Battles Erupt in Chechnya's Capital after Militants Launch Attack
Last edited 4th December 2014

Militants attacked buildings in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny, in the early hours of Dec 4, prompting gun battles that left at least 10 security officers and six insurgents dead.

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Agencies Prepare Response as Powerful Typhoon takes Aim on Philippines
Last edited 4th December 2014

Catholic and other humanitarian agencies prepared for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago.


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Religious Leaders Sign Declaration to Eradicate Slavery
Last edited 2nd December 2014

Leaders of the world’s major religions came together at the Vatican on Tuesday to sign a common declaration condemning slavery and urging the world to action, and were addressed by Pope Francis.


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Hong Kong: Protest leaders on Hunger Strike
Last edited 2nd December 2014

Thousands of pro-democracy activists forced the temporary closure of the Hong Kong government's headquarters on Monday after they clashed with police outside, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of sustained protests. Chaos erupted as commuters made their way to work, with hundreds of protesters surrounding Admiralty Centre, which houses offices and retail outlets, in a tense stand-off with police. The central government offices and the legislature were forced to close in the morning, as were scores of shops.

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Pope meets with Turkey’s Leading Muslim Cleric, Condemns Religious Violence, Visits Mosque
Last edited 1st December 2014

Following his arrival in the Turkish capital of Ankara on November 28, Pope Francis visited the Diyanet, or Presidency of Religious Affairs, which is led by Mehmet Görmez, the nation’s leading Muslim cleric. Characterizing Islam as a “religion of peace,” Görmez described terrorism as “a rebellion against God, and as Muslims we reject this extremism and bloodshed,” the Hürriyet Daily News reported.

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The Plight of Christians in Turkey, Ahead of Pope Francis' Visit
Last edited 27th November 2014

Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Christians.


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Stop the Carnage in Syria, Doctors Plead
Last edited 25th November 2014

The situation of civilians under siege by the Assad regime in Syria is even worse than under ISIS, the Islamic extremists, say Syrian doctors. In an op-ed in the New York Times, two doctors claim that at least 560 doctors and nurses have been killed and 155 medical facilities have been attacked since the war began.


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The Lebanese Model: A Multi-Religious Solution for Syria and Iraq?
Last edited 13th November 2014

The apostolic nuncio to Lebanon has said the country is a model of multi-religious coexistence that could help resolve violent sectarian conflicts in the Middle East. “There are no majorities or minorities here, but each one is part of the whole,” Archbishop Gabriele Caccia told several Catholic reporters in a recent meeting at the nunciature in Jounieh, Lebanon.


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Pope's Letter to Tony Abbott and G20 Summit
Last edited 11th November 2014

Pope Francis wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, who will preside over the G20 summit on November 15th and 16th. In the document, he asks world leaders taking part in the summit to keep in mind that "many lives are at stake behind these political and technical discussions.” He also lists some of the problems that affect humanity today.


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