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Looking for a Secure Future The Plight of Trafficked Persons and Refugees

Last edited 2nd July 2014

People should not be treated as pawns on the chessboard of humanity, said Pope Francis last year in a message published August 5 on the theme of refugees. Unfortunately this is what so often happens, as the latest Global Trends report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pointed out. The June 20 report said that there are currently more than 50 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, including around 9 million in Syria alone.

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At Least 11 Dead in India Building Collapse

Last edited 29th June 2014

Rescuers searched desperately for survivors Sunday after an 11-storey residential block collapsed in heavy rain in southern India, killing at least 11 people and possibly trapping dozens.

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Global Wealth Inequality

Last edited 19th June 2014

The 300 richest people in the world are as wealthy as the 3 billion poorest people. Watch this video to find out more.

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A Fascinating Map of An Ageing World

Last edited 17th June 2014

The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double from 841 million in 2013, to over 2 billion by 2050, according to UN figures. Unfortunately this is accompanied by falling global birth rates to below even replacement level in many countries. Incredibly, the number of people over the age of 60 is set to exceed the number of children for the first time, by 2047.

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Pope Francis: If We Destroy Nature, Nature Will Destroy Us

Last edited 21st May 2014

During his catechesis this week, Pope Francis talked about science. He said, this gift from the Holy Spirit allows people to see nature a gift from God: "If God sees Creation as a good and beautiful thing, we must also adopt this attitude, to see Creation as good and beautiful.” The Pope has frequently expressed his concern over the environment, and it's widely expected to be the topic of his next encyclical. During the audience, he issued another warning.

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Wartime Explosives Dislodged as Balkans Flooding Leads to Landslides

Last edited 20th May 2014

While dozens of people have died as a result of massive floods sweeping the Balkans, leaving tens of thousands displaced, a new risk has been posed by unexploded wartime landmines that are now being exposed by 3,000 landslides.

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Vatican Dialogue: ‘Man is a Technical Giant and an Ethical Child’

Last edited 7th May 2014

VATICAN CITY — “Birth control.”


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Iraqi Church Leaders Hold out Slim Hope that Parliamentary Elections will Bring Relief

Last edited 29th April 2014

As parliamentary elections began in Iraq, Chaldean Catholic prelate voiced hopes and fears about the country’s future in talks with Aid to the Church in Need. “We want our country to return to stable conditions where all can live in peace,” said Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul. He said that the Iraqi people are “fed up” with problems that include insecurity, official corruption, a sagging economy, and the emigration of trained and talented workers.

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Catch the Sun: Are You Ready for a Partial Solar Eclipse Today?

Last edited 28th April 2014

Due to a rare alignment of events, many Australians will today experience a second eclipse this month. Here's where and when to see it.

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20 Years After Cairo Conference on Population and Development

Last edited 22nd April 2014

Last week the United Nations held a review of the 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The meeting looked at population issues ranging from ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization, the UN explained in a press release.

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