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WYD2013 Teams Up with World Wildlife Fund to Promote Protection of Mother Nature
Last edited 14th June 2013

World Youth Day organizers are teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund. Together, they have launched a video on why it's important to protect animals and Mother Nature. The video titled, 'We Are All Connected' shows the strong bond between animals and humans.

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Pope: Don't Waste Food or Resources. Don't Be Part of a Throw Away Society
Last edited 6th June 2013

During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the need to protect the Earth and its resources. More specifically, he talked about not wasting food. Wednesday marks 'World Environment Day,' and so the Pope talked about not giving into a culture of extreme consumerism, where things are bought, only to be thrown away soon after.

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Burmese Two Child Policy
Last edited 6th June 2013

A couple of weeks ago, the President of Burma/Myanmar was a visitor to the US and to the White House. I wonder how many hearing news of this visit knew that Burma has a restrictive-birth policy similar to that of China? I certainly didn’t know about such a policy, but according to this article in the International Herald Tribune, there has been a two-child limit in Burma/Myanmar since 1994.

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Pope Stresses Threats to Human Person on Environment Day
Last edited 6th June 2013

Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day. “The human person is in danger, this is certain, the human person is in danger today, here is the urgency of human ecology!” exclaimed Pope Francis June 5 during his general audience.

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Pope Asks For Prayers For Victims of Oklahoma Tornado
Last edited 21st May 2013

Pope Francis has asked everyone to join him in praying for the victims of the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma City ripping through homes and schools and claiming at least 24 lives, nine of them children.

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World's Catholic Population Steady; up in Africa and Asia, Down in Europe and Americas
Last edited 13th May 2013

The world’s Catholic population rose by 1.5% in 2011—the last year for which accurate figures are available—according to the Vatican’s latest statistics.

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China Earthquake: Growing Death Toll
Last edited 22nd April 2013

Rescue teams are making every effort to reach the most remote areas of Sichuan, China, hit by an earthquake two days ago. The death toll has increased: there are 188 dead, 21 missing, 11 thousand injured of which about 1,000 are in serious a condition. The State Council has banned unauthorized groups from travelling to the area for fear of adding to traffic problems.

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Colorado River - America's Most Endangered River 2013
Last edited 17th April 2013

The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. However, demand on the river's water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea. (Video by Pete McBride.)

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Creation to be Major Theme at WYD in Rio
Last edited 17th April 2013

When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in July, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

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ASIA/SYRIA - To die or leave? The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus talks about the unanswered dilemma of Syrian Christians
Last edited 15th April 2013

Damascus - Christians in Syria "must choose between two bitter chalices: to die or leave." A dilemma that involves the whole ecclesial reality in this battered Country, and is told by the Maronite archbishop of Damascus Samir Nassar in a vibrant testimony to Fides Agency.

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