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River of lava slowly burns through Hawaiian town

Last edited 17th November 2014

Lava has been slowly snaking its way toward rural Hawaii communities for months, but it took an oozing stream of molten rock just 45 minutes to burn down an empty house.Firefighters standing by to tackle any spreading wildfires let the flames consume the 1,100-square-foot (100-sq metre) structure on Monday afternoon as a relative of the homeowner watched and recorded video of the destruction with an iPhone.

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Typhoon Haiyan - One Year On

Last edited 10th November 2014

In November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines. More than 6,000 people perished in the storm and over 4 million people were displaced. With the help of their supporters, Caritas Australia is working alongside Caritas Philippines and 41 other agencies as the country enters a phase of recovery and rehabilitation.

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Sisters Work on Shoestring in Sierra Leone against Ebola

Last edited 5th November 2014

The Catholic sisters trying to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone continue to be courageous in the face of the current adversity and work in circumstances that would defeat most people.

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Catholic Priests, Religious must Leave Crimea by Year's End

Last edited 3rd November 2014

All Catholic priests in the Crimea will be forced to leave by the end of 2014 under new rules established by the Russian government, the Forum 18 news service reports.

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Walk freely & learn with a 3D replica of Sites in Jerusalem

Last edited 12th October 2014

The Jerusalem.com 3D tour is an extraordinary experience offering anyone who wishes an innovative way to visit Jerusalem.

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Northern California Earthquake is the Strongest in 25 Years

Last edited 25th August 2014

The strongest earthquake in 25 years struck Northern California early Sunday, injuring more than 120 people, damaging historic buildings in downtown Napa and turning fireplaces into rubble.

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Transfiguration – Hiroshima – Peace

Last edited 6th August 2014

On this day in 1945, someone climbed not a holy mountain, but into the cockpit of a plane – a machine of war. There had been a lull of a week in the fighting between America and Japan. The Americans had a new secret weapon and they wanted to use it with the maximum psychological effect. On August 6 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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China Typhoon Death Toll Rises to 17

Last edited 21st July 2014

China's death toll from typhoon Rammasun has risen to 16 after the strongest storm to hit China in four decades buffeted large areas of 15 southern provinces. The typhoon left at least 89 dead in the Philippines before it swept across the South China Sea to hit China's southern island province of Hainan and nearby areas of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces on Friday and Saturday.

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Pope Francis Prepares Encyclical on the Ecology for Start of 2015

Last edited 15th July 2014

Pope Francis has reportedly spent months drafting his new encyclical on Creation, and respect for the environment. In March, during an audience with superiors from the Franciscan order, the Pope expressed how much this topic concerns him, and asked them for advice.

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Rebels Attack Bambari's Cathedral, Leaving at Least 20 People Dead, Dozens Injured

Last edited 11th July 2014

In the city of Bambari, a group of armed men reportedly attacked dozens of refugees housed in the Saint Joseph Cathedral. Despite conflicting reports, it's estimated that about 20 people died in the attack and about 25 were injured in the Central African Republic.

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