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Baghdad, At Least 38 Dead in Bomb Attack - Please Pray
Last edited 28th October 2014

At least 38 people were killed and dozens injured in the two bombings on Monday 27 October in the Iraqi capital and in a suburb near Baghdad. In the first attack, a suicide bomber drove a Humvee packed with explosives crashed into a checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing over 24 people (mostly members of the Shiite militias). At least 25 people were injured. The second took place in the capital, when a car bomb detonated and killed at least 10 people.

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Nigerian Refugees Suffer as Government Fails to Contain Boko Haram
Last edited 27th October 2014

More than 80,000 Catholics have fled from their homes in northeast Nigeria because of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri told Aid to the Church in Need. Bishop Doeme reported that refugees are living in caves and forests, facing the dangers of starvation and disease.

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Ottawa Archbishop Calls for Prayers in Wake of Shooting
Last edited 23rd October 2014

The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act.

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Christian Ministers Told to Perform Gay Weddings or Face Jail
Last edited 21st October 2014

Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.

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Catholic Stance on ISIS Threat
Last edited 20th October 2014

In this video, the coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network discusses the Catholic Church's just-war teaching as it relates to the terrorist group ISIS and the situations in Iraq and Syria.

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Pope to Consistory: We Are Witnessing a Phenomenon of Terrorism
Last edited 26th October 2014

Dedicating last week's Consistory of Cardinals to the Middle East, and particularly the region’s Christians, Pope Francis has called on the international community to do their part as well as his fellow prelates to protect those suffering in the war-torn region.

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Pope on Islamic State: We're Witnessing Unimaginable Terrorism
Last edited 20th October 2014

Speaking before a group of Cardinals, Pope Francis addressed the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. He said that despite trying times, not having a Christians in the region, is simply not an option.


Pope: Iraq-Syria Terrorism Has Reached ‘Unimaginable Proportions’
Last edited 20th October 2014

The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing “terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions” in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis has said.

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Martin Baani – A Seminarian’s Story. As IS Approached, he Took the Eucharist from the Church & Fled
Last edited 17th October 2014

Bombs fall and the sound of the explosion sends shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night. In the midst of it all stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian. The realisation is dawning on him that this is Karamlesh’s last stand.


Get Behind Anti-Poverty Week 2014!
Last edited 15th October 2014

With the latest national statistics showing poverty is on the rise in Australia, and with more than 2.5 million people, including one in six children struggling to fulfil their daily basic needs, Anti-Poverty Week 2014, from 12-18 October, is bringing to light the reality of poverty in our communities. The aim of Anti-Poverty Week is to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia.


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