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Jordan’s Christians and Muslims March Together in Demonstration of Determination to Live Side by Side
Last edited 31st August 2014

In a demonstration affirming their determination to live side by side, Jordanian Muslims and Christians walked hand-in-hand in a march last Saturday evening, 23 August, to denounce the violence in Gaza, Iraq and the entire region.


The Aftermath of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Last edited 28th August 2014

After weeks of conflict, a ceasefire has been reached between Israel and Palestine. While leaders on both sides of the conflict claim victory, residents in Gaza see it differently. Over 2,200 Palestinians have died during the 50 day war, leaving survivors with nothing but mounds of rubble that was once their homes. Like many in Gaza, the town of Shujai'yeh has been devastated, leaving over 100,000 people homeless.


Australian Aid for East Timor Vital - Caritas
Last edited 27th August 2014

Caritas Australia is concerned the Australian Government's decision to slash foreign aid by almost $8 billion over five years will have an adverse impact on programs to help East Timor and the Timorese people rebuild their lives and their nation after 24 years of war and 250,000 deaths.

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Catholic Aid Groups Hope Latest Israeli-Hamas Cease-Fire Holds
Last edited 27th August 2014

Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war.

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Papal Envoy Returns from Iraq
Last edited 25th August 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis "was really taken" by the cardinal's description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in northwestern Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group. The pope met Cardinal Filoni early Aug. 21, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following an Aug. 13-20 visit to Iraq as the pope's envoy to besieged minorities there.

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New Hampshire Bishop: James Foley’s Murder ‘Unspeakable Evil’
Last edited 24th August 2014

The bishop of New Hampshire’s Roman Catholic diocese calls the murder of journalist James Foley evidence of an “unspeakable evil that is rampant and inhuman.”

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A Business Catechism - Guide to Social Teaching of the Church
Last edited 20th August 2014

How to reconcile ethical principles with the exigencies of running a business has long been a cause for debate. A new book looks at this from the perspective of the social teaching of the Catholic Church. Edited by Andrew V. Abela and Joseph E. Capizzi, the book, “A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching,” proposes 114 questions regarding business ethics.

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Chaldean Church Makes Appeal for Iraq's Displaced People
Last edited 19th August 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops regained control of the Mosul dam, expelling Islamic state (IS) militias, which they had seized on 7 August. Despite government claims, reports about ongoing fighting continue to filter. Jihadists are apparently still holding onto the dam's main entrance. Meanwhile, the tragedy of refugees fleeing Islamists and slaughter continues to be played out.

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Where Are Iraqis Fleeing To?
Last edited 14th August 2014

From one day to another they became refugees. The Iraqi region of Kurdistan has been welcoming minorities who lost it all amid violence and persecution. They were able to escape from extremists who want to impose an Islamic State at all costs. They're considered part of the lucky ones who survived, but it's hard to escape that dark chapter.


‘A Return to the Middle Ages’
Last edited 14th August 2014

Barbarism has returned in a supposedly civilized world. What can we do? “How do you dialogue with a fanatic,” asks an Iraqi Patriarch in the middle of insane violence. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako says he is working with the government of Iraq to bring Christian refugees to Baghdad.


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