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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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Caritas Australia Brings Much Needed Aid to Solomon Islands

Last edited 22nd April 2014

It has been nearly three weeks since Cyclone Ita struck the Solomon Islands with such devastating force, claiming 23 lives and leaving more than 52,000 homeless but a team from Caritas Australia is still on the ground helping the people rebuild their shattered lives.


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Boston Marathon: Estimated 1 Million Spectators Turn out to Honour Bombing Victims One Year On

Last edited 21st April 2014

An estimated 1 million spectators have turned out to watch this year's Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing which killed three people and injured hundreds more

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Solomon Islands Seeks Prayer & Support after Flooding

Last edited 9th April 2014

After heavy rains led to flooding on the island of Guadalcanal which has caused 23 confirmed deaths, the bishops of Solomon Islands have appealed for prayerful support for their people.


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IFAD President on the scandal of food waste

Last edited 3rd April 2014

(Vatican Radio) 2014 marks the United Nations International Year of Family Farming. The aim of the year is to recognize the importance of family farming in reducing poverty and improving global food security.


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Brazil's Poor Evicted to Make Way for FIFA World Cup & 2016 Olympics

Last edited 12th March 2014

Caritas Australia has called on Brazil to halt the eviction of some of the nation's poorest and most marginalised people as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2016 and the FIFA World Cup later this year.


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Faith Helped Filipinos Survive Typhoon

Last edited 11th March 2014

Philippine family recounts horror and reality of Typhoon Haiyan's storm surge. Video by Catholic News Service.

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Caritas Bangladesh Opens New Facility for Typhoon Victims

Last edited 10th March 2014

Caritas Bangladesh continues to help cyclone Mahasen victims as well as those who will suffer damage from future typhoons. Despite the danger that the authorities might forget such tragedies, the Catholic organisation has opened a new shelter for displaced people in the village of Chalitabonia, Patuakhali, which will operate as a short-term typhoon rescue shelter as well as a long-term emergency facility.

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Priest Brings Eucharist to Place Never Reached by the Church

Last edited 4th March 2014

Father Christopher Hartley Sartorios is a 55-year-old missionary from Toledo, Spain. He is serving in Gode, Ethiopia, 700 miles away from any other priest. He awaits the arrival of the Missionaries of Charity, who with him, will serve the population of the area, which is 100% Muslim.

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