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100 Days After Cyclone Haiyan People in the Philippines Struggle to Rebuild

Last edited 27th February 2014

Millions of men, women and children in the Philippines still require assistance 100 days after one of the world's most powerful cyclones cut a swathe of destruction, killing more than 6,500 and devastating the city of Tacloban and the nation's eastern seaboard.

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China Smog Declared a Crisis by World Health Organisation

Last edited 26th February 2014

The WHO representative in China has described the choking pollution as a "crisis" and urged residents in the Chinese capital to stay indoors.

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Ukraine in Flames

Last edited 19th February 2014

Early in the evening of February 18, Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church went to the tent-chapel in Kiev’s Independence Square, where he prayed with other clergymen and then read publicly a statement by his superior, Major-Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. The statement said that the government of president Viktor Yanukovych bore “total responsibility” for the violence that had broken out across Kiev hours before.

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Work on Christ the Redeemer begins

Last edited 16th February 2014

A team of specialists have begun to restore the mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most iconic monument, which was damaged last month by a lightning strike.

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Too Few People - New Report Confirms Decline in Fertility

Last edited 3rd February 2014

Recent years have seen a dramatic decline in the number of children being born, according to a new report from the United Nations. The “World Fertility Report 2012" was published earlier this year by the population division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The data covers the period from 1970 to recent times. Visit this article by fr. John Flynn to read more.

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The Harmonium Project

Last edited 12th January 2014

The goal is simple. My friends and I are trying to integrate the impoverished downtown of Steubenville, OH with the student body of Franciscan University, for the mutual benefit of both parties. Our first step is to establish a thriving music scene — giving students a reason to come downtown, to encounter their neighbors and build personal relationships, to patronize local businesses, and to give local business leaders a reason to invest in the downtown area, to open up shop, to bring life, jobs, and culture to the downtown.

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Deadly Cold Snap in US Shatters Temp. Records, Sends even Polar Bears to Shelter

Last edited 8th January 2014

Record freezing temperatures gripped the entire US, including Hawaii, as a major winter storm hit the country. The alarming weather brought ice and heavy snowfall caused by a 'polar vortex', bringing many cities to a standstill and killing at least 21.

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Philippines Typhoon: An Update Two Months On

Last edited 7th January 2014

It’s exactly two months since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines killing over 6,000 people with nearly two thousand others still listed as missing. More than 16 million people have been affected by the calamity with 80 percent of buildings destroyed in the worst-affected areas.

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Every Birth and Death in the World in Front of Your Eyes

Last edited 18th December 2013

In 1950, there were 2.5 billion humans. Today there are just over 7 billion. In another 30 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, there will be more than 9 billion. Brad Lyon has a doctoral degree in mathematics and does software development. He wanted to make those numbers visual - so he came up with an incredible graphic that is being shared around the world!

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Floods, Rain Threaten to Make Christmas Even More Difficult in Gaza

Last edited 18th December 2013

The snowstorms and torrential rain that battered the Mideast in mid-December threatened to make this Christmas season an especially difficult one for Christians in Gaza. Matthew McGarry, Catholic Relief Services' country representative, described the situation as "quite bad."

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