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October is World Mission Month: Focus on Jamaica
Last edited 1st October 2014

World Mission Month is celebrated in October every year wherever there are Catholics committed to building a better world. This year, Catholic Mission Australia's Mission Month appeal is themed 'When I grow up I want to be alive,' and focuses on Jamaica, a country troubled by violence and crime.

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Vatican to UN: International Community Must Stop Terrorist Aggression
Last edited 30th September 2014

Cardinal Pietro Parolin echoed the Pope's call to "take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway” in the Middle East. The Vatican Secretary of State, addressed the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, where he warned of the growing threat of the terrorist group ISIS.

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Catholic Cardinal Appeals for Calm in Hong Kong
Last edited 30th September 2014

The government of Hong Kong must "put the personal safety of fellow citizens as her prime concern," limiting the use of force and try to listen to the young people. This is the "urgent appeal" expressed by the Catholic bishop of the Territory, Cardinal John Tong Hon, published this week after violent clashes in recent days in the city center.

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Jordan’s King Denounces Violence Against Christians
Last edited 29th September 2014

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, King Abdullah II of Jordan, a ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, denounced violence against the Middle East’s Christians.


Debate Over Use of Marijuana Continues
Last edited 29th September 2014

The question of whether to permit the use of marijuana to help people with serious illnesses continues to divide opinions. In Australia the premier of the state of New South Wales, Mike Baird, announced mid-September that the police would be given discretion not to charge terminally-ill adults who use marijuana for pain relief.


Albania Proves that Diverse Religions Can Live in Peace
Last edited 24th September 2014

People of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said. The Muslim majority and Christian minorities in Albania cooperate beautifully for the common good and prove to the world that it can be done.

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The Gift of Peaceful Leadership
Last edited 21st September 2014

There were two significant news items last week. The first dominated all Australian news outlets - the simultaneous raids on 15 homes in Sydney and Brisbane to arrest those allegedly planning terrorist activities on Australian soil. The second piece of news was the announcement that Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP as the next Archbishop of Sydney.

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British Ambassador on ISIS: We want persecuted minorities to be able to go back home
Last edited 18th September 2014

The brutality and violence ISIS has used has shocked the world. Now the question is what's being done to stop them?

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Scottish Independence: Decision Day
Last edited 18th September 2014

People in Scotland will vote today on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, a historically high turnout is expected.

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Though World Hunger Reduces, One in Nine People Suffer from Malnutrition
Last edited 16th September 2014

805 million people in the world suffer from malnutrition. These are the dramatic figures of the UN's new report on the state of food security. Despite those figures, the report also stated that access to food has improved due to economic progress, particularly in Asia and Latin America. The report concluded that in order to eradicate hunger, countries must foster a favorable environment with an integrated approach.


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