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Snow Damages Colosseum, Medieval Churches in Italy
Last edited 15th February 2012

Heavy snow in recent weeks has already wreaked havoc across Europe -- now it is damaging some of the continent's most recognized historic monuments.


Access to Water - Pope's Prayer Intention for February 2012
Last edited 9th February 2012

This month, the Holy Father has asked Catholics everywhere to pray: "That all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life." Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for February 2012 in this video.


Dozens Feared Dead After Quake in Philippines
Last edited 7th February 2012

Many fear that dozens of people have been killed in a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines. Rescue workers are combing through landslides and toppled buildings on the heavily populated islands of Negros and Cebu. Rescuers are frantically searching the rubble for survivors, using their hands and shovels. Visit this article to read more, and please continue to pray for


Demographic Free-Fall: Low Fertility and Economic Crisis
Last edited 17th February 2012

The fertility rate, the expected number of children born per couple, is expected to reach 1.35 in 2060 from 1.39 in 2010, well below the 2.08 needed to keep the population from shrinking. Despite this the UNFPA, which is the United Nations' agency responsible for promoting family planning, is claiming that reducing fertility is key to ensuring economic success.

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Priests Killed in Mexico, Guatemala
Last edited 1st February 2012

Just one day apart two priests were killed in the neighboring countries of Mexico and Guatemala. Church officials are attributing their deaths to the activity of criminal bands in the first case and to endemic violence in the second.


Sharia Court in India Orders Expulsion of Christians
Last edited 30th January 2012

The sharia court in Muslim-majority Kashmir has no constitutional or legal authority. But its recent verdict ordering the expulsion of five Christians from the troubled Indian side of Kashmir has sent alarm bells ringing among Christians in India.

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People... Not Population
Last edited 24th January 2012

With the number of people in the world hitting 7 billion last year, we often hear of the so-called threat of "overpopulation", with many advocates claiming that we should work to reduce the world population. What they are forgetting is that the world is made up of PEOPLE - we are not just 'numbers' that need to be reduced. Watch this 30-second video that celebrates the beauty and majesty of the human person.

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Black and Catholic
Last edited 16th January 2012

Catholicism continues to be a minority religion in the black community, but these clergymen are pushing on. About 24% of all Americans identify themselves as Catholic, but in the black community, the percentage is far lower. According to a CARA Catholic Poll, just 3%, or 3 million Americans, identify themselves as both black and Catholic.

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Italian Cruise Ship Disaster - Search for Missing Passengers Continues
Last edited 19th January 2012

Five people have been confirmed dead, and dozens are still missing, after a luxury liner carrying more than 4200 passengers and crew, hit rocks just off the Tuscan island of Giglio on the evening of Friday, 13th January 2012.

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Philippines Hit by Another Deadly Landslide
Last edited 6th January 2012

An unknown number of people have been killed, or are missing, after a landslide struck a mining village in the southern Philippines. The landslide occurred at dawn Thursday morning (5 January) on Mindanao Island. Meanwhile the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said it will seek funding for the construction of 1,000 houses for victims of recent flooding in Mindanao that has claimed more than 1,200 lives and left hundreds of thousands displaced.

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